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How To Test A Carbon Monoxide Detector

How To Test A Carbon Monoxide Detector

From 1 October 2015, the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 will require landlords to install smoke and CO alarms in England Not only must landlords ensure that both smoke and CO alarms are installed but they must be checked and ‘in proper working order on the day the tenancy begins if it is a new tenancy.’ Whilst
How To Comply With The Smoke And CO Regulations

How To Comply With The Smoke And CO Regulations

How To Comply With The Smoke And CO Regulations We have previously reported about the smoke and CO regulations which were initially thrown out by the House of Lords but now it seems they have been finally approved. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 apply to England only and will commence from 1 October 2015. The
Apportioned Rent Repayment After A Section 21 Notice

Apportioned Rent Repayment After A Section 21 Notice

Apportioned Rent Repayment After A Section 21 Notice Section 40 Deregulation Act 2015 commences in England on 1 October 2015. This section will insert a new section 21C into the Housing Act 1988. The common law position is that where a tenancy ends midway through a period of a tenancy, the landlord is nonetheless entitled to receive the full
Time Limits For Serving And Using A Section 21

Time Limits For Serving And Using A Section 21

From 1 October 2015 section 36 of the Deregulation Act 2015 will come into force in England. Section 21 Housing Act 1988 will be amended substantially and will drastically affect when landlords can serve a section 21 notice and begin court proceedings. There is to be a ‘use it or loose it’ rule introduced. Further, the giving of a section 21
Getting Rid Of ‘Last Day Of Period’ From Section 21

Getting Rid Of ‘Last Day Of Period’ From Section 21

From 1 October 2015  section 35 of the Deregulation Act 2015 will come into force in England. Where a section 21 is served in relation to a tenancy in England and that tenancy was granted on or after 1 October 2015 (see later), the section 21 notice will in most cases simply need to be a straight 2 months notice (plus an additional ...
Benchmarking Buy To Let And HMO Rents For Landlords

Benchmarking Buy To Let And HMO Rents For Landlords

Working out the price point for letting out a property is often a problem for landlords – but official data reveals the open market rents charged across many towns and cities. The Valuation Office Agency – a government body charged with valuing business rates, rents and properties for council tax bandings and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) ...
Prosecutions And Fines For HMO Landlords

Prosecutions And Fines For HMO Landlords

A round up of recent HMO prosecutions and fines. Father and son landlords Sabbir and Asif Veshima were fined £750 for failing to licence an overcrowded house in multiple occupation (HMO) where 11 people were living. Magistrates at Stroud, Gloucestershire, heard that the tenants lived on the landings and staircases due to lack of space and ...
Tenants Misled About Planning Row Over Their Homes

Tenants Misled About Planning Row Over Their Homes

A landlord who failed to tell his tenants that their flats had no planning permission has lost what is believed to be the first consumer protection test case for unfair trading. Majid Sanlinejad had converted a flat into two smaller homes with breached London’s Southwark Council minimum size rules – a studio apartment and a one bedroom ...
Seven Landlords Fined For Flouting Right To Rent Rules

Seven Landlords Fined For Flouting Right To Rent Rules

​Right to Rent is a flop – according to official data collected from a pilot scheme in the West Midlands by the government. The figures suggest few landlords have broken the rules but are avoiding Right to Rent by turning away renters who are not British. Under the scheme, landlords and letting agents must check a tenant has the right to ...
Britain’s Worst Landlords Named And Shamed

Britain’s Worst Landlords Named And Shamed

The latest so-called rogue landlord prosecution figures released by the Ministry of Justice expose how bad some landlords really are at first sight. The data reveals that between January2006 and December 2014, councils prosecuted 2,006 landlords and property companies. The figures also names and shames the most prosecuted landlords, lays out