The case of Caridon Property Ltd v Monty Shooltz has clarified the position regarding service of Gas Safety Certificates and the validity of Section 21 Notices, with regard to Tenancies started after the commencement of the Deregulation Act 2015, in October of that year.
We are coming across an increasing number of Letting Agents who are flagrantly flouting the law. Landlords must remember that the Agent is their Agent and they are responsible for their actions, and inactions.
We are shocked to learn how many Landlords still do not lodge the Deposits they take from their Tenants, with a regulated Deposit Protection Scheme. Disputes arising from an unprotected Deposit can cost a Landlord thousands of pounds in compensation to their Tenants. It is against the law to take a Deposit and not protect it in an approved scheme.
We were instructed by a tenant in a commercial landlord and tenant dispute whereby the landlord (a limited company) forfeited (i.e. terminated) a lease on the grounds of alleged breach of covenant, namely the failure to pay utility bills in relation to the premises.
This business development briefing just provides an overview of the law in this area. You should talk to a lawyer for a complete understanding of how it may affect your particular circumstances. It explains what a tenancy deposit scheme (TDS) is and what a landlord’s obligations are under a TDS.