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Alternatives to a Deposit

There are a few alternatives that you could consider instead of  taking a deposit. This option is really only  available if your deposits are quite low up to say £300 - £400 and you have a  number of properties, I would suggest 20 or more. Otherwise, other options including taking a deposit may  be preferable. It is perfectly normal for ...

Covering Letter with Notice

When serving a notice in anticipation of possession proceedings (section 21, section 8 or notice to quit) you should never enclose a covering letter with the notice. In Mundy v Hook (CC (Bromley)) County Court (Bromley) C.L.Y. 3246, the landlord had served a section 21 notice and the notice (which was perfectly valid) was accompanied by a ...

Fire Alarm Testing Intervals

All HMO’s should have some sort of fire alarm system. The LACORS fire safety guidance provides useful guidance on the intervals by which different types of alarm system should be tested. The two types referred to in this article are Grade A systems and Grade D and E systems. For full details of the difference between Grade A, and ...

Direct Payment Set to Return?

The Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2010 amend the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 from 1 April 2011. It mostly contains the changes needed for the recent budget changes (capping of rates, 30 percentile of rents etc.) but it also re-introduces direct payments to landlords in certain cases. Regulation 2 of the amendment regulations ...

The Right to Manage

The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 provides a right for leaseholders to force the transfer of the landlord’s management functions to a special company set up by them – the right to manage company. The right was introduced, not just as a means of wresting control from bad landlords, but also to empower leaseholders, who ...

Wrong advice on the LHA

Complaint reference 09003325 The London Borough of Newham gave wrong advice to a woman about local housing allowance (LHA), leaving her with rent arrears. The Ombudsman said: “Both and her landlord sought specific advice from the Council regarding the appropriate LHA rate for this particular property … They were given the wrong advice ...

Direct Payment Update

One of the key issues of the moment is the removal of direct payment of housing benefit to landlords unless the tenant is eight weeks or more in arrears. However, in the Department of Work and Pensions December monthly update to local authority staff called Housing Benefit Direct there is a tantalising prospect of middle ground being ...

Summary of HB Changes April 2011

In the December issue of Housing Benefit Direct (a monthly newsletter issued by the Department of Work and Pensions to local authority staff) they have provided a useful summary of the changes to housing benefit and when they will be implemented. Amendments to Housing Benefit (HB) legislation were laid on the 30 November 2010 bringing ...

Tenancy Deposit Schemes Case Law Summary

Court of Appeal Ayannuga v Swindells (2012) CA (Civ) 6 Landlord had protected the deposit perfectly well but not issued "full" prescribed information (had provided some basic information but nothing more than that). This case decided that the prescribed information is strict and "all" the information (or substantially all) must be given to ...

Legislation Achieves Primary Objective

Please note: for cases after 6 April / 6 May 2012 this can no longer be relied upon   The wait is over for the Court of Appeal ruling in Tiensia v Vision Enterprises Ltd (t/a Universal Estates) and between Honeysuckle Properties v Fletcher EWCA Civ 1224 (11 November 2010). To assist explaining the judgment, we have created some ...