I am deep in the throes of writing up the notes for my Tenancy Agreement workshop which takes place on Thursday.
I had forgotten how much there was to say.
People just think of having ‘a tenancy agreement’ as if it were an extra table or something, but actually it is of crucial importance in your tenancy.
It sets out the rights of landlords (some of which they won’t have if they are not set down in the agreement correctly) and if you don’t word it properly, half of your clauses may be invalid under the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999.
Its the unfair terms regs part of the course I am working on new. Not an easy bit of legislation and the OFTs guidance notes are not an easy document to follow either.
But what happened on the blog last week?Monday
A blog clinic question where a landlord is seeking to increase the rent despite the fact that her tenants are in arrears. Could she be wanting her property back? Take a look here …Tuesday
Another in my series of profiles of Landlord Law Conference exhibitors. This time its the turn of the Residential Landlords Association. Read all about them here …Wednesday
Can this tenant by her actions effectively prevent the landlord recovering the deposit from the DPS despite the extensive damage done by here? See here …Thursday
The first in my new live webinar series. Ian Potter has agreed to give me an interview and I am really looking forward to talking to him. Will you be there too? Read more about it here …Friday
Ben confesses to having housing on the brain, and talks of baffled poltiticans and kicking Cameron. And Rasta wear. Read it here …
- The RLA newshub has an article on when prosecuting is better than red tape
- Hannah Fearn of the Guardian talks of how the complexity of the housing crisis baffles politicians
- Find out more about my new live webinars and the Ian Potter interview
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I was reading the report from the Senior President of Tribunals (here) and came across some interesting little bits:
(a) The President of the Lands Chamber in his report notes that he now has a power to make a protective costs order in cases where there is a significant disparity in resources between parties – does anyone know where this power comes from? I confess that I’d not heard of it.
(b) The Lands Chamber is moving buildings in 2014 as well – it’ll have a permanent home in the Royal Courts of Justice.
(c) The President of the FTT(PC) notes that her Tribunal received 10,311 “residential property” cases in 2012/13, and dealt with 10,047 cases. Whilst that will include all leasehold disputes, enfranchisement and rent cases, it is a quite incredible number. I had no idea they were so busy.
Anyway, the report is available to download and is worth a read.
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