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Brief summary of procedure for protecting a deposit (DPS)

Below is a quick summary of how to protect a deposit using the most popular scheme, the Deposit Protection Service (DPS). The paperwork < ul> If you receive a deposit before you grant a tenancy, the deposit needs to be a "reservation fee" so the 14 days do not start until the tenancy has been granted. A suitable form is available ...
Council Should Have Explained Court Fees To Tenant

Council Should Have Explained Court Fees To Tenant

A test complaint we’ve wanted to try for quite some time now has been decided (the complaint was not by us nor one of our members). After a landlord has served a 2 months section 21 notice, commonly the tenant will go to the local authority saying they are threatened with homelessness and will seek assistance. The local authority will in ...

Running Cost for Tenant of Heating Bills Must be Considered by Landlord

According to Liverpool City Council, they have won a "landmark tribunal ruling" which establishes the type of heating that must be installed by a landlord if the landlord is served with a notice or order under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) under Part 1 Housing Act 2004 by a local authority. The statutory operating ...

Minimum Standards for s.257 HMOs that require a licence (additional licensing)

If the local authority in your area decide to designate an area for additional licensing and if, within that area they designate that section 257 HMOs require a licence, the following applies. England Section 65 of the Housing Act 2004 states that "The local housing authority cannot be satisfied for the purposes of section 64(3)(a) that the

Providing A Rent Book

You should always make the rent payable calendar monthly even if the tenant is to receive housing benefit / Universal Credit. Where the rent is payable weekly, a rent book in the prescribed form must be provided. Section 4 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 requires the rent book or similar document to be provided and section 5 describes what ...

Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues – A Mini Rant and Reflection

It would seem all the talk currently is about Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues EWCA Civ 669. I thought today we would provide a few more thoughts on this now that things have had time to settle and also explain why we are especially concerned with comments made in this judgment. I should just say from the outset this is more of a personal blog ...

Section 21 Notices – Local Authorities homelessness decisions

Note: there are scheduled changes whereby the guidance referred to in this article is to be put into legislation under the Homeless Reduction Bill. Please see this article for full details and we will update this article when it becomes law. An extremely common question that arises on our helpline is when a landlord has properly ...