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Landlords converting family homes to student homes

Some landlords have tenancy agreements in place with one person only, however, that particular person might come with a family of four, thereby, leaving that one particular person responsible for paying the rent to the landlord. Progressively, the more experienced landlords are making the most of the current market by raising the overall rent earned from a property by renting to individuals or households living in the property separately. This is also known as a HMO, (Houses in Multiple Occupation). A HMO is when separate tenants have private access to…

Landlords’ obligations to check tenants’ right to rent

If you intend to create a tenancy (or sub-tenancy) on or after 1 February 2016, you have a duty to undertake identity checks to ensure that a tenant or lodger has the right to rent in accordance with the Immigration Act 2014, whether there is a written tenancy agreement or not (subject only to very limited exceptions). This duty has been in force since 1 December 2014 in respect of properties in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton. The checks must be carried out within the 28 days before the…

An update on residential tenancies

Following our article on the Deregulation Act 2015 and what it means for landlords, we set out below the major changes coming into force as of 1 October 2015. In relation to Assured Shorthold Tenancies granted on or after 1 October 2015 One of the most important changes coming into force is the prescribed form of Section 21 Notice. This form is annexed to the new regulations and must be used. The days of serving Section 21 Notices when the tenant signs the tenancy agreement will also be long gone.…

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