Category: Landlord and Tenant

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Repossession of a Residential Property: 5 Things a Landlord Should Do

Evicting tenants can be a complex and stressful process.  This might be because they are behind on rent payments, are causing a nuisance or simply because, as landlord, you want the property back to live in or sell. Whatever the reason, you should follow the necessary procedure. Below are things you should consider if things…

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Landlords’ Requirements: Rules And Regulations To Cover Your Back

Landlords in the domestic and non-domestic rental market are bound by a number of regulations which must be adhered to, and which are designed to protect both the tenant and the landlord. It is prudent for all landlords looking to rent out properties with confidence to fully explore the regulations which apply to them, but…

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Everything You Need To Know About The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2018 (MEES)

March 2015 saw the Energy Efficiency Regulations passed which set out minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for private rented properties in England and Wales. Overview This means that from April 2018 it is unlawful for landlords to agree a new tenancy or extend an existing tenancy agreement for properties that have an energy performance certificate…

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New legislation and regulations – protecting tenants or penalising landlords?

Landlords will be no doubt aware of the regulations currently in force surrounding Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) and due to new legislation this area of law is to be even more tightly regulated from 1st October 2015. The Deregulation Act 2015 (DA 2015) came into force on 1 October 2015 and the main provisions are summarised…

Ministers welcome proposals to boost private rented sector

Ministers welcome proposals to boost private rented sector

Housing Minister Grant Shapps says the report compiled by Sir Adrian Montague provides a blueprint for building more good quality homes. Most of the private sector in the UK is managed by individual landlords. This is likely to remain the case but Sir Adrian’s report says there is potential for much greater investment in larger…

More landlords facing problems with rent arrears

More landlords facing problems with rent arrears

Looking to the future, 37% of landlords are worried that they will experience more arrears in the coming months. NLA research shows that an average landlord with 12 lettings will have four tenants in arrears. The average cost of these arrears is £2,363. The NLA is advising landlords to work closely with tenants to help…

The importance of a landlord’s address when demanding rent

The importance of a landlord’s address when demanding rent

Failure to do so could result in tenants refusing to pay, as happened in a recent case that ended in legal proceedings. It involved a landlord who asked his agent to serve demands for payment of outstanding service charges. The address given on the demand was the business address of the agent. The case went…

Landlords risk losing thousands if they fail to consult tenants

Landlords risk losing thousands if they fail to consult tenants

In a recent case, Daejan Investments Ltd had to forfeit £270,000. Now Stenau Properties Ltd have fallen into the same trap. The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 requires that landlords go through a thorough consultation process before imposing service charges on tenants. This process should set out what the charges are for and the precise…

Agency fined for getting information about tenant illegally

Agency fined for getting information about tenant illegally

The offence took place in 2009 whenthe agency became concerned about overdue rent payments. One of its directors approached a local authority customer service adviser and asked him to obtain information about certain tenants from housing benefit records. The adviser provided the information as requested. The council began an investigation after receiving an anonymous tip-off…

Landlords must comply with new tenancy deposit rules

Landlords must comply with new tenancy deposit rules

If they fail to do so, they could face fines and find it harder to evict tenants. The new rules are part of the Localism Act, which redefines the way landlords should protect the deposits given to them by their tenants. Tenancy deposit schemes were originally introduced in 2007. Under that system,landlords had to protect…