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Landlord Law Blog roundup from 24 June

Middle EarthI have the toothache.

Its miserable having toothache.  Its like my whole system has been poisoned.  Not good.  And I don’t want to go to the dentist.

Maybe it will just get better …

I have been consoling myself by re-reading Lord of the Rings – last night I finished the Two Towers leaving Sam stranded on his own in a tunnel in Cirith Ungol.

But what happened on the blog?


Preparing for Universal Credit – a landlords perspective

I discuss an article from Property Investor News magazine which sets out a useful process for landlords faced with tenants whose benefit will be converted to Universal Credit some time after October.  Read it here …


My agents refunded the deposit to my tenants mid term

Why did they do this?  Were they worried about being sued under the regs or were they just taking revenge on the landlord moving agents?  See what I said here …


Does a tenant HAVE to sign a fixed term tenancy?

Interesting question and also a lot of good comments on this one.  See it here …


New case on Unfair Terms in Tenancy Agreements

A rare occurrence this and useful guidance by the European Court on the interpretation of the Unfair Terms regulations.  Read about it here …


Ben Reeve Lewis Friday newsruond #112

Ben looks at the spending review, austerity Britain and of course Monopoly.  Find out more here …

Is my landlord entitled to make these deductions?

He describes himself as a tenant but it sounds to me as if he is a lodger.  But what about those deductions?  See what I said here …


Further reading

  • A rather worrying County Court decision on deposits, agents signatures and prescribed information in Landlord today
  • The Guardian reports that 1 in 3 people will be unable to keep up with their housing costs
  • I start experimenting with Pinterest
  • Finally some great videos from Property Tribes here – interviews with Landlord Associations and Vanessa in her headbanger days

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Tessa Shepperson

Tessa is a lawyer and specialises in creating products and services which help landlords and letting agents learn and understand landlord & tenant law. For example, she runs the Landlord Law website (now in its 14th year) and is a director of Easy Law Training Ltd and Your Law Store. Tessa also sits on the Property Redress Scheme Council. When not working she enjoys reading, cooking and messing around on the computer. You can also find her on Google

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