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  • Legal FAQs

    Grace period after improvement notice period?

    Hi

    I had an improvement notice which looks like i will overrun by a week or 10 days because of legal troubles with the company doing the work. I have told them this, and they said it was my problem with the company and nothing to do with them. Can i expect any grace period, or is it purely at the discretion of the housing officer?

    How soon are they likely to start court proceedings?

    thanks

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    One would hope that if you have made all reasonable effort to comply and works are say 95% complete by deadline that a sensible HO will accept that you are acting in the spirit of the Notice at least - though of course they could argue a lackadaisical approach on your part in the ?? months/years preceding the issue of the Notice.

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    IIRC the main potential penalty is Council taking over and doing works at maybe far higher cost than you and billing you for same - though clearly they could not organise/execute that in a week.

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    They may do works I default, it depends how desperate/greedy they are for the money.

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    Speak to HO apologise for the delay. Also send them photos of work completed and work schedule left to complete. Communication is often the key and failure to is often the cause of most issues.

    Marcus

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    There is no grace period as such. However the local authority should be reasonable and use their discretion sensibly when taking further action. I would put in writing to them the situation with some evidence and ask them to vary the notice to give the extra time you need. A refusal to vary a notice can be appealed to the tribunal if needs be

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    David Smith
    Landlord & Tenant Solicitor
    Anthony Gold Solicitors

    Find me on LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/dsnsmith

    All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my firm. No comment made should be taken as legal advice and you should consult a solicitor or other legal professional for advice on your specific situation.