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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...

Will TUPE changes make life easier?

Giles Betts
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New regulations on TUPE came into effect on 31 January 2014 updating the 2006 regulations. Giles Betts looks at what impact these changes will have on the housing sector. TUPE has the reputation of being the bane of an employer's life. It's...

Planning for affordable housing

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The wide ranging extensions to permitted development rights (pd rights) will have stimulated some housing delivery across the country by way of the conversion of existing buildings to residential. The latest consultation proposes more pd rights allowing...

What's new with service charges?

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Over the last 12-18 months, we have seen the bedding down of the new Property Chambers of the First-tier Tribunal ("FTT") which incorporates the jurisdiction of six former property tribunals (including the rent assessment committee, rent tribunal...

Further changes to Tenancy Deposit rules

Gail Sykes
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In April 2007 (under the Housing Act 2004), measures were introduced providing that if the landlord failed to protect a deposit under an assured shorthold tenancy, within 14 days of receipt of that deposit, then the tenant could apply to the Court, which...