How do you start divorce proceedings? A divorce starts with a divorce petition. The petition is made by one spouse (the petitioner) and issued in the family court. The court will serve a copy of the petition on the other spouse (the respondent). The court fee to issue a petition for divorce is £550. You can read our article […]

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has confirmed that the courts are to suspend all possession proceedings for 90 days. As of 26 March 2020, landlords will have to give all tenants no less than 3 months’ notice. The Coronavirus Act of 2020 confirms that: All landlords are required to give their tenant […]

Covid 19 and Gas Safety Checks The COVID-19 pandemic in the UK may make it more difficult for landlords to arrange annual safety checks in some cases, as tenants may need to self-isolate for 14 days or longer periods, and as registered gas engineers availability reduces due to the same measures. The Safe Register has […]

Courts to Consider Remote Hearings The media have been criticising Judges for not having yet joined the 21st century in that majority of the courts are not set up to easily accommodate court hearings remotely. Remote hearings can be conducted by way of a telephone conference, Skype and other platforms. In a statement, the Ministry […]

  Eviction During the Coronavirus Pandemic The Coronavirus Bill was introduced by the Government on 21 March 2020 and has already had its third reading in the House of Commons. Coronavirus Bill does not ban evictions Ministers last week promised a “complete ban” on evictions to allay the fears of renters facing a drop on […]

Mortgage lenders announce further support for homeowners and landlords Lenders representing banks, building societies and other specialist lenders have come together to announce additional support for homeowners and residential landlords.  The support for landlords includes extending the option of a payment holiday of up to three months to residential buy-to-let landlords who have tenants who […]

A complete ban on evictions and additional protection for landlords and renters On 18 March 2020, the Government announced its plan to bring in emergency legislation to suspend new evictions in relation to both social and private rented accommodation while the national Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency is taking place. The Government’s plan includes: Emergency legislation to […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19): courts and tribunals planning and preparation This article provides advice and guidance for all court and tribunal users during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will be updated when new advice is available. Going to court or tribunal during the coronavirus outbreak All court and tribunal users should read the latest information about prevention, treatment, travel […]

We recently acted for a landlord in relation to a tenants’ application for a rent repayment order and have now received the Tribunals decision. The tenant applied to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) for 12 months’ worth of rent to be repaid to them resulting from our client letting an unlicensed house in multiple occupation […]

Worried About a Cannabis Farm in Your Property? Here’s why you should be… It’s no secret that illegal cannabis farms are on the rise across the UK. They’ve been discovered in various locales around the country, including warehouses, farms, and buried shipping containers. As a landlord, hearing about the number of cannabis factories discovered each […]