WHAT ARE RENT REPAYMENT ORDERS?

Private Landlord

Are you a private landlord?  If so, you could be subject to a Rent Repayment Order if you are in breach of certain obligations, including: Not protecting the tenant’s deposit Not having the correct licence from the local authority in place when the tenancy commenced Not completing remedial works ordered under an Improvement Notice from - Read More >
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HOW TO PREVENT TENANT CLAIMS FOR DISREPAIR

Human Habitation Act 2018

Are you a private landlord? Do you keep a written appraisal of the condition of each investment property? If not, Mercian Law recommends you act immediately due to the potential for tenant claims under the Human Habitation Act 2018 which came into force on 20th March 2019 for all new tenancies.  (From 20th March 2020 - Read More >
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RESIDENTIAL PRIVATE LANDLORDS INVENTORY ESSENTIALS

Deposit dispute

Many landlords do not do an inventory prior to a new tenant commencing occupation, and if they do the inventory is insufficiently detailed, should a deposit dispute arise when the tenancy comes to an end. What is also important is that any photographs or videos taken are date and time stamped.  As most of us - Read More >
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TIMESCALES FOR RESIDENTIAL POSSESSION CLAIMS

MOJ Possession statistics

If you are a private landlord, the quarterly possession statistics from the Ministry of Justice can make interesting reading.  The highlights from the April to June 2018 quarter are: Landlord possession actions have decreased, following a downward trend since summer 2014 Landlord possession claims are highest in London (with all 10 of the highest 10 - Read More >
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