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Service Charge, Administration Charge and Ground Rent Demand Notice

Introduction Freeholders of blocks of flats that are sold on long leases (greater than 21 years) from 1st October 2007 (England) and 30 November 2007 (Wales) are required to provide a summary of rights and obligations in the form of a notice typewritten in at least 10-pt. This prescribed form must accompany any demand for a service or ...

Water Charges

The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 makes significant changes to who is liable to pay water bills. In particular it will affect property owners. What's changing? The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 adds a new section 144C to the Water Industry Act 1991 . Currently, the "occupier" is the liable person for water bills (Guild members ...

Right to Set Off

Fearns (t/a “Autopaint International”) v Anglo-Dutch Paint & Chemical Company Ltd & Ors EWHC 2366 (Ch) Set off One of the main problems of the notice seeking possession (section 8 notice) usually used for rent arrears claims is the tenant’s make a claim against the landlord for random disrepair issues, often never previously ...
7 New or Changed Prescribed Forms From April 2015

7 New or Changed Prescribed Forms From April 2015

From 6 April 2015, the Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England) Regulations 2015 changed prescribed forms made under the Housing Act 1988. The effect of this is to create different prescribed forms for England and Wales (although the section 13 rent increase form was always different). Yesterday (6 April 2015) we ...

Claiming Compenstation – SUCCESS LETTER !!

Where a landlord makes a request to a local authority for direct payment of housing benefit because the tenant is 8 weeks or more in arrears, often payment is made in error to the tenant. When the landlord complains, often the LA states that they cannot pay twice. Guidance is provided earlier in this section about seeking "compensation" ...

Draycott v Hannells 2010

Please note: if any case is on or after 6 April / 6 May 2012 this may not be reliable although some parts should remain useful. Thanks to Painsmith blog for bringing this to everyone's attention. Draycott v Hannells Lettings Ltd EWHC 217 (QB) At the time of writing this article, this is the first binding decision on tenancy deposit schemes