Landlord Law Newsround #339
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by Tessa Shepperson
5d ago
Another week and another Newsround, let’s see what has been hitting the headlines this week in the housing news. Latest update on court upgrades This week when the Renters Reform Bill was being discussed in the House of Lords, Baroness Swinburne provided an update on how the overhaul of the court system is progressing. She advised that the analogue system was now being worked on to help progress section 8 possessions one new contracts as soon as possible. She said The digitisation of the processes will follow as soon as possible for the existing contracts, provided that the Lord Chancellor’s ..read more
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Why the delays and uncertainty around the Renters Reform Bill are becoming the main problem
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by Tessa Shepperson
5d ago
If you read about business, you will probably read that what is really needed for business to thrive is certainty. After all if you are going to invest money into something, anything, you need to be sure that it will be a good investment. Or be aware of what the risks are so you can assess them and decide if they are a ‘deal breaker’ or not. Landlords are no different from any other business (other than the fact that they are taxed differently – but that’s another story!). Up until now For the past 35 years or so, landlords have had certainty. Certainty that if their tenants fail to pay the re ..read more
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If my landlord sells my rented property does this mean I have to move out?
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by Tessa Shepperson
1w ago
This is a question to the blog clinic from Elsie (not her real name), who is a tenant in England. I lived in a rented house for over five years. I signed a one year lease and paid month to month. Two weeks ago I was told the house was going to go on the market, and it sold last week. I have two questions: How long will I have to move out, and Who is responsible for evicting me – the original landlord or the new owner? Answer The short answer is that your rights are almost exactly the same as they were before the sale, apart from the fact that the identity of your landlord has changed. When ..read more
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How are landlords dealing with the cost of living crisis?
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by Tessa Shepperson
2w ago
Times are tough, and costs for most things are going up. Landlords are not billionaires or (for the most part) millionaires. The vast majority are ordinary middle or working-class people who have managed to acquire one or more properties to rent as an investment. For example by investing in a buy-to-let as an alternative to a traditional pension, inheritance or maybe by having a spare property after two homeowners start living together. Landlords are as affected by the cost of living crisis as everyone else. There are many outgoings they will need to pay – whether or not their tenants are ..read more
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Tenant questions about tenancy agreement clauses and periodic tenancies
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by Tessa Shepperson
2w ago
This is a question to the blog clinic from Lisa (not her real name), who is a tenant in England. My assured shorthold tenancy contract mentions this: “The team certain of *Six months from the 26th August 2018 / *The number of months must not be less than six”. Now, I have been living in the same property since then and haven’t signed any renewal contract, does this mean my contract is renewing automatically every month (as per the rent paid) or every six months? The document also says that we need to comply with “One month notice, in writing, with effect from the day that rent falls upon durin ..read more
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Landlord Law Newsround #337
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by Tessa Shepperson
2w ago
Welcome to our weekly Newsround, let’s see what has caught our eye this week in the housing news. Labour as the next government seems virtually certain As I write, the results from local elections are coming in, with more and more Council seats falling to Labour and Labour’s Chris Webb winning the Blackpool South By-Election. So, at some time during the coming year (or possibly in early 2025), we will have a Labour government with different plans for housing. An immediate (or almost immediate) removal of section 21 no-fault evictions is virtually certain.  However, Labour will not want to ..read more
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Urban myth – tenants have GOT to move out at the end of a section 21 notice period
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by Tessa Shepperson
2w ago
There is a lot of discussion about the terrible effect of section 21 notices on tenants.  And how the two-month notice period is not really long enough for them to find a new home. This was, for example, mentioned in Lewis Goodall’s otherwise excellent podcast on Britain’s hidden homeless children. However, in point of fact, tenants DON’T have to move out at the end of the notice period. It’s not like an old-style Notice to Quit, which actually ends the tenancy. So what is the law on this? Tenancies continue after the end of the section 21 notice.  The main significance of the notice ..read more
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Landlord Law Newsround #336
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by Tessa Shepperson
3w ago
Another week and another Newsround, let’s see what has caught our eye this week in the housing news.  The main item being The Renters Reform Bill is on the move again It was debated in the Commons and passed its third reading on 24th April and will now to to the House of Lords, where it will have to follow the same procedure as it has gone through in the Commons. However, it looks as if the government will be breaking a manifesto commitment as Michael Gove has confirmed that they cannot guarantee that section 21 evictions will be banned in England by the next General Election. Renters and ..read more
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An interview with Robin Stewart of Anthony Gold – Part 3
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by Tessa Shepperson
1M ago
This is an interview I did with Robin Stewart on 27 February 2024.  Robin is a senior solicitor with Anthony Gold Solicitors. The full interview is published in our Landlord Law Podcast but I am publishing the video version also here in sections. Part 1 is here.  Part 2 is here. In this third part of our interview, we discussed the proposed landlord portal and consumer rights, in particular unfair terms.   And we offer our services to develop a report or guide on unfair terms – if anyone wants to fund it! We also consider how the Renters Reform Bill ..read more
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Landlord Law Newsround #335
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by Tessa Shepperson
1M ago
Welcome to our weekly Newsround where we bring you all the latest housing news and more. Let’s see what has been happening in the housing this week. Renters Reform Bill moves to the next stage And the latest news just released yesterday afternoon that it is now confirmed that the Renters’ Reform Bill will return to the House of Commons next Wednesday 24th April. This will be its report stage and third reading after which it will go onto the House of Lords. A spokesperson from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has said We are absolutely committed to the Renters (Refo ..read more
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