Can this tenant cancel his tenancy due to neighbour noise ?
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by Tessa Shepperson
2d ago
This is a question to the blog clinic from Dmitrii, who is a tenant in England. I live in a private rental flat with the lease ending in six months. My upstairs neighbour who owns her flat has not installed carpets on her floors, which is a breach of her lease, and the noise travels through to my flat, which disturbs me 24/7. I have spoken to her, but she refused to do anything. I have given the Council a copy of the noise diary, but they have not been in touch. My agency has the same information and has contacted the freeholder about this. As far as I understand the current situation the age ..read more
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Landlord Law Newsround #327
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by Tessa Shepperson
5d ago
Welcome to Landlord Law Newsround let’s see what has been happening in the housing news this week. Are specialist housing courts the way forward? Propertymark has called for specialist housing courts with expert housing judges who can expediate cases and maintain a high standard which would be to the benefit of both landlords and tenants alike and speed up the court claim process. It has called on the Government to make sure this is in place before the removal of section 21 and to reform the section 8 legislation. Research from Citizens Advice has identified that just 23% of tenants feel confi ..read more
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An interview with Kate Faulkner Part 4
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by Tessa Shepperson
1w ago
This is the interview that I did with Kate on 3 January 2024. The full interview is published on our Landlord Law podcast but I am putting out the interview here in sections. Part 1 is here.  Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. In this part, we discuss whether the Renters Reform Bill will become law and the problems that may occur when it comes into force, such as the enforcability of tenant protection legislation, and whether they will actually be able to deal with all the applications for the portals.  Why it would be ridiculous to have a property portal and licensing at ..read more
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Landlord Law Newsround #326
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by Tessa Shepperson
1w ago
Lots of varied housing news hitting the headlines this week, let’s see what we found. Major rethink of EPC’s called for The Building Research Establishment has issued a new report ‘Enabling the Home Energy Transition’ that has called for a for rethink of energy performance certificates. This comes at the same time that the government is consulting on a new Home Energy Model. Some of BRE’s proposals are:- EPC’s to have a 5 year life span not 10 year More detailed data used for the EPC rating process New criteria to determine the EPC rating More training for the Domestic Energy Assessors Encour ..read more
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An interview with Kate Faulkner Part 3
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by Tessa Shepperson
2w ago
This is the interview that I did with Kate on 3 January 2024. The full interview is published on our Landlord Law podcast but I am putting out the interview here in sections. Part 1 is here.  Part 2 is here. In this part we discuss the Renters Reform Bill, why it probably won’t ‘work’ and some other things which can be done to help tenants such as education and proper enforcement.  Why getting rid of ‘no fault’ evictions will show that, in reality, there are very few ‘no fault’ evictions and the problems that getting rid of them will cause tenants seeking to be rehoused.&nb ..read more
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Landlord Law Newsround #325
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by Tessa Shepperson
2w ago
Welcome to our first Newsround of February where we see what has been trending in the housing news this week. Landlords, have your say on helping the disabled rental sector As part of the all-party Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee MP’s are looking into how the private rental sector can be improved for disabled renters. They have issued the following statement We are interested in hearing your experience of finding or adapting suitable accessible housing. We are also interested in hearing your views of what more could be done to improve housing provision for disabled people.&nbs ..read more
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Landlord Law Blog Roundup for January 2024
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by Tessa Shepperson
2w ago
Here are our Newsround posts for January. Thursday 11th January What are tenants’ rights after their fixed term ends? What happens when a fixed term ends? Read my blog to find out Friday 12th January Landlord Law Newsround #322 Our first Newsround for 2024 Friday 19th January Landlord Law Newsround #323 Housing news and more in this weeks’ Newsround Sunday 21st January An interview with Kate Faulkner Part 1 Listen to my part of my interview with Kate here. Monday 22nd January Does your tenancy agreement have an unenforceable rent increase clause? Read more to find out, and then check YOUR tena ..read more
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An interview with Kate Faulkner Part 2
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by Tessa Shepperson
3w ago
This is the interview that I did with Kate on 3 January 2024. The full interview is published on our Landlord Law podcast but I am putting out the interview here in sections. Part 1 is here. In this part we discuss inspections, the government’s How to Rent Guide, educating tenants and teaching landlord and tenant law in schools, and landlords in the media.   The post An interview with Kate Faulkner Part 2 appeared first on The Landlord Law Blog ..read more
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Landlord Law Newsround #324
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by Tessa Shepperson
3w ago
Another week and another Newsround. Let’s see what has been happening in the news this week. Have you submitted your tax return? It looks as if some 3.8 people have yet to file their return, and many of these are believed to be landlords! If you file your return late you will have to pay a £100 penalty even if you do not have to pay any tax!  There are further penalties after three months. An HMRC spokesperson says: If you are a Self Assessment taxpayer, now is the time to take action and get your return done. People can familiarise themselves with the process by checking out HMRC … on G ..read more
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Why your tenancy agreement is misleading – the secret clauses that you don’t know about
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by Tessa Shepperson
1M ago
This post applies mainly to English tenancy agreements, but I give a few comments on Welsh occupation contracts below. When a landlord (in England) gives a tenant a tenancy agreement, that agreement does not necessarily tell you the whole picture. There may be whole areas of law which the tenancy agreement does not mention but will nevertheless apply. There may also be terms written down in the agreement which don’t actually apply to you. I know – it’s very confusing. Let’s take a closer look Things that apply whether the tenancy agreement says so or not Because people’s homes are important, t ..read more
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