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First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Begins Today

Today, 1 July 2013, the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) commences in England and replaces a number of tribunals all of which no longer exist: Rent Assessment Committees Rent Tribunals Residential Property Tribunals Leasehold Valuation Tribunals Agricultural Land Tribunals. There are new procedure rules that are now effective which ...

Section 21 Notices – Spencer v Taylor – Fixed Term and Periodic

See also our article Spencer v Taylor - final thoughts which has further reflection and discussion on this case. Permission to appeal to the Supreme Court has been refused so the facts of the specific case are settled. Spencer v Taylor EWCA Civ 1600 We’ve had a note on this case for a little over a week now which contained a tantalising ...

Annexes With Relatives to Get Discounted Council Tax

In respect of annexes, there is already a Council Tax exemption where it is occupied by a dependant aged 65 years or over, or if severely disabled. However, it does not apply to families. From 1 April 2014, The Council Tax (Reductions for Annexes) (England) Regulations 2013 will offer a discount of 50% council tax for annexes occupied by ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

New Revised Landlord Handbook

Accreditation Network UK (ANUK) publishes a very useful landlord handbook. The handbook covers every aspect of letting and is a good read for landlords and agents. The Private Rented Sector Accreditation Scheme, London Rental Standard and Wales Landlord Accreditation Scheme to name but a few, all use the handbook as the fundamental basis for ...

Property Agents Must Join Redress Scheme By 1st October

The Department of Communities and Local Government has announced that the mandatory redress scheme which all letting and managing agents must become a member of will commence from 1 October 2014. By this date, all agents in England must belong to an approved redress scheme. Currently there are three redress schemes which have been approved by

Property Redress Scheme FAQ

Introduction The Property Redress Scheme has put together a FAQ guide to their scheme for letting and property management agents. 1. What is the Property Redress Scheme? The Property Redress Scheme is a new Government-approved redress scheme, one of three, which it will be compulsory to join by the end of this year. The Property Redress ...

Our Property Management Arm Has Joined A Redress Scheme

As many are aware, not only do we run the Guild of Residential Landlords but we are also a landlord too. Further, we manage my parents properties and another 2 properties are managed on behalf of other clients. This means that our property management business even though it doesn't really earn much still needs to be registered with a redress ...