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The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) Single Claim Procedure Explained

Introduction Tenancy deposit schemes come in two flavours, insurance based or custodial. The Deposit Protection Service runs the one and only custodial scheme which is free of charge for landlords to use (although coming soon the DPS will have an insured scheme option). The significant difference between custodial and insurance based is that ...

Calculating a Hazard

Introduction Due to the hugely complicated method of which a hazard is scored for the purposes of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, we have produced this separate guidance. You may need to read two or three times before fully understanding it! This guidance uses one example and that is of an average 1930’s 3 bedroomed ...

English Law explained for Non-Lawyers

Thanks to @ddortongibson for pointing this out. Although this case is not a housing case (it was a family "relocation" case), a non-lawyer was assisting with the case. Lord Justice Wall explained in excellent simple to understand terms the law of precedent and appeals of English law. Below is a taken from the transcript. BD v AID EWCA Civ ...

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 ...
Tenancy Deposit Interest Rate Order Revoked

Tenancy Deposit Interest Rate Order Revoked

Under the The Housing (Tenancy Deposits) (Specified Interest Rate) Order 2007, the custodial scheme operated by the Deposit Protection Service may pay interest on held deposits at the rate of the Bank of England base rate less 2.32 percent. The current base rate has been at 0.5 percent for some years now which effectively renders the order ...

What was the Occupiers Status?

KT Property v Joseph Pritchard Bristol County Court 3 February 2011 This case, although quite rare was in our view certainly interesting and was one that made the mice in our heads revolve on the spinning wheel at great speed and for long periods of time. That being said, full credit must go to Evicthem as they did the vast majority of ...