Hey, you asked…

For some of us internet old timers, who were on usenet before the WWW existed and were hand coding websites in the mid 1990s, it is still a surprise how people treat search engines as something to put a fully fledged question into. January has been a bumper month for searches arriving at this site […]

Not the usual bug infestation

Hat tip to Cearta.ie for this extraordinary story from the Irish Times: Landladies ordered to pay students €115,000 in damages Simon Carswell 14 November 2007 Two Dublin landladies have been ordered to pay damages totalling more than €115,000 to 10 students who were tenants in their house after the Circuit Court found they had kept […]

Tenants' Rights – The Book

I have finally laid my hands upon a copy of the new book by Tessa Shepperson, the maestro of Landlord law blog and old friend of this blog. The book has been out since early summer, so apologies to Tessa for my belatedness. Given this intro, I can hardly pretend to a fully objective review. […]

Catching up – s.21 and tenants' deposits

A very interesting article by Francis Davey in September’s Legal Action about the Housing Act 2004. The whole piece rewards a read, but two bits caught my eye. We don’t do that many private tenancy possession defences, relatively speaking, so these were new to me. Where a shorthold assured tenancy started after 6 April 2007, […]

Brownfields to Brown homes?

I’ve been adopting a wait and see approach to the Brown government, but if this report in the Observer is true, it is most certainly a good thing. Councils are apparently to be permitted to build more housing stock and possibly have rent income released back to them to do so. I’ve called for this […]

Waxed Moustaches

I caught someone from the National Citizens Advice Bureau on BBC Breakfast this morning, commenting on a CAB report on the large number of people in private rented properties in bad condition who are promptly evicted if they complain or do anything about the disrepair. Anecdotally, I’d certainly support this. We do hear from quite […]

But I hardly know you

Why do people do it? Why do they sign up for joint tenancies with private landlords together with people they have only just met? I’m sure it all seems terribly exciting, but what are you letting yourself in for with your shiny new shorthold assured tenancy? You and all the joint tenants are ‘jointly and […]

Don't get too oppositional

Tessa Shepperson, in an introduction to a Q&A makes a sound point that I think those of us who spend much of their time opposing local authorities tend to forget, which is that the Local Council’s tenancy relation services, environmental or housing advice services can be effective in illegal eviction or harrassment cases for private […]

How not to be a landlord

From a recent case, a fairly textbook example of how not to go about things as a private landlord. The client was a shorthold assured tenant, with a years’ assured period and a monthly rent. Rent was paid by housing benefit, and the inevitable problems arose (not the client’s fault). The landlord firstly attempted to […]