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Unpicking the Deregulation Act 2015

The new tenancy deposit amendments are welcome, but the jury is out on the likely effectiveness of retaliatory eviction measures, says Tessa Shepperson

19 May 2015

The Deregulation Act was one of the last Acts to receive royal assent in the previous parliament. One
of the areas covered is housing, with some of the changes set
to have an impact on private residential landlords and tenants.

Correcting Superstrike

The Court of Appeal decision
in the case of Superstrike v Rodrigues in 2013 caused consternation for landlords.
The effect of that case was
that many landlords found themselves in breach of the deposit regulations, even though they had carefully followed government advice
at the time.

The Deregulation Act serves to correct these matters as follows:

  • Landlords who took a deposit before 6 April 2007, where the fixed term ended after that date and continued as a periodic tenancy, are required to protect these depo...

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