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Possession notice periods and other considerations for landlords during the coronavirus pandemic

Enhanced protection for tenants under the Coronavirus Act 2020 The Coronavirus Act 2020 protects most tenants and secure licensees by requiring, in most cases, that before starting court action the landlord provides the tenant extended notice of intention to seek possession.

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Residential Possession Proceedings during the Coronavirus period

Within the raft of emergency legislation covered by the Coronavirus Act 2020 are some very wide ranging restrictions which will apply to residential tenancies. These restrictions have been widely commented on in the press, but full details are only now becoming available to us.

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2020 Regulations give Local Authorities power to penalise Landlords by up to £30,000

New regulations regarding Electrical Safety checks are scheduled to come into force on 1 April 2020. These regulations affect all tenancies except the following:

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Landlord appeals Court decision and gets deposit penalty reduced by £6,900

The case of Davies v Scott 2019 saw a Landlord appeal a County Court decision regarding the penalty for failing to protect the Tenant’s deposit.

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Tenant Fees Act and Deposits - 18 February 2020

The Tenant Fees Act introduced the restriction on the amount of a deposit to, generally, five weeks rent. That applies to new tenancies commencing from 1 June 2019.

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