April 2015 Archive

Service of Section 21 Notices

The Deregulation Act 2015 introduces some amendments to Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. Whether the assured shorthold tenancy is for a fixed term, or is a weekly or monthly periodic, you cannot now serve a Section 21 Notice until the tenancy has run for 4 months.

Make sure you include pensions in divorce negotiations

Pensions, as an asset to be divided up in the event of divorce, can be easily overlooked in favour of more tangible assets such as cash and property when couples are negotiating who gets what. In December 2000, the rules governing the apportioning of pension assets between divorcing couples changed in an effort to remove some of the inequity inherent in the previous regime by introducing pension sharing. This allows for a proportion of the pension (usually, but not always, the husband’s) to be put into a new, completely separate scheme for the benefit of the ex-spouse.
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