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LACORS Fire Safety Guidance to be Used in HHSRS Assessments

Vaddaram v East Lindsey District Council UKUT 194 (LC) is an Upper Tribunal decision relating to fire safety under the housing health and safety rating system and in particular the use of the LACORS fire safety guidance Background The local authority served a prohibition order on the landlord (Mr Vaddaram) in respect of a flat prohibiting ...

Energy Act 2011 – An Overview

The Energy Act 2011 is the result of the much talked about Energy Bill receiving Royal assent. You have probably heard of items contained within the act without perhaps realising that that's where they originate. In particular, the Energy Act 2011 enacts the following: Green Deal Landlord not to refuse reasonable request for energy ...

Enforcement Notices

What is an Enforcement Notice? An enforcement notice is issued by a local authority where a development requiring planning permission has taken place without planning permission forst being obtained. An enforcement notice could seek that the development be restored to it's previous state for example. If I don't have planning permission, what

Rental Periods for Student Tenancy Agreement

When letting to a student, often a landlord wishes to make the rent payable at the same times as the student loans are paid. We have therefore produced a replacement front page for our tenancy agreements allowing a landlord to allocate the rent in three payments. Should the tenant remain beyond the fixed term, the rent becomes calendar ...
Buy To Let Gripped By Uncertainty, Say Lenders

Buy To Let Gripped By Uncertainty, Say Lenders

The future of buy to let is uncertain for property investors due to concerns about tighter borrowing controls and changes to landlord taxes, according to lender trade body The Council of Mortgage lenders. Publishing a new study releasing a stack of new data about buy to let for the first time, the CML voiced the fears of banks and building ...

Sanctions for non-compliance with a pre action protocol

PRACTICE DIRECTION – PRE-ACTION CONDUCT Sanctions for non-compliance 4.5 The court will look at the overall effect of non-compliance on the other party when deciding whether to impose sanctions. 4.6 If, in the opinion of the court, there has been non-compliance, the sanctions which the court may impose include – (1) staying (that is ...

Change of Calculation to Local Housing Allowance in Certain Areas

From April 2014 [2], a different method of setting the local housing allowance will apply in some broad rental market areas and category of dwellings. In these cases, the rate will be increased by 4 per cent, subject to a maximum local housing allowance of £258.06 for shared accommodation, £258.06 for one bedroom, £299.34 for two bedrooms, £350.95 for three bedrooms and £412.89 for four bedrooms.