Its that time again! Ben and I are going to take a bit of time out from the blog and reacquaint ourselves with our families.
However as usual I have done a retrospective on the years posts, so you can look back and maybe read the bits you missed.
The blog will be returning on or about Monday 5 January 2015.
I start the year by considering why landlords should rent to tenants on benefit (in the light of the Wilsons’ plans to evict them all) and continue my earlier series on tenancy agreements writing about an agreement where the landlord pays the bills (its a very popular on one Landlord Law),
Blog clinic questions include enforcing an award against a non paying landlord and agent, whether a landlord should refund the rent now the tenant has moved out and from a tenant without hot water because the landlord cannot access the boiler.
I give some advice to tenants made homeless by the flooding, give some reasons as to why tenants served with an eviction notice might not go, and discuss evicting a tenant without a tenancy agreement.
I announce a new Landlord Law Live podcast series starting with Ian Potter of ARLA.
We had a lot going on this month! It started with a great podcast with Ian Potter of ARLA, but most of the month was taken up by preparing for our Landlord Law Conference.
However there were still some ‘normal’ posts such as this one on tenants’ notice periods, a report from Shelter on retaliatory eviction, and the governments plans to speed up evictions (which have since gone very quiet).
Blog clinic questions include a tenant whose landlord changed the locks while she was abroad, a landlord wanting to claim for redecoration due to damp and mould, and whether landlords need to give the time when giving notice of visits.
Blog clinic questions include a landlord wanting to claim against the court for a botched eviction (I bet he’s not the only one), a tenant wanting to claim the deposit penalty when the deposit was never paid (allegedly) and discrimination of a gay couple by a building management company.
We report on a sucessful prosecution of a landlord by his tenant in the Magistrates Court for damp, I do a power point presentation on 10 reasons why landlords need a tenancy agreement, consider what happens to a tenancy when the tenant dies and David Smith and I start a major series on HMOs
This month’s podcast is Professor Martin Partington talking about the new developments in Wales.
Blog clinic questions include a tenant asking how she can get her landlord to deal with the rat situation, whether a tenant leaving early can request a refund, and whether these tenants can get their landlord to deal with their unpleasant neighbours.
This months podcast is with barrister Robert Brown on gaining access for gas safety inspections, Generation Rent publish a manifesto which I look at in a 4 part series and I do a Monster List of tips for Landlords.
The HMO series with David looks at what an HMO is and this great post on valuing HMOs for Council Tax.
Blog clinic questions include evicting an elderly tenant who has been in the property for 10 years, whether a three month periodic tenancy is legal and whether a guarantor is bound by a new tenancy at an increased rent.
I am invited to join the Council of the Property Redress Scheme, give five tips to tenants on avoiding deposit disaster, discuss a DWP report which shows that the Bedroom Tax isn’t working and consider 3 ways to deal with homelessness in our big cities.
The podcast this month is Paul Shamplina talking about eviction and the courts.
Blog clinic questions include a tenant’s options after losing at adjudication, whether a landlord should pay agents’ commission if the tenant refuses to move out and whether tenants are liable for expenses caused by their failure to move out in time.
This months podcast is Ben Beadle of TDS talking about tenancy deposit issues.
Blog clinic questions include a tenant stuck in a dangerous property, whether tenants can claim compensation for a leaky roof after they have moved out, and a tenant worries about keeping the dog she inherited from her father in a no pets tenancy.
The HMO series ends with a post by David Smith on HMO Prosecutions, and I write what I hope would be a definitive post on landlords rights of access only to find arguments raging in the comments for weeks (I stopped publishing them in the end as they got very repetative).
Blog clinic questions include whether landlords are entitled to hold keys to their rented properties, what a tenant can do to keep his bikes indoors and whether a drop in sale price of a property due to tenant damage was something the agents should have told the deposit adjudicator.
I look at the ten most common issues and problems with tenancy agreements, consider the options landlords have for getting paid money owed by tenants, wonder whether our housing problem is caused by politicians and government, and announce my free guide to the Private Rented Sector Code.
The months podcast (and last podcast for a while) is with Kevin Firth of the DPS.
Blog clinic questions include the tenant who was threatened with eviction by her landlord if she did not rebuild the wall she was told to knock down by his agents, whether this landlord can refuse to allow the tenants to end the tenancy early, who is responsible for replacing a shattered shower door and whether you need to tell your landlord if you are going to have a baby.
The Home Office give me some right to rent links, I wonder whether landlords can discriminate against tenants with zero hours contracts, and take a look at Sarah Teathers bill (subsequently quashed by a couple of filibustering Tory landlord MPs)
Blog clinic questions include a protected tenant frustrated by his landlords refusal to deal with repair issues, a tenant unable to use the parking space with his rented flat, and a tenants rights if an agent enters without permission
I look at what tenants should do if their landlord dies intestate, write about another new deposit case with bad news for landlords, and announce a new online course I am preparing for January 2015 on tenancy agreements.
Blog clinic questions include a tenant whose landlord is refusing to pay for essential repair work she paid to have done, a tenant who was locked out of her flat which was then boarded up, and whether this landlord is responsible for fitting ground floor window locks.
So there you are. A round-up of the year. I hope you enjoy reading it.
Huge thanks to Ben for all his help and support over the past year and to YOU for reading the blog and particuarly ‘thank you’ if you have made comments.
Ben and I will be back in the new year.