Notting Hill Lettings
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ABOUT NOTTING HILL
Notting Hill is located in West London and situated in the north-western corver of Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Notting Hill is regarded as a cosmopolitan district, known for hosting the annual Notting Hill Carnival and being used as the setting for the 1999 film, Notting Hill.
Like much of the west end, Notting Hill has a contemporary reputation as an affluent and fashionable area; famous for its attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses, and high-end shopping and restaurants (particularly around Westbourne Grove and Clarendon Cross).
Head of Knightsbridge and Chelsea Lettings
Sadia has joined the Chelsea and Knightsbridge office to share her extensive amount of knowledge that she has gained over the last 4 years within lettings, she is a specialist in her field within Prim...
Sadia has joined the Chelsea and Knightsbridge office to share her extensive amount of knowledge that she has gained over the last 4 years within lettings, she is a specialist in her field within Prime Central London with her main focus in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. She has spent the last few years working within one of the most experienced teams in South Kensington where she developed an extremely detailed understanding of the market resulting in a vast data base of clients. In her spare time she enjoys Pilates, yoga, walks in the park and shopping in Mayfair.
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This is an absolutely essential document that provides a written benchmark which should be amended, updated and recreated before the beginning of each new tenancy. A properly constructed inventory/Schedule of Condition details the fixtures and fittings and describes their condition and that of the property generally. It is a document that helps protect the interests of both landlord and tenant.
A tenancy agreement is a legally binding contract between a landlord and tenant that sets out both the legal and contractual responsibilities and obligations of the two parties. It should be written in plain, intelligible language with no unnecessary jargon. The terms and clauses should be fair and balanced, taking account of the respective positions of the parties and should not mislead about legal rights and responsibilities.
Landlords and tenants should take care to review any existing policies when renting or letting a property for the first time as some standard insurance products will either not provide cover, or might place restrictions on cover, for rented property and/or its contents. A failure to inform your insurer that you are renting/letting a property could invalidate any subsequent claim. It is for a landlord to insure the building and his/her contents, fixtures and fittings.
The tenants are responsible for insuring any of their own possessions. There are various specialist insurance products designed for landlords and tenants and rented property; - buildings, contents, legal expenses, emergency repair cover, rental guarantee cover etc.
A tenant becomes liable for payment of council tax, water rates (unless otherwise stated), gas and electricity supplies.
The most common form of tenancy agreement is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement (AST) under the 1968 Housing Act (amended 1996). This type of tenancy has the most flexibility to both landlord and tenant; has straightforward notice procedures for bringing the tenancy to an end and a special Accelerated Possession court procedure should tenants fail to vacate the property.
If certain specific conditions are met relating to the proposed letting, a ‘contractual’ non-Housing Act tenancy must be created. One example of this would be what is commonly referred to as a Company Let, where the tenant is a bone fide registered company, another would be where the annual rent equates to over £25,000.
Very rarely, a prospective tenant may be offered a full ‘Assured’ tenancy that gives very significant and potentially long-term security of tenure to a tenant. In this instance a landlord can only get possession in very limited circumstances.
Created by the Housing Act 1988 and in operation since January 1989, latterly revised by the Housing Act 1996, all residential premises are let on Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) unless otherwise stated. An AST must be for a fixed term usually being a minimum of six months. At the end of a fixed term and unless a further period is agreed by both parties, an ASTautomatically becomes a Statutory Periodic Tenancy still subject to the terms and conditions contained within the original lease.
In order to end a tenancy the landlord/agent must serve the tenant with a Notice of Repossession at least two months before it is to take effect. A tenant may give one months notice in writing. Notice would not be valid if the expiry date falls before the end of a fixed term.
Mostly, where there is to be more than one (adult) person living in the property, the tenancy will say they are “jointly and severally” responsible. This expression means that, jointly, the tenants are liable for payment of all rents and all liabilities falling upon the tenants during the tenancy, as well as any breach of the agreement. Individually, each tenant is responsible for payment of all rent and all liabilities falling upon the tenant, as well as any breach of the agreement until all payments have been made in full.
This is a clause sometimes inserted in a fixed-term tenancy, typically if the initial fixed-term is for a year or more. A break clause will usually be worded in such a way as to allow either landlord, or tenant to give two months written notice at any stage after a particular date or period of the tenancy, thus terminating the tenancy earlier than the end of the original fixed-term.
There are only limited ways in which this can happen; the landlord cannot make the tenants move out, nor can the tenants lawfully walk away from the obligations to fulfil the contract. Either party might request of the other that a formal “surrender” of the tenancy be allowed. It would then be up to the parties to agree the terms and conditions of such surrender. This might include some financial compensation for inconvenience.
Notting Hill Lettings
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