Effects of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 from the 1st June 2020 on all residential tenancies

The Tenant Fees Act 2019 (‘the Act’) came into force on 1 June 2019 and imposed limitations on the fees that Landlords and Agents could charge Tenants under Assured Shorthold Tenancies granted by private landlords, tenancies of student accommodation and most licences to occupy housing in the private rental sector in England. It meant that any fees charged outside of the Act were not permitted and consequently banned. The Act has the effect of reducing the costs incurred by the Tenant throughout the Tenancy so as to make the private rental…

Covid-19: The use of electronic signatures (e-signatures)

Signing Documents and Covid-19 E-signatures are now considered valid subject to certain requirements. In light of the recent Covid-19 pandemic the use of e-signatures has increased and many law firms have started using this form of signature within their deeds and documents to reduce the risk to their clients and themselves At present it is acceptable for deeds and documents to be signed with e-signatures, but only under the following circumstances: The requisite intent and appropriate authority (you intend to sign via this method) have been applied to use e-signatures;There…

Government to crack down on Rogue Landlords

The Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has made an announcement, that over 100 councils will now be provided access to funds in order to stop rogue landlords and/or letting agents. We understand that the majority of Landlords provide and want to provide decent homes for their tenants and their tenants’ families. However there is always a small element that is seeking to maximise their profit at the expense and hardship of those tenants.  This minority of bad Landlords, who do break the law, and provide properties which are unfit for…

Landlord and Tenant – The new Tenant Fees Act

A new act came into force recently that has a profound effect on the rental market. It’s relevant not just for landlords and tenants, but for agencies that, to date, have made a very nice little living out of charging tenancy fees and administration costs for rentals. These fees have affected both tenants and landlords, who have had to fork out hundreds if not thousands of pounds in fees and agency costs. Now, under the Tenant Fees Act 2019, all tenant payments are banned by default unless the Act specifically makes allowances…

Landlord & Tenant: A mouldy problem – who is responsible for getting rid of mould in rented accommodation?

By the end of 2021, a quarter of UK households will rent privately. That’s approximately 5.8 million households renting, due to the combination of soaring house prices and salaries remaining relatively static.  Anyone who has been a serial renter will know that the state of privately rented housing can vary hugely.  Some landlords take pride in their work, furnishing and finishing their properties to a high standard; whereas others complete the job as quickly and cheaply as possible.  For the latter category, neglecting standards can cause all sorts of issues…

Easements, covenants and other third party rights

Successful land owner in Electronic Communications Code 2017 application awarded only a fraction of its costs (Upper Tribunal) The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has decided that a freeholder and tenant who were successful in relation to a telecommunications operator's application under the Electronic Communications Code 2017 would only receive £5,000 each from the operator towards their costs. The underlying dispute related to the operator (C) seeking to exercise its right to access a property to carry out a survey as to its suitability as a replacement site for communications equipment.…

Debt collection: How can you protect your business when customers call in the bailiffs?

Disputes between businesses and customers are common. If you can’t agree a settlement, your business may be called to the Small Claims Court or a higher court. If the judge rules against you, and your ex-customer wins either their money back, damages, or both, you’ll need to pay up. If you can’t pay, or won’t pay, it’s likely that the bailiffs will come knocking. So what can you do to help protect your business when this happens? Stopping bailiffs at the door Bailiffs cannot attempt to take control of goods…

The Data Protection Bill – how will it affect e-business?

How safe is your customers’ data? Are you managing their information responsibly, and, more importantly, correctly in the eyes of the law? The new Data Protection Bill is designed to update the existing laws, and hopefully plug a few gaps along the way. It’s big, it’s important, and it affects every single business that collects any kind of client or customer data, no matter how inconsequential a tiny packet of data may seem. It also gives your customers the ‘right to be forgotten’ – a major development and one you…

Property Ownership – who is the real beneficial owner?

The UK has become one of the most popular destinations for foreign investment in real estate over recent years. Such investment has significant benefits to the economy and provides many jobs for the construction industry. When overseas companies invest in the UK this gives concern for potential illegal activity to take place. This concern has been voiced by the UK government and has led to the proposed introduction of a beneficial ownership register. The UK government seek to have clear corporate transparency in order that properties which are owned through…

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