The Housing Act 1988 – The Complete Guide

Introduction

The vast majority of private (and many social) residential tenancies in England & Wales are protected by the Housing Act 1988. A good working knowledge of this legislation is therefore essential for anyone finding themselves dealing with residential property.

This course is aimed at lawyers and property professionals with some understanding of landlord and tenant law who find themselves dealing with tenanted property and need to advise private sector landlords, tenants, purchasers, mortgagees, surveyors, and lettings and block managing agents in this area.

This course will examine the Act in detail, consider the most important cases that explain and affect it, and review the further amendments that alter it, including the Deregulation Act 2015, the Immigration Act 2014 and the Tenant Fees Act 2019. It will also provide updates on recent relevant case law including the key Court of Appeal case concerning gas safety certificates and section 21 notices, Trecarrel House Limited v Rouncefield. The latest developments on residential tenancies will also be covered together with the latest on the Government’s plans to abolish section 21 notices.

What You Will Learn

This course will cover the following topics:

  • An overview of the various parts of the Housing Act 1988
  • Application of the Act
    • Requirements for an assured tenancy and AST
    • Exceptions to the Act
    • How tenancies fall into and out of the Act
  • Anti-avoidance provisions
  • Amendments made by the Housing Act 1996
  • Social landlords
    • Social tenancies under the Act
    • Amendments made by the Localism Act to social tenancy provisions
  • Interaction with the Housing Act 2004 and the Localism Act 2011
    • Tenancy Deposit Protection as it affects s21 notices
    • HMO licensing as it affects s21 notices
  • Security of tenure and periodic tenancies
  • Rent review under the Act
    • Rent increase clauses
    • Section 13 notices
  • Recovery of possession under section 8
    • The grounds for possession in detail
    • Practical comments on their use
  • Recovery of possession under section 21
    • Review of key cases and practical views
    • Review of the requirements brought in by the Deregulation Act 2015 and update on the case law
  • Housing Act tenancies after long leases
  • The changes in Wales
  • The interaction between the Tenant Fees Act 2019 and the Housing Act 1988
  • The Government’s proposals for changes to residential landlord and tenant law in the Renters Reform Bill.

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Where does the buck stop? Liability for licensing and property standards in HMOs

Where does the buck stop? Liability for licensing and property standards in HMOs

HMOs continue to provide a steady stream of cases in the courts, with the case of Rakusen v Jepson reaching the Court of Appeal earlier this year. In this webinar we will consider where liability lies for licensing and property standards in HMOs and the potential liability of tenants and of landlords. We will also look in more depth at the decision in Rakusen and the impact of that decision on superior landlords.

This webinar is aimed at landlords and those advising them and will consider how recent court decisions have impacted on the responsibility of landlords for HMOs. It will also be valuable to tenant representatives who want to know who to pursue if things go wrong.

The speakers are:

Robin Stewart – Senior Associate 

Tamanna Begum – Paralegal at Anthony Gold

Archie Maddan – Barrister at 5 Pump Court

Dale Timson –Barrister at 5 Pump Court 

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Regulation & Safety Standards in the Private Rented Housing Sector

Introduction

This virtual classroom seminar will cover the recent developments and key areas of regulation in the private rented property for landlords and property managers.

This will be of interest to those advising landlords and agents on their safety and other regulatory duties.

What You Will Learn

This live and interactive session will cover the following:

  • The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
  • Disrepair and Fitness for Human Habitation
  • Electrical safety regulations
  • Gas Safety Certificates, and the link with section 21 notices
  • EPCs and minimum energy efficiency standards
  • Fire safety and private renting
  • HMOs and licensing under the Housing Act 2004
  • Data protection for landlords
  • Tenants fees and consumer protection
  • Regulations for agents
  • Enforcement of these standards and regulations

Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording – should you wish to revisit the material discussed.

Speaker: Robin Stewart

 

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HMOs & Property Licensing – What You Need to Know

Introduction

This virtual classroom seminar will provide an overview of licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and other rented property under the Housing Act 2004. It will also consider any potential issues that may arise.

What You Will Learn

This live and interactive session will cover the following:

  • What is an HMO? The different definitions
  • What types of HMO require a licence?
  • The differences between mandatory licensing and additional and selective licensing schemes
  • Difficult issues in selective licensing schemes and conditions
  • The interaction of licensing and planning
  • Consequences of not holding the correct licence:
    • Relationship to section 21 notices
    • Criminal prosecutions and civil penalties
    • Rent repayment orders

Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording – should you wish to revisit the material discussed.

Speaker: Robin Stewart

 

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The Robin Scherbatsky estate – who can claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

The Robin Scherbatsky estate – who can claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

Anthony Gold – Legal 500 recognised experts in the field – are offering a free webinar updating practitioners as to the current position in relation to who can claim against an estate.

Solicitors Alexandra Giles and Tom Dickinson will discuss the more ambiguous categories of claimants entitled to claim reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.  Specifically, claims brought by:

  1. Cohabitants;
  2. Ex-spouses;
  3. Those being maintained; and
  4. Those “treated as children of the deceased.

Following the webinar there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the panel.

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Private Rented Sector Legal Update Webinar

The housing law team at Anthony Gold are holding a free webinar to discuss recent legal updates to the private rented sector.

The webinar will cover the following topics:
Update on evictions, possession claims and notices.
A look at new upcoming legislation affecting the private rented sector.
An update on important development for HMOs and licensing; and
A review of the most important recent court decisions on deposit protection, section 8 notices and section 21 notices.

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

The housing team at Anthony Gold has specialist expertise in the regulation of rented housing, and we act for tenants, private and institutional landlords, and property agents of all sizes. We are recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers for our depth and expertise in housing law.

 

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Webinar – Children, Christmas and Covid-19

We are delighted to invite you to attend a free informative and interactive joint webinar with 36 Group.

For separated parents wanting to travel with their children this Christmas, there is more to think about than which flight to book and what to pack. Our expert solicitor Fiona Lyon will discuss with Marisa Allman of 36 Group the checklist of considerations that our clients need to be thinking about if they are to risk foreign travel with children over the festive period.

 

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Leasehold and new build defects – issues and remedies.

Leasehold and new build defects – issues and remedies.

In this webinar, Giles Peaker and Jenny Evans examine the problem of defects in new build blocks of flats, the impact on leaseholders both in costs to them and their ability to sell, and what remedies leaseholders might have against their landlord or the builder of the development. The webinar will include a look at the EWS1 issue, cladding problems and lease obligations.

There will also be time dedicated to answering questions.

 

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Rent Repayment Order Masterclass

Rent Repayment Order Masterclass

The housing law team at Anthony Gold are holding a free webinar to discuss recent developments in rent repayment orders.

This session will be intermediate level and we will cover the latest changes in this area including:

  • The recent Upper Tribunal decision on the amount of rent which can be claimed back by tenants (Vadamalyam v Stewart);
  • Applications involving superior landlords, and tactics for these cases;
  • Tips on procedure and proving your case in the Tribunal; and
  • The interaction of rent repayment orders and professional negligence claims against agent.

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Rent repayment orders are made by the First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber against residential landlords. The Tribunal can order a landlord who has breached a legal requirement to repay up to a full year’s rent. This is an important and fast developing area of law, and this webinar will be of interest to residential landlords, property agents, and advisers to tenants.

The housing team at Anthony Gold has specialist expertise in the regulation of rented housing, and we act for tenants, private and institutional landlords, and property agents of all sizes. We are recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers for our depth and expertise in housing law.

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