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Scope and Form of Disclosure

Updated: December 21, 2018 What is disclosure? Disclosure is the process in litigation where each party is required to disclose to the other party 'documents' in their control which are material to the issues in dispute. Disclosure is an important part of any civil litigation and it is important to understand what is required. Failing [...]
Upcoming changes to HMO regulation

Upcoming changes to HMO regulation

Draft Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Mandatory Conditions of Licences) (England) Regulations 2018 published New regulations relating to licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (‘HMOs’) will come into force on 1 October 2018. The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description) (England) Order 2018 (the Order) This Order changes the definition of an [...]

New EPC Regulations coming into force from 1 April 2018 – what do Landlords need to do?

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) come into force on from 1 April 2018. Properties rented out in the private sector will be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be unlawful to rent out a property which [...]

DPS – Prescribed Information

The Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS) are in the process of moving all their accounts to a ‘new system’. If you protect your deposit or deposits via the DPS, this is something you need to be aware of. In particular, when serving the prescribed information. In order to have correctly served the prescribed information for deposits […]

Right to Rent – Criminal Offences

From 1st February 2016 all landlords have had to complete ‘Right to Rent’ checks on their tenants. Further provisions are being introduced on 1st December 2016 which include criminal offences for landlords and agents who fail to carry out right to rent checks or fail to take steps to remove illegal immigrant tenants from their [...]