Another year past and another Christmas roundup for you.
Below are links to many of our past posts to give you something to read while we at Landlord Law take a bit of a break over the Christmas and New Year period.
Here’s what we wrote last year:
We started with a Westminster Briefing video on 2 January, one of my regular chats with Sean Hooker of the Property Redress Scheme where we discuss current issues, and I also published my interview with Suzy Hershman of My Deposits.
Blog clinic posts included a post about tenants rights when they are not told about planned construction work, whether a landlord can claim rent and use the property for himself, and reasons to be careful when buying a tenanted HMO.
See all the January posts here.
Blog clinic posts included posts on who is responsible for repairs to the front door, whether the landlord or the agent keeps the money when rent is paid a year in advance, and tenants rights when agreed refurbishment works are not done before the start of the tenancy.
See all the February posts here.
I consider Fitness for Human Habitation and rented properties
Ben discussed how he helped establish Safer Renting and a bit about its work, why modern housing laws aren’t working and also wrote about rent inclusive utility bills and various problems with dodgy landlords.
See all the March posts here.
I start a series of posts on the end of section 21, starting with a long post on its history, with a post from Ben on the concept of the Overton Window. I discuss here why it could be described as ‘evil’.
Ben writes about Harry’s case and the legal procedures which only serve to deny justice to illegally evicted tenants,
Davide Smith writes about the Tenant Fees Act
See all the April posts here.
See all the May posts here.
We introduce our free Tenancy Deposits calculator which you can put on your own website.
David Smith looks at the different rules for the tenant fee ban in Wales,
See all the June posts here.
I ask why people seem to want to drive out private landlords and suggest they think again, and publish the final post in my Ending Section 21 series.
I introduce my new Eco Landlords website.
Blog clinic posts included a question from a tenant on why their tenancy agreement says rent must be paid in advance, whether tenants can insist on timed appointments for new tenant viewings, whether landlords can keep replacement items purchased by tenants,
See all the July posts here.
I suddenly realise that I have been self-employed for 25 years and write about my journey.
David Smith looks at a new case on licensing of HMOs. Ben discusses dealing with criminal landlords, the lifestyle club scams and how a case on protesting parents is prejudicing illegal eviction injunctions.
Blog clinic posts included a question on whether a tenant can owe rent if they did not sign the tenancy agreement, whether a tenancy is ‘void’ if it is in breach of the landlord’s mortgage, and whether this tenant can stop her landlords husband becoming her landlord.
See all the August posts here.
Robin Stewart of Anthony Gold solicitors explains about the Tenant Fee ban in Wales.
Blog clinic posts included a question on the correct form to use for a section 21 notice, what happens if a tenant stays on in a shared property after the fixed term ends, a tenant asks if her landlord can let himself into her flat when she is out, and a horrified landlord finds his property is being used as a ‘party home’.
See all the September posts here.
I discuss how alternative deposit schemes are not all that they seem, and ask whether pet rents show monstrous greed or a justified precaution. On my EcoLandlords site, I am thrilled to report that a council estate in Norwich has won the Stirling Prize.
Blog clinic posts included a post on the options when co-tenants relationships break down, whether letting agents can charge extra when the keys are handed in late, and a post on lodgers and deposits.
See all the October posts here.
I ask if criminal landlords are threatening to break knees.
Ben looks at a benign tenant fees act development for tenants
Blog clinic posts included whether letting agents can use their keys to enter to show buyers round while the tenant is in bed, what can be done about a neighbour complaining about tenants unjustly, and whether receipts for tenants keys are a legal requirement.
See all the November posts here.
A short month on the blog.
Tamanna Begum of Anthony Gold writes about sham licenses and rogue landlords,
Blog clinic posts included what landlords can do if tenants leave without paying the final rent
See all the December posts here.
And that’s it for 2019!
We are all going to have a well-earned break and we will be back again with you in January 2020. Who knows what the new decade will bring?
I wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year.