Private sector updates

Section 8 notice prescribed form The Govt has made The Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2016. The Schedule contains a new ‘form 3’ – the prescribed form of Section 8 Notice Seeking Possession. This must be used for s.8 notices served on or after 1 December 2016. The change […]

Foxtons declare war on the homeless

The London Evening Standard has a story which is simultaneously unsurprising yet startling in its blatancy. A landlord had entered an agreement to let the property through CityWest Homes – Westminster Council’s housing entity. This was the private letting arm of CityWest. As I have been informed, in this instance the proposed CityWest tenant would not […]

Foxtons' terms unfair

In a long awaited decision the High Court has held in Office of Fair Trading v Foxtons [2009] EWHC 1691 (Ch) that some of the terms and conditions contained in Foxtons’ contract with landlords were unfair. While strictly speaking this decision is unrelated to housing law, concerning as it does the fairness of consumer contracts, […]

Regulating renting proposals

I’m just in the process of marking what feels like thousands of coursework essays on proprietary estoppel and constructive trusts.  The thing that gets me – time for a rant – is that my very clever three As students can’t actually write a proper sentence, and split infinitives willy nilly.  It just winds me up.  […]

Letting agents hit by TDS?

A recent blog post on the PainSmith blog illustrates a potentially nasty trap for letting agents (and useful alternative target for tenants) in the tenancy deposit protection system of the Housing Act 2004. According to PainSmith a let-only agent received a deposit from the tenant and passed it on to the landlord who failed to […]