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Tenants and Pets

The Government’s White Paper “A Fairer Private Rented Sector” sets out proposals to allow tenants in private rented properties to keep pets. As always, the devil will be in the detail but things do not look hopeful for landlords trying to protect the v…

My letter to the Times – Tenants and Pets

Sir, Paul Grover (letter, Jun 17; report, Jun 16) is mistaken that landlords forced to accept pets “will require much larger deposits”.
The Tenant Fees Act 2019 prohibits deposits exceeding five weeks’ rent (or six weeks’ where the rent is £50,000 or m…

Our city is facing a rent crisis

Landlords, especially any in Bristol, may be interested to listen in to this event: Click here
Bristol Renters Summit 2022: Wed, 2 March 2022 18:30 – 20:30 GMT
“Our city is facing a rent crisis

Ground rent reform – a sledgehammer to crack the wrong nut

This week, the House of Lords will scrutinise the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill 2021-22. When enacted it will impose onerous penalties and yet it signally fails to tackle what most MPs and the public think is its main purpose.
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Unless 3 x the deposit is more than the small claims limit the Part 36 offer is a bluff

Landlords who fail to protect tenancy deposits and to serve Prescribed Information Forms correctly may be liable for a penalty. The minimum that can be ordered for each breach is one times the amount of the deposit and the maximum is three times.
The p…

Generation Rent wants the Government to force landlords to accept more risk

Many people will have heard on the radio over the Bank Holiday weekend reports about the eviction ban ending. A Joseph Rowntree Trust claim that 800,000 households face losing their homes was repeated throughout the day. Not once did Radio 4 or Times R…

Satisfaction not Guaranteed

Given current economic circumstances, many more landlords than previously will accept tenants who are or may in future be in receipt of benefits. With the ending of furlough and possible widespread redundancies, many tenants may find themselves in fina…

New Year brings “Interesting” problems and Misguided Guidance

2020 is upon us and the Government has announced it intends to remove so-called no-fault evictions and magically to make one tenancy deposit serve two masters (details awaited). Last year’s Tenant Fees Act 2019 (TFA) is the gift that keeps on taking (f…

What if some of the obstacles to S21 claims are also applied to S8 claims?

Landlords are concerned that the Government has announced it will abolish section 21. Labour and Liberal Democrats are also in favour. I may written elsewhere about why abolition is a very bad idea: ‘Removal of Section 21 Housing Act 1988‘

What if some of the obstacles to S21 claims are also applied to S8 claims?

Landlords are concerned that the Government has announced it will abolish section 21. Labour and Liberal Democrats are also in favour. I may written elsewhere about why abolition is a very bad idea: ‘Removal of Section 21 Housing Act 1988‘

Removal of Section 21 Housing Act 1988

The Government consultation on “A new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants” closes on 12th October. I would urge all landlords to make a submission: Click here. You can also email your sub…

Removal of Section 21 Housing Act 1988

The Government consultation on “A new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants” closes on 12th October. I would urge all landlords to make a submission: Click here. You can also email your sub…

The flawed Call for Evidence over Tenancy Deposits

The Government (or at least the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG))  has got it into its head to interfere with tenancy deposits to make it easier for tenants to move house. They have issued a Call for Evidence (CfE)
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Don’t Panic ARLA

The Tenant Fees Act 2019, which came into force on June 1st, is causing concern amongst landlords and agents. ARLA Propertymark, which represents residential letting agents and has over 9,000 members, appears to be panicking and giving out wrong advice…

Watch those pennies or it could cost you dear!

Landlords and agents will need to be especially careful taking holding deposits when the Tenant Fees Act 2019 comes in to force on June 1st. No more than “one week’s rent” may be taken. That is defined as “the amount of the annual rent payable in respe…

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