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Read this if you let out property.

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Property Owners who let out their property for short-term holiday or business lettings could be in breach of User Covenant. In a recent case appealed by the Tenant from the decision of the First-Tier Tribunal, the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) considered...

Data Protection; Get it Right

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has recently imposed fines on several organisations for data breaches: Hampshire County Council was fined 100,000 for failing to implement effective contingency plans to protect personal data when...

Landlord and tenant news

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A recent Supreme Court decision is likely to be met with relief by buy-to-let owners of leasehold properties. The court had been asked to consider whether an intermediate landlord was in breach of the statutory covenant to keep the structure and exterior of...

Update for Commercial Tenants

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A High Court decision provides a helpful reminder for commercial tenants of the need to fully comply with any conditions for exercising a right to break the lease. Otherwise, as in this case, the lease will continue to exist and the tenant may have lost...

Right to rent?

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From 1 February 2016, all private residential landlords will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property. The Immigration Act 2014 prohibits private landlords of residential properties from allowing certain...

Residential tenancies

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All private landlords should be made aware that, from 1 February 2016, they will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property.  The Immigration Act 2014 prohibits private landlords of residential...

Short term occupation

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Short term occupation which agreement to use? A landowner’s income from a short term agreement to occupy can often be low and without any guarantees as to how long that income will last.  They are likely therefore to want to put the...

News update for Landlords

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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Draft Regulations The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 are expected to come in to force on 1 October 2015. Although the Regulations have not yet actually been passed, because there will be no period...

News for residential landlords

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An Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) case provides a useful reminder for residential landlords (and managing agents) that they hold service charges on trust and must give effect to the terms of the lease. In this case, the leases of a residential block...

Landlord news

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The Court of Appeal has held that a landlord was not required to pay a rent deposit in respect of an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) into an authorised scheme, where there was no authorised scheme at the time the deposit was received. However, the landlord...

Stamp Duty Land Tax changes

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The calculation of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) for residential properties changed on 4 December 2014.The new rates, which apply where purchases are completed on or after 4 December 2014, are set out below. Each new SDLT rate will only be payable on the...