Monthly Archives: October 2012

Landlords act now if your property has an energy efficiency rating less than “E”

This press release from DECC suggests that from April 2018 the government will make it unlawful to rent out a house or business premise which has less than an “E” energy efficiency rating – http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn11_40/pn11_40.aspx

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If a landlord sells a rented property can he transfer the security deposit?

My understanding is that if a rented property is sold the deposit can be transferred if it is in a custodial scheme (i.e. DPS) but not if the deposit had been placed in an insurance based scheme. If it was … Continue reading

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Does a Section 21 ever expire?

A Section 21 lasts as long as the tenancy lasts and does not expire after any specific period such as 12 months. I believe the Law Commission’s Rented Homes Bill was going to set a time limit on the life … Continue reading

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Can the tenant pay the deposit in instalments?

I can’t imagine why any landlord would want to start a tenancy without taking the full deposit in cleared funds up-front but I did notice that the recently re-vamped DPS website now accepts multiple payments for a deposit so perhaps … Continue reading

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When is a bedroom not a bedroom?

There is no legal definition of a bedroom but the short answer is if a room has a floor area of less than 50 square feet overcrowding may be an issue. We have all viewed properties where the 3rd of … Continue reading

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What is fair wear and tear and what is damage?

This question regularly crops up at the end of a tenancy. The House of Lords defined fair wear and tear as “Reasonable use of the premises by the Tenant and the ordinary operation of natural forces“. The ‘natural forces’ being … Continue reading

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