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Painsmith Blog

Power outage

Our local area is currently experiencing a power outage. All services offered by PainSmith therefore will be effected. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. 14:00 – Power has been restored. We thank everyone for their patience. 4 August 2023

New Document for purchase

PainSmith have been provided the rights to sell the Complylex Pre-Tenancy Checklist. The Checklist is intended to provide both landlords and agents a resource to ensure that they have considered the information they require and have served the tenant with the relevant documentation in accordance with their legal requirements prior to and subject to entering …

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Christmas Opening Hours

PainSmith will close at noon on December 23rd 2022 and re-open on December 28th to December 30th inclusive from 9am until 5.30pm; PainSmith will be closed on January 2 2023. Subscribers to the legal helpline will be able to call during our office opening hours. Normal business will resume on January 3 2023 at 9am. …

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New Item on Shop – Ending a Statutory Periodic Shorthold Tenancy

PainSmith offer a new letter on our Shop and in the Document Vault for PainSmith Helpline clients. The letter informs the Tenant that a Tenancy is becoming a Statutory Periodic Shorthold Tenancy and details of how each party end the Tenancy. The letter highlights to the Tenant the date upon which notices must end. The …

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Notices Seeking Possession – Common Misconceptions

We frequently see landlords and agents falling foul of some common misconceptions when it comes to serving notices seeking possession upon their tenants. This blog aims to address these issues. What is a Notice Seeking Possession? Both Section 8 and Section 21 Notices are Notices Seeking Possession. Simply put, they notify the tenant that their …

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Right to Rent Update

As of 30 September 2022, the temporary adjustments to Right to Rent checks which were introduced in March 2020 no longer apply. The adjusted checks were introduced as a response to the COVID 19 pandemic which allowed landlords and agents to check a tenant’s right to rent presenting copies of passports and visas on a …

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Update – Rent Reform White Paper – PM confirms Section 21 will be abolished

During Prime Minister’s Questions today, Liz Truss has confirmed that the Government’s promised abolishment of Section 21 Notices is to go ahead after all. This follows claims made by the Times late on Monday that the policy was to be scrapped, which caused significant furore. We now await further details and implementation, with a Bill …

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Rent Reform White Paper – Possible Government U-turn on Section 21 Notices?

A recent tweet by a political editor of the Times has caused a commotion by claiming that the Government is backtracking on their plans to scrap ‘no fault’ evictions. Reportedly, these plans are not considered a priority and may in fact be shelved, meaning landlords could continue to use Section 21 Notices to evict their …

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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 come into force on 01 October 2022. As a reminder to those who have not already ensured their properties are compliant the new obligations require the following: All rooms with a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers) must contain a Carbon Monoxide alarm. All smoke and …

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The Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II – Monday 19th September 2022

In recognition of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, Painsmith will be closed on Monday 19th September. We understand that this may cause some inconvenience to our clients who wish to speak to us directly. We will endeavour to answer queries as promptly as possible upon our return to the office on Tuesday 20th September. …

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TDS Seminar – 11 August 2022

This Thursday, 11 August 2022 at 10:30am, PainSmith will be hosting an exciting and informative 1-hour webinar with TDS. This month’s virtual seminar is titled ‘Abandonment and Belongings’. You can sign up to attend the webinar for free via the following link, we hope to see you there: https://tenancydepositscheme.zohoshowtime.eu/sessions/abandonment-and-belongings-3669906004#/home/register?talkId=19617000000753004

PainSmith Helpline 2022

As many of you who are already helpline members will be aware, PainSmith Solicitors are in the process of renewing the telephone helpline subscriptions for the upcoming year. The helpline year runs from 1st August 2022 to 31st July 2023. In addition to telephone advice Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays from 9:00am until 5:30pm, …

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Building Safety Act 2022

The Building Safety Act 2022 came into force on 28 June 2022. The purpose of the Act is to make provisions for the safety of people in or about buildings and the standard of buildings. The new Act brings higher responsibility to building owners to fund essential repairs on buildings above 11 metres tall or …

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Medstead, Hampshire
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