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Deposit Protection for Statutory Periodic Tenancies and Renewals – Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues 2013

Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues EWCA Civ 669 (14 June 2013) is a worrying case which fundamentally changes previous thinking on certain aspects of tenancy deposit legislation and in particular landlords duties. Background The landlord granted a tenancy to the tenant on 8 January 2007 for a term of one year less a day at a rent of £606.66 per ...

Ripon landlord fined £6,500 with £4,426 cost

Ripon landlord fined £6,500 with £4,426 cost A Ripon landlord was fined £6,500 with £4,426 costs by Harrogate magistrates for not complying with an improvement notice and prohibition order served by Harrogate Borough Council relating to his property in High Skellgate, Ripon. We don't get much of this in our area! Source: Harrogate News

Tenancy Deposit Prescribed Information – Ayannuga v Swindells

We have already reported on the case Ayannuga v Swindells (2012) CA (Civ) 6 and in that article we promised to go slightly more in-depth with the case when we got a moment. As it turns out the summary was pretty close so we haven’t felt the need to rush this through. It is worthy of note that this case was decided under the previous version ...

When Does the Absolute Duty to Repair Apply?

Gavin & Anor v Community Housing Association Ltd EWCA Civ 580 (24 May 2013) relates to repairing obligations on commercial premises but it’s worthy of note because it contains general information about duties of repair which will equally apply to residential premises. Ms Flores was the tenant of commercial premises at 104 and adjoining ...

Redundant office blocks to be turned into rental homes

Redundant office blocks to be turned into rental homes New rules have gone through, making it possible to convert disused offices into homes without planning permission. ... The Department for Communities and Local Government said: “New permitted development rights will enable offices to be converted to homes. This is an opportunity for ...

Renting Homes in Wales White Paper

The Welsh Government have released a white paper Renting Homes A better way for Wales which describes proposals for new legislation that they intend to implement. Current arrangements According to the white paper: Many of the problems are due to inconsistencies in the underpinning law and some of the practices that exist around the law. By ...

LACORS Fire Safety Guidance to be Used in HHSRS Assessments

Vaddaram v East Lindsey District Council UKUT 194 (LC) is an Upper Tribunal decision relating to fire safety under the housing health and safety rating system and in particular the use of the LACORS fire safety guidance Background The local authority served a prohibition order on the landlord (Mr Vaddaram) in respect of a flat prohibiting ...

Direct Payment of Universal Credit to Landlords and Alternative Payment Arrangements

It's been reported today that the government has made a “ change in policy ” and “ revealed that direct payments to landlords will now be allowed " by a ” tucked away “ policy change. To further clarify the current position, this was not only legislated for 1 but guidance relating to direct payments ...

Six Months Rent in Advance, Tenancy Deposits and Section 21 Notices

Introduction An important question relating to 6 months rent paid in advance, tenancy deposit schemes, and service of a section 21 notice has been answered today by the Court of Appeal in the case Johnson & Ors v Old EWCA Civ 415 Outline Through their agent, the landlords granted an assured shorthold tenancy to Mrs Anne Old for a flat ...

Renting Homes in Wales – Law Commission Report

Law Commission report On 9 April 2013, the Law Commission has published the report “Renting Homes in Wales” (Law Com No 337). The report updated the original Renting Homes proposals and addressed any possible devolution issues arising from their implementation in Wales by legislation in the National Assembly. This report is based on the ...