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Deposits Taken Before April 2007 and Section 21 Notices

Since Superstrike we look at most deposit cases that have not been answered yet and assume what is the very worst outcome possible and what was the least intention of Parliament. Once you start to think like that, you generally arrive at the correct answer to the question. Here again we have the same thing happened in Charalambous & Anor ...

Winter Weather Precautions

Arthur J Gallagher who are the brokers for our buildings insurance have produced some really useful guidance outlining winter weather precautions. Property damage caused by the escape of water from frozen pipes and other equipment can be extremely costly in both repairs and disruption to business. The guidance offers some useful advice to ...

London Rental Standard Licence Awarded for Accreditation

We are pleased to announce that our accreditation arm - the Private Rented Sector Accreditation Scheme - has been awarded a provider licence for the London Rental Standard. The London Rental Standard has been created by the Mayor of London to help Londoners rent with confidence. A landlord or agent needs to first become accredited through a ...

Ground 7A Introduced By Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 We have previously reported on a rather useful new ground that has been added to the grounds available for landlords to seek possession. Contained in the same Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 is a further ground which commenced in England on 20 October 2014 and in Wales on ...

Updated Landlord Handbook – November 2014

We have updated our revision of the popular landlord handbook originally produced by ANUK and used by many accreditation schemes throughout England and Wales. This November 2014 revision adds Immigration Act information and letting agent redress schemes. The update also adds a few contact details found at the back of the handbook. The ...

Making a Report to The Home Office Limited Right To Rent

If the follow-up checks indicate that an occupier no longer has the right to rent, the landlord does not need to evict them, but should make a report to the Home Office, using link www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime. The landlord or agent must make the report as soon as reasonably practicable after discovering that the occupier no longer has

Appeal Penalty Notices and Enforcement Under Immigration Act 2014

Penalty notices If a landlord or agent has been given a penalty notice in respect of an alleged contravention, the recipient may object to the notice 1 in the first instance on the ground that: the recipient is not liable to the imposition of the penalty, the recipient is excused by complying with the prescribed requirements, or the amount ...

What If A Prospective Tenant Doesn’t Have Documents Or Refuses To Co-Operate?

If a prospective occupier is unable or unwilling to provide the required documentation, in a nutshell, the landlord should not proceed with a tenancy and seek alternative tenants. The statutory guidance states: If a prospective tenant will not co-operate with the checks, landlords should explain that they are undertaking these checks to ...

Ensuring Compliance With Equality Act 2010

One of the most important aspects of the legislation is the requirement to check the documents described above on ALL prospective tenants. The Code of Practice for Landlords Avoiding unlawful discrimination when conducting ‘right to rent’ checks in the private rented residential sector provides: Landlords should ensure that they comply ...

Checks Where Occupier Has A Limited Right To Rent

Where certain documents from list A or B has found the occupier has a limited right to rent, such as a passport or travel document which has not expired shows the holder is allowed to stay in the UK for a limited period, the checks must be done no more than 28 days before the date the tenancy agreement is entered into (not necessarily ...