Author Archives: Richard Pulford

New Notices to Comply with Government Changes

  As from June 1 2021, the Notices for Section 21 (Form 6A) and Section 8 (breach of the Tenancy) have changed to comply with the alterations to notice periods introduced by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government last week.  The good news is that the notice periods seem to be gradually reducing […]

2nd TDS Webinar

Following the success of the first Webinar in April, PainSmith and TDS have organised a second as promised on 7th June 2021 at 10.30. This time the topics will be the recent updates to Right to Rent, the new Debt moratorium, some implications of the Queen’s Speech as well as a general tenancy refresher.   […]

Guest Blog by TDS – The Importance of considering Fair Wear and Tear

As part of PainSmith’s ongoing partnership with Tenancy Deposit Scheme ‘TDS’ (details for the June webinar will be posted imminently), there will be guest blogs posted on our respective websites. The first of which has been provided by TDS below and relates to fair wear and tear. It is our hope that this will give […]

Queens Speech Opening Parliament May 11 2021

  The Queen’s speech on May 11 2021 contained the sentence “My Government will help more people to own their own home whilst enhancing the rights of those who rent”. This cryptic sentence has been fleshed out through the briefing notes issued by Government and which can be found under the whole speech at […]

Updates on Notice Periods and Bailiff Evictions

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government have issued a press release detailing the future of possession notices with the current regulations due to expire on 31 May. The release states that from 1st June 2021 the current 6-month notice period will end. All notice periods are due to be reduced to at least […]

PainSmith Update

  PainSmith are delighted to announce that as from May 1 2021 Lois Stacey will commence her period of recognised training in compliance with the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority with PainSmith Solicitors, the final stage of the process to qualify as a solicitor.   Lois completed her Law degree and the Legal Practice […]

Right to Rent Update

  In what may be construed as a return to normal practice post coronavirus restrictions, it has been confirmed that face to face Right to Rent checks will return as of 17 May 2021.   A temporary lessening of these rules while face to face contact remained difficult due to social distancing etc ensured that […]


PainSmith have teamed up with Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) to run a number of monthly webinars covering some of the most relevant, up to date topic areas in Landlord and Tenant law.   The first session will be on 7th April 2021 at 10.30am for 1 hour and will be taken by Richard Pulford. Fairly […]

Update on Notice Periods and Bailiff Restrictions

The government has announced in a press release from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government that both the current extension to notice periods for most notices seeking possession and the current ban on bailiff evictions are to continue until at least 31 May 2021. Both restrictions were previously due to expire on 31 […]

Debt Moratorium

The Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 will come into force on 4th May 2021. The new regulations allow those struggling with debt to apply for a moratorium through a regulated debt adviser. The regulations introduce two types of moratoriums; a Breathing Space Moratorium, which […]

Landlords and Pets – Must I accept pets?

On 28th January 2021, the government published the new version of the Model Tenancy Agreement including provisions to make it easier for tenants with well-behaved pets to secure leases. This agreement prohibits landlords from issuing a blanket ban on pets, providing a glimmer of hope for “responsible” pet owners, albeit conditional. Instead, landlords will have […]

Bailiff Evictions – Winter Truce Extended Again

  The Government has once again extended the “Winter Truce” period in respect of evictions. The Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) (No.2) Regulations 2021 (“the Regulations”) have extended the previous regulations and will now expire on 31 March 2021. This does not preclude Landlords from issuing possession proceedings, serving notices requiring possession or applying […]

Extension of The Winter Truce Period in Respect of Evictions

  The “Winter Truce” period in respect of evictions which was due to end today has been extended by The Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) Regulations 2021 (“the Regulations”). As before, County Court Bailiffs cannot conduct evictions unless an exemption applies. The exemptions are as follows: Possession orders made against trespassers; Possession orders […]

New rights for leaseholders

The government has announced that leaseholders will have a new right to extend their lease by up to 990 years at zero ground rent (“a peppercorn”), a welcomed relief for those with complex issues which in some cases may have also led to some homes being impossible to mortgage on reasonable business terms. Currently, no […]

New How to Rent Guide

  On the 10th December, the government has issued a new version of the How to Rent Guide (the Guide). The changes reflect the situation with the ongoing Corona Virus pandemic. The Guide previously published on 07 August 2019 is now out of date and should no longer be used. The new guide should be […]

The Winter Truce Regulations and the Consequences for Evictions

As many of our subscribers may already be aware, the Courts have now entered a period they have referred to as the ‘Winter Truce’ in relation to evictions. This situation is the result of the Government introducing The Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction and Taking Control of Goods) (England) Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”). The […]