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Law Society National Property Law Conference

The recent Law Society National Property Law Conference concluded last week, discussing a series of matters affecting the industry. A full report can be seen in the recent Law Society Gazette, covering: the long-running search for a form of electronic signature to...

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Landlords still facing long delays at court

Landlord Action, the high profile eviction and housing law consultancy, has seen a 43% rise in instructions from landlords and letting agents between June and September this year compared to the same period of 2019.June 2021 was of course when the eviction ban ended.The company has also seen a 17% rise in enquiries to its […]

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Legal help: where to go and how to pay

The House of Commons Library published a briefing paper providing information about where to seek legal help and advice, including: finding legal help; self-representation; legal aid; pro bono legal help; other ways of finding legal advice, including organisations which provide help and advice in connection with specific legal issues. For the briefing, click here.

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Judicial Review and Courts Bill

On 21 July 2021the Judicial Review and Courts Bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its first reading. The Bill would enable the making of quashing orders; make provision restricting judicial review of certain decisions of the Upper Tribunal; make provision about the use of written and electronic procedures in courts and […]

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Understanding the possession action process: guidance for landlords and tenants

MHCLG has updated its guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rented sectors which explains the possession action process in the county courts in England and Wales. One document is intended to help social landlords understand the new arrangements which will be in place when the stay on possessions ends. Another document […]

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Judge gives key ruling on ‘shared property’ rental deposits

London’s County Court has set a worrying precedent for landlords who operate properties that are rented ‘jointly and severally’ but where, over the years, tenants have been left to sort out their own deposits as tenants come and go. The judgement by Judge Luba QC concerns landlord Richard Boddy who bought a property in Maida […]

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Council’s civil penalty threat over electrical safety in rental properties

Bury council in Greater Manchester has adopted new measures to fine agents or landlords up to £30,000 if their properties fail electrical safety standards introduced in the private rental sector in June of last year.Regulations now apply to all tenancies in England and require landlords or their agents to have the electrical installations in properties inspected […]

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