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Landlord and tenant – residential

T’s failure to respond – not a refusal of access

The UT has held that T’s failure to reply to a letter from L requesting access to the property did not amount to a refusal of access.

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Right to rent checks – unlawful

Since 1 February 2016, Ls (or their agents) have been required to check identification to establish the immigration status of all prospective adult Ts before the start of a tenancy.

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Fitness for habitation – update

We reported in our March 2019 edition (p28) on the introduction of the Homes (Fitness for Habitation) Act 2018 which came into force on 20 March 2019.

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MEES update – private rentals

We have seen that the MEES regulations are designed to tackle the least energy efficient properties in England and Wales.

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Section 21 notices – abolition?

We do not usually report on issues that are only at ‘proposal’ stage on the basis that they might never become law.

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Tenant Fees Act – permitted payments

We reported in our March 2019 edition (p27) on the Tenant Fees Act 2019 which comes into force on 1 June 2019.

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Defective Premises Act – L liable

The CA has held that a social L was liable to a T for injury caused due to a faulty drain cover.
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AST – security deposits capped

From 1 June 2019 security deposits taken on commencement of ASTs will be capped at no more than five weeks’ rent where the annual rent is under £50,000 (and six weeks’ rent where the annual rent is over £50,000). 
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Flat – keeping pets?

When acting for buyers of residential flats, practitioners are often asked to advise whether the incoming buyer can keep a pet at their flat – a situation which is often governed by the terms of the lease. 
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