The Lawyer’s Blog

1302, 2018

Section 21 – the need to serve a Gas Safety Certificate before the start of the tenancy

February 13th, 2018|0 Comments

There has been a great deal of concern about the impact and effect of The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015 which currently apply [...]

2206, 2017

Houses In Multiple Occupation (HMO) – The Terminology

June 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

What is a house in multiple occupation? A property which has three or more unrelated people living there, and those people share basic amenities such as a bathroom or a [...]

2206, 2017

Cardiff County Council v Lee – A New Problem For Landlords

June 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Landlords are under considerable financial pressure as a result of their investment, including the most recent changes in the treatment of income from rental income. When a tenant defaults in paying the rent, this can lead to [...]

2206, 2017

How To Recover Possession After A Court Order

June 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

For both s8 notice and s21 notices, what happens if the tenant does not vacate? County Court You will need to apply for a Warrant for possession * You can [...]

2206, 2017

The Tenants Fees Bill Is Right Around The Corner

June 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

The events in Parliament today ( June 21) has confirmed that at least one election promise by the current Government will be fulfilled within this Parliament. The Queen announced  that the Government [...]

2206, 2017

Right To Rent – A Concise Collection Of The Facts

June 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

From December 2016, landlords and agents in England can be charged with a criminal offence if they know or have reasonable belief to suspect that they are letting to an [...]

2206, 2017

Water Companies In Wales And Your Landlord Obligations

June 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

As a landlord, did you know there has been a new obligation since 2015 to notify the water supplier of a tenanted property who is renting said property? It applies [...]

2206, 2017

Section 21 And Section 8 Notices – How And When To Use Them

June 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Section 21  Notice To serve a valid notice, you must​ check: If a tenancy deposit has been received has it been protected in an authorised scheme within the relevant time. [...]


1009, 2018

Housing Update October 2018

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Housing Update 1st October 2018 HMO Changes The former 3 storeys element is being removed meaning that any HMO occupied by 5 or more individuals (not all related to one another) will require an HMO licence regardless of the amount [...]

2401, 2018

Rent Smart Wales: Landlords prosecuted for breaches

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Fifteen landlords who failed to comply with a Welsh Government scheme designed to regulate home rentals have been prosecuted, Rent Smart Wales has said. The scheme was started two years ago to help tackle bad landlords. A further 185 people [...]

1209, 2017

Sheffield Landlord Convicted Of Harassment

September 12th, 2017|0 Comments

A Sheffield landlord is set to be sentenced for harassing his tenants, after he was taken to court by the council. Mark Cashin, 48, pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the harassment of his tenants during a short hearing [...]

2507, 2017

A Historic First for Wales

July 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 was the first ever housing act passed by the Welsh government. It aims to improve the supply, quality and standard of the housing stock in Wales. The act received royal assent on 17 September 2014 [...]

407, 2017

Oxford landlord fined for poorly managed HMO

July 4th, 2017|0 Comments

A LANDLORD who allowed tenants to live in her poorly-maintained property has been handed a £2,400 fine. Gyoung-Ja Song confessed she failed to obtain a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence for the property in Rose Hill, Oxford, and went [...]

2906, 2017

Landlord fined £4,000 for refusing to tackle damp and mould in property

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

A slum landlord from Gravesend who refused to tackle damp and mould in an unlicensed property he rented out in Dagenham has been fined almost £4,000. Patrick Okoli ignored an abatement notice ordering him to repair the property, within 28 [...]

2306, 2017

Student landlord Fined by Cardiff Magistrates

June 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

A Cardiff landlord has been fined £4,000 after admitting renting five properties to students which inspectors found had "dangerous failings". Spiridian Micallef from Sully Road in Penarth guilty plea to eight charges relating to a rented property in Albany Road. [...]

3105, 2017

Newport landlord fined in first Rent Smart case

May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

A property owner from Newport has become the first to be prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding private landlords in Wales must be licensed. Robert Ivor Grovell pleaded guilty to breaking the new regulations, introduced in November 2016. He also [...]

1005, 2017

Tenant Evictions can take 9 months, cost in excess of £2,000 in eviction fees with no end in sight for Landlord

May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Landlords are left in the lurch as the cost of legally evicting non-paying tenants costs nearly £2000 in court eviction fees, and takes at least half a year to remove the tenant. If there are also rent arrears the landlords [...]

2203, 2017

Tenants in England spend half their pay on rent

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Figures in the latest English Housing Survey, based on research in 2013-14, show that tenants paid an average of 47% of their net income in rent, while those who had taken out a mortgage faced repayments equal to 23% of [...]

2103, 2017

ARLA and RLA push for meeting over agents’ fees ban

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

ARLA Propertymark and the Residential Landlords Association have written to the Welsh Government seeking a meeting to discuss a possible ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants.The issue of banning letting agent’s fees in Wales was raised again by [...]

2202, 2017

£249,425 Lottery funding awarded to Tai Pawb to promote equality in the private rented sector

February 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Tai Pawb has received almost a quarter of a million pounds from the Big Lottery People and Places Fund to carry out a project promoting equality in the private rented sector in South Wales. The project will be run in [...]

712, 2016

Tenancy fee ban bid in Wales by UKIP assembly members

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Tenancy fee ban bid in Wales by UKIP assembly members Calls to ban tenancy fees by letting agents in Wales will be made in the Senedd today by UKIP assembly members. The Welsh Government has faced criticism that it is [...]

2311, 2016

Autumn Statement 2016: Lettings agent fees will be banned

November 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Lettings agents will be banned from charging fees to tenants under plans to be announced by the chancellor in his Autumn Statement. Tenants can be charged fees for a range of administration, including reference, credit and immigration checks. Philip Hammond [...]

1406, 2016

Can Private Landlords Refuse to Let to Housing Benefit Claimants?

June 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Apparently they can, according to a recently released House of Commons Library briefing paper. It concludes that it is not unlawful for a private landlord to refuse to let to a prospective tenant who is in receipt of housing or other [...]