Archive for the ‘Property’ Category

Deregulation Act 2015 and the Deposit Scheme

The Deregulation Act received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. It provides for major changes in a number of areas of law. The Deregulation Act 2015 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order 2015 (SI 2015/994) provides that the Act will come into force gradually. Sections 30-32 amending s213-215 of the Housing Act [...]

Free Seminar: Lease Extension Seminar

Date: Tuesday 28th April Time: 5.30pm registration for a 6.00pm start Venue: Ealing Golf Club Perivale Lane Greenford, UB6 8TS It is extremely important for all Leaseholders to be aware of the consequences of allowing the term of their Leases to drop below 80 years, which can potentially lead to problems on sale or re-mortgage. [...]

Deregulation Act 2015 heads for Royal Assent

The Deregulation Act 2015 has passed through the various Parliamentary stages and is now awaiting Royal Assent. In relation to assured shorthold tenancies Sections 30 to 41 are particularly relevant. Changes will include: 1. On deposits any deposit paid on an assured shorthold tenancy granted after the 6th April 2007 must be protected. Section 21 [...]

Heat Network Regulations

The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014, which came into effect on 18 December 2014 The Regulations are particularly relevant to Social Landlords due to the high number of new developments built in the last 5-7 years and ongoing, with communal heating systems All residential and commercial premises with multiple occupiers are affected, if [...]

Security of Tenure? You Are In The Army Now!

The Armed Forces may offer training, travel and potential excitement, as well as “a General’s baton in every infantryman’s knapsack”, but it does not give security of tenure to the occupiers of its accommodation, even under Human Rights Act legislation. So found the Court of Appeal in Helen Nicholas -v- The Secretary of State for [...]

Retaliatory Eviction Legislation Fails In Commons But Is Re-Introduced In The Lords

Followers of our blogs and attendees of our seminars will know that Sarah Teacher of the Liberal Democrats sought to introduce legislation designed to prevent landlords obtaining a Possession Order following the service of a Section 21 Housing Act 1988 Notice as a retaliatory response to the tenant complaining about disrepair. Her proposals in the [...]

Free Seminar: Landlords, the Government is watching you!

DATE: MONDAY 24TH NOVEMBER TIME: 5.30PM REGISTRATION FOR A 6PM START VENUE: EALING GOLF CLUB, PERIVALE LANE, GREENFORD, UB6 8TS The law makers are beavering away with new legislation to both assist and to restrict landlords, with the aim of improving standards in the private rented sector. This free Residential Lettings seminar is a golden [...]

New housing rules to control immigration

On the 3rd September 2014 the Immigration and Security Minister announced that the new measures contained within the Immigration Act 2014 that will see landlords face fines if they rent homes to illegal immigrants without checking ‘their right to rent’. A pilot scheme will be launched in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton first as [...]

Business tenancy renewal refused in light of tenant breaches

Often landlord clients wrongly believe that they do not have a ‘real’ opportunity to oppose an application for a new business tenancy – they hold the view that a Court will allow the tenant to remedy the breach and grant them a new term This is not always the case Landlords will often oppose on [...]

Landlords Fined £10,000.00 By Local Authority For The Condition Of Their Property

The need for landlords to ensure that the properties they let out are in good condition cannot be over estimated. Landlords have responsibilities to maintain the structure and utilities within their property either through the tenancy or by statutory requirements. If they fail to do so the Local Authority can require works to be carried [...]