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 […]

Serving a Valid Section 21 Notice  Following the Deregulation Act 2015 being enacted, the section 21 procedure has become more complex than it was prior to the enactment of this Act. This is because there are now more legal obligations to meet, known as the prescribed requirements, which if not complied with, will result in […]

The new government’s Queens Speech confirmed that there will be a Bill that will involve the ending of section 21 evictions under the Housing Act 1988, commonly known as the ‘no fault eviction’ procedure. In a press release published on 19 December 2019 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP […]

Landlords have called on the government to ensure any housing reform is “done right” as the Conservative party takes the country’s helm for the next five years. The UK voted overwhelmingly for the Conservative party, boosting the party’s position in the House of Commons by nearly 50 seats and providing its leader Boris Johnson with a […]

Rent Repayment Orders

22nd November 2019 0

A rent repayment order (RRO) is an order of a Tribunal which requires repayment of rent (or housing benefit or housing costs element of universal credit) paid in respect of a tenancy or licence, by a landlord/agent who has committed a particular offence listed in the legislation. The offences are: using or threatening violence for securing entry into […]

Tenants Uncollected Goods

20th October 2019 0

Tenants abandoning or vacating a premises during their tenancy and leaving their goods behind is a common problem for landlords.  The landlords have a legal obligation to take care of the uncollected goods and in tort becomes an involuntary bailee with the duty to act reasonably in relation to the uncollected possessions. The law that […]

How to Respond to your Tenants’ Damp Problems As we enter the autumn months, landlords will naturally begin to see an increase in the number of complaints they receive from tenants related to damp problems in their properties. This year however, with the introduction of the Homes Act, landlords are under even more pressure to […]

Houses in Multiple Occupation (‘HMO’) require licensing under Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004. Mandatory HMO licensing applies to any HMO which is let to 5 or more people that are from 2 or more households (families). Some councils also require other HMO’s to be licensed. Some councils require all private landlords to get a […]

Can a joint tenant drop out? A common question that arises from landlords and also letting agents is whether or not a joint tenant can surrender their tenancy and what impact this has on the other tenant. Historically, where more than one-person owned land, they owned the land either in common or jointly. Common ownership […]