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Notice periods revert for residential landlords seeking possession

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October will see a major milestone in notice periods for residential tenancies where landlords are seeking possession, as they revert to pre-pandemic requirements. But with fears of a tough winter, as gas prices soar and furlough support ends, landlords...

Devil in the detail for residential landlords

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Residential landlords are under pressure to keep on top of a raft of new legislation and guidelines this year, including many protections for tenants extended by the government during the pandemic. They include a continuing hold on evictions, the new...

Five tips for businesses dealing with unpaid invoices

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Carrying the weight of unpaid invoices can make doing business challenging. The coronavirus pandemic has caused financial difficulties for many and could be making the problem of late payments worse for both small businesses, the self-employed and...

Who Is Responsible For Mould In Rentals - Tenant Or Landlord?

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By the end of 2021, a quarter of UK households will rent privately. That’s approximately 5.8 million households renting, due to the combination of soaring house prices and salaries remaining relatively static. Anyone who has been a serial renter...

The new Tenant Fees Act

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On 1st June this year, a new act came into force that has a profound effect on the rental market. It's relevant not just for landlords and tenants, but for agencies that, to date, have made a very nice little living out of charging tenancy fees and...

Debt collection in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic

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In these uncertain times, no matter how big or small your business is, managing cash flow can be challenging. One particular difficulty for many firms is dealing with debt collection. Maximising debt collection should be a priority for your business to...

Can a Landlord evict a Tenant during the Coronavirus Lockdown?

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Can a Landlord successfully evict a Tenant during the Coronavirus Outbreak and Lockdown? The Government has recognised that the Coronavirus emergency in the UK means that greater protection from eviction is necessary for both individuals and families as...

What to expect during mediation

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If you are attending mediation to resolve disagreements about some decisions relating to relationship breakdown, separation or divorce, you might be wondering what this involves. What to expect during mediation following separation A mediator is...

Keep calm for a happy family Christmas

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Talking and teamwork to tackle Christmas break-ups Divorce rates have fallen to their lowest level since the 1970s but marriage breakdowns continue to spike after the festive season, and professionals are encouraging couples with rocky...

New divorce laws aimed to reduce family conflict

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The Justice Secretary, David Gauke, has today announced new legislation to overhaul divorce law and reduce family conflict. Divorcing couples will no longer have to blame each other for the breakdown of their marriage. The announcement follows a public...

Meet Hannah, our newly qualified solicitor!

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Congratulations to Hannah who has recently qualified as a Solicitor within our Dispute Resolution team! Hannah joined the firm in August 2013 working as an administrator during her holidays from University before successfully securing a...

Tougher New rules for Landlords to protect tenants.

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Landlords could face penalties if they are not up to date with the latest legislation designed to protect tenants. New requirements from October 2018 centre around changes to Section 21 eviction notices for tenancies that were created before October...

Dealing with debtors

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Being in debt and being owed a debt can place significant stress on a person’s personal relationships, professional life and even their health. However, the situation can be worsened if relevant protocols are not followed by the person owed a...

Dealing with rent arrears - A 6 step guide for Landlords

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It’s every landlord’s nightmare. For whatever reason, your tenants have stopped paying the rent and are now in arrears. If you rely on their rent to cover the mortgage costs of the property, this can be a worrying time. Even if the property is...

5 steps to make child arrangements less painful, especially for the kids!

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Relationship breakdown can be difficult and highly emotional experience. However it can be ten times worse if there are children involved. Every situation will be different and depend on the unique circumstances of the family unit. Whatever happens, it is...

What are your rights as a step-parent?

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If you are a recently divorced step-parent and are wondering what rights you have with regard to seeing your step-children, there are a number of things you need to know. Here, we take a look at what happens after a divorce, what measures a step-parent can...