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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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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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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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Deregulation Act 2015 – 1 October 2018 (England)

The Deregulation Act 2015 came into force on 1 October 2015 affecting both landlords and tenants regarding deposits, retaliatory evictions and section 21 notices. Three years on and 1 October 2018 is an important date in the implementation of the full changes brought in by the Deregulation Act 2015. Deregulation Act 2015 – The legislation […]

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Landlord gas safety regulations are due to change in April 2018. Are you ready for some good news?

Gas Safety Regulations 2018 for Private Landlords

The 6 April 2018 saw the implementation of the Gas Safety Regulations (Installation and Use) – (Amendment) 2018 (The Regulations), providing landlords with more flexibility around the renewal of gas safety records.  The changes were introduced following a consultation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) between November 2016 and January 2017. Prior […]

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Universal Credit & Impact On Rent Arrears

One of the topics causing a great deal of debate at the moment for private sector landlords is universal credit and the predicted impact that it will have on rent arrears. Currently, 25% of tenants in the private sector receive housing or other benefits.  However, the current system is being changed to bring various benefits […]

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Can Landlords Enter Property Without Permission

A question I was asked this week by one of my clients is whether or not a landlord can enter property without permission from the tenant?  Specifically, my client was interested in what happens in circumstances where the tenant wanted to change the codes on the home alarm system and the locks on the front […]

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9% of Private Tenants in Rent Arrears

According to survey findings around 9% of tenants in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) are in rent arrears or have experienced rent arrears in the last 12 months.  Compared to social tenants, of whom 25% are in rent arrears/ have been in last 12 months.   The English Housing Survey (EHS) is a national survey […]

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