Belvoir Erdington - Reasons Why To Leave Management To The Experts
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At Belvoir Erdington, we pride ourselves on ensuring that all our landlords are kept fully informed of the legislations and statutory obligations they are required to follow as landlords. We therefore have listed a number of legal cases that have resulted in serious consequences due to landlords breaching their duty of care. Thus showing the importance of having a property management and lettings specialist to take care of all the legal requirements.
REGINA -V- GURPHAL SINGH :- The cost of not conforming to Gas Safety Regulations meant that not only did the contractor serve a custodial sentence, so did the landlord and so did his son for not discharging his duty of care to the tenants after one of them died.
REGINA -V- PARKER :- Had this been brought by the Crown Prosecution Service it would probably have been grounds for a custodial sentence. A tenant died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Instead the landlord was fined £32,000 plus £24,861 costs.
MACRAE -V- LONDON BOROUGH OF CAMDEN:- The tenant, a fashion designer, was awarded £170,000 plus £120,000 legal costs for being unable to work as a result of a leaking gas fire.
HARDY -V- MAUD (1995):- The landlord was found to be in breach of repair obligations and was instructed to give 50% of the rent back plus a £3000 disconfort payment for distress under Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act after the Court upheld that the tenant claimed that parts of the property were unusable due to disrepair.
MANSFIELD COUNCIL -V- CARTER (1994):- The landlord had the tenant sign an illegal document agreeing to vacate the property and surrender the tenancy agreement. The local authority had the landlord arrested by the police for unlawful eviction and re-instated the tenant into the property.
SAXBY -V- McKINLEY:- The tenant was in arrears on the rent so the landlord changed the locks. He knew it was illegal and when instructed by the Court to let the tenant back into the property he ignored the order. He was imprisoned for 28 days for this refusal and for unlawful eviction.
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