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Are Private Landlords Prepared for Welfare Reforms?

Last night saw 50 + concerned members of the Guild of Residential Landlords attend a forum in Cardiff to hear more about how welfare reforms could affect their business and in particular Universal Credit. Given the recent articles on Welfare Reform and the sharp increase in rent arrears seen by the DWP demonstration projects, in particular ...

Six Months Rent in Advance, Tenancy Deposits and Section 21 Notices

Introduction An important question relating to 6 months rent paid in advance, tenancy deposit schemes, and service of a section 21 notice has been answered today by the Court of Appeal in the case Johnson & Ors v Old EWCA Civ 415 Outline Through their agent, the landlords granted an assured shorthold tenancy to Mrs Anne Old for a flat ...

Ripon landlord fined £6,500 with £4,426 cost

Ripon landlord fined £6,500 with £4,426 cost A Ripon landlord was fined £6,500 with £4,426 costs by Harrogate magistrates for not complying with an improvement notice and prohibition order served by Harrogate Borough Council relating to his property in High Skellgate, Ripon. We don't get much of this in our area! Source: Harrogate News

Consumer Protection applies to Residential Leases

Consumer Protection applies to Residential Leases The court ruled that not only does consumer protection legislation apply to residential leases, when the landlord is a business and the tenants are not dealing by way of business, but that a court is obliged to investigate the point on its own motion if it arises, even if it is not argued by ...

Possession order overturned because Prescribed Information had agent’s name on it

Possession order overturned because Prescribed Information had agent's name on it An order for possession has been set aside by a court on the basis that the Prescribed Information did not contain the landlord’s name and address. Instead, it showed the agent’s name and address as the holder of the deposit. The deposit itself was protected ...

MyDeposits To Automatically Un-Protect Certain Deposits Where Statutory Periodic Tenancy Arises

MyDeposits has announced that it is to automatically unprotect some deposits where tenancies turn statutory periodic from the winter of 2013 / 2014 Unless landlords or letting agents take some action. No actual date has been announced. According to their website: You will have 30 calendar days from the end of the fixed term tenancy ...

Direct Payment Demonstration Project: Learning and Payment figures

During it’s preparations for the rollout of Universal Credit, six projects have been testing various aspects of Universal Credit including direct payment to landlords when arrears accrue. The legislation allows for direct payment to landlords in certain circumstances and guidance issued in February 2013 indicated that direct payment was going

Masih v Yousaf – Section 8 Notice and Schedule 2

Masih v Yousaf WL 320301 6 February 2014 (no transcript of the judgment available at the moment, working off a Westlaw report) Section 8 notice When a tenant is in rent arrears, a section 8 notice may be served and is commonly used where the tenant is in arrears by two months or more rent. The form to be used is a prescribed form - (3) A

Land Registry launches Property Alert service to help fight property fraud

Today, (4 March 2014), the Land Registry is launching a new service called Property Alert aimed at anyone who thinks their property could be at risk of fraud. Property fraud can happen in many ways. For example, fraudsters may attempt to acquire ownership of a property by using forged documents, or by impersonating the registered owner. The ...

DCLG Model Tenancy Agreement and Code of Practice

The other day, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced a couple of new measures which will put: ... power in the hands of people to get the deal they , without punishing the vast majority of good landlords while still encouraging more investment in the sector. The first measure is a model assured shorthold ...