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Small Claims Proceedings Guidance

Small Claims Proceedings Guidance

Below is some guidance for completing a small claim. We plan to make improvements when we can. The Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims commences on 1 October 2017 for England and Wales. The Protocol applies to any business (including sole traders and public bodies) claiming payment of a debt from an individual (including a sole trader). It ...

Is notice from tenant valid?

Just like a landlord when serving any notice must get the form correct and ensure all the dates are correct, so must a tenant. It must be said though that for a tenant, there are fewer requirements on the contents of a notice but nevertheless, the date of a tenants notice must be almost as precise as that of a landlords. Section 5 Protection ...

How to find out if a tenant is claiming HB

We all know the problem. If a tenant is in arrears and they are claiming Housing Benefit, the landlord can request payment be made direct. However a landlord does not always know if a tenant is claiming Housing Benefit or not. The local authority will refuse to inform the landlord under the cloak of Data Protection Act. However, there is way ...
How Yield Helps Investors Stack Up A Buy To Let Deal

How Yield Helps Investors Stack Up A Buy To Let Deal

Stacking up a deal to figure out whether a letting property is worth the time and bother of buying and doing up is a regular exercise for landlords. Property professionals generally have a checklist to tick off the pros and cons of buying a home – and one of the important factors is yield. Yield is the return a landlord can expect to see on ...

Direct Payment of Universal Credit to Landlords and Alternative Payment Arrangements

It's been reported today that the government has made a “ change in policy ” and “ revealed that direct payments to landlords will now be allowed " by a ” tucked away “ policy change. To further clarify the current position, this was not only legislated for 1 but guidance relating to direct payments ...

Double Payment not Possible (but Compensation is)

The following case deals with the situation where payment was changed from the landlord to the tenant without notifying the landlord. This is NOT a case where the landlord notified the local authority that the tenant was eight weeks in arrears and then failed to pay the landlord, however the principle of this case will still apply to such a ...

Tenancy Deposits and Serving a Section 21 Notice

Update: this page has been updated October 2015 reflecting new case law about returning a deposit by cheque. See below. I thought today we would try and resolve a little problem as to the procedure of serving a section 21 where a deposit has not been protected after the changes have now taken effect from section 184 Localism Act 2011. The ...