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Although it has been illegal in Scotland for several years, wheel clamping has continued to be a standard way of dealing with unauthorised parking on private land in England and Wales. That is now at an end.
The statutory instrument formally enacting section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 has now been made. From 1 September 2012 it will be a criminal offence to squat in a residential building. Anyone living in a residential building at that date, even if they entered before 1 September 2012, will be committing a criminal offence if they originally went in without permission. Overnight, therefore, a new category of criminals will be created.
Many of us use mobile telecommunications devices on a regular basis. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, few of us think about the laws that enable us to ring our family and friends and to conduct business from some of the remotest of locations. In fact, making that important Mother’s Day call may depend on an electronic communications operator installing telecommunications equipment on somebody’s land without their consent.
Section 47 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1987 requires a landlord to give his name and address in any written demand to his residential tenants. This requirement covers the payment of all sums due from the tenant such as rent, service charge and insurance.
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act received Royal Assent on 1 May 2012. Tucked away in section 144 is a new criminal offence of squatting in a residential building. The arrestable offence is punishable by up to a year in prison or by a fine of up to £5000.
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