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Inspection Hatches Needed for Flues in Voids

Sometimes when a boiler has been installed in the past, the flue needed to run behind walls or through ceiling voids. However, when a gas safe engineer carries out the annual gas safety inspection, the engineer needs to see the flue. If you have a flue that cannot be seen in full, then, an inspection hatch is required to allow the engineer to

Landlord not Liable for Tenant Slipping on Steps

Drysdale v Hedges High Court, QBD 27 July 2012 John Leighton Williams QC, sitting as a deputy Judge Background The landlord Ms Hedges let a property to Ms Drysdale which was a mid-terraced Victorian house on three floors. There were steps leading up to the front door which had been painted by Ms Hedges. There was a small wall to the left of

Missing Handrail – Landlord Held Liable for Fall

Hannon v Hillingdon Homes Ltd EWHC 1437 (QB) is a personal injury claim which arises out of an injury that the claimant Mr Patrick Hannon (“Mr Hannon”) suffered when he fell whilst carrying out maintenance work to the central heating and hot water boiler at a house owned by the defendant Hillingdon Homes Limited (“Hillingdon”) (a cooprate ...

No calendar date required in section 21(4)(a) notice

For any tenancy granted on or after 1 October 2015 (or for all tenancies on or after 1 October 2018) this article only applies to Wales. For any tenancy granted on or after 1 October 2015, the requirement to end a section 21 on any particular date is removed and so the point made in this article is irrelevant (for England only). Please see ...

Service of Section 21 before or beginning of a tenancy

For any tenancy granted on or after 1 October 2015 (or for all tenancies on or after 1 October 2018) this article only applies to Wales. For all tenancies granted on or after 1 October 2015 in England, a section 21 notice is not allowed to be served for the first 4 months of the original assured shorthold tenancy. Please see this article for ...

Legionnaires’ disease: The control of legionella bacteria in water systems

We have produced some practical guidance on producing your own legionella risk assessment including templates that will work on compatible mobile devices. The Health and Safety Executive (“HSE”) has announced a revision to the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance Legionnaires’ disease: The control of legionella bacteria in ...

The Importance of Prescribed Information

Suurpere v Nice & Anor EWHC 2003 (QB) This is a significant High Court (so binding) case which highlights what we have been banging on about for several years now namely, the importance of the prescribed information. As we often say, 90% of landlords are protecting deposits (not an official statistic, for illustration purposes only) and ...

The Private Rented Sector in Wales

The Welsh Assembly is considering measures to help develop and improve the private rented sector in Wales. The changes build on measures that have already been introduced and support their aim of having a vibrant, sustainable private rented sector in Wales (their words not mine!) The proposals set out include: introducing a ...

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 ...