In this month’s spotlight on our partners we meet trusted solicitor, Jay Sahota from Sahota Newcomb Scott Solicitors who reminds landlords about the importance of protecting your deposits:
“I am constantly surprised by the sheer number of experienced, conscientious landlords who approach me having forgotten to protect their tenant’s deposits with one of the Government backed schemes. Most of the time the reason is either pure oversight or the fact that they trusted the tenants and didn’t ever think they would need to.
Unfortunately neither of these reasons will satisfy a Judge who is dealing with a claim for failure to protect a deposit. A good faith argument might result in a lower penalty of one to two times the deposit but, unless the full original deposit is returned to the tenant (who at this stage probably also owes the landlord unpaid rent), then you cannot serve a s.21 Notice and use the simplest and easiest procedure to obtain possession of your property.
Don’t forget to protect your deposit otherwise it could cost you thousands of pounds and several months on lost rent.”
If you are a landlord then you will no doubt be aware that since 1 February 2016 anyone letting property in England for money has been prohibited from letting it to a person who does not have a “right to rent” in the UK. In other words, to an illegal immigrant.
Recent news suggests that landlords taking ‘reasonable steps’ will no longer be immediately criminalized for failing to pick up illegal tenants, this does however raise the question; what are ‘reasonable steps’? Please click here for information about an NLA training course which will cover what your responsibilities are, potential penalties, how to check tenants’ right to rent in the UK and what records to keep.
Following on from our first successful Landlords After Hours Forum in March, we are putting together the final touches for our next one on Wednesday 8th June.
We will be in touch soon with all the details but in the meantime, please save the date.
New short term let serviced accommodation
Serviced accommodation facility
Kent Housing now provides serviced accommodation for short term lets which can be used for corporate companies and holiday homes.
If you would like to see our portfolio or have quality accommodation in Rochester, Maidstone and London that might be suitable then please call us on 01634 566 333.