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Right of entry

In a lease in which the lessor's repairing covenant is implied there is also implied a covenant by the lessee that the lessor, or any person authorised by him in writing, may at reasonable times of the day and on giving 24 hours' notice in writing to the occupier, enter the premises comprised in the lease for the purpose of viewing their ...
How To Comply With The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015

How To Comply With The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015

In March we reported draft energy efficiency regulations which concerned the private rented sector. The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 have now been passed. The regulations phase in two obligations for landlords. Tenant’s energy efficiency improvements From 1 April 2016 a tenant will be ...

Direct Payment Guidance

The Department of Work and Pensions (“DWP”) have published housing benefit circular HB/CTB A4/2011 which advises local authority staff on how to make decisions under the new direct payment provisions which commence in April 2011. What’s changing? From 6 April 2011, the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 are amended to include a new ...

Can the Tenancy be Assured Shorthold?

In most cases, an assured shorthold tenancy will be the required tenancy to give but there are some exemptions and before granting an assured shorthold tenancy, it is worth checking which you can do with our Tenancy Wizard. Schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1988 contains certain tenancies which cannot be assured or assured shorthold tenancies, ...

One of joint tenants give notice without others consent

Introduction In this article we consider a notice to quit given by one tenant when there are joint tenants. Does a notice from one end the tenancy for all tenants? What if one of the joint tenants fails to leave? Short notice or exercising break clause during fixed term A short notice or a notice exercising a break clause must be given by ...

Legal argument as to paying landlords LHA – 2 months rent in advance

Payment of Housing Benefit to landlords Local Housing Allowance Regulation 95 Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 require a local authority to pay a landlord directly if a tenant is 8 weeks or more in arrears. As a general rule, landlords are no longer able to receive payment except certain circumstances. Can a landlord create a tenancy where
​ASBO Threat To Landlords Who Fail To Control Weeds

​ASBO Threat To Landlords Who Fail To Control Weeds

Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam may sound like exotic plants but they are on a list of invasive weeds that can cost landlords an anti-social behaviour order and thousands of pounds in fines if they fail to keep them under control. Giant Hogweed is considered a health hazard as sap coming into contact with the skin can ...