In its consultation paper, the Government has stated its commitment to raising standards in HMOs, by extending the scope of mandatory licensing. The Government requires all responses to the consultation paper to be submitted by no later than 13 December 2016. Read Full Article…
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.’
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.
HMRC have published a Brief explaining a number of changes relating to the transfer of a business as a going concern (‘TOGC’) in the context of property.
The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) considered whether a lease that obliged a landlord to insure against the ‘usual comprehensive risks in accordance with the Council of Mortgage Lenders Recommendations’ required a landlord to insure against terrorism.
In Friends Life Ltd v Siemens Hearing Instruments Ltd  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.’