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Principle Home and “Residing with”

Islington LBC v Freeman [2009] EWCA Civ 536 Waller, Longmore and Jacob L.JJ. Note: This case will only have minor  effect on assured shorthold tenancies In 1999, the defendant’s father was granted a secure tenancy of a flat by the local authority. At that time, the defendant was living in her own property. In 2002, the father’s health ...

John Healey tightens repossession rules to get greater help for homeowners

Housing Minister John Healey today announced new protection for people struggling with mortgage arrears, by further tightening the rules on lenders taking court action for repossession. New court rules coming into force on 1 October will ensure that mortgage lenders inform councils when repossession action is started against residents in ...

Maximum fine for buy to let landlord after tenant dies in bathroom tragedy

Source of below article: http://www.residentiallandlord.co.uk/news1950.html A faulty 30 year old electric radiator contributed to a mother of two being electrocuted while taking a bath in her rented accommodation in Cornwall. The property’s landlord, Hilary Thompson, aged 82, of Portscatho, was fined £5,000, the maximum for a single charge ...

Unlawful Eviction Case

The source of the below article is: http://www.landlordrecoveries.co.uk/articles/case-1-74.html/trackback Salah v Munro    Willesden County Court    April 2009 Ms Salah signed an assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST) for a room for a period of 6 months. The tenant applied for housing benefit which was granted, but only for part of the ...

No joy for buy to let ‘King and Queen’ in case of the missing toilet lid

A couple who have been described as the 'King and Queen' of the buy to let market after they reputedly went up the property ladder faster than anyone in Britain over the last 10 years, left court empty handed this week after a dispute involving a broken toilet lid. Judith and Fergus Wilson, who are listed as the 34th richest couple in the ...

Letting to Companies

Letting to companies Most residential lets are to people, real people who are alive and who physically live in the property. However sometimes lettings are made to a limited company. If this happens there are a number of important differences and a few things to watch out for. continue reading from source

Chancel repair couple sell property at auction

A couple hit with a chancel repair bill for £230,000 and legal costs of £250,000 forced to sell their inherited home A couple who face costs of £230,000 to repair a nearby church under a law dating back to the reign of Henry VIII sold their property at auction last night to cover the cost of the liability. Andrew and Gail Wallbank inherited ...

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988

The Regulations are made under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and were amended in 1989 and 1993. The Regulations set new levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery. Landlords and letting agents are included under the scope of the regulations. In 1993 amended regulations

Brief summary of procedure for protecting a deposit (DPS)

Below is a quick summary of how to protect a deposit using the most popular scheme, the Deposit Protection Service (DPS). The paperwork < ul> If you receive a deposit before you grant a tenancy, the deposit needs to be a "reservation fee" so the 14 days do not start until the tenancy has been granted. A suitable form is available ...

Tenancies that CANNOT be an assured (shorthold) tenancy

Schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1988 contains certain tenancies which cannot be assured or assured shorthold tenancies, for example resident landlords and tenancies where the rent payable is greater than £100,000 per annum. A brief list of the exclusions are: Tenancies entered into before commencement (of the Housing Act) Tenancies of