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Category Archives: Housing

Section 21 Notice – there’s nothing I can do…right?

Well, this will depend whether your Landlord has followed every single piece of red tape (and they get it wrong more often than you might think!) The term ‘Section 21’ will strike fear into the heart of anyone who has rented privately. A Section 21 notice (named after Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988)…
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Homelessness Reduction Act

Homelessness Reduction Act to come into play from April 2018. Local Councils across the country are preparing for April 2018 when the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 will come into force. This act was dubbed as a shake-up of the existing law in relation to homelessness applications in England and certainly goes some way to making…
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Ground 8 rent arrears – 2 months behind and I’m out?

…that all depends on the circumstances of your case. A tenant who has an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) might find themselves receiving a Section 8 notice if they fall at least two months behind with the rent. This could mean the Landlord can apply to court to have you evicted. Ground 8 is one of…
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Protection of security deposits and the law

Anyone who privately rents a property will know the familiar bugbear of paying a security deposit before the Landlord will give you the keys. You may have received information about a ‘Deposit Protection Scheme’ but do you really understand what is happening to your money? Could you have a claim for compensation if your Landlord…
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Getting Advice Early – Notices Seeking Possession

The first step to evicting a tenant is for the Landlord to serve a 'Notice Seeking Possession'. Whether your Landlord is a Council, Housing Association or Private individual a notice must be served as the first step to claiming for possession. It is a warning of possible court action to come and gives you the…
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Ban on Letting Agents Fees – A Law still ‘In Progress’

You will have no doubt heard in the news that the latest statement by the Government contained a pledge to ban up-front fees payable to letting agents for residential properties. Anyone who has rented privately through a letting agent will be aware of the (often extortionate) amount of money needed to be paid up-front before…
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‘Right to Rent’ – Compulsory Immigration Checks for Landlords

If you have rented a property recently from a private Landlord you may have noticed for the first time that you, and those sharing your home, have been asked to provide your passports and/or immigration documents. This is because of a change in the Law which came into force in February 2016 which rolled out…
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Companies and ‘Signing’ the Deposit Protection Certificate

The County Court case of Bali v Manaquel Company Limited, 15th April 2016 raises further questions as to the validity of the prescribed information. The case was an appeal of a possession order made against Mr Bali at Lambeth County Court. Mr Bali was the assured shorthold tenant of Manaquel Company Limited. A deposit was…
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