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The Legal Significance of Holding Deposits

The agreement to, and payment of, a holding deposit creates a legally binding contract between the landlord (or his agent) and the prospective tenant. The contract is commonly called a holding deposit agreement, sometimes referred to as a HDA. A … Continue reading

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Understanding and addressing damp and mould for landlords

On 7th September 2023 the UK government issued guidance on damp and mould in rented accommodation. The guidance is 56 pages long, not including linked references, and there are 185 occurrences of the word ‘landlord’. This article provides a summary … Continue reading

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Can you pass responsibility for a breach to your sub-tenant?

In Dorrington Residential Limited v 56 Clifton Gardens Limited, Dorrington were the long leaseholder and 57 Clifton Gardens were the landlord.The long lease leaseholder had sub-tenants. The landlord served the long leaseholders notice within the terms of the lease to inspect … Continue reading

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How does the revised Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 affect fire risk assessments?

Where a building contains two or more sets of domestic premises a fire risk assessment must now include an assessment of: * Building’s structure * External walls * Any common parts * Doors between the domestic premises and common parts. … Continue reading

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What landlords need to do to comply with the new (2022) fire safety regulations

The Fire Safety Act 2021 came into force on 16 May 2022 and amends the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 now applies where a building contains two or more domestic premises and applies … Continue reading

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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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Can a letting agent represent a landlord in court?

Only ‘authorised persons’ e.g. solicitors and barristers are permitted to represent someone in court. If the letting agent is an authorised person then they could of course represent the landlord in court. With leave of the court a letting agent … Continue reading

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