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Is age really just a number?

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Every now and again we are reminded of ancient laws that have never been repealed, some being fairly ridiculous and amusing! For instance, an 1872 law that has never been repealed made it an offence for a pub landlord to allow drunkenness in their...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

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It took more than 3 years but the Private Members Bill introduced by the Labour MP Karen Buck has received Royal Assent and has become the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. It will come into force on 20 March 2019. The new Act will amend...

Beware of Service of Notice by Email

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It is no secret that, in most cases, the law takes some time to catch up with real life. Perhaps it is because the politicians tasked with proposing legislation are reactive rather than pro-active. Perhaps it is because our law has a long history...

Rogue landlords and harassment - where do you stand?

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On 23 October 2018, the Guardian newspaper, following a joint investigation with ITV News, published an article which revealed that many landlords who have been convicted of housing offences and also failed to pass the ‘fit and proper’ person...

"Partridge v Gupta: Sufficient notice of proceedings under CPR"

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The Court of Appeal has recently decided on what constitutes sufficient notice of proceedings under Part 83.13 of the Civil Procedure Rules. CPR 83.13 is the mechanism by which a landlord may apply to the High Court for permission to issue a Writ of...

Succession to a Tenancy under the Rent Acts

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It is now more than 28 years since the Housing Act 1988 came into force, introducing with it the Assured Tenancy and foreboding an end to the ‘regulated tenancies’ of the past. I dare say that there are many reading this article that were...