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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 […]

Leasehold Ground Rent Reform

The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 is set to come into force on 30 June 2022.  The legislation represents a significant change to property law in England and Wales. From 30 June 2022 a summary of the main changes are as follows: If any ground rent is demanded as part of a regulated new […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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:   Litigation Solicitor An exciting role available to the right candidate to work within one of the leading […]

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 (  

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]