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Category Archives: Housing

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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Court of Appeal rules ‘bedroom tax’ discriminatory

The Court of Appeal has ruled the ‘bedroom tax’, or spare room subsidy, discriminates against a domestic violence victim and the family of a disabled teenager. The first case involved a single mother living in a three-bedroom council house with a secure panic room linked to the police station to protect her from a violent…
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Landlord fined for overcrowded property

A landlord has been fined £21,000 after 107 migrants were found living in unsuitable and unsafe conditions in an old building in Flintshire, Wales. The landlord, businessman John Russell Brown, was charging over £50 per week in rent equating to approximately £23,000 a month. At a hearing in December the Court was told there was…
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Southampton crack down, Landlords fined

Two Southampton Landlords have been fined for not complying with the HMO (houses of multiple occupation) guidelines by failing to licence their properties in Southampton. The fines have arisen following on from a crackdown by Southampton City Council on landlords who are required to, but have failed, to licence properties. The purpose of such licences…
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