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Test Case Yeomans v Newell : When a landlord is in breach of the tenancy deposit rules he or she is prevented from serving a valid s21 notice for possession proceedings. Despite the fact that the tenancy deposit legislation has...
Test Case McDonald v McDonald : On the 15th of June 2016 the Supreme Court in London held that an occupier of land occupied by a private individual, in a residential tenancy in this case, could not raise an Article 8...
Tenant Evictions: Having to evict a tenant is a rare event for most landlords, but a small proportion of tenants cause landlords, for one reason or another, to have to resort to this. Rent arrears is the most common reason,...
Legionella Testing: Since the introduction of new regulations which include smaller water supplies regarding Legionella risks, landlords and agents have either reacted with alarm or they are totally in the dark about them. So much so that the authorities including the...
Commercial & Residential: Can a landlord insist his tenant pays rent until the end of the tenancy term when the tenant abandons the property or surrenders the tenancy early? The case of British Westinghouse Electric Coy v Underground Electric Railways Coy...
Test Case: Spencer v Taylor and Section 21 Notices Spencer v Taylor had some major implications for landlords and agents when serving a Section 21 notice, but to some extent it simplifies things for landlords. Further legislation in the...
Test Case: Superstrike Ltd v Marino. Rodrigues The case involved a landlord who had taken a deposit from the tenant before the deposit protection rules came into force in April 2007, since changed by the Deregulation Act 2015 – see...
Test Case: Leeds City Council v Broadley This case and the subsequent High Court ruling has brought some clarification about who is liable to pay council tax, tenant or landlord, when a rental property is vacant due to a...
Ending a Tenancy: What are the rules governing the ending of a statutory periodic tenancy (SPT) by the tenant, especially when the periods of the tenancy are not the standard 1 month? The answer to this question is not easily defined...
Rent Arrears: The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has put out some useful information to help those landlords who deal with Housing Benefit tenants on the new Universal Credit payments system. The Department for Work and Pensions has (On 11...