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Christmas Opening, Card and Diaries

Merry Christmas We would firstly like to wish all our members and colleagues a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. A Christmas e-card for you is here. Opening times We are going to try and take a couple of extra days over Christmas as we’ve been rather manic throughout the year. Therefore, we will be closed from and including 23 ...

Direct Payment Demonstration Project: Learning and Payment figures

During it’s preparations for the rollout of Universal Credit, six projects have been testing various aspects of Universal Credit including direct payment to landlords when arrears accrue. The legislation allows for direct payment to landlords in certain circumstances and guidance issued in February 2013 indicated that direct payment was going

Housing Benefit Uplift for Special Cases

Housing benefit rates are determined by calculating average rents for each category of property (such as shred room, one bedroom etc.) in accordance with the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) 1997 or the Rent Officers (Universal Credit Functions) Order 2013. From April 2014, the maximum rate which will be payable to a claimant is set ...

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 ...

MyDeposits To Automatically Un-Protect Certain Deposits Where Statutory Periodic Tenancy Arises

MyDeposits has announced that it is to automatically unprotect some deposits where tenancies turn statutory periodic from the winter of 2013 / 2014 Unless landlords or letting agents take some action. No actual date has been announced. According to their website: You will have 30 calendar days from the end of the fixed term tenancy ...

Consultation on Draft Guidance for Lettings Law

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched a consultation on draft guidance which aims to help professionals in the private rented sector, including letting agents and landlords, to comply with the law. The OFT’s draft guidance seeks to clarify how the law applies to the lettings market. It identifies trading practices that could ...

First-Tier Tribunal Practice Directions

On 1 July 2013, the Residential Property Tribunal, Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, Rent Tribunal, Rent Assessment Committee and the Agricultural Land Tribunal were replaced by the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in England. See our article about these changes here. Regulation 26 Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber)

Universal Credit and Credit Union Accounts

One of the worries about the new Universal Credit currently being rolled out in phases is direct payment to landlords. Although it looks like direct payment will be possible in much the same way as is currently available (where a certain amount of arrears are reached such as 2 months), it seems credit unions maybe a suitable option for ...

The Value of a Rogue Landlord

We hear a lot of talk about “rogue landlords” but what is the head of a rogue landlord worth I wonder? Well it would seem that the Housing Minister Mark Prish MP has put a price on such a head because he has just written to all local housing authorities inviting bids for funding to tackle rogue landlords in the private rented ...