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How to be prepared for the age old problem of supply and demand

15 Sep 2021

A significant number of EU workers from the UK have left the construction industry leading to those in the industry facing a substantial shortage of workers in some specialist trades. In addition to this, more than 500,000 UK-born construction workers are expected to retire in the next 10 to 15 years…

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Statutory Defences to Defamation

15 Sep 2021

Due to the evolution of the Court system and the increase of internet resources, Court documents and information are generally more accessible to individuals who may wish to make a claim. It is therefore easier for a person who feels that they have been wronged to make a civil claim against those they…

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Mandatory Grounds for Possession

15 Sep 2021

Part 4 of our grounds for possession series considers ground 4 - Lets to students by educational institutions. What is the Ground 4 - Let to students by educational institutions? This ground allows educational establishments- such as universities- who let out properties to students, to be able…

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Mandatory Grounds for Possession

06 Sep 2021

What is the Ground 3 - Out of Season holiday let? The purpose of having this ground is for landlords who switch between genuine holiday lets and standard residential let's, although you need to bear in mind that the residential let should be for no more than 8 months long. If you have a…

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Deposits in flatshares- the Court's approach

24 Aug 2021

The Courts have recently reached a decision in relation to deposits taken in flat share situations where tenants change over time, but no additional deposits are paid to the landlord. Sturgiss & Gupta v Boddy & Ors- facts The landlord, Mr Boddy, rented out a property in 2004 to 4…

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Mandatory Grounds for Possession

23 Aug 2021

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be looking at the grounds on which a residential landlord can rely on to take possession of their property back. Where do the grounds come from? There are 2 types of possession: via s8 of the Housing Act 1988 and via s21 of the Housing Act 1988.…

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Possession Hearings

17 Aug 2021

You've issued possession proceedings and have received a possession hearing date. Now what? What should you expect? The possession hearing is listed for a short period of time, usually around 15 minutes if the tenant has not raised any defences. As the claimant, the landlord will be expected…

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Review Hearings in Possession Claims

29 Jul 2021

What is a Review Hearing? The review hearing is a new stage in the eviction process. After proceedings have been issued, the Court will schedule a review hearing. The purpose of this is to give the Court the opportunity to make sure the paperwork is in order and to offer the tenant an opportunity…

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Businesses beware - the importance of a written contract

26 Jul 2021

One of the biggest misconceptions is that just because you do not have a document in writing means you do not have a contract. A contract does not have to be in writing. A contract simply requires: · an offer; · acceptance; · consideration (such as payment); &…

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