Category: Legal

Changing Times – Universal Credit

The start of 2018 heralds some new changes again for Universal Credit in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, yet in different ways for the separate countries. Universal Credit was introduced by former Conservative Leader, Iain Duncan Smith. He created it with the aim to help make the system simpler by introducing one single payment to …

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One Good Property Deed Deserves…

You would think that if someone stepped in to buy your home so that you could continue to live there that you’d find a way to stay on good terms. Not so with one East Sussex tenant and his landlord. Colin Gregory, former antiques dealer, managed to prevent the property being sold on and secured …

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The Law Comes Down on Private Landlords

A recent legal action undertaken by a Scottish court could have serious repercussions for many other cases related to the behaviour of private landlords in this country. A landlord who had already received previous convictions in November 2014 for not complying with The Antisocial Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004 and breaching the Gas Safety (Installation and …

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Government Regulation – Are You Really Ready?

The Letting Agent Code of Practice Regulations come in to law in January 2018 and with significant work to do, many agents will already struggle to be ready in time. Regulation acknowledges the importance of housing in society and the letting agent’s role, and is intended to ensure that every agent involved in lettings has …

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Is the Housing White Paper Grey for the Small Scale PRS?

Tuesday 7th February saw the housing white paper being published. Letting agents and landlords were encouraged to hear Gavin Barwell stating that the government had “changed its tone” towards people renting homes rather than buying. There was a clear sign that the government acknowledges that an increased focus is required on the Private Rented Sector …

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