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The new Tenant Fees Act

Gail Sykes
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The Tenant Fees Act, which came into force on 1 June 2019, is likely to have a profound impact on landlords, managing agents and their tenants in relation to the charging of fees and administration costs for rentals. Under its terms, all tenant payments are...

Landlords must check they hit the spot with deposits

Gail Sykes
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Claims for incorrectly handled property rental deposits are soaring and landlords should be alert to the danger and ensure they or their agents are complying with the legal requirements to avoid high penalties.   According to figures from insurers DAC...

The Diary of a Troubled Landlord - Defaulting Tenants

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"Eight years ago, I granted a 10 year lease with the protection of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 to a small company called 'Spooky Ltd' who manufacture Halloween costumes. Up until November 2014, they were model tenants but due to the...

Contradictory contract clauses can cause confusion!

Gail Sykes
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Occasionally, a landlord will want to vary the terms of its' existing tenancy agreements. The need to vary can arise because the tenancy agreement needs updating, it does not adequately deal with current issues, or to allow for the addition, removal or...