Latest industry, court news and up to date changes in relevant legislation related to our services.
The Paper-Based Small Claims Pilot
A pilot scheme which will allow courts to decide the outcome of certain small claims without the need for a final hearing is being tested with the aim of reducing the time which lower value cases take to reach a conclusion. Read more
Implementation of Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 Delayed
Deployment of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act will now be delayed until December 2022. Read more
End to “no fault evictions” announced in The Queen’s Speech
The government plans to end the “no-fault eviction” process in England, a change which will be introduced in the Renters’ Reform Bill. Read more
New Possession Procedure
A new case management process has been introduced to cope with the backlog of cases which built up during the Covid-19 lockdown Read more
Supreme Court in Cardiff
The Supreme Court sat in Cardiff for the first time. Read more
Tenant Fees Ban (England)
The Tenant Fees Ban came into force on 1st June 2019 and prevents landlords and letting agents from charging tenants a number of fees for new or renewal tenancies. We answer the main questions about the legislation. Read more
Government updates to the ‘How to Rent’ guide
The government updated the “How to Rent” guide on 17/01/2018. You can find a link to the new guide on this post. Landlords will be well aware by now of the requirement to provide the current version of the guide to their tenant(s) at the beginning of a tenancy (or an existing tenancy which was renewed post implementation). Read more
Oh Ghosh! Criminal dishonesty changed by a gambler!
The Supreme Court has recently sent shockwaves through the criminal legal test of dishonesty by effectively abolishing the second limb of the Ghosh test which has been used to prove or disprove dishonesty since 1982 Read more
April Rules Day – New MEES regulations
1st April 2018 will see sweeping changes to the private rental sector landscape, with a significant expansion of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (“MEES”) regulations. Read more
Kearns landlord referral scheme
At Kearns Solicitors, our specialist landlord team are experts at helping landlords deal with problem tenants. We take care of everything from issuing a possession notice to handling evictions.
Many of our clients come to us via referrals from happy customers, so we’ve decided to introduce a referral scheme to thank them. Now when you refer another landlord to Kearns, you and the referral will be both eligible for £50 off your fees.