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Change in landlord and prescribed information

A tenant successfully appealed a possession order granted to a landlord despite failing to provide the tenant with the deposit prescribed information. In the case of Sebastiampillai v Parr, Mr and Mrs S purchased a property with a tenant in situ in July 2014. The deposit paid to the previous landlord and owner of the […]

Amended Section 21

On 1 June 2019 an amended form 6A will come into force. On 7 May 2019 the Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England)(Amendment) Regulations 2019 were made. These Regulations amend Form 6A (Section 21 notice) largely due to the changes coming into force under the Tenants Fees Act also on 1 June. At Page […]

Reasons private landlords refuse to let to ‘DSS’ tenants

The House of Commons Library has published a paper considering evidence of private landlords’ reluctant to let to prospective tenants in receipt of benefits. At one point not so long ago, it was quite common for private landlords and lettings agents to advertise properties to let stating that they will not accept applications from tenants […]

Registration system for short-term lettings

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is calling on the government to introduce a new registration system for those renting out a property for less than 90 days a year in London. In 2015 short term lets in London were capped to a total of 90 days a year. However, enforcing this cap has proven […]

Rogue Landlord Enforcement – Guidance

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has issued guidance for local authority enforcement officers on the powers and options open to them to tackle rogue landlords. The MHCLG guidance is aimed at local authority enforcement officers seeking to ‘drive up’ standards in their local areas. The guidance is said to provide a […]

Consultation on enforcement of possession orders

The Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) has launched a consultation on the enforcement of possession orders and the alignment of procedures in the county court and high court. Most readers of this post will be familiar with the process for enforcement of possession orders both in the County Court and High Court both from personal […]

New Guidance for landlords and tenants

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has published new guidance for landlords and tenants. The government published the guidance earlier this month to ensure that landlords and tenants understand and fulfil their respective rights and responsibilities. Rental issues can arise on both sides, but the aim of the guidance is to help […]

Longer Tenancies Consultation – the Response

The government has now published its response to the longer tenancies consultation launched on 2 July 2018 for 8 weeks. The government’s response to the longer tenancies consultation is inextricably linked to the announcement earlier this week to abolish section 21 notices. Our initial post on the consultation itself can be read here. The consultation […]

Access to a property upon giving notice

In New Crane Wharf Freehold Ltd v Dovener, the Upper Tribunal held that a tenant’s failure to respond to a solicitor’s letter requesting access to a property was not a refusal of access. Tenancy agreements in the private rental market often include an access clause. That is a clause that permits a landlord to gain […]

End of Section 21?

The government has today announced plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 evictions. The government has outlined plans today to consult on new legislation to end section 21, so called ‘no fault’ evictions. If the plans go ahead landlords will no longer be permitted to serve tenants with a section 21 notice […]

Tenant Fees Act – Guidance

On 1 April the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) published guidance on the Tenant Fees Act 2019. MHCLG has issued 3 guidance documents on the Act for tenants, enforcement authorities and landlords and lettings agents. We will concentrate on the guidance issued to landlords and lettings agents. The guidance begins with a […]

Client Money Protection (CMP) now in force

From 1 April, all private property agents in England holding client money must belong to a government approved client money protection scheme. Our previous detailed post can be read here. The government has approved the following CMP schemes: Client Money Protect Money Shield NALS Client Money Protection Propertymark RICS UKALA Client Money Protection Further schemes […]

MEES update

The new cost cap of £3,500 inc. VAT on properties that have an EPC rating below E will come into force today (April 1). Our previous detailed post can be read here. The minimum energy performance rating of E for private rental properties was introduced last year on 1 April 2018. This amendment to the […]

Zoopla to end ‘No DSS’

Zoopla has announced that it is removing the wording ‘No DSS’ in rental listings in an effort to help the blanket ban on renters on benefits. Our previous post can be read here.  Over the next few weeks Zoopla intends to implement technical measures to remove the words ‘No DSS’ from current and new listings.  […]

Invalid Section 21

Readers of this blog will recall the case of Caridon Property v Monty Shooltz in which a tenant successfully defended a Section 21 repossession case. Our previous post can be read here. Now a court has made the same decision in a new case with similar facts which has prompted the Residential Landlord Association’s (RLA) decision to […]

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 – Guidance

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has issued guidance for landlords and tenants on the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. This post will concentrate on the guidance issued to landlords which can be read here.  The Act came into force 20 March 2019 and applies to all tenancies which commence on […]

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