Its been a bit of a year what with one thing and another. A big year of change for landlords as can be seen in the years posts.
However, Ben and I need a break and so I have decided to give us three weeks off this year rather than the normal two.
In the meantime, you can read through all the posts mentioned below (and they are not the only ones, remember!) and re-live the year.
The blog will be back on or about Monday 4 January.
In the closing days of 2014 I came up with the idea of having a blog theme of the month. It lasted until October. The theme for January was Preparation and Permission
Are you cut out to be a landlord was the first theme post, others included learning to be a landlord, legal obligations on preparing a property for rent and Richard Price of the NLA gave an interview.
Do tenants own the property they rent was a post based on one of my ‘Urban Myths’ posts years ago and prove pretty contraversion getting some 43 comments.
Blog clinic posts looked at tenants insisting on repair visits timed to suit them, landlords wanting to evict under a ‘contractual agreement‘, and what tenants can do if landlords fail to do renovation works.
The theme for February was letting agents and theme posts included reasons why you need a reliable one, pitfalls in agency agreements and agency law basics for landlords. Ben did a TRO’s guide to agents.
The March blog theme was on checking and referencing and posts included keeping crooks out of your property, tips for setting up a procedure for checking tenants and why tenants need to check their landlords. Ben did a post on Nightmare tenants.
Blog clinic posts included questions on whether landlords or agents decide if a tenant gets a new fixed term, landlords rights if a tenant refuses to go after having given notice, and a landlords access rights to get a property valued.
The April theme was tenancy deposits – which was providential as there was a lot to write about with the new rules! Posts included several with the title The Deregulation Act Explained and a post on why the rules apply to all landlords (even though many would prefer that they didn’t).
Blog clinic posts included whether sharers should sort out bug problems themselves, tenants complaining about landlords agents taking too many photos, and whether agents are entitled to commission if they provide a poor service.
Posts include tips to sitting tenants on their rights,
Blog clinic posts included a landlord whose property had been used as a cannabis farm, a disabled tenant who asks about her landlord evicting her after she does improvements, and a landlord removing valuable musical instruments as security.
We have a video of Douglas Haig at the Wales Conference.
Blog clinic posts include questions about when a landlord can change the locks after getting a possession order, whether landlords must refund rent paid in advance if tenants leave early and whether renewals can contain a break clause.
The theme for August was rent and benefit and I did a post on five things you didn’t know about rent and guidance for worried landlords whose tenants are not paying. Ben took a look at discretionary payments and housing benefit.
After about three years on the blog we finally got around this month to introducing Ben Reeve Lewis with a video interview.
Blog clinic posts include ending a tenancy with no fixed term, landlords options when tenants refuse to sign a renewal agreement and what you can do if your HMO tenants turn out to be nightmare tenants.
The planned theme for September was changed to articles about the October changes and in fact we just carried on with that for the rest of the year and forgot about the themes! You can see an index here to the main articles about the changes written in this month.
We announce our 2016 Landlord Law Conference which will be at Manchester on 12 May.
I take a look at why catastrophe is looming for people wanting a home, consider whether there are special cases where landlords can evict tenants extra quickly and take a look at the new HMO proposals.
I discover that there are big problems with using the High Court Sheriffs, ask what is different about the tenancy deposit schemes and take a look at some conspiracy theories on why government is down on small landlords
Blog clinic posts include whether managing agents can charge a fee if their gas engineers are not used, the consequences of being prosecuted for an unlicensed HMO and whether a possession order can be enforced 7 years after it was made.
A short month for blog posts of course as we are closing down for Christmas early.
Ben wonders whether certain occupiers are tenants, licensees or squatters,
So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed our 2015 offerings.
Ben and I wish you all the best for Christmas and we will see you again in the New Year!