Author Archives: James Swede

Assured Tenancy

An assured tenancy is a specific type of contract which regulates the occupation rights in property; it is recognised under the Housing Act 1988. A tenant who has entered into an assured tenancy is granted certain protections, in particular against eviction. In order to qualify as an assured tenancy three conditions must be satisfied, they […]

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Lease guarantors

Guarantor agreement A Guarantor agreement is a type of surety given before a lease for property is agreed. The landlord or a managing agency can ask for it if there are any doubts as to the potential tenant’s ability to pay rent and any other required charges. This can occur if a future tenant is […]

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Leasehold valuation tribunal

The Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (LVT) is an independent body which role is to facilitate the settlement of disputes between landlords and leaseholders. Its role is to provide accessible advice and offer a less formal hearing than the court proceedings as well as aim to preserve the relationships between the parties. LVT’s decision is legally binding […]

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NO HMO licence – expect a big fine

A Catford landlord who failed to licence his HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) has been fined £7,000. Following up concerns raised by Lewisham Council’s Planning Department, the Council’s Environmental Health Team paid a visit to the property, owned by landlord Charanjeet Singh, in July of last year. The Environmental Health Team discovered that the three […]

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Advice for landlords on the best form of tenancy agreement

There are many different types of tenancies. Choosing the wrong tenancy could result in you being bound by terms that do not reflect your initial intentions. In this article we will cover different types of tenancies and important points to consider for private landlords willing to rent their properties to private tenants. Which tenancy should […]

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The Housing Act 1980

The Housing Act 1980 brought significant changes into law governing private rentals. The change was prompted by a dramatic drop in the private rented sector towards the end of 1970‘s. Some  data reported that since the end of the First World War until 1979 the rented properties had gone down around 65%. The new conservative […]

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Assured shorthold tenancy tips

The majority of residential tenancies in England and Wales are assured shorthold tenancies.  They usually commence with an agreed fixed-term (6 and 12 months are the most common choices) during which both the tenant and the landlord are contractually committed. The tenant has to pay the agreed rent on time and the landlord provide the […]

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Unlawful evictions and the olympics

An alarming trend has swept across London, particularly in areas which are close to where the Olympic Games will be held. It seems landlords in these areas (particularly in East London) are evicting the tenants they already have in their properties in order to bring new tenants in for the Olympic Games, which will allow […]

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Tenants abandoning residential premises

Abandonment is when an individual voluntarily gives up their legal rights such as interest in their land or property, a tenancy. According to Section 5(2) of the Housing Act 1988, tenancies may only be terminated by a court order which may be sought by the landlord to obtain possession of their property. Alternatively, a tenant […]

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Harassment by landlords

Harassment of a landlord to their tenant is a very serious offence. This could mean the landlord is liable for not only civil proceedings but also criminal proceedings in the forms of penalties. The law which governs harassment of tenants and evictions by landlords which are not lawful or fair is not very well balanced, […]

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