The Landlord Law CPD Service – March 2020

April 7, 2020

Here are the questions and answers for March 2020 CPD (which was based on the March training webinar with Martyn Ashley).

  • 1. Is a tenancy agreement costs clause for court costs a breach of the Tenant Fees Act?
    • Yes
    • No
  • 2. What method of notice does s11 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 require tenants to use when reporting disrepair issues?
    • Notice must be in writing
    • Notice must be in writing to include email and text
    • No method is specified
  • 3. How long does Martyn say he has on average to deal with each possession hearing before the Judge?
    • Ten minutes
    • Five minutes
    • One minute
  • 4. When will the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard regulations come into force for all properties?
    • 1 April 2020
    • 25 May 2020
    • 1 October 2020
  • 5. When will the transition period for the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Sct end?
    • 20 March 2020
    • 1 April 2020
    • 1 October 2020
  • 6. Does a tenant need to have an expert report when raising an issue of ‘fitness for habitation’ as a defence to possession proceedings at court?
    • Yes
    • No
  • 7. What are (English) landlords obligations regarding hazards?
    • They need to be raised with the tenant
    • You need to have confirmation in writing that tenant has been notified of the hazard before the property was let
    • The hazard needs to have been dealt with and eliminated prior to the property being let
  • 8. What does Martyn say is normally the first document which the Judge will need to see at Court?
    • The current tenancy agreement
    • The first tenancy agreement (if there is more than one)
      The particulars of claim
    • The Gas Safety Certificate
  • 9. How many working days before the Court hearing must you have served your certificate of service or witness statement regarding service of your possession notice on the defendant and the court
    • At least 5 days
    • At least 3 days
    • At least 10 days
  • 10. How many copies of the schedule of arrears should you have with you at court?
    • Just the one
    • Two copies
    • At least three copies