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Briefing quick find:

The introduction of CRAR – Cause for distress?

Since 1689 landlords have been entitled to enter premises let to their tenants, seize goods and sell them to recover arrears of rent. This is going to change from 6 April 2014. The Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 addressed the…

Tenancy Deposit Schemes – lost in translation

In response to the common issue of tenants’ deposits being unjustly withheld by landlords at the end of tenancies, the Legislature in its wisdom, enacted regulations, namely Part 6 Chapter 4 of the Housing Act 2004 (“the Regulations”) which came…

Empty rates relief clarified

The High Court has recently held that occupation of a very small percentage of a property counts as rateable occupation for tax purposes, allowing for a claim of empty rates relief once the period of occupation terminated. Facts In Makro Properties v…

Rights under a secure tenancy

It has been held in the case of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council v Hickin, that where a joint tenant holds a secure tenancy, the remaining surviving tenant can rely on the law of survivorship even where not in occupation of…