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Thermal Insulating Boards and Internal Cladding

Introduction Older properties in particular can suffer from being cold even with gas central heating. From this, condensation and mould growth can become a problem which is often exasperated by the living habits of the occupiers. Often landlords will find when visiting properties that particular issues can seem to occur on north facing walls ...

Deeds Guarantors Witness Signatures Notice to Quit Possession and Double Rent

This is a good case for showing a number of issues relating to granting a tenancy, possession proceedings, notice to quit from a tenant, non payment of rent, witnessing of deeds, and a bit of double rent for good measure. Every single piece of paperwork, from application forms to notices to tenancy agreements are exactly those found on our ...

Inquiry Into the Private Rented Housing Sector

My apologies, this is one of those articles I was aware of but didn't get round to putting on the website until now: The Communities and Local Government Committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into the private rented housing sector. The Committee invites submissions from interested parties covering the quality and regulation of ...

Long Leases, Consent to Sub-Let and Reasonableness

We are commonly asked about charges that a freeholder may make in respect of giving consent for a tenant of a long leasehold property to sub-let that property. A further case decided in the Upper Tribunal is worthy of a short note. Freehold Managers (Nominees) Ltd v Piatti UKUT 241 (LC) Long leases in residential property often have ...

Notice of Inspection by Local Authority Given as Answer Phone Message

With thanks to one of our members for providing an interesting Residential Property Tribunal case in relation to an improvement notice served by a local authority and in particular what constitutes “good notice” for the purpose of arranging an inspection. Metlane Ltd v Amber Valley District Council ...

The Importance of Prescribed Information (Yet Again!)

Ayannuga v Swindells (2012) CA (Civ) 6 READ THE FULL IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF THIS CASE HERE Below is a news item summary of the case at the time. See the link above for analysis of this case.   There has been a couple of reports about this very important tenancy deposit scheme case (most notably see the nearlylegal blog here) that has ...

Homelessness – Section 21 Notices and Localism Act 2011

Homelessness Under part 7, Housing Act 1996, local authorities are under duties in respect of homelessness. A person is regarded as homeless if s/he has no accommodation available for occupation . This includes if the person cannot secure entry to their property or if it consists of a moveable structure, vehicle or vessel designed or adapted

Consent Charges on Long Leases and LVT Jurisdiction

As we have discussed previously, in most long leases (leases for 21 years or longer) a freeholder is entitled to require a leaseholder tenant to obtain consent from the landlord before sub-letting and to require the leaseholder to pay costs in relation to that consent. A tenant is only required to pay to the extent that the fee being charged ...

Plymouth City Council Planning Document Consultation Article 4 Direction

The Development Guidelines SPD provides further guidance and explanation to the adopted Core Strategy and is used to inform planning decisions. It helps to improve the quality of development in Plymouth by providing user-friendly planning guidance and enables applicants to better understand the planning criteria by which their application will

Private Land, Car Parking and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

A problem landlords sometimes face is cars unlawfully parking on private land. In particular for example, many of our properties are in a town centre location so it can become troublesome. We have found the most effective way to deal with the problem is where possible to rent out the land for use as car parking and let the tenants police it. ...