Notice of Inspection by Local Authority Given as Answer Phone Message

With thanks to one of our members for providing an interesting Residential Property Tribunal case in relation to an improvement notice served by a local authority and in particular what constitutes “good notice” for the purpose of arranging an inspection. Metlane Ltd...

Hotel Guest – Tenancy, Licence or Lodger?

An interesting question on the help-line has raised this article. In fairness, it won’t be of much practicality to most of our members but all the same I think it raises interesting questions. Background The member runs a hostel in Cornwall. It is primarily used...

Locks, Keys, Bolts and Bars

Well, it seems the forum saga continues, now with new accusations. As it seems to me, on the thread there are four suggestions as to the law: It is illegal for a landlord to hold a set of keys – This has been resolved as human error and our article here. Then,...

Can a Landlord Hold a Set of Keys?

I have had a little flurry of members contact me in regard to a forum post which said: “I just think too many landlords are lethargic about understanding the law and their obligations. Did you know for instance, that it is illegal for the Landlord to hold a set of...

Drains on Neighbouring Land

Landlords have many problems in dealing with blocked drains. It is normally the landlords duty under section 11 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to repair and maintain drains or sewers. However, the question then arises, at what point must a landlord repair or maintain if...

Power of Entry (HHSRS)

One of the most important elements of an inspection for HHSRS purposes is section 239(5) Housing Act 2004. This requires at least 24 hours notice of the intention to inspect to be first given to owners and occupiers where that inspection is in relation to assessing...