Gas Safety Update

The Court of Appeal recently handed down a judgment on the 18th June 2020 that concluded failure to provide a gas safety certificate prior to a tenants occupation does not prevent a landlord serving a s.21 notice as long as the relevant certificate has been given before service of the notice.

30 Weeks to get a hearing

A Freedom of Information Request by the Residential Landlords Association has discovered the shocking time it is taking to get an eviction hearing. One average it is taking 30 weeks to get a hearing for both Section 8 and Section 21 hearings in London. This is an increase of 7 weeks.

First Banning Order Granted

Banning orders were introduced on the 6th April 2018 under the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Banning Order Offences) Regulations 2018 a Statutory Instrument numbered 2018 No. 216, introduced civil penalties of up to £30,000 as well as the extension of rent repayment orders. The intention was to crack down on rogue landlords renting out substandard or unsafe accommodation.

Serving a Section 8 Notice

Unfortunately, it does not always work out with tenants and disputes arise or rent is left unpaid. Or you simply require possession of your property. It is vital a Section 8 Notice is served correctly to avoid costly and frustrating delays. For example, if a landlord is basing their claim for arrears of rent, then…

UK property prices fall

Average asking price dropped by £730 to £304,770, the first fall at this time of year since 2010, says Rightmove Average UK property asking prices have dipped by 0.2 per cent over the past month in a downward trend that began in June. The average asking price dropped by £730 to £304,770, the first fall at this…

Letting agents given access to new training

Two accreditation schemes have joined forces to provide specialist training for Scottish letting agents Landlord Accreditation Scotland (LAS) and safeagent have partnered to provide Scottish letting agents with both face-to-face and online training so they can meet the qualification requirements to be part of the country’s Letting Agent Register. Both LAS and safeagent are training providers whose qualifications…