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Lettings agents fined in Tower Hamlets

Agents and landlords in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets have been fined for failing to list fees and uphold decent standards. Many agents and landlords are signed up to the Tower Hamlets Private Rental Charter which is a summary of the legal obligations a landlord or agent has towards a tenant as well as […]

Knotweed

In Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Williams & Anor, the Court of Appeal held that Japanese Knotweed and its underground roots or rhizomes are a ‘natural hazard’ which can affect a property owner’s ability to fully use and enjoy the land. Knotweed is a hardy bamboo-like perennial which spreads rapidly growing to a height of […]

Gas Safe Retender – update

Following our previous post in December 2017 the HSE has released further and updated information on the Gas Safe retender. The Gas Safe register provides the official list of gas engineers registered to work legally in Great Britain. Those running the register were given a 10-year contract which expires on 31 March 2019. Accordingly, the […]

Room sizes – HMO

In our previous post we mentioned the mandatory national minimum sleeping room sizes. From 1 October 2018 local authorities will need to impose conditions as to the minimum room sizes which may be occupied as sleeping accommodation in the HMO. A room smaller than the specified size must not be used as sleeping accommodation. The […]

New HMO Regulations – Guidance

The Government has issued guidance for local authorities on the implementation of the HMO changes coming into force 1stOctober 2018. On 1 October 2018 Mandatory licensing will apply to buildings with one or two storeys, occupied by five or more persons, from two or more separate households. We do not intend to detail the changes […]

Clear drafting

In J N Hipwell v Szurekthe Court of Appeal held that a term should be implied into a lease that the landlord was responsible for the safety of the electrical installations, in order to give business efficacy to the lease. The tenant ran a café, meeting place and function room from the business premises. However, […]

Gas safety and the Section 21 debate

In Caridon Property v Monty Shooltza County Court appeal judge has dismissed a landlord’s claim for possession on the expiry of a Section 21 notice. The landlord’s claim failed because the tenant was not given a gas safety certificate before the commencement of a post 1 October 2015 tenancy pursuant to Regulation 2 of the […]

Gas safety and the Section 21 debate

In Caridon Property v Monty Shooltza County Court appeal judge has dismissed a landlord’s claim for possession on the expiry of a Section 21 notice. The landlord’s claim failed because the tenant was not given a gas safety certificate before the commencement of a post 1 October 2015 tenancy pursuant to Regulation 2 of the […]

Overcrowded properties

Measures to improve overcrowded and dangerous living conditions in the private rental sector were laid before Parliament this month by the Housing Minister Heather Wheeler. Councils will be given tougher powers including imposing fines of up to £30,000 to tackle landlords that rent out overcrowded properties. From October this year minimum room sizes will be […]

Electrical Safety Consultation

In November last year we posted on the working group established to provide recommendations to ministers on electrical safety. That post can be read here. This month the government began a consultation inviting views and comments to gather further additional evidence on the recommendations made by the working group. The Housing and Planning Act 2016 […]

Gas Safety changes

New legislation on gas safety is expected to come into force on 6 April 2018. Our previous post on these changes can be read here. A Health and Safety Executive approved code of practice and guidance on the legislation can also be read here. Current Position Regulation 36 [ http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1998/2451/regulation/36/made ] of the GSIUR sets out […]

Fitness for Human Habitation

The second reading of the ‘Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill’ took place on 19th January. The Bill was introduced by Karen Buck MP and on 14 January the government announced that it would support it. The Bill will now be discussed by a select committee where amendments may well […]

Grenfell Tower – The Hackitt Report

Last month the interim report of Dame Hackitt’s review of Fire Safety and Building Regulations following the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower was published. The final report is expected in April this year. The report is particularly focused on high rise and complex residential buildings and specifically discusses the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 […]

Invalid Section 21 notice.

In Assured Property Service Ltd v Ooo a District Judge has held that a Section 21 notice is invalid because the landlord failed to provide the tenant with a gas safe certificate at the outset of the tenancy. Mrs Ooo was served with a Section 21 notice by her landlord’s agent Assured Property Service Ltd. […]

Gas Safe Register – Retender

The contract with the Gas Safe Register (GSR) ends in 2019. The GSR provides the list of gas engineers registered to work legally and safely. However, the current GSR 10-year contract expires on 31 March 2019. Parties that are interested in making a bid for the new contract may register their interest with the Health […]

Possible Gas Safety changes

In January, this year the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) consulted on changes to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR). No date has been confirmed by the HSE but we understand that the changes may come into force in April next year. Current Position Regulation 36 of the GSIUR sets out a landlord’s […]

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