6 September 2021

Sean Hooker: What can we expect from the Renters' Reform Bill White Paper?

There are many organisations in the industry that have the skills and expertise to deliver a robust and effective solution to the challenges the government is looking to solve with its Renters' Reform Bill.

2 August 2021

Sean Hooker: Joint Several Tenancy Agreements and deposit protection

A recent county court case involving a Joint Several Tenancy Agreement (JSTA) could have wider ramifications for deposit protection schemes, writes Sean Hooker.

28 June 2021

Sean Hooker: Letting agents and landlords will need to disclose more information to tenants on building safety

External wall safety inspections (EWS1) will be required for certain buildings as a result of the Grenfell tragedy, but a raft of other measures will need to be put in place, requiring increased due diligence from letting agents and landlords.

24 May 2021

Sean Hooker: How mediation can help resolve a pending eviction crisis

Increasing rent arrears and a long backlog at the courts means mediation will become an increasingly important tool for letting agents, landlords, and tenants alike, says Sean Hooker, Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme.

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Sean Hooker: What can we expect from the Renters' Reform Bill White Paper?

Posted by Sean Hooker on 06 September 2021

This Autumn promises to be one of the most pivotal in the rental market for a generation - or at least as far as England is concerned. Those who have been following my articles on Newsagent or watching our recent webinars, will know that after the abysmal void that Covid-19 has been for much of Government policy, we are all anticipating the publication of the White Paper on the Renters' Reform Bill and seeing if the few words and sentences of the good intentions, uttered by ministers materialises into real action.

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Topics: Compliance

Sean Hooker: Joint Several Tenancy Agreements and deposit protection

Posted by Sean Hooker on 02 August 2021

Who really makes laws? Politicians or judges? A perennial question and not one we ponder much in our daily lives. I remember when the Superstrike v Rodrigues case, established that statutory periodic tenancies were new tenancies and, as such, new deposit protection was required when a tenancy lapsed into one.

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Topics: Compliance

Sean Hooker: Letting agents and landlords will need to disclose more information to tenants on building safety

Posted by Sean Hooker on 28 June 2021

The fall out from the Grenfell tragedy is proving to have many unforeseen consequences and whilst everybody accepts that everything humanly possible to prevent this happening again should be undertaken, the impact of what needs to be done will have wide ranging effects, not least on letting agents. External wall safety inspections (EWS1) will be required for certain buildings, but a raft of other measures will need to be put in place, putting greater responsibility on property managers as well as the checks an agent will need to carry out before marketing a property. It will go beyond just looking up to see if the property has cladding or not.

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Topics: Compliance

Sean Hooker: How mediation can help resolve a pending eviction crisis

Posted by Sean Hooker on 24 May 2021

The current pandemic has been an unprecedented period in our country’s history and everyone has faced hardship and sacrifice in their daily lives and many face an uncertain future without security and in fear. Whilst every sector faces challenges, the private rented sector is one that is particularly vulnerable at the moment. The number of people who rely on renting privately is around 23% of the population - not just single people and students, but hardworking families up and down the country.

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