Tessa Shepperson

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 5th June 2013


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 152

Tessa Shepperson

11:19 AM, 13th January 2020
About 3 months ago

Letting agents pass key without deposit, advanced rent and signed contract

It sounds as if your agents are in breach of their agency agreement (but read it first to check what they have agreed to do for you).

If they are failing to deal with your issues properly you can bring a complaint about them to their property redress scheme: https://www.landlordlawblog.co.uk/2018/04/10/property-redress-schemes/

Or if the issues are serious you may be entitled to cancel your agency agreement (but check carefully first and maybe take legal advice).

Note that we have guidance on my service for landlords in this position which you can read about here: https://landlordlaw.co.uk/openaccess_trails/dealing-with-problem-letting-agents-a-guide-for-landlords/... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

10:07 AM, 8th January 2020
About 3 months ago

Boyfriends/girlfriends: Is it now an HMO?

It's often difficult to say when someone is living in a property or is just a guest. There is no statutory definition. But if the boyfriend is living there it will be an HMO, although maybe not licensable.

You may want to amend your tenancy agreement in future to stipulate how many nights guests can stay (we have this in the Landlord Law Tenancy Agreements).

You may also be interested in my free HMO 101 course here: https://tenancylawyer.co.uk/hmo101/index.html#/... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

11:03 AM, 11th December 2019
About 4 months ago

How do I get away from my awful letting agents?

If your agents have updated their terms and conditions without your agreement, the amendments cannot apply to you. A party to a contract cannot unilaterally amend the contract without the consent of the other party.

Take a look at your original management contract with the agents. If the agents have failed to do things which are set out in that contract, you may (depending on the severity of the non-compliance) have the right to cancel it for breach of contract.

For example if they have contracted to do a certain number of inspections but have not done any leaving you to do them yourself.

Note that we have guidance for landlords in this situation here: https://landlordlaw.co.uk/openaccess_trails/dealing-with-problem-letting-agents-a-guide-for-landlords/... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

7:42 AM, 28th September 2019
About 6 months ago

Ben Beadle is to be chief executive of new NRLA

One of the biggest tasks of the CEO of the new enlarged NRLA will be to meld two organisations, both of which have been in existence for many years with their own cultures and ways of doing things, into one united organisation.

That will not be an easy task and will need a very special person. I think Ben is a good choice for that difficult job.... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

8:00 AM, 11th September 2019
About 7 months ago