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New Consumer Contracts and Distance Selling Rules

From 13 June 2014, The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 will consolidate and replace the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 and the Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumer’s Home or Place of Work etc Regulations 2008. Consumers and traders The regulations apply ...

London Rental Standard Launched – Accreditation For All

The London Rental Standard has now been launched whose aim is to raise professional standards in the capital’s private rented sector by providing a consistent standard of accreditation to consumers and a vehicle for increasing the number of accredited landlords and agents. The London Rental Standard offers a voluntary way into accreditation ...

Refusal To Allow Entry For Gas Safety Inspection and Ant-Social Behaviour – Ground 14

Landlord’s Housing Management Functions A very common question that we get is what to do when a tenant refuses to allow a landlord or contractor entry for routine maintenance such as gas safety records or fire alarm testing. We have a number of letters available but ultimately the only realistic way of resolving the problem is keeping a diary

Deposit Prescribed Information At Statutory Periodic Tenancy And Superstrike

As many will know, the case of Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues EWCA Civ 669 says that when a statutory periodic tenancy arises, a new deposit is in effect received because the statutory periodic is a brand new tenancy. As a result, many commentators suggest that as a new deposit is received, new prescribed information must be given within 30 ...

New Online Development Course For Accreditation

The Private Rented Sector Accreditation Scheme (PRSAS) has produced a new online development course for landlords or agents wishing to become accredited. The new design provides enhanced navigation through the course and achievement badges are awarded at specific points throughout the modules. The new online development course is available ...

Fines And Penalties For Failing To Comply With HMO Duties

Failure to comply with the Management regulations or operating an unlicensed HMO can have serious financial consequences.

Change to Rent Book Prescribed Information in Wales

Where a person occupies premises and the rent is payable weekly, a landlord must provide a rent book . Such a rent book must contain the name and address of the landlord and where the tenancy is an assured or assured shorthold tenancy, it must also contain notice of such matters as may be prescribed and the notice must be in the prescribed ...

A Warning About Saving Formula Wording

A saving formula is wording in a notice (normally a section 21 or notice to quit) which provides a fall back date in the event of any written date within the notice being wrong. It is used when the date of expiry must be precise such as if the notice must expire on the last day of a period of the tenancy. The use of saving formulas has been ...

Does a section 21 notice need to be signed?

It would be a rare event that a landlord or any person acting on behalf of a landlord failed to sign a section 21 notice served on a tenant but it is nonetheless a point worth considering. In Barker v Hands [2007] EWCA Civ 869, a landlord had served a section 21 notice which was not signed. The tenant defended proceedings on the basis that because the notice was unsigned it was invalid.

Land Registry launches Property Alert service to help fight property fraud

Today, (4 March 2014), the Land Registry is launching a new service called Property Alert aimed at anyone who thinks their property could be at risk of fraud. Property fraud can happen in many ways. For example, fraudsters may attempt to acquire ownership of a property by using forged documents, or by impersonating the registered owner. The ...