Housing Law Issues

Broadly, tenancy in the United Kingdom (UK) is covered under the housing law. residential tenancy law is regulated by several Housing Acts. According to Cowan (2011, p. 15), these Acts have provisions on the legal framework upon which residential tenancies are based. The provisions give extensive information concerning tenants and landlords’ regulation, procedures, and rules about tenancy law, in addition to providing legal protection to both the tenants and landlords on matters relating to rent areas, possession rights, termination of tenancy, rent increases, and eviction (London Borough of Hounslow, 2012). This discussion will focus on housing law issues relating to seven students of the University of Westminster namely. Ben, Mohammed, Melissa, Rashid, Mary, Jim, and Joanne. With regard to Ben, he lives in halls at the Marylebone Campus and has been given a university tenancy agreement to stay until May 2011. Ben is under the Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST). this type of tenancy has fixed term which is often a year or six months. Also, it can be of the period less than six months if the landlord and the tenants agree (Davis and Robson, 2008, p. 36). London Borough of Hounslow (2012) states that under this type of tenancy, a tenant has a right to stay for a minimum of six months in the property unless there are grounds to end the tenancy, that is, to evict the tenant. Since Ben has been given a university tenancy agreement to stay until May 2011 it means that he is under AST since it requires that a fixed term of tenancy be provided for the tenant as it is the case with the Ben (Davis and Robson, 2008, p. 49). Also, just as the characteristics of AST requires, Ben’s stay in the property is a fixed term of six months until May 2011.