How to Rent Guide – a bit of a snafu

There is a new version of the MHCLG ‘How to Rent Guide’ out (apparently updated on 6 July 2018). Though according to MHCLG it dates from 26 June 2018. This is because there was a bit of a mess up with the previous version. (Update. During the course of this afternoon, after this post and others […]

As the years roll by….

MHCLG have issued their consultation on ‘Overcoming the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector’. The closing date is 26 August 2018. You may have seen this trailed as bringing in three year term assured shorthold tenancies. It may be, but legislating for that is only one of the options canvassed, others include […]

‘How to rent’ updated (and other non statutory guides)

A new ‘How to Rent’ Booklet was released today (26 June 2018) by MHCLG. This version must be provided to the tenant by the landlord (not just a link) for all new assured shorthold tenancies and replacement ASTs (including statutory periodic tenancies) that arise from now on. At least until the next version. A copy […]

Fitness for Human Habitation – developments

What was the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Building Standards) Bill went through Committee stage in the House of Commons today, 20 June. I’m delighted to say that it went smoothly, with the only amendments proposed and passed being those brought by Karen Buck MP herself. The Bill as amended – now […]

Too soon?

Our thanks to Sally Blackmore of Ely Place Chambers for her note of this deposit case, which unaccountably slipped past us at the time (a year ago). The issue is the effect of the landlord providing the prescribed information before a deposit has actually been received. The parties aren’t named, nor is the court (though […]

Forthcoming law (and informed consent)

The Tenant Fees Bill has had its second reading. The current Bill and its progress are here. There is a lot to digest in the Bill and I suspect there will be amendments on route. There are a whole new range of civil penalties, possible offences and restrictions on service of a section 21 forthcoming. Meanwhile, […]

On the Naughty Step – ‘Accommodation Clubs’

To misquote Groucho Marx, you really don’t want to belong to any such club that would have you as a member. I’ve been hearing about these set ups for a while. They seem to be the latest thing in bloody stupid ‘get rich quick from residential property that someone else owns’ ideas. Now one of them […]

Bits – tenant fees, airbnb and more

The Tenant Fees Bill is now underway. The first reading was on 2 May 2018. The Bill page is here. The Govt response to the CLG select committee report on the proposals is here. Notable in the the Bill is a proposed ban on serving a s.21 notice while an unlawful fee has been taken […]