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 […]

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 […]

A Government-commissioned review into selective licensing has backed the creation of a national landlord register. Currently, certain designated areas require landlords to obtain a property license and failing to do so can result in a fine of up to £30,000 or prosecution in which the court could impose an unlimited fine. Tenant can also apply […]

The Governments data shows it is taking longer for landlords to repossess properties through the courts. However. the number of landlord possession actions for all court stages have decreased. Figures from the Ministry of Justice show it took 17.3 weeks on average for a claim to result in a repossession. This is one week longer than […]

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 […]

All lettings agents will soon be required by law to sign up to an approved Client Money Protection (CMP) scheme or face a fine. Almost 9 million households in England’s private rented and leasehold sectors will benefit from stronger protections against rogue letting and managing agents thanks to new government proposals announced . A new […]

London Borough of Camden v Foxtons Ltd [2017] UKUT 349 (AAC) This was the first appeal in this jurisdiction to come before an Upper Tribunal and the crux of the appeal brought by the London Borough of Camden was whether the revised description of Foxtons fees complied with the Consumer Rights Act 2015. The Consumer […]