We know our local landlords are going through a challenging time and we are here to help you.
Our experienced Landlord advisors in Chesterfield, Sheffield and Mansfield combine their knowledge of this specialised area of law with practical advice on the effects that Coronavirus has had.
Our offices are now open for appointments, however we can still provide appointments over the phone should you prefer. Our team are here to help you find both a practical and legal resolution to any issues as swiftly as possible.
The stay on pocession proceedings ended on 20th September 2020, which means that claims can now be progressed by the Courts again. Please note however, that if you wish to progress with proceedings that you started prior to the 3rd August 2020, you will now have to issue a Reactivation Notice to the tenant before this can happen.
Read about Reactivation Notices here.
A year of change for residential landlords
Residential landlords are under pressure to keep on top of a raft of new legislation and guidelines this year, including many protections for tenants extended by the government during the pandemic.
What can a landlord do if a commercial tenant is still unable to pay rent?
Even now the restrictions are easing and many more businesses are opening their doors, some commercial tenants may still be struggling to pay rent in full and on a regular basis. Both parties to a commercial lease contract should understand how their liabilities and obligations have been affected by COVID-19 and ideally work together towards a solution before the eviction protection comes to an end in June.
What is a Reactivation Notice and will you need one?
Landlord Update: Gas Safety Certificates
As most landlord’s should be aware, if you had failed to provide a Gas Safety Certificate to the tenant prior to the outset of the tenancy, then this failure meant a section 21 notice procedure could not be followed to bring an assured shorthold tenancy to an end.
Hope for private renters and landlords
On the 25th March 2020 the Coronavirus Act (“the Act”) received royal assent and became law, temporarily changing the landscape of private leasing overnight.
Changes Afoot for Commercial Landlords
The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 brought into force minimum energy efficiency standards for residential and commercial properties. As of 1 April 2018, Landlords with properties within the scope of these Regulations must not renew existing tenancies or grant new tenancies if the property has less than the minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘E’. It is estimated that a significant number of rented properties in England and Wales have an F or G rating.
Pressure on litigation costs from “Proportionality”
New rules on the losing side paying the costs of the winning side in litigation can leave “winners” significantly out of pocket.