Tessa Shepperson

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 5th June 2013

Bio
Tessa is a specialist landlord & tenant solicitor and runs the online service www.landlordlaw.co.uk.


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 178

Tessa Shepperson

18:36 PM, 27th November 2021, About A week ago

I maintain it's not an HMO?

I am sceptical about whether an existing tenancy can be amended (presumably by way of re-grant as in the case of Sturgiss & Anor v Boddy & Ors https://landlordlawblog.co.uk/2021/07/22/tenancy-deposits-for-rented-properties-with-disorganised-comings-and-goings/) by accepting rent from another occupier to add a new tenant - particularly as many tenancy agreements have clauses saying that if rent is accepted from someone other than the tenants this is deemed to be paid as their agent.... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

11:40 AM, 25th November 2021, About A week ago

I maintain it's not an HMO?

Graham is totally correct. Four tenants on an AST IS an HMO. Although probably not licensable.

You should get advice asap - if you accept rent from this person after the tenants have vacated you may inadvertently create a new tenancy with her.

We have a fixed fee telephone advice service with a solicitor here: https://landlordlaw.co.uk/openaccess_content/the-landlord-law-telephone-advice-service/... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

11:09 AM, 17th November 2021, About 3 weeks ago

Form N5B: Proof of notice and How to Rent Guide?

You need to be careful about serving documents electronically as you need to have the recipients consent in writing. See here: https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules/part06/pd_part06a#4.1

Note that we have a step by step guide to bringing claims for possession as part of our Landlord Law service https://landlordlaw.co.uk/join-landlord-law/... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

10:12 AM, 5th November 2021, About a month ago

Money better spent making a cash offer to vacate?

Reply to the comment left by Fiona Stacey at 05/11/2021 - 09:51
In that case Fiona you should serve your notices and crack on with your possession proceedings. If you make an offer say to your tenant that if they accept the offer and move out, the possession proceedings will be cancelled but until such time as they do, you will continue with them. In order to protect your position.

Often tenants 'buy themselves' extra time in properties by making promises to move out which are then not honoured. However, if the landlord pauses the eviction process they will lose time and the tenant will have longer in the property.... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

8:28 AM, 5th November 2021, About a month ago

Money better spent making a cash offer to vacate?

The fees will vary depending on whether you use solicitors or decide to do it yourself (for example by using the Landlord Law service https://landlordlaw.co.uk/what-is-your-problem/. If you use solicitors you are unlikely to get much change from £1,500 if you have to go to Court.
However, why not think about it from the tenant's point of view?. They will need to pay their first month's rent and pay for removal costs. If you can cover this then they will be able to afford the move and will be more likely to accept.
But give your offer a deadline and (unless you really really trust them) don't pay them anything until they have gone and you have the keys back.... Read More