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By Neil Gordon The ban on tenant fees in the Tenant Fees Act 2019 (the Act) will come into force on 1 June 2019. The Act limits the fees which residential landlords and letting agents in England can charge to tenants and their guarantors. Breach of the Act could result in substantial civil penalties and […]

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Social Housing Monthly Law Update – April 2019

By David Isaacson TLT’s monthly law update on all things affecting social housing Highlights this month include: Fitness for Human Habitation: what does it mean? Domestic landlords must pay £3,500 per property to improve energy efficiency Major legislative changes anticipated for the supply of housing for older people New Report puts the spotlight on complaints about […]

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Two Singapore firms have merged to form the nation’s second-largest law practice in an attempt to compete with the threat posed by competition from overseas firms. Lawyers from other countries are due to be given the go-ahead to practice Singapore law for financial transactions by linking with local firms. The country’s legal services review committee, […]

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