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New Form 6A

A new Form 6A (s21 notice) has been released today for immediate use in England to comply with the Coronavirus Act 2020. Landlords, agents and property investors must ensure they use the new notice. Other/older forms will not be valid. The most significant and substantive change is that the notice period is now 3 months [...]

Corona Virus – changes to possession

The Government has announced a series of changes and restrictions on landlords regaining possession of their property during the coronavirus pandemic. Legislation is in draft form at the moment and is expected to pass into law on Friday 27 March 2020. The main change to possession are: Notice periods for all notices, including Section 8 [...]

Corona Virus – service charges

The existing government guidance on COVID-19 does not cover service charge or ground rent arrears that arise during the Corona Virus crisis. Broadly speaking, the courts remain open and any actions to recover ground rent or service charge arrears can continue as normal. Where there are ground rent and/or service charge arrears the process would [...]

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 [...]