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How to deal with bats in a property

Unlike rodents, wasps and cluster flies, bats are not pests. As population numbers have fallen, all bats and their roosts are protected under The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 … Continue reading

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Can a landlord refuse to accept early surrender of a tenancy?

Where a tenant expresses a wish to leave during a fixed term or vacate without giving the notice defined in the tenancy agreement, this is an offer to surrender. A landlord may accept or refuse such an offer. Surrender by … Continue reading

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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and home businesses

Home businesses are now common but until recently giving a tenant consent to operate a business from their rented home was tricky because the landlord did not want to inadvertently give the tenant a business tenancy that could be caught … Continue reading

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Why some landlords might not favour sharers

When we say ‘sharers’ we are not referring to married couples, civil partners or common-in-law partners we are referring to friends, co-workers or in some cases relatives who choose to live together as tenants. Temporary Arrangement Sharers are rarely a … Continue reading

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Who is responsible for servicing and safety checking tenant owned gas appliances?

Any gas appliance that the landlord owns and provides for the tenant’s use is included in the landlord’s legal duties. If a tenant has their own gas appliance that the landlord has not provided, then the landlord has responsibilities for … Continue reading

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Carpet Moths – The Facts and What to Do About Them – Part 2

Part 1 of the article can be found here The Solution One of the main reasons I wrote this article was that I heard many tales from people how difficult they are to get rid of. I believe that in … Continue reading

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Carpet Moths – The Facts and What to Do About Them – Part 1

The Common Clothes Moth (Tineola biselliella) or carpet moth as it is commonly known, has become a major pest in our area over the past few years. I have read many articles, both in print and on the internet and … Continue reading

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Change of rent day – how it works

Changing the rent day for a tenancy very often causes confusion for parties to the agreement so here is a quick guide to explain how it works. The day rent falls due, commonly referred to as the rent day, is … Continue reading

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Is the landlord responsible for repairing garages and sheds?

The landlord has no statutory obligation to repair outbuildings such as garages and sheds unless they are an integral part of the dwelling house. The key piece of legislation that covers landlord repairing obligations is Section 11 of The Landlord … Continue reading

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Tenant Owned LPG Heating Appliances – Things to Consider

Most tenancy agreements prohibit the use of Low Pressure Gas (LPG) heating appliances in rented property but why is this and what are the safety considerations? Safety Checks Does a mobile space heater e.g. LPG heater need a gas safety … Continue reading

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