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Tenant Fees Ban – Wales

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 will come into force in Wales on 1 September. The Act, like the Tenant Fees Act in England, will ban landlords and agents from charging private tenants fees for the grant, renewal or continuation of a tenancy agreement. The language of the Welsh Act is largely the […]

Fraudulent documents

A landlord has been given a prison sentence for submitting forged documents to Barking and Dagenham Council who were investigating an HMO breach.  An Essex landlord was reported to Barking and Dagenham Council for converting a 3 bedroom house into a HMO. During their investigation the council enforcement officers discovered that the property had been […]

Overcrowding

Brent Council recently raided a property in Wembley and discovered 19 tenants in occupation.  Overcrowded properties have always been an issue in the private rental sector. However, the problem appears to be on the increase resulting in a number of prosecutions of unscrupulous landlords. Enforcement officers of Brent Council raided a property in Wembley and […]

Challenging discrimination – Wales

A two-year lottery funded project called Open Doors has produced two free guides for tenants aimed at reducing discrimination and mistreatment in the private rented sector. The Open Doors guides are called ‘Common issues and how to overcome them’ and ‘Challenging Discrimination’. Whilst the guides are targeted towards tenants, they will also provide landlords with […]

Banks’ discrimination

Buy-to Let Mortgage providers have been accused of discriminating against tenants who claim benefits. It is understood that landlords who apply for buy-to-let mortgages and in some cases landlord’s insurance are being refused products when they reveal that potential tenants are claiming benefits. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has carried out research which found 66% […]

Right to Rent – again

The House of Commons Library has produced a briefing paper with an overview of the Right to Rent scheme. The briefing paper is some 35 pages but, below is a summary of some important points: The paper acknowledges that the RtR has proved controversial with concerns raised in a number of areas: The additional burden […]

Pests

Probably due to the current hot weather we are receiving quite a few calls on the helpline about pests and who is responsible for eradicating them. Unfortunately, the answer is not as straightforward as might be hoped. Furnished Property A landlord has a common law duty to ensure that furnished property is free from pests […]

Tenant fees bill – WALES

The Welsh government has now also introduced a tenant fees bill which is similar to that introduced in England. A summary of the provisions of The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill: tenants will no longer be charged for an accompanied viewing, receiving an inventory, signing a contract, or renewing a tenancy; letting agents and […]

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, […]

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