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Revenge evictions bid fails - but may return

You may remember in an earlier Clearer View we raised the issue of gas safety and in that article mentioned a Private Member’s Bill put before Parliament by Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather.

The Government agreed to back her Bill and allow it time to progress through the essential Parliamentary stages – but its second reading on November 28 was talked out by two Tory MPs who spoke for more than two hours until the Bill ran out of time.

However, it’s reported that Housing Minister Brandon Lewis is seeking a way to insert a clause to prevent so-called “revenge” evictions into the Deregulation Bill in January.

The Bill sought to ban such evictions by landlords of tenants who had requested repairs – once a repair

had been requested, the Bill would have made it impossible to serve a Section 21 notice for repossession.

This restriction would also have applied where no valid gas safety certificate exists or where the tenant has not been given an EPC for the property but its failure in Parliament is no reason to avoid ensuring all necessary paperwork is valid and up to date.

EPCs are arranged at the point of marketing by all our branches. Our property managers arrange gas safety certificates for our managed properties and it remains a legal requirement for Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) to have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted. However, we advise all landlords to consider the installation of alarms to protect the occupier and help prevent any legal action being taken against a landlord.

Lisa SimonMARLA

Partner - Head of National Residential Lettings

Lisa is the head of Residential Lettings at Carter Jonas; she is based in our Knightsbridge and Chelsea office where she started her career and advises on all aspects of letting and managing propert...

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