Homes (Fitness) Act Allows Tenants to Sue Landlords over Property Condition

How landlords will be affected by the Homes Fitness for Human Habitation Act put forward by Karen Buck MP

A new Act of Parliament was passed a few days before Christmas 2018, giving tenants in England new powers to fight unfit housing – including the ability to sue landlords for not carrying out repair work.

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Tenant Fees Bill: a Legal Review for Landlords

The Government plan to ban tenant fees is getting closer to becoming law. The policy divides landlords with 64% supporting the bill and 36% opposing. Whatever you think of it, we want to help you understand exactly what the ban means for you. 

Here to talk us through the finer legal details of the Tenant Fees Bill is Samuel Beswick, a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard Law School and author of several papers on UK lettings law.

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Surrendering a Tenancy Agreement by Mutual Consent

End a tenancy agreement early using implied or express surrender of tenancy

There are two main ways to end a tenancy. The landlord or the tenant can serve notice, ending the tenancy according to the rules laid out in the contract. Alternatively, both the landlord and the tenant can agree to end the tenancy by mutual agreement.

In the first situation, the rules of the contract must be followed closely because only one party wants to end the tenancy, and the rules of the tenancy agreement are there to ensure this happens fairly and smoothly.

In the second, because both parties are happy to proceed according to new, agreed terms, the tenancy-ending mechanisms in the contract (e.g. how much notice to give) don’t have to be followed. This is called a surrender of tenancy.

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