The ATL winter seminar
On 29th November ATL held their second training seminar of the year. Joined by clients from across the country, updates given included; disrepair, the immigration act 2016, and Houses of Multiple Occupation. Thank you very much to all of those clients who joined us, we hope that you found it useful. If you are interested in attending our next training seminar please contact Martyn Taylor for further details.
Enforcing a suspended possession order
The recent case of Cardiff County Council –v- Lee  EWCA civ 1034 has ruled that Landlords must obtain the courts permission first when requesting a warrant of possession, (pursuant to civil procedure rule 83.2), where a suspended possession order has been breached. Without this permission the Landlord will not be granted the warrant of possession, and will therefore be unable to enforce the suspended possession order.
New Section 8 notice
On 1st December 2016 an amended prescribed form of the Section 8 notice came into effect, which must be used for all Section 8 notices now being served. You can read more about the new notice in our previous article here.
Ban on letting agents fees
It has been well publicised in recent press that the government intends to ban lettings agent’s from charging fees to tenants as soon as possible. Since the Consumer Rights Act 2015 was introduced on 1st October 2015, letting agents have been obliged to publish a list of their fees to consumers. Lettings agent’s fees have already been banned in Scotland, and a consultation for England and Wales will begin in January 2017.
If you have any further questions on any of these matters do not hesitate to contact the Landlord and Tenant Litigation team: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01825 766767.