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Holy Property Fraud, Batman -Call Land Registry Hotline!

Paul Hajek
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The Land Registry, the Government department charged with detailing all property titles in the UK, beefed up its fraud prevention measures last week with the introduction of a free Fraud Hotline.

Landlords: How to Deal in the Rented Property Market Summer 2009: Twist, Stick or Bust?

Paul Hajek
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I have written here and here about the state of the Housing Market in England and Wales during the Spring and Summer 2009. But, how have Landlords fared in all this uncertainty and what are the prospects for Landlords for the rest of summer 2009? ...

Spot On Friday: Our New Guest Blog Spot

Paul Hajek
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Choosing a Tenancy Agreement – by Solicitor Tessa Shepperson Many landlords new to letting, for example new ‘buy to let’ landlords and ‘accidental’ landlords are unfamiliar with the paperwork needed for letting property. With...

Do You Need a Miner's Lamp to Read Legal Small Print?

Paul Hajek
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I have been posting this week on the recent case of the Office of Fair Trading v Foxtons, the Estate and Lettings Agency. The case involved, in part, the understanding and reading of small print, which was some way from the main terms of the contract. If...

All Renewal Commission Clauses Against Landlords must now be Unfair-Right? - Well Not Quite.

Paul Hajek
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There has been a lot of speculation on the future of renewal clauses in contracts between Letting Agents and Landlords following the recent Foxtons case . The High Court found that Foxtons clauses were unfair and therefore unenforceable. However, Mr....

How big does small print in a consumer contract have to be?

Paul Hajek
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You are always exhorted, urged, nagged even to read the small print before signing anything legal. In yesterday’s blog, I reported an important case which involved, specifically, what terms in a contract between a Landlord and a Letting Agent...

"Time-Bomb; Trap: Ambush": High Court judge says "choose your own surprise metaphor" in Foxtons Landlords' Renewal Commission case

Paul Hajek
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A High Court judge has ruled that Foxtons, one of London’s most well known Estate Agents, had used unfair terms in its lettings agreement with their Landlord clients .The case had been brought by the Office of Fair Trading. Unfair Consumer Clauses ...