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Electrical Safety Standards Regulations 2020 – In a Nutshell

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 come into force on 1st June 2020 and apply to all new tenancies from 1st July 2020 and all existing tenancies from 1st April 2021. Overview Landlords must … Continue reading

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Assured Shorthold Tenancy Tenants’ Notice to Quit – Is it valid?

Common Law * The minimum period for a notice to quit is a complete period of the tenancy * The notice period must end on the last day of a period of the tenancy * A notice that expires on … Continue reading

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The unintended consequences of the Tenant Fees Act on lets with pets

Almost 12 million households in the UK own a pet so you could question why a landlord would exclude such a large proportion of the population by stipulating ‘no pets’ when they advertise their property for rent. Traditionally many landlords … Continue reading

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What payments are landlords and letting agents permitted to take from tenants on or after 1st June 2019?

1. Rent 2. Tenancy Deposit – maximum five weeks’ rent where the annual rent in respect of the tenancy immediately after its grant, renewal or continuance is less than £50,000, or six weeks’ rent, where the annual rent in respect of the tenancy … Continue reading

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What does the law say about when is rent due, payable and in arrears?

Due Rent becomes due on the morning of the day specified for payment in the tenancy agreement. This day is commonly referred to as the ‘rent day’ and is a core term of the tenancy. Payable Rent may lawfully be … Continue reading

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Is there a minimum size for a room that is to be used as a bedroom?

What is a bedroom? A bedroom is a room that is available as sleeping accommodation if it is of a type normally used in the locality either as a living room or as a bedroom. {Housing Act 1985, Chapter 68, … Continue reading

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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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