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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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Time’s up for Section 21? What this latest development means for landlords

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A significant announcement had been made by Theresa May bringing about a consultation for a major shakeup on what was the more recently termed as ‘no-fault evictions’.

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Legal Update: Landlord repair and revenge evictions – what will be the impact of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018?

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Today sees the brand new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 coming into effect in England, which will create even further repair obligations on residential landlords and give tenants yet more protection. This amends the existing Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 requirements, and means that landlords will have to expend far more effort (and money) into maintaining properties for their tenants.

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Is commonhold making a comeback?

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The Commonhold Reform Act 2002 did not result in the sweeping changes that were perhaps anticipated at the time. There are fewer than 20 commonholds in existence which have been created since the legislation came into force.

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High Court rules that Brexit cannot frustrate commercial leases

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Commercial landlords have received some welcome certainty with regards to Brexit. The High Court has ruled that tenants will not be able to use Brexit as an excuse to break their lease.

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Landlord Update – changes from the 1st October 2018 in accordance with the Deregulation Act 2015

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This is the second blog in our series of ‘Landlord Update’.

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Retail ‘Armageddon’ and lease renewals – to let or not to let?

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Closed store front retail

It is difficult not to notice the changing climate of the retail sector, with shop closures and empty high streets regularly making the news headlines. The style of lease negotiations between retail tenants and landlords is changing as a result, with tenants driving harder bargains, particularly when it comes to rent.

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The importance of protecting tenancy deposits – a lesson from soap operas

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Avid followers of Albert Square will have witnessed the tribulations of landlords behaving badly this week. Walford landlord Masood Ahmed errs in dealing properly with tenant Carmel Kazemi’s deposit on termination of her tenancy, even sabotaging her by causing damage to the carpet in an attempt to withhold the funds.

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Business rates: welcome clarity for commercial landlords

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It has been a very active few years with a Valuation Officer arguing all the way to the Supreme Court that a property should not be reassessed for business rates when redevelopment works were being undertaken and preventing occupation, because the property was capable of being put back into the state of repair and occupied position at the material assessment date.

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Boundary Disputes Protocol – welcome news for homeowners?

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The way property boundary disputes are dealt with in law is evolving.

The Property Litigation Association (PLA) has recently published a Protocol for Disputes between Neighbours about the Location of their Boundary (“Boundary Disputes Protocol”), which is set to clarify the process where neighbours are in dispute about the location of the boundary between their properties.

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Good news for landlords: shorter process for enforcing an Order for Possession

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Order for Possession

Possession proceedings are burdensome, costly and time consuming for private landlords. This is why, once you’ve got an Order for Possession in your hands, you want to be able to enforce it as soon as possible.

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Five top tips to avoid property fraud

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property fraud

For many people, their property is the most valuable asset they own. Yet, how many of us can say that we have taken steps to protect this asset? Property fraud is on the rise, and the tactics that fraudsters use are becoming increasingly more sophisticated. Prevention is better than cure.

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