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No DSS! Closing the door on tenant discrimination.

Across the UK today, approximately 889,000 tenants in England receive housing benefit to help pay their rent and get by. And whilst the vast majority of these ‘housing-benefit’ tenants are decent, well-meaning citizens who value, take pride in, and look after their accommodation, those who miss multiple payments, fall into long-term arrears without showing any […]

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Tenant Abandonment And The Law (Series Part 3)

As we have seen in the previous articles (part 1 and part 2) in the series, if the tenant decides to vacate without telling you or you suspect abandonment, there aren’t any procedures set in stone you can follow or any laws in place to guide and protect you. The Housing and Planning Act 2016 […]

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Hotel Records Order 1972 For Landlords

You have completed your Right to Rent checks, all the adults in the property have passed the checks and moved into the property, however, you receive a fine from The Home Office for £5,000 and up to six months imprisonment. How can this be?   The Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972? This legislation is not […]

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Abandonment and the Tort (Interference with Goods) Act 1977

In the first article, in this series, we established that currently there is no legal process to deal with a situation where a landlord believes that a tenant has abandoned a property. If the landlord, or anyone acting on behalf of the landlord, takes possession of a property without a court order and the tenant […]

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Abandonment and the Protection from Eviction Act 1977

The problem. The tenant has stopped paying the rent, the neighbours haven’t seen them and they are not responding to your attempts to contact them. When you drive past the property there is a pile of rubbish on the driveway and the property appears to have been vacated. What you may consider doing and what […]

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Listed Buildings, EPCs & MEES unravelled

Is an EPC required for a listed building? We recently considered that the requirement to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is now over 10 years old and that some of the earliest certificates are expiring. One of the enduring mysteries concerns whether or not a building of historic interest (listed building) or a building […]

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Suspended Possession Orders

Understanding suspended possession orders For the vast majority of landlords, their tenancies end amicably or not so amicably upon the expiry of a tenant’s notice or a landlord’s section 21 notice. In a minority of cases, and normally where the tenant is in breach of the tenancy agreement, a landlord may elect to serve a […]

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Energy Performance Certificates 10 years on.

In August 2007 Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were introduced as part of the now defunct Home Information Packs under Part 5 of the Housing Act 2004. Initially introduced for larger domestic properties with 4 or more bedrooms which were marketed for sale, the requirement was gradually extended to smaller properties and eventually included rental properties […]

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