The Practical Lawyer

Landlord and tenant – residential

ASTs – long leases

A long lease can (unintentionally) qualify as an assured shorthold.

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ASTs – pre-Oct 2015

Deregulation Act 2015 introduced important changes to the assured shorthold regime. Those did not previously apply to pre-October 2015 ASTs – but they now do.

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HMO – licence fees

Many LA licence fees for HMOs are unlawfully high.

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Agents – redress scheme

Letting agents have been required to join a ‘redress scheme’ since 2014.

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HMOs – new rules

The definition of house in multiple occupation (HMO) changes on 1 October 2018. The new definition covers properties occupied by five or more people, comprising two or more separate households.

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Assured shorthold – s21 notice

L can give T two months’ notice under s21 HA 1988. The key point about an s21 notice is that L does not have to give any reason for acquiring possession of the property. But, the rules on being able to serve a valid s21 notice are complex (in part due to changes resulting from Deregulation Act 2015).

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Airbnb – breach of lease

It now seems clear that an Airbnb short let will be in breach of a typical long lease.

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Section 21 pitfall – premature service

If T has an assured shorthold, then L cannot serve an s21 notice (to terminate the tenancy) unless T was provided with (i) the How to Rent booklet; (ii) gas safety certificate; and (iii) EPC.

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Lettings – under 18?

If a minor (under 18) enters into a contract, the general principle is that the contract will be voidable (ie it can be avoided by the minor) save in limited circumstances.

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