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HHSRS

Time to get your house in order

Landlords are facing the prospect of wider and more severe sanctions for failing to keep rental properties in a safe and habitable condition. From yesterday landlords who fail to comply with an Improvement Notice or Prohibition Order to ensure properties are safe and habitable face unlimited maximum fines in the magistrate’s courts. Previously there was …

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Landlords’ safety obligations

Thanks to our friends at Nearly Legal we have been alerted to the recent case of Gillian Drysdale v Joanne Hedges (2012) QBD 27/07/2012. A tenant slipped off some steep steps while moving her belongings in at the beginning of the tenancy and injured her back. The steps were painted with gloss paint which became …

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Fire Safety revisited

We have had a few queries regarding the Fire Safety (Protection of Tenants) Bill on which we have previously blogged, and so here is our update: the Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress and will not become law. …

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A rise in dangerous homes?

A BBC report over the weekend cast a gloomy and critical eye over the private rental sector, based on a report from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). The report says that “One million rented homes in England ‘are dangerous’”, further adding that the number will rise because of changes in housing benefit and …

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HHSRS Before the Land Tribunal

Hanley v Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council concerned an appeal from the Residential Property Tribunal (RPT) against the service of a Prohibition Order. Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council v Patel concerned an appeal from the RPT on Emergency Remedial Action. The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) was introduced by the Housing Act 2004 and represents …

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