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Five most common mistakes that prevent landlords serving valid section 21 notices and how to avoid or remedy them


In order to regain possession of a property rented out under an assured shorthold tenancy (‘AST’) a landlord must follow strict legal procedure to gain a possession order from the court. This can be done under Section 8 or Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. This article is concerned with Section 21.

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Recovering business debts from individuals: new pre-action protocol in force from 1 October 2017


Businesses (including sole traders and public bodies) claiming debts from individuals (including sole traders) will be required from 1 October 2017 to comply with the new Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims.

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Can businesses make a lawful deduction from wages?


Businesses wishing to make a deduction from an employee’s wages can only do so if required by statute, a provision in the employment contract, or with the employee’s prior written consent.

Sometimes, employees cause a financial loss to their employer and the business will then seek to recover this money by making deductions from that employee’s wages. A frequent example of this is where the business has paid for an employee’s training course but the employee has then ended their employment within a short period of time. The business may wish to recover the cost of the training course from the employee as they have not benefited from their investment.

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What are a landlord’s obligations to their tenants if rented property is made uninhabitable by fire or flood? 

Although not a common situation, from time to time properties are rendered uninhabitable by disasters such as fire and flood. In such circumstances there is a lot for both landlord and tenants to sort out in stressful circumstances and tenants may be coming to terms with injury and loss of belongings. It’s therefore important to understand what obligations the landlord has.   

Does the Landlord have to provide alternative accommodation?


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