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    Gas Safety Certification during COvid-19 Lockdown

    Government has now issued guidance on this https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/876500/Consolidated_Landlord_and_Tenant_Guidance_COVID_and_the_PRS_v4.2.pdf
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    Do I need an hmo license if let out 3 storey house on joint tenancy with 1 couple and 3 of their friends?

    HMO if three or more unrelated people live there as at least two separate households... Royal Greenwich Council's definition includes a couple in one bedroom and at least one other in another bedroom, which conflicts with the 'rent-a-room' program.
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    Gas Safety Certification during COvid-19 Lockdown

    Hi, Does anyone know whether Gas Safety Checks are still deemed 'essential' during the current Covid-19 Lockdown? I have two properties which need re-certification imminently and I am finding it difficult to find an engineer willing to undertake the work.
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    Tenants have notified me of wish to end tenancy. Is S21 required?

    The only option (rather drastic) would be close-down the account into which the unwanted payments keep arriving. (As to your other questions, they'd need a litigation solicitor's views; and I don't know enough to reply; sorry.) Unfortunately, it is a business account and closing it down would...
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    Tenants have notified me of wish to end tenancy. Is S21 required?

    Despite several requests the tenant has not supplied her bank account details to reverse the payment. I emailed the tenant stating that if she did not provide the requested bank details within 14 days then the landlord would consider the transfer as a gift and it could not be construed that the...
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    Tenants have notified me of wish to end tenancy. Is S21 required?

    The CPS gives some guidance on the definition of a trespasser in http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/trespass_and_nuisance_on_land/#a11 Meaning of Trespasser A person can only commit the offence if they have entered and remain in the residential building as a trespasser. Any intentional...
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    Tenants have notified me of wish to end tenancy. Is S21 required?

    I should add that the tenant has transferred the equivalent of 1 month rent into the landlord's bank account although no request to do so was given to the tenant.
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    Tenants have notified me of wish to end tenancy. Is S21 required?

    In the context of a residential building is there a difference between a trespasser and a squatter? My understanding from Section 144 of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 is that the former tenant is not a squatter because they were previously entitled to live at the...
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    Tenants have notified me of wish to end tenancy. Is S21 required?

    S21 Notice expired on 31st January 2017 Tenant has not vacated the property. Is the next step to apply to the courts for possession using form N5B? There does not seem to be a section to fill in covering "The Tenant has given notice, which has now expired but has not vacated the premises". Is...
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    Tenants have notified me of wish to end tenancy. Is S21 required?

    Hi, S21 expires in five days time on 31st January 2017. Even though the tenants initiated the end of tenancy, one of the tenants has refused to move out and is waiting for the LA to re-house her and her child. Is the LA responsible for re-housing people who have deliberately made themselves...
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    Tenants have notified me of wish to end tenancy. Is S21 required?

    I have rented a flat to a couple who have decided to separate. The lead tenant has left the property and is living elsewhere. There is not much hope that they will get back together. I have received emails from both tenants saying that one tenant has left. The remaining tenant wishes to...
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    CGT on inherited property

    Thank you for your guidance; I will get further confirmation from my accountant. I have an associated question which is as follows... If I buy a third property can I minimise CGT further by... 1. Change my primary residence to the first property 2. Sell the first property 3. Change my primary...
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    CGT on inherited property

    Hi, In May 1995 my fiancée and I bought a property and lived in it as our principal primary residence. The property title and mortgage were in her name only. In July 1995 we were married and the property title and mortgage remained in her name. She died in February 2004 and I continued to...
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    Tenancy end - date of S21expiry or date tenants evicted/leave

    From 9th January 2015 the LA paid HB directly to the L. On 29th February 2015 the S21 expired The tenants did not leave the property until 14th June 2015 (the day before the bailiff arrived to evict them). The LA terminated HB on expiry of S21 citing that the tenancy had ended Should the LA...
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    Noise and Anti-social behaviour

    Hi Chris, Thanks for your ideas. The local EH will only issue a noise abatement notice if they hear the noise themselves or it is recorded on their equipment. Since the noise is late at night then EH staff are not available and they are being slow regarding installing their recording equipment...
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    Noise and Anti-social behaviour

    The noise continues. It has now got so bad that the upstairs tenant has left the property and gone back to his parent's house and his partner has gone back to her parents with their 4 month old baby as neither set of parents have enough space to accommodate all three of them. However, they...
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    Noise and Anti-social behaviour

    I followed your advice in a response to the post regarding obtaining possession of a property at the end of the initial term and used section 21. As far as I know, the new s.21 format is not compulsory yet- but it's certainly valid/usable/simpler than guessing which of the old...
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    Noise and Anti-social behaviour

    Dear Jeffery, I manage two flats located in the same building. On 6th January 2016 I served Form NR6 on the downstairs flat with a termination date of 9th March 2016. Since thent the tenant (with the help of his visitors) has been creating a nuisance in the area with several late night parties...
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    L Repossessing property at end of AST

    Dear Jeffrey, Thank you for that clarification. I was puzzled by the fact that the Property Hawk website still offers the Pre-October Fixed Term Section 21 and Pre-October 2015 Periodic Section 21 forms to download as well as the Form N6. I deduced (incorrectly) that the required form was...
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    L Repossessing property at end of AST

    Hi, I am now not sure which version of the S21 to use. AST initial period expires on 9th February 2016 so less than two months away and I understand that 2 months notice must be given. Should I use... a) The Fixed Term Notice version because today is still within still in the initial term b)...