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No rent statement attached to section 8

“…(2) as long as the 1988 Act s. 8 notice stated that rent had not been paid for at least three months and enabled the tenant to calculate the amount allegedly overdue, the notice was valid…”

Equality Act 2010

A Landlords Guide I have searched every where for a landlords guide to the Equality Act 2010 and surprisingly there is nothing available so I will give it a go here. In particular, the most common duty under the Act for landlords will be in relation to adapting premises for disabled persons. Background The Equality Act 2010 primarily took ...

Subletting (Assured Shorthold Tenancy)

Termination of head tenancy: effect on assured tenancy The common law provides that where a tenancy is determined all sub-tenancies automatically come to an end unless the superior tenancy has been determined by surrender. S.18 Housing Act 1988 nullifies this rule in relation to assured sub-tenancies lawfully granted by providing that where

Hearsay Evidence allowed in RPT

More for my own benefit but maybe of interest to others, upon reading a Lands Tribunal decision, an interesting comment concerning hearsay evidence was noted about hearsay evidence being allowed in a Residential Property Tribunal hearing which is where an appeal against prohibition orders, improvement notices etc. served by a local authority ...

What to do now guidance after Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues

This article may be out of date as major changes have been introduced from 26 March 2015. See our article about the Deregulation Act 2015. As things start to calm again after Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues EWCA Civ 669 for obvious reasons we are getting lots of requests for information. We have therefore produced for the benefit of our ...

Entitlement to HB when Landlord is related to tenant

Below does not deal with the situation where the landlord 'lives' with the tenant who is a relative. In that scenario, there is no entitlement to housing benefit (or local housing allowance) . Below deals with the situation where the landlord lets to a relation a different dwelling to where he lives. Regulation 9(1)(a) Housing Benefit ...

New Legislation Website

A new website has been launched http://www.legislation.gov.uk. This website hopes (in time) to provide fully revised versions of legislation which can be a difficult to obtain without spending large amounts of money on subscription based services (like we do). The main advantage to the previous websites providing legislation is that it was ...