Articles by David Smith
The Debt Respite Scheme, also known as breathing space, will come into force on 4th May. The scheme will ban banks and landlords from chasing tenants for unpaid debts by offering them a period of time to try to find a solution to their financial problems. In this blog published on JMW solicitors website, Dr David Smith, NRLA legal counsel writesÂ about landlords need to know in relation to the new scheme.
The Court of Appeal gave judgment in the important Welsh case of Jarvis v Evans last week.Unlicensed landlords in Wales cannot serve a Section 8 or a Section 21 notice and need a (licensed) agent or solicitor to do this for them. In this blog, NRLA legal Counsel David Smith writes about the ruling and the implications for landlords in Wales.
Dr David Smith sets out the case for a dedicated Housing Court. Such a court would restore confidence among landlords and tenants. This article first appeared in the FT in February 2020 and is reporduced here with kind permission of the Financial Times.