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
Don’t litigate – Mediate!
Mediation seeks to bring the parties to a dispute together to look to resolve their differences in a way which is both practical and palatable for them, with the possibility of a win/win outcome. Read more
Kearns launch nationwide mediation panel
Kearns Legal Services Limited has announced the launch of a nationwide mediation panel in September 2017, providing cost effective dispute resolution throughout England and Wales. 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.
Time to Get Alarmed
Landlords are now required to have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed in their rented properties, with the prospect of hefty fines for a failure to do so. We outline what is expected of you and provide sources of further information to ensure that you avoid fines. Read more
Do Tenants have Human Rights when a Landlord wishes to evict them?
When a landlord serves a Section 21 Notice to evict their tenant, in response, could a tenant raise a Human Rights Argument to prevent them from being evicted? Read more
Right to Rent Requirements
As part of the Government’s objective to prevent illegal immigrants from accessing our finite housing stock, it has introduced new “right to rent” requirements. The requirements are also designed to help ensure that people who do not have the right to be in the UK are prevented from establishing a settled life here. Landlords who breach this prohibition will be subject to a civil penalty. Read more
The Deregulation Act 2015
The Deregulation Act 2015 was passed into Law on 26 March 2015 and covers key areas of interest for Landlords. These include provisions relating to the protection of deposits with Tenancy Deposit Schemes and the new offence of a Retaliatory Eviction. We take a look at what Landlords need to know... Read more