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Friday, July 21, 2017

Legal

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...
Landlords often buy flats which are either Leasehold or Shared Freehold. What are these tenures and what should landlords look out for in these different forms of ownership? Leasehold is one of three forms of tenure (property/land ownership) almost exclusively...
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...
As from 1st October 2015 new regulations came into force which affect the no-fault section 21 eviction rules, they bring in new measures to prevent landlords evicting tenants simply because they complain about repair issues, they bring new requirements...
This is a Guide to Tax Deductible Letting Expenses for Landlords under the new tax rules following the Summer Budget 2015. These may be subject to change and you are advised to consult a tax specialist before making any...