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The basic rules of tenancies – before the codes

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Before we consider the statutory codes we need to look at the rules which apply under the pre existing common lawContinue Reading

Decline in home ownership and rise of renting needs a big change in government thinking says new report

Smith Institute - the end of the affiar

I have recently come across an interesting report, published by the Smith Institute called ‘The end of the affair – implications of declining home ownership’, written by Andrew Heywood. The report considers what seems to be a permanent trend – the decline in home ownership in this country.  Together with the worrying fact that thisContinue Reading

Differentiating tenancies from business lets and long leases


Foundations of landlord and tenant law – part 8 This series of posts is directed towards increasing understanding of short lets, so in future posts we will largely be concentrating on these. However before moving on to this, I just want to look at two issues: the situation where a lease is for both businessContinue Reading

Landlord convicted of harassment by text

Pay up or else

We have all learned from Ben Reeve Lewis’s writings on this blog, how hard it is to get a conviction for harassment against a landlord. Well hats off to Sheffield Council whose officers obtained a conviction against landlord Steven Loxley in May at Sheffield Magistrates Court. His tenant, Ms Muscroft, had lost her job andContinue Reading

Common law and statute


Foundations of landlord and tenant law – part 7 In the beginning there was the common law. As discussed in the post on Equity and Law, and also this post on the common law here, it has developed over many years and is largely based on the decisions of Judges as recorded in the lawContinue Reading

Tenancies and how land law and contract law work together

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Foundations of landlord and tenant law – part 5 We have had a look at land law, and the rules where land is owned by more than one person, and we have had a look at contract law. Lets now see how the two areas of law work together. When I was a law studentContinue Reading

How do you get rid of a joint tenant who is not paying?

When it all gets too much!

Problems with a co tenant … I recieved this Landlord Law Blog Clinic entry today from Sharon (not her real name): I have a 6 months tenancy contract for where I am living at present. It is a joint tenancy with a friend. When we were getting ready to move in she, conveniently, informed meContinue Reading

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