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Courts Crack Down On Bad Landlords

Courts Crack Down On Bad Landlords

Landlords who have ignored house in multiple occupation (HMO) licensing laws have paid out thousands of pounds in fines during recent weeks. In most cases, the landlords have had time to address licensing and safety issues, but failed to act. Here are some of the recent cases from before the courts across the UK: Coventry – Junie Liu ...
Watch Out For Mansion Tax As ATED Rules Change

Watch Out For Mansion Tax As ATED Rules Change

Landlords who own homes with a limited company need to watch out for a change in the rules that could see them unwittingly paying mansion tax. Mansion tax, or the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED), was first collected in 2013 against homes worth £2 million or more on homes that are empty or lived in by someone connected with the ...
Landlords In Court Over Breaches Of Health And Safety Law

Landlords In Court Over Breaches Of Health And Safety Law

Fire safety breaches in HMO Landlord John Ellis, of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, was fined £5000 at Lincoln Magistrate’s Court after admitting nine breaches of fire safety rules at three houses in multiple occupation (HMO). The homes did not have electrical safety certificates and smoke alarms which failed to work. In one home, the front door ...
​High Court Steps In To Stop Property Scammers

​High Court Steps In To Stop Property Scammers

Consumer watchdogs have stepped in to try and recover £880,000 investors handed over to suspected property fund scammers. The Financial Conduct Authority successfully requested the High Court to wind up Hermay Ltd as the fund was promoting investments without registering with the regulator. The firm was promising investors a 51.5% return on ...
Couple Told To Pay CGT After Careless Return

Couple Told To Pay CGT After Careless Return

Property investors Amanda Dalgety and John Day tried to convince a tax tribunal that they had no capital gains tax to pay on selling three homes after HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) accused them of carelessly filling in their tax returns. Appealing the HMRC assessment of £9,324, the tribunal was told Day completed the returns for both of ...
How To Understand The Complexities Of A Joint Tenancy

How To Understand The Complexities Of A Joint Tenancy

Some tenants occupy rented property as individuals but many more occupy as joint tenants, tenants in common or licensees. Married or cohabiting couples are frequently joint tenants, but so, also, are groups of friends. Whether they occupy as tenants or licensees, it is important to understand the differences between them, since each has its ...
Lettings Laws Should Be Tougher- Ombudsman Report

Lettings Laws Should Be Tougher- Ombudsman Report

Property Ombudsman Christopher Hamer claims new laws demanding letting agents join a redress scheme to deal with complaints from landlords and tenants does not go far enough in punishing bad practice in the industry. Hamer writes in his report for last year that England is lagging Scotland and Wales in cracking down on bad landlords and ...
Tougher On Local Authorities To Impose Selective Licensing

Tougher On Local Authorities To Impose Selective Licensing

Under provisions contained in the Housing Act 2004, local authorities may introduce selective licensing of privately rented homes to address problems in their area, or any part of the area, caused by low housing demand and /or significant anti-social behaviour. Selective licensing applies to all privately rented property in the designated ...
A Simple Deposit Claim Turns Into Terrible Libel Case

A Simple Deposit Claim Turns Into Terrible Libel Case

​A dispute over dog hairs on a carpet and scratches on a door in a buy to let home ended up in a libel action before the High Court. Landlords Steven and Virginia Grose let the home in Fordingbridge, Hampshire to tenants Stephen and Abigail Owens who argued about whether some of the £1,575 deposit should be retained to cover cleaning and ...
How To Ensure The Lowest Penalty After Deposit Protected Late

How To Ensure The Lowest Penalty After Deposit Protected Late

Since changes made by the Localism Act 2011 section 214 Housing Act 2004 now provides that where the court is satisfied that the deposit was not protected within 30 days (or prescribed information not given in that time-scale), the court must order the payment of between 1 and 3 times the deposit- (4) The court must order the landlord to pay ...