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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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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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What happens when unmarried couples or friends want to sell up?

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It’s easy to become joint home owners: a joint ownership is typically created when an unmarried couple, or friends, buy a property together. This may work well for many years, but what if the relationship breaks down or friends want to part ways? This creates a joint ownership dispute.

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Landlord update – changes to the Deregulation Act 2015

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From October 2015, a number of changes come into effect regarding the Deregulation Act 2015, particularly Section 21 notices and landlords’ additional responsibilities to assured shorthold tenants.

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Landlords urged not to ignore amnesty

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Thousands of landlords could be hit with substantial fines unless they register their tenants’ deposits before June 23rd.

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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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ASTs and the 90 day Countdown

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As one of its final tasks ahead of the general election, Parliament ensured the Deregulation Act 2015 received Royal assent on 26 March 2015. There are many new measures that will affect landlords of assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs), but here are a couple outlined in brief.

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Proposed changes to sub-letting legislation – a good thing?

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Documents released following George Osborne’s recent budget speech suggest that the Government is to bring in legislation to allow residential tenants to sub-let property for short periods of time.

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Another reason to keep your tenants’ deposit secure and up to date

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Landlords have been obliged to protect tenants’ deposits since 2007, but not many will realise that failure to do so can affect their right to evict tenants under Section 21 of the Housing Act. A recent case has resulted in this being used against tenancies started before new legislation came into play. Marianne Johns from our Property Disputes team discusses.

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A fine line over quiet enjoyment – tenants rights and landlords obligations

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The courts have recently considered how best to balance the often conflicting needs of a landlord to look after its building and the tenant’s rights to ‘quiet enjoyment’. The right extends far wider than the ordinary meaning of the words ‘quiet enjoyment’ and would be more accurately described as the right to ‘uninterrupted use’ of the property.

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Rights of leasehold flat owners

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In a report out today the Competition and Markets Authority have noted that many of the five million leasehold flat owners in the UK suffer from poor service and excess charges from the property managers who look after their properties. The Authority have recommended changes to the law to help flat owners in changing or getting rid of poor managers by a simple majority vote.

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Jointly owned property and cohabitees property rights

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Cohabitee property rights are not the same as the rights of married couples or civil partners in the UK so what happens if your relationship breaks down and you need to sell? Hollie Gilham from our Property Disputes team gives some practical advice.

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