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Retaliatory Evictions

Section 33 of the Deregulation Act came into force on the 1 October 2015 and could affect the ability of a Landlord to recover possession of his property if the property is in disrepair.

The new rules apply to tenancies that commence after 1 October 2015.   The new rules provide:-

the Tenant may complain to the Local Authority who must then inspect the property.

The original intention of using the Section 21 Procedure for a Landlord to obtain possession of his property was meant to be a simple non-fault process. However, if the property is genuinely in disrepair, the Landlord may now be prevented from serving a Section 21 Notice.  Landlords may also now be forced to use the Section 8 Procedure to obtain possession which procedure has its own pitfalls.

If you would like advice on how these new rules affect you or any advice on Landlord & Tenant issues please contact Jacqueline Penfold on 01323 727321.