Can Landlords Perform Inventories, Checkouts and Make Deposit Deductions During Coronavirus Lockdown?

As the UK lockdown continues, many tenancies will begin or come to an end. Usually, landlords would perform an inventory of the property, compare it to the inventory at the beginning of the tenancy, and use this as evidence of any damage caused during the tenancy. 

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Can Landlords Arrange Repairs and Safety Checks During Coronavirus Social Distancing?

Gas Safety and Repairs During Coronavirus social distancing

There is new guidance on accessing rental properties to carry out inspections, repairs and safety checks. Properties should only be accessed for serious matters and all non-essential visits to properties should be postponed. There is also new guidance on how landlords, tenants and tradespeople must act to remain safe if they do need to attend a property. 

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Coronavirus Act: Can Tenants Be Evicted During COVID-19 Lockdown and Social Distancing Measures?

eviction during COVID 19

Coronavirus has changed the rules for evicting a tenant in England and Wales. New measures have also been announced in Scotland. If a landlord has decided they wish to evict a tenant, they must now consider the following developments before attempting to do so.

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How to Conduct a Property Viewing Online

How to conduct online viewings while maintaining social distancing

Social distancing measures introduced to battle coronavirus mean you can’t currently carry out viewings in person. But you may still wish to show your property to prospective tenants who have no choice but to find a new home, or who need a property in a few months’ time – for example, students who are looking for accommodation for the next academic year.

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How to Formalise a Temporary Rent Reduction or Rent Holiday

How to Agree a Temporary Rent Reduction

Many landlords have been asking how to go about formalising an agreement with their tenant to temporarily lower or suspend the rent. Understandably landlords will want to help out their tenants without accidentally breaching the Tenant Fees Act 2019 or permanently reducing the rent. This post gives some simple tips how to help tenants out without falling into any legal traps. 

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