Gas Safety Trust Poll Provides Alarming Results

The Gas Safety Trust instructed OnePoll to conduct an online survey of some 2,000 people to ascertain whether property owners and tenants had any idea of the dangers of gas equipment. The results were fairly disturbing…
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Mortgage Lenders are now being accused of discrimination as mortgage application is rejected because 48 year old’s husband is too old

Victoria Wallace and her husband of 17 years, Sean, have unfortunately been denied the ability to jointly own their marital home after they had a mortgage application rejected on the basis that Sean was deemed “too old”.…
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Bad behaviour on the part of a #business Tenant precluded her from being granted a renewed Lease

article_logoBusiness Tenants to be on best behaviour or statutory protection can be removed

A Court considered whether it was necessary for a Landlord to show that the grant of a new tenancy would cause it real prejudice in the future. Further, would it be sufficient to simply establish it or would it not be fair to continue the Landlord and Tenant relationship because of the Tenant’s past performance and behaviour?

Ref. Youssefi v Mussellwhite [2014] EWCA Civ 885 The Court of Appeal in this case upheld the previous Judge’s view that bad behaviour on the part of the business Tenant precluded her from being granted a renewed Lease, which she … Continue reading

Possession order – Court of Appeal in latest ECHR case – #mortgage

Mental Disabilities and ASTs analysed by Court of Appeal in latest ECHR case

In the recent case of McDonald v McDonald [2014], the Court of Appeal has ruled that a possession order granted to a private landlord of an assured shorthold tenancy was not in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR)Continue reading

Household Pests: Who is responsible, the landlord or the tenant?

There is often a disagreement between landlords and tenants as to who is responsible for dealing with a pest problem and according to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC), it is becoming more and more common to see the problems dumped on the landlord.
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Council assistance through Right-to-Build could unlock 1million new self-build homes. Could you make your dream home a reality?

People who want to build their own home will be able to turn to their council to make their dream a reality, under measures announced by Nick Boles on 2nd July 2014. Boles announced the arrival of a new ‘Right-to-Build’ which seeks to unlock land for custom builds. With Germany self-building 60% of all its new property and Austria 80%, is it time we joined the trend?
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Tax position for fixtures in commercial buildings – rules changed on 1st April 2014 could seriously impact commercial property owners

Purchasers of commercial buildings such as a factory or offices must jointly elect to fix the value of the fixtures in the contract to be able to claim any capital allowances on those fixtures.
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New proposals made by the Bank of England aim to prevent housing boom

Proposals made by the Bank of England, including a cap of 15% on the number of mortgages that lenders can give to people who want more than 4.5 times their salary, are being recommended to prevent another housing crisis…

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Local Authorities Escape Hefty Resource Drain as Court of Appeal rules on Homelessness

The Court of Appeal have provided an important ruling in the case referenced above, in which the appellant applied for protection under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 as homeless and was granted it, without priority status. When appealing the priority aspect, Hackney declared that the appellant was no longer homeless – a decision which she has taken all the way to the Court of Appeal…

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Supreme Court gives Preliminary Ruling on Monk Evictions

The Supreme Court is reputedly set to reject a challenge to the rule in Monk on notices to quit given by joint periodic tenants. The case referenced above saw a seven-judge panel hear a challenge to the 1992 ruling from a man left stranded in a property after his wife terminated the joint tenancy and left him. We look at the challenge, which asked what impact, if any, the European Convention on Human Rights might have…

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