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Who is supplying the property?

We have free guidance available for landlords to give to their tenants before they move in, in order to help tenants with signing on with gas and electricity. This is available free of charge here (tick the F051 box): Because the market is open to occupiers to choose who they like to supply gas and electric, there are two national numbers ...
Heat Is On Landlords To Help Tenants Eat Decent Meals

Heat Is On Landlords To Help Tenants Eat Decent Meals

MPs are cooking up a plan to allow councils to insist landlords fit out kitchens for tenants on benefits to improve their diets. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger says too many low-paid tenants eat processed food and takeaways because landlords fail to provide kitchens with cookers and fridges so they can keep fresh food and cook ...

When rent is due and in arrears

Rent is payable in arrears unless there is an express agreement that it is payable in advance. Where the rent is payable in arrears the landlord is only entitled to rent up until the date the tenancy is determined. Where the rent is payable in advance (as in most agreements), the landlord is entitled to the whole of the rent that was due on ...

Housing Benefit Uplift for Special Cases

Housing benefit rates are determined by calculating average rents for each category of property (such as shred room, one bedroom etc.) in accordance with the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) 1997 or the Rent Officers (Universal Credit Functions) Order 2013. From April 2014, the maximum rate which will be payable to a claimant is set ...

Implied repairing obligations in short leases

By section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 there is to be implied into every lease of a dwelling-house to which the section applies (initial fixed term of less than 7 years) a covenant by the landlord: (a)  to keep in repair the structure and exterior of the dwelling-house  (including drains, gutters and external pipes); (b)  to keep ...

Missing Prescribed Information

Baafi v Mapp Central London County Court 24 June 2010 The landlord had served a section 21 notice and commenced possession proceedings. The claim was defended by the tenant on the basis that the prescribed information required by the The Housing (Tenancy Deposits) Prescribed Information Order 2007 had not been given. The landlord had ...

Payment to Landlord even if not 8 weeks arrears

The Department of Work and Pensions guidance to local authorities states that a local authority should "consider" direct payment, even if the tenant is not in eight weeks arrears: "When rent arrears have reached the equivalent of eight weeks or more, in most cases, a local authority should arrange to make payments direct to the landlord. ...

Adjournment, suspension and stay possession proceedings

A common problem with seeking a possession order from the court is not only establishing the validity of notices but also the many adjournments that can occur. This article attempts to explain the law of adjournments and postponement of possession. Accelerated Possession Procedure Claim Struck out, Refused or Dismissed After possession ...