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What are the rules for houses in multiple occupation?

Landlords who have not responded to legislation introduced last year to protect tenants in multiple occupancy properties are facing massive fines.  The latest involved a property in Lincoln, where landlord Julie Churchill was fined £40,000 for not having a licence for houses in multiple occupation and for failing to ensure the property was safe for the tenants. …

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Is Trick or Treat legal?

The legal lowdown on our most horrible holiday Whether you regard it as an unwelcome American import, or the chance to be downright naughty for an evening and dress up as a little devil, Trick or Treat is part of the UK’s culture. Every October 31st you’ll see hordes of ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged…

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Is an Electric Fence illegal?

If you’re lucky enough to live in the countryside, you may have your own land, animals or buildings outside your home.  Rural estates tend to be bigger than their urban counterparts, meaning there is a much larger area to secure and a different array of dangers to protect it from.  The go-to security measure in…

Good Life Show 2019

Following a very successful Good Life Show put on by Eastbourne Seniors Forum on 26th September at the new Welcome Building in Eastbourne we are pleased to announce the winner of the first prize of the hamper went to Bruce Falconer (pictured with our Practice Manager Grant Sanders). The Good Life Show covers a wide range of interests…

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Natasha’s law tackles sandwich labelling

Sandwich bars and cafes on the front line for food allergies labelling under new legislation New legislation will require direct sale food businesses to label all pre-packed products with a full list of ingredients highlighting any potential food allergies, in a move that will affect many small cafes and sandwich shops.  This marks a major…

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Do you have to share tips?

Restaurateurs and other hospitality sector businesses should not bank on Brexit delaying the Government’s plans for legislation designed to deal with tipping protocols.  In December last year the Government said it would introduce legislation as soon as possible to stop employers making deductions from tips and gratuities, including any so-called ‘administration’ charges which are often…

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What are the new Tenancy Fees?

On 1st June this year, a new act came into force that has a profound effect on the rental market. It’s relevant not just for landlords and tenants, but for agencies that, to date, have made a very nice little living out of charging tenancy fees and administration costs for rentals. These fees have affected…