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Do I need planning permission for my HMO?

From 1 October 2010, incorporating changes already made on 6 April 2010, planning rules are changed affecting HMOs in England. What is an HMO? A simple non legal definition is that a house (or flat) is an HMO if there are three or more unrelated occupiers. There is also another type of HMO under section 257 Housing Act 2004 which provides ...

Grant Shapps: Sensible approach to manage shared homes

Landlords and councils will no longer be faced with bureaucracy aimed at micro-managing rented housing, Housing Minister Grant Shapps confirmed today. The Minister laid new regulations that could cut as many as 8,500 planning applications from the system, freeing up councils to focus on local priorities. Currently landlords have to submit

Adjournment, suspension and stay possession proceedings

A common problem with seeking a possession order from the court is not only establishing the validity of notices but also the many adjournments that can occur. This article attempts to explain the law of adjournments and postponement of possession. Accelerated Possession Procedure Claim Struck out, Refused or Dismissed After possession ...

Postpone possession up to 6 weeks

If a tenant wishes to postpone the date for possession, they may ask the court for up to six weeks if exceptional hardship would be caused under section 89 Housing Act 1980. In addition, the court may not hold a hearing to determine exceptional hardship at any time on or after

Set Aside Possession Order

An order for possession may be set aside by the court if one party fails to attend a trial. [CPR 39.3] Note: The word "trial" is important. The below rules do not apply to the initial possession hearing as normally only a few minutes are allowed. Therefore if a possession order is granted at the initial "hearing" and the tenant fails to ...

Tax on Rented Property

Introduction Letting residential property is treated as a single business, even if you let out more than one property. If you let out several properties, you can offset losses from one against profits from another. You pay tax on any profit as part of your overall income. Continue reading on Directgov - public services all in one ...

It Was Never Like This Before …

I am doing some research for a member on a case where the service of the notice is in question which is requiring the reading of many transcripts. I found a little comment rather amusing that I thought worthy of sharing (emphasis added by me) ... "... Even if in the absence of authority I might have come to a different decision, I do not ...

Joint Tenancy Or Many Individual Tenancies?

Joint tenancy or individual tenancies? It is very much a personal choice as to whether a landlord grants a single joint tenancy or multiple tenancies on a per room basis and most landlords have their own preferences. Below is some summarised pros and cons. Single Joint Tenancy - Advantages If one tenant leaves university during the term, ...

Protect a Deposit with DPS

Protecting the deposit Go-to the DPS website www.depositprotection.com or call 0844 4727 000 Register yourself as a landlord, you will then receive a landlords ID. Log in to the system and add the property. Next, add the tenant and deposit details to the property. You will need to choose the custodial or insured option ...

Six Months Rent in Advance and Tenancy Deposits

Sometimes, a landlord is offered a multiple of months rent in advance by a prospective tenant. Commonly this is six months rent in advance. Since the introduction of tenancy deposit schemes, this can cause a surprising problem. It is well accepted that where a landlord claims that a payment of money was for rent in advance and not a deposit, ...