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Residential Property Leaflet: Volume 2

Posted by on April 24th 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation

New Legislation concerning Tenancy Deposits in 2015:

Whether received before or after April 2007 ALL tenancy deposits must be secured and they must be done so before 23rd June 2015.

The creation of deposit schemes following the Housing Act 2004, made Landlords believe that a deposit need not be protected if received before 6th April 2007 when the Act came into force, unless a new tenancy agreement was granted.

Charalambous –v- Ng (2014);

This case shaped the way for security of tenancy deposits.

In this case the Landlord failed to protect the deposit, which was received in 2002, before the Act came into...

Kitsons Partner set for Everest Base Camp Charity Trek (Updates)

Posted by on April 23rd 2015 in Kitsons News

Kitsons Partner, Tony Hunt, is currently making his way up to the Mount Everest Base Camp, via the Nepal side. Amazing to think that as we sit at our comfortable desks, Tony is fighting the cold and the endless climb as he edges closer to his goal.

Updates of Tony's walk and views will be on this blog post, so please check back to see his incredible progress.

So far Tony has rasied a fantastic £1,654.55 - of which every penny goes to The Chestnut Appeal.

To donate, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/KitsonsLLP

 

 

 


 

                       

Residential Property Leaflet: Volume 1

Posted by on April 22nd 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation

Two cases of interest from 2013, still having an impact in 2015:

Section 21 Notices;

Taylor –v- Spencer (2013) 

This case provides important clarification on the dates specified within a Section 21 Notice.

The Landlord entered two dates for the expiry of the notice which conflicted with each other and relied upon the words “at the end of your period of tenancy which will end after the expiration of two months from the service upon you of this notice”.

The Court of Appeal held that despite this the three conditions of Section 21 were satisfied; the fixed term had come to an end,...

Miles for Mark - Second Training Walk: Sourton

Posted by on April 21st 2015 in Blog Posts

The Miles for Mark team took to the hills once again last Sunday, this time meeting at Sourton - all to get some much needed miles in our legs. 14 miles to be exact...

The heat of the sun mixed itself with the crisp wind, giving us perfect walking conditions and after borrrowing eachothers hats and gloves, we set off!

Plenty of hills stood in our way, but we kept our spirits high and ploughed through bogs and unsteady ground, which made for an exciting and very muddy journey.

Only stopping briefly to see where we were going and for a spot of lunch,...

Help to Buy ISA, will it work?

Posted by on March 23rd 2015 in Blog Posts

Announced in the 2015 Budget a saving scheme to help first time buyers get on the property ladder. Will it work?

On the face of it, it looks a good scheme. A savings account specific to providing a deposit for property purchase with a cash bonus of between £400 and £3,000, dependent upon the amount saved. Savings can commence at the age of 16 which, if maintained until the “post-university/got a job now” years could provide sufficient funds for a modest first home deposit.

However, with a maximum monthly investment of £200, even with the government bonus, this is at least an...

Miles for Mark - Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge 2015

Posted by on March 18th 2015 in Kitsons News

On Saturday 11th July 2015, 30 members of staff from Kitsons will be taking part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge attempting to walk 24 miles in just 12 hours.

Team Kitsons will take on the steep climbs and descents of Pen-y-ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m). These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The challenge will be completed in memory of our colleague Mark Batten, who passed away suddenly in March 2014.

Mark worked at Kitsons for over 35 years and was an...

Woman could win cash payout 20 years after divorce

Posted by on March 12th 2015 in Blog Posts, Family

It has been reported in the news this week, that the Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by a former wife to enable her to bring a claim for a financial remedy 20 years after the parties divorced.  Lord Wilson said in his judgment that “the omission from the Family Procedure Rules of a power to grant summary judgment was deliberate” and therefore the draconian power to strike out a case in family proceedings does not exist.

This judgment does not automatically open the door to all prospective claimants but does emphasise the power of the Court to consider...

Changes in 'drug-driving' law

Posted by on March 11th 2015 in Employment

The new law in relation to ‘drug-driving’ which came into force on 2 March 2015 in England and Wales is set out in section 5A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 which was inserted by section 56(1) of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 and brought into force by the Crime and Courts Act 2013 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2014 (SI 2014/3268).

It is now an offence for a person to drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place, or be in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place,...

Miles for Mark - first training walk: Belstone

Posted by on March 3rd 2015 in Blog Posts

With the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to aim for, a group of Kitsons walkers hit the moors this weekend to blow away some cobwebs. Doing the Belstone loop in Dartmoor, we travelled 10 miles up hills, through bogs, over rivers and through even more bogs...

With an early morning meet at our Torquay Office, we made our way to Belstone in need of a few more hours in bed and a large coffee. The drive was silent, with the thought of what was to come.

Arriving at the start point at 8am and hopeful to get back in time for the rugby and...

Sickness Absence: Fit for Work Service

Posted by on February 27th 2015 in Blog Posts

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a recent guidance note for employers on the new Fit for Work service (FFW). The service will be introduced on a phased basis and is due to be completed by May 2015. In addition to an online and telephone advice service, FFW will provide free occupational health assessments and return to work plans to assist employees who have been on sickness absence for four weeks or more to return to work.

This below checklist provides details on the FFW.

If you would like to contact Kitsons in regards to the FFW Policy, please call