Gas Safety Update

The Court of Appeal recently handed down a judgment on the 18th June 2020 that concluded failure to provide a gas safety certificate prior to a tenants occupation does not prevent a landlord serving a s.21 notice as long as the relevant certificate has been given before service of the notice.

30 Weeks to get a hearing

A Freedom of Information Request by the Residential Landlords Association has discovered the shocking time it is taking to get an eviction hearing. One average it is taking 30 weeks to get a hearing for both Section 8 and Section 21 hearings in London. This is an increase of 7 weeks.

First Banning Order Granted

Banning orders were introduced on the 6th April 2018 under the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Banning Order Offences) Regulations 2018 a Statutory Instrument numbered 2018 No. 216, introduced civil penalties of up to £30,000 as well as the extension of rent repayment orders. The intention was to crack down on rogue landlords renting out substandard or unsafe accommodation.

Serving a Section 8 Notice

Unfortunately, it does not always work out with tenants and disputes arise or rent is left unpaid. Or you simply require possession of your property. It is vital a Section 8 Notice is served correctly to avoid costly and frustrating delays. For example, if a landlord is basing their claim for arrears of rent, then…

Government Consultation on Private Renting

A new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants has been published on the 21st July 2019. Summary This consultation seeks views on implementing the government’s decision to remove Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and improving section 8 eviction grounds. This consultation closes at 11:45pm on…