Author Archives: Richard Pulford

Upcoming change to Section 21

From the 1st October 2021, Section 21 notices will change again. We had mentioned a phased return to the usual notice periods in our previous blog:   The originally proposed timeline has now been confirmed meaning that from 1st October 2021, the notice period for section 21 notice will revert back to the pre-coronavirus position […]

September TDS Webinar

We have another 1 hour webinar with TDS coming up on 9th September 2021 at 10.30am. Richard Pulford will again be taking the session on behalf of PainSmith and the title of the course on this occasion is ‘Landlord repairing obligations and access requirements.’ You can sign up to the webinar via the link below:  […]

Document Vault Update

Our Document Vault has now been finalised for the year to include up to date versions of the relevant documents for our helpline subscribers. As we mentioned in late June, this now includes a number of new documents which have not been available in the past through this service. Further details are set out in […]

Change to Form 6A

As most of you will be aware, the advice for some time has been to ensure that the up-to-date version of the section 21 notice is checked and used as and when it is required. Changes more recently have tended to be made to the form without prior warning and as it is a prescribed […]

July TDS Webinar

The third of our 1 hour webinars made in conjunction with TDS will be on 15th July 2021 at 10.30am. Richard Pulford will again be taking the session on behalf of PainSmith and this time the title of the course is HMOs, update on notice periods and pre-tenancy information – what to serve and when. […]

PainSmith Helpline

As many of you who are already helpline members will already 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 2021 to 31st July 2022 and the annual cost of subscribing for single office letting agencies remains with […]

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 […]