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Employment Tribunal Cases – Minor Error

Date: 12th July 2017

When can an Employment Tribunal reject a claim because the name stated in the ET1 differs from the name on the ACAS early conciliation certificate? Before an employee can bring a claim against their employer in the employment tribunal, it is compulsory for them to enter into pre-claim conciliation with ACAS.  A claim can only be issued in the employment tribunal if the claimant has first obtained an early conciliation…

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Statutory Demand

Statutory Demand – What is this?

Date: 21st November 2016

What action do I take if a creditor serves me a statutory demand? If a creditor serves you a statutory demand, there are things that you can do.   The first is that you do not need to panic.  However, seeking immediate legal advice from a lawyer would be advisable. Any creditor owed more than £750 can serve a statutory demand notice which should never be ignored. As it could lead…

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Eviction proceedings

Evicting a Tenant

Date: 4th August 2016

Question “Today I have a couple of complaints about one of my tenants and their excessive noise and behaviour causing damage to the property. I cannot put up with this as the risk to my reputation as a landlord is too great and I do not want people in my property that cannot respect the neighbours around them.   What can I do to evict my tenant.  The life of…

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Landlord and Lettings Expo – 19 July 2016

Date: 29th June 2016

Qdos Legal Services will be exhibiting at the ARLA Landlord and Lettings Expo which will be held at Oadby Racecourse, Leicestershire on 19 July. As specialist landlord and tenant lawyers Qdos will be there to showcase the raft of legal services which they can offer to landlords and letting agents when renting out properties. Services such as drafting of shorthold residence tenancies, residential licences (to occupy) and lodgers’ agreements; drafting…

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Non compete clauses

Contracts and specific post termination restrictions

Date: 4th May 2016

Many employment contracts contain specific post termination restrictions on where and for whom employees can work after their employment terminates. Most commonly the employment contract seeks to prevent employees working for an existing competing business, or setting up a new competing business for a certain time limit after termination, and / or in certain geographical areas (e.g. within 25 miles of the employer). Employers argue that such contract terms are…

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Common mistakes

3 Common Mistakes that Landlords Make

Date: 25th April 2016

Qdos Legal Services deal with a large amount of possession matters each year. We have found that there are common mistakes made in some cases, details of which will be set out below: Serving of the prescribed information The landlord should ensure that the prescribed information has been served on the tenant and it is imperative that this is served on the tenant within 30 days of the deposit being…

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Right to rent checks

Right to rent checks

Date: 9th March 2016

Remember this came into force from 1 February 2016 Private landlords in England will have to carry out right to rent checks on prospective tenants and other authorised occupiers when granting a tenancy.  This came into force on 1 February 2016. Landlords and agents will have to check the nationalities and immigration status of prospective tenants and other authorised occupiers before granting a tenancy. Landlords must also make sure that…

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Detailed record keeping

Pursuing an unpaid invoice

Date: 10th February 2016

When pursuing a party for any debt which may include an unpaid invoice, it is important to ensure that a detailed record is kept of events. This is because the strength of evidence will determine the prospects of success in a case. Therefore, in an action to try and obtain Judgment for an unpaid invoice, it will be important to keep a record of any contract/letter which set out terms…

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Landlord immigration checks

Date: 28th January 2016

Government announces “right to rent” landlord immigration checks on tenants will to apply to whole of England from 1 February 2016 The government has confirmed that from 1 February 2016, all private landlords in England will have to check that new tenants have a legal right to be in the UK before renting out their property to the tenant. The Immigration Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014…

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Property inspection or harassment

Date: 12th January 2016

Landlords often make the mistake of entering a rented property without the permission of the tenant. It is important that a landlord always seeks permission from the tenant before entering the rented property. This is because when a property is let, the tenants have a statutory right to live in quiet enjoyment. The only time a landlord can enter a rented property without the permission of the tenant is if…

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