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A landlord may need to make a money claim against a tenant for either  a specified amount e.g. for unpaid rent, or a claim for damages for breach of covenant, where there has been damage done to the property that needs assessing, as to amount, by the court – where possession of the property is not in dispute.

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The provisions in the Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) that made squatting a criminal offence do seem to have made a difference to how speedily squatters can be removed from vacant premises. The only evidence I have for this is that my law firm has had only one case concerning squatters since it was introduced.

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New regulations concerning the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 came into force on 13th June 2014 and will affect landlords who use letting agents. Although the new regime does not directly cover contracts for rental of residential accommodation, the new regulations do have a big impact on how a letting agent’s terms of business should be presented to the landlord.

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A lot of landlords ask us what they can do if a tenant who has moved out leaves goods and possessions in their property. It’s not an uncommon situation at the end of an AST period and is frequently the case when a tenant does a moonlight flit and disappears.

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The revamped Green Deal scheme was rolled out recently to what is hoped will be a far more enthusiastic take up than its predecessor. It was predicted that 10,000 property owners would embrace the energy-saving initiative by the end of 2013. That forecast turned out to be spectacularly wrong and after 13 months just 1,754 people had signed up.

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