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What Happens at the End of a Fixed Term – To Renew or Not To Renew

Fixed term tenancy In most cases a tenancy will have been granted by a landlord to a tenant for some fixed term. Sometimes this is known as a term certain or initial period but the Housing Act 1988 refers to it as being a fixed term tenancy. It used to be the case under section 20 Housing Act 1988 that the fixed term had to be for a minimum period of 6 months and a special prescribed notice be given before any tenancy was granted but this rule was removed for all tenancies granted on or after 28 February 1997. [1] Since 1997, a fixed term can be granted for any period a landlord and tenant wishes to agree and sometimes we recommend a 3 month fixed term. In fact, no fixed term needs to be provided whatsoever and a periodic tenancy could be granted from the outset.

More Robust Tests For In Work Migrants From EEA

Migrants from the European Economic Area (EEA) who claim to have been in work or self-employed in order to gain access to a wider range of benefits will face a more robust test from 1 March 2014. Being defined as a ‘worker’ under EU law allows people more generous access to in and out-of-work benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), ...

Change of Calculation to Local Housing Allowance in Certain Areas

From April 2014 [2], a different method of setting the local housing allowance will apply in some broad rental market areas and category of dwellings. In these cases, the rate will be increased by 4 per cent, subject to a maximum local housing allowance of £258.06 for shared accommodation, £258.06 for one bedroom, £299.34 for two bedrooms, £350.95 for three bedrooms and £412.89 for four bedrooms.

Review of property conditions in the private rented sector

The government (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/a-brighter-future-for-hardworking-tenants) on 16 October 2013 to help ensure that tenants get a good deal when they rent a home. The measures included a commitment to undertake a review into property conditions in the private rented sector. To take forward the review of property conditions, ...

Masih v Yousaf – Section 8 Notice and Schedule 2

Masih v Yousaf WL 320301 6 February 2014 (no transcript of the judgment available at the moment, working off a Westlaw report) Section 8 notice When a tenant is in rent arrears, a section 8 notice may be served and is commonly used where the tenant is in arrears by two months or more rent. The form to be used is a prescribed form - (3) A

What Counts as a Storey for Mandatory Licensing?

What counts as a storey? The definition of a storey for the purpose of mandatory licensing contained in The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Descriptions) (England) Order 2006 is worthy of a closer look as a couple of relatively recent decisions have explained this order in more detail. The legislation Mandatory ...

Universal Credit and Rented Housing Frequently Asked Questions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has produced a FAQ document specifically aimed at Universal Credit and rented housing. Timescales of Universal Credit The document explains the roll out of Universal Credit … By spring 2014, Universal Credit will be rolled out to Jobcentres in Harrogate, Bath and Shotton. From summer 2014

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 ...

Spencer v Taylor Section 21 Notices Final Thoughts

The below decision can be considered good law because as reported on 24 July 2014, permission to the Supreme Court has been refused and so that is the matter settled. Time has passed since Spencer v Taylor EWCA 1600 changed everything we thought we knew about section 21 notices in particular when serving during a statutory periodic tenancy.
Council Tax Material Interest – The Final Determination

Council Tax Material Interest – The Final Determination

Please note the below case relates to a statutory periodic tenancy only. For a continuing tenancy at the end of the term (like our tenancy agreements) see the case: Leeds City Council v Broadley EWHC 1839 Introduction CT v Horsham District Council (HB) UKUT 617 (AAC) is a significantly important Council Tax case. In Oyston v Leeds