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23 July 2020 0 Comments Posted in Business, Life, Property Disputes

Landlords: new changes to affect your possession claims

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Landlords have been able to make new possession claims during the lockdown but there has been a stay on the Court issuing new and progressing existing proceedings until 23 August 2020. Urgent changes have now been made by the Government dealing with how claims will be managed by the Court. Court Practice Direction 55C has been introduced and comes into force on the 23 August 2020. These temporary provisions will be in effect until 28 March 2021

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3 April 2020 0 Comments Posted in Business, Life, Property Disputes

Residential tenants – Is rent still payable during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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While the government is supporting tenants by preventing them from being forced out of their homes during the pandemic there is no exemption from paying rent. Tenants are reminded that they do not have a right to pay a reduced rent or no rent. They remain under a legal obligation to pay rent in full.

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Coronavirus Act 2020 – Emergency legislation regulating the eviction process becomes law

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All ongoing residential housing possession actions are suspended for an initial period of 90 days with further scope for a further period of extension thereafter.

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The Coronavirus Bill and how it affects the safety of social and private tenants

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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has taken drastic action to protect citizens. One promise it has given is that social and private tenants will not be evicted during these times of hardship. However, the temporary emergency legislation, the Coronavirus Bill (“the Bill”) actually says something a bit different.

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19 February 2020 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Property Disputes

Agents beware: the importance of protecting tenancy deposits

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Last week the Insolvency Service announced the disqualification of Jane Hipkin Russell of Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, an estate agent who had failed to comply with her obligation to protect tenants’ deposits.

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30 May 2019 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Property Disputes

Tenant Fees Act 2019 – an overview.

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Legal restrictions on the amounts that landlords and agents can charge in the way of fees to their prospective tenants come into force on 1 June 2019. The changes are designed to prevent unscrupulous landlords and letting agents from charging huge sums to tenants when they are entering into a tenancy agreement. Landlords and agents can now only charge for the rent, the tenancy deposit and a holding deposit. Tenants can not be charged for referencing, checking an inventory or administrative fees.

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6 April 2017 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Property Disputes

Rent Repayment Orders – what landlords need to know

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With changes taking place to legislation in April 2017, what do landlords need to know about Rent Repayment Orders?

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21 November 2016 0 Comments Posted in Property Disputes

Buyers beware: leasehold and ground rent trap

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Jacqui Walton discusses the plight of unsuspecting new build buyers caught out by onerous ground rent review clauses.

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24 May 2016 0 Comments Posted in Property Disputes

Emails don’t cut the mustard in court – no special rules for litigants in person

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The recent case of Barton v Wright Hassall reinforces that although there is talk of the judiciary adopting a policy of forgiving technical non-compliance with the court rules for people representing themselves, in reality they are not yet ready to do this.

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Private landlords – are you ready for the Right to Rent?

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As of 1 February 2016, private landlords must check the right of prospective tenants to be in the country before a tenancy is offered. If a prospective tenant does not have the right to be in the UK and a tenancy is offered to them, the landlord could face a hefty £3,000 fine.

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Tenancy deposits: Time is running out for residential landlords in breach

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The Deregulation Act 2015 has given landlords who have not protected their tenants’ deposits correctly a second chance. The Act has given a 90 day ‘grace’ period within which landlords who are in breach can comply with their obligations without being penalised. The 90 day ‘grace’ period ends on 23 June.

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Landlords should be wary of the new immigration rules

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Avoid a £3,000 fine when The Immigration Act 2014 comes into effect by making sure you check the immigration status of prospective tenants!

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