Landlords

Landlord Pays For Ignorance Of The Law

Landlord Pays For Ignorance Of The Law

Tenants who pay deposits to their landlord have legal protection as the rules for landlords are complex and the penalties for non-compliance are severe as one landlord discovered in the following case when he was given a £1,600 penalty and was denied a possession order.

Tenants Win £15,600 Damages over Leaky Pipes

Tenants Win £15,600 Damages over Leaky Pipes

Almost every flat lease requires tenants to avoid activities that might cause damage, or annoyance or nuisance to fellow residents. One such clause became the focus of a case in which a couple who endured a series of water and sewage leaks into their basement flat won substantial damages from their upstairs neighbours.

How To Evict A Tenant

How To Evict A Tenant

If you have tenants that are causing issues for you or you require possession of the property for your own use there is a procedure that must be carried out. Unfortunately you are unable to simply change the locks and remove the tenant.

What Is A Tenant's Improvement

What Is A Tenant’s Improvement?

The current law allows any tenant (with some exceptions) who has lived in a property for more than 3 years under a lease of more than 20 years to apply to the landlord to purchase the freehold. The purchase price is based on the open market value of the property.

Tenants and Deposits

Tenants And Deposits

As a landlord you must put any deposit received in a Government backed tenancy deposit scheme (TDS) if you rent your property on an assured shorthold tenancy that started after 6th April 2007.

Section 21

The New Section 21

Following the Deregulation Act 2015 a new section 21 form has been released. The new regulations apply to tenancies that start on or after 1st October 2015 and then to all tenancies from 1st October 2018.

The Deregulation Act 2015

The Deregulation Act 2015

The regulations introduce a new prescribed form for a notice under section 21 informing a tenant that the landlord intends to seek possession of the property let on an assured shorthold tenancy.

What's The Deal With Smoke Alarms

What’s The Deal With Smoke Alarms?

There is now a mandatory introduction of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in private rented homes. This was introduced in October 2015. Carbon monoxide alarms are only required in rooms with a solid fuel appliance.

Latest Changes In Landlord & Tenant Law

Latest Changes In Landlord & Tenant Law

A section 21 notice is a legal notice used to regain possession of your property from a tenant. It was introduced in 1988 to ease the process for landlords by eliminating the need to establish ‘grounds’ for possession. Section 21 can only be used with assured shorthold tenancies.

The New Section 21 Rules

The New Section 21 Rules

There have been recent changes affecting the section 21 which landlords and agents need to be aware of. The new regulations came into force on the 1st October 2015.

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