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Residential landlords could be caught out by recent changes in the law according to leading property solicitors Roythornes.
The changes, which came in to force on 1st October, introduced a number of new rules governing the procedure when a landlord seeks possession of a property. At the moment the changes only affect lettings of a certain type (called an Assured Shorthold Tenancy), but the chances are that they will be expanded to cover all tenancies at a later date.
Speaking about the changes Sarah Whitehurst, one of Roythornes’ specialist property litigation solicitors, said:
“The changes add unnecessary complications to what was previously a relatively straightforward procedure, and are likely to cause a rise in the number of disputes between landlords and tenants. This of course has a knock-on effect on costs to the landlord and so it’s good advice to ensure that their current agreements comply with the new regulations.”
The changes introduced rules governing when a tenancy can be terminated and how tenants’ complaints about the state of the property are handled.
“With the new rules in place it’s important that all landlords check they comply. If they are in any doubt they should speak to a specialist property solicitor who will help explain how they may be affected.”
Sarah's contact details can be found here.