Housing Part of UC Not to Be Available to Many 18 – 21 Year Olds
Quietly under the radar, the government has issued new regulations which remove the entitlement to the housing element of Universal Credit for certain 18 - 21 year olds. (more…)
Section 48 Notice After Tenancy has Ended
Section 48 Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 requires a landlord to furnish by notice the tenant with his address in England or Wales at which notices (including notices in proceedings) may be served on him by the tenant. A failure to provide such an address results in any rent or service charge otherwise due from the tenant to the landlord shall ...
Four Court Cases Of HMO Criminal Offences
Overcrowded Shared house landlord Javeed Hossain crammed 10 tenants into a home licensed for six to safely live while ignoring fire safety measures. Magistrates at Uxbridge, Hillingdon, West London, fined him £11,000 for breaking house in multiple occupation licensing and safety rules. He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,004. Hillingdon
Time To Update Those Dubious Tenancy Agreements
If you have nicked a free tenancy agreement off the internet or repurposed one provided by a letting agent, then now’s the time to throw it in the bin. (more…)
“External parts”, “windows”, “structure”, “drains”, etc.
External parts A covenant to repair the external parts of a demised house comprises the partition wall between it and an adjoining house, even though the wall is not exposed to the elements, because the external parts of premises are defined as those which form the enclosure of them, and beyond which no part of them extends. 2 All E.R. 43, ...
Tenant moving from old HB to LHA
As was reported here, we have been working very hard on a case where a tenant ceased claiming housing benefit under the old rules. Then, three weeks later claimed again which in our opinion should have gone onto the new higher LHA rate. However, Cardiff council refused and treated the new claim as continuous from the old and therefore the ...
Deposit Prescribed Information At Statutory Periodic Tenancy And Superstrike
As many will know, the case of Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues EWCA Civ 669 says that when a statutory periodic tenancy arises, a new deposit is in effect received because the statutory periodic is a brand new tenancy. As a result, many commentators suggest that as a new deposit is received, new prescribed information must be given within 30 ...
Private Landlords Unfairly Criticised For Evictions
Buy to let landlords have an unfair reputation for going to the courts to evict tenants, according to the latest official data. (more…)
Record £250,000 Fine After Tenants Rescued From Blaze Flats
Tenants escaping from a fire that ripped through a block of private rented flats sparked a record £250,000 fine. (more…)
8 weeks arrears, no set off allowed for repairs
Where repairs are required on a property, the tenant is entitled at common-law in certain circumstances to set off from the rent, any damages they may be entitled to as a result of the landlord breach of his duty to repair. However, where housing benefit is concerned, 8 weeks arrears refers to the contractual liability of rent and should not ...