Extension of mandatory licensing of HMOs

On 6 November 2015, the Department for Communities and Local Government published a technical discussion document: Extending mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and related reforms. The document ‘sets out options for extending the scope of mandatory licensing of Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) … [and] proposals to streamline the HMO licensing process to reduce red tape.’

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The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 (‘the Regulations’) have been published in draft form and are due to become effective on 1 October 2015. The Schedule to the Regulations lists ‘excluded tenancies’ which include student halls of residence. It appears, however, that houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) owned by HEIs would still fall within the scope of the Regulations.

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Break clauses

In Friends Life Ltd v Siemens Hearing Instruments Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 382, the Court of Appeal considered an appeal which concerned a break clause in a lease. According to Lord Justice Lewison, ‘The clear moral is: if you want to avoid expensive litigation, and the possible loss of a valuable right to break, you must pay close attention to all the requirements of the clause, including the formal requirements, and follow them precisely.’

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