Monthly Archives: May 2013

Rent in Advance is Not a Deposit, Says Judge

The case of Johnson v Old is one that could have had a huge impact on landlords who take payment of a number of months rent in advance. On serving their tenant with a section 21 notice, the tenant, Ms Old, argued that their 6 months lump-sum rent payments were, in fact, deposits, and should… Continue Reading

RLA Hits Back at Shelter

Homelessness charity, Shelter, have released research which says that children’s lives are harmed by growing up in rented homes. Richard Jones, policy director at the Residential Landlords Association, has accused Shelter of ‘scaremongering’. He said the charity was playing a ‘dangerous game by frightening off investors from increasing the supply of much-needed private rented housing’.… Continue Reading

Landlord Ordered to Pay £24K for Empty Home

Barnet Council have won their case against a landlord who failed to use his empty property grant to make improvements to his property and raise it to a habitable standard. In February 2009 the council offered Peter Savva an empty property grant to help with improvement to his empty property in Mill Hill. The £18,285 grant… Continue Reading

How to Rent Your Property Quickly this Spring!

We were recently asked by LandlordZONE to write an article which could be published on their website, and sent out in their monthly newsletter, and here it is! Now that the sun is out, tenants are starting to think about moving. If you are looking for new tenants, it’s important that your property stands out… Continue Reading

Universal Credit Causes Rent Arrears to Soar

Eleanor White from The Online Letting Agents was recently asked to comment on the situation of housing benefit being paid directly to landlords. Universal Credit trials have been taking place across the UK, and the results have shown a rise in rent arrears.  There is a growing concern in the industry that the introduction of… Continue Reading