Entries by amtlawyers

Renters unsure after change in law

The new law which makes charging upfront fees for services including viewings, credit checks, references and setting up a tenancy illegal has still left renters unsure. Landlords or agents found charging the fees can be fined £5,000 for a first offence.   According to the English Housing Survey, the average amount of additional fees paid […]

Home Office refuses to end indefinite detention of immigrants

The Home Office has rejected calls from parliament’s human rights committee to cease the indefinite detention of immigrants, according to The Law Gazette. The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) recommended a 28-day limit on immigration detention, claiming the current detention system is ‘slow, unfair and expensive to run.’ Earlier this year the JCHR said, […]

Airbnb host fined £100,000 for letting council flat

An Airbnb host who rented out his council flat to tourists has been fined £100,000 and evicted. Council tenant Toby Harman, 37, created the fake identity “Lara” to rent out his flat. Harman was taken to court. Following a failed appeal he was evicted and ordered to pay £100,974 in unlawful profits. Airbnb said the […]

Dubai ruler to face divorce hearing in London’s High Court

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum’s divorce hearing against his wife, Princess Haya, will resume in London’s High Court this week.   Princess Haya, who was educated in Britain, left her husband and moved to the UK. Both parties released a statement earlier saying the legal battle related to the welfare of their two children and […]

Tenant smashes up flat with hammer

A tenant in a one-bed flat in Cardiff caused £20,000 of damage to the rented property. She also set fire to all her possessions and covered the walls in graffiti. The landlord described the damage “horrendous” saying, “I’m speechless. It’s just utter carnage.” The landlord had been battling to reclaim the one-bed flat for almost […]

Discriminatory immigration rules to be changed

“Discriminatory” rules that require children to show “good character” when applying for British citizenship will be changed. The draft British Nationality Act 1981 remedial order sets out changes to immigration rules. Under the 1981 Act, children aged 10 or older may not be granted unless British citizenship unless the Secretary of State is satisfied that […]

Billionaire at centre of UK’s costliest divorce

It has been claimed that the billionaire ruler of Dubai, who is at the centre of the UK’s costliest ever divorce battle, should not be allowed custody of his children. The divorce of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Princess Haya, 45, is likely to be one of the most expensive in UK legal history. […]

Lying tenant jailed

A landlord spoke of his “horrendous” three-year ordeal after a Leeds tenant who faked a statement to back up a county court claim against him was jailed.   Elaine’s Moxon’s false statement contributed to a judgement going against landlord Zareef Latif which left him facing county court fines and costs of more than £30,000. Mr Latif was […]

Landlord who crammed two tenants into one loft is given big fine

A landlord who crammed six tenants into one house, including two into one converted loft space, has been ordered to pay £15,000 in fines and costs.   Suresh Nathan Paramaswara, who owns a three-storey house in Totteridge, must pay £15,281 after failing to obtain a house of multiple occupancy (HMO) licence. Paramaswara was convicted at Willesden Magistrates Court.   […]