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Residential landlords – tenant evictions banned until at least next January

Residential evictions have been banned by the government, with no bailiff enforcement action allowed, until after Christmas. The legislation, designed to protect renters struggling with the financial... Read full article

What residential landlords need to know about the resumption of possession hearings

Important update The evictions ban is now officially over and the courts are dealing with housing possession cases once again. The move is welcome news for beleaguered landlords. Many have been under... Read full article

Top tips: What you need to know before you sign a settlement agreement

Losing your job often goes hand in hand with being asked to sign a settlement agreement – a legally binding document recording your confirmation you won’t pursue a claim against your employer in... Read full article

What do the complex new possession rules for residential landlords mean?

Landlords seeking to repossess a property are now required to provide information about how their tenant’s position has been affected by Covid-19 in their claim. If they don’t, judges have the... Read full article

Good news for residential landlords – possession hearings to re-start in August

To the relief of many landlords, the government has announced it will not extend the ongoing evictions ban after 23 August with court possession hearings to re-start the day after. This means that... Read full article

Whose right of way? Not your gate to brick up, court tells residents’ association.

For one property owner and their tenant, it must have been quite a shock to discover that the gateway giving access from the end of their walled garden into a private lane had been bricked up Yet... Read full article

New Covid-19 protection for business under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act

New rules to protect struggling companies during the coronavirus crisis have officially become law under the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act, which received royal assent on June 25. The... Read full article

New: Tenant Fees Act 2019 extended

1 June 2020 – The Tenant Fees Act now applies to all existing Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) and most residential licences, regardless of when the tenancy began. When the legislation was first... Read full article

Landlords – extension of the eviction ban and recovering rent arrears

With the ban on residential evictions now extended from 25 June for another two months, many landlords will be increasingly concerned about their financial security. The move, introduced as part of... Read full article

Limits to Landlord’s Powers to Evict Business Tenants

The Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force on 26 March 2020 and has increased the protection available to business tenants during the corona crisis. These will apply to tenants of commercial premises... Read full article

How does Covid-19 affect my building project?

We look at how the Covid-19 outbreak will affect ongoing building projects for homeowners where they have instructed a builder but there is no detailed contract in place. For smaller projects, it is... Read full article

Landlords: Key dates in 2020

Keeping on top of the latest legal changes when it comes to landlord and tenant law is crucial – so here’s our guide to some important dates for your diary. 20 March 2020 – human habitation... Read full article

Construction industry – take care when starting work with a ‘letter of intent’

The far reaching implications of a ‘letter of intent’, and the potential liability which may arise as a result, have been highlighted after the Court of Appeal decided that a 15-year-old letter... Read full article

Contractors: keep an accurate written brief or risk being found professionally negligent

In a case which emphasises the vital importance of contractors keeping accurate and up-to-date written project briefs, an architect who kept inefficient records has been ordered to pay a homeowner... Read full article

‘Wake up call’ for private sector as museum guides declared workers by court

In a potentially ground breaking case, a group of museum art experts and educators have won the right to be recognised as workers in the first public sector case of its kind. It is just the latest in... Read full article

Second ‘true value’ adjudication cannot be used to set off sum owed in the first ‘smash and grab’ adjudication

The case of M Davenport Builders v Greer (2019) has confirmed that a party to a construction contract cannot use a second, ‘true value,’ adjudication decision to avoid paying an earlier ‘smash... Read full article

Right to Rent – ‘discriminatory’ and against human rights but still in force for now

The government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme, hated by landlords and tenants alike, has been branded ‘discriminatory’ and in breach of human rights laws by the High Court. Introduced as... Read full article

A fast and efficient way through mass redundancy settlement agreements

As an employer, managing the requirements of a collective redundancy process – when a group of employees is asked to enter into settlement agreements – can be complex and demanding but there are... Read full article

Landlords: new ‘fit for human habitation’ legislation coming into force soon

A new act requiring all property rented out by a landlord to meet a ‘fit for human habitation’ checklist will become law in March this year. The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018... Read full article

Court of Appeal deals ‘smash and grab’ adjudication hefty blow – but employers must still pay first, argue later

The Court of Appeal, as predicted, has confirmed that employers do indeed have the right to challenge the ‘true value’ of a contractor’s interim application in a subsequent adjudication. It... Read full article
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