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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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Changes to the law on Section 21 and in particular how landlords deal with reported repair issues is now of crucial importance if section 21 claims for possession are to be successful. Careful pre-planning is now essential at the...
Do you know if you own your property as tenants in common or joint tenants and do you know what these legal terms actually mean in practice? When a property is purchased jointly, the owners can chose to either be...
Protecting a tenancy deposit within 30 days of taking it is now a crucial part of letting; otherwise you could be stuck with a bad tenant you can’t evict. If you are using an assured shorthold tenancy (AST), which almost...
I have always found the holding deposit (an initial retainer paid to the landlord or agent to reserve a tenancy) is a very useful device to commit the tenant to your letting. But is it legal to withhold the...
Landlords and agents need to take care when screening tenancy applicants lest they fall foul of the discrimination laws and the Immigration Acts. Unlike the employment situation there’s been surprisingly little to-date in the way of prosecutions for discrimination in...
What do I need to do when I protect my tenant/s deposit? If you take a deposit from your tenant/s you MUST protect the deposit and serve your tenants with the correct documentation within 30 days or face having to...
Edwards v Kumarasamy - the final decision. A legal update from Tessa Shepperson Last year a really worrying decision for landlords renting out flats owned on a long lease popped up, the case of Edwards v Kumarasamy. In this decision, the Court...
Shelter has been tirelessly campaigning for longer tenancies for the last few years. The charity has led the case for change and proposed a five-year Stable Rental Contract - something they believe will offer long-term renters the stability they...
Many non-native plant species occur in in the UK without causing any problems - the above image show the Japanese Knotweed plant. A few plant species can become invasive due to a range of factors, including the absence of a...
The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Part II provides security of tenure to tenants of premises occupied for business purposes, or mixed residential and business purposes. Under the provisions of the ’54 Act, it is possible for a lease or...