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 […]

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 […]

What to do when your tenant dies? Where a property is rented under an assured shorthold tenancy to a sole tenant and that tenant dies, the death of the tenant does not automatically bring the tenancy to an end. Sometimes there will be a successor to the tenancy. Their only or principal home On the […]

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department(2019) EWHC 452 (Admin) – Official transcript is available here. This was a claim for judicial review brought by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (“JCWI”) of the Right to Rent Scheme which was enacted […]

The Department for Work and Pensions has published the latest newsletter for landlords who let properties to tenants who are in receipt of Universal Credit. You can read The Department for Work and Pensions Guidance on Universal Credit and rented housing: Guidance for landlords here for more information. Recovering Rent Arrears and Service Charges from Universal Credit […]

Bali v Manaquel Company Limited, County Court at Central London (HHJ Hand QC), 15th April 2016. Mr Bali was the assured shorthold tenant of Manaquel Company Limited. A tenancy deposit was paid by Mr Bali to Manaquel in connection with the tenancy and the tenancy deposit was protected within the required 30 days. A section […]

The High Court has given permission for a legal review to be launched into the Government’s Right to Rent policy. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has been granted permission by the High Court to proceed with their legal challenge against the policy. When Theresa May was Home Secretary, she introduced the […]