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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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Government Publishes Rent Reform White Paper

Yesterday the Government published its long awaited plans for ‘a fairer private rented sector’. The plans spanning 12 points promise to reform the private rented sector: Requirements for all privately rented homes to meet the Decent Homes Standard by 2030. Running pilot schemes with local authorities to give greater powers to enforce housing standards and …

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PainSmith Website – Update

As you may have noticed our website has recently had a facelift after a short period of maintenance. All previous blog articles remain available and the document shop has re-opened. For Helpline subscribers access to the Document Vault has been restored and is now accessible through the ‘Helpline Login’ link in the top right hand …

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Updates to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations

Since October 2015, private sector landlords have been required to comply with the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015. This put an obligation on them to ensure that there is at least one smoke detector on every storey of their rental property, as well as a carbon monoxide alarm in any room with a solid fuel …

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New Rental Law in Wales: Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Act 2021

New Rental Law in Wales: Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Act 2021  The Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Act 2021 is expected to come into force in July 2022. This Act amends the previous 2016 Act and makes changes to the minimum notice periods for the rental sector in Wales. Security of tenure for residential tenants in …

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Trading Standards Announcement: Material information to be included in property listings

Material information to be included in property listings The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team, being the Trading Standards body dealing with Estate Agents, have specified that from May 2022 there will be new requirements for certain material information to be included on property listings.  Material information, such as, a property’s council tax …

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Job Vacancy – Office Administrator

PainSmith are looking for an Office Administrator to join the team. As Office Administrator you would be responsible: For carrying out administrative duties. To provide support to fee earners. To arrange and prepare all training services provided by PainSmith. To administer the firm’s legal helpline and document sales. To provide accounts assistance under the direction …

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Agents Signing Notices and Prescribed Information

There is now clarity in the requirements when corporate landlords and agents are signing notices and prescribed information. The judgment in the second appeal of Northwood (Solihull) Ltd v Fearn & Ors (2022) EWCA Civ 40 has been handed down by Lord Justice Lewison in the Court of Appeal with the decision unanimously in favour of …

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Job Opportunities

  We have a number of positions available, if any of the roles are of interest to you please send your CV and a covering letter confirming the position you would like to apply for to: marveen@painsmith.co.uk   Litigation Solicitor An exciting role available to the right candidate to work within one of the leading …

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Last minute webinar

We will be doing another 1 hour webinar with TDS tomorrow at 10am for anybody that may be available. We will be covering the updated notice periods and a Tenant Fees Act Update.   The link to register is below:   An update on notice periods and The Tenant Fees Act (zohoshowtime.eu)  

Relaxation of Extended Notice Periods

Following almost 18 months of disruption the notice periods for Section 8 and Section 21 notices have now returned to their pre-covid levels. The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies and Notices) (Amendment and Suspension) (England) Regulations 2021 have suspended the relevant provisions in the Coronavirus Act 2020.   Section 21 Notice: Minimum 2 Months’ notice. …

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PainSmith Update

We are pleased to announce that as from 1st October 2021 Matt Edwards will commence his 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. Matt completed his Law degree in 2018 before undertaking the Legal …

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