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landlord punished
Jan 08 2016

Another landlord punished

It was with disbelief that over Christmas I read that a landlord had illegally evicted their tenant and left their belongings in the garden.   The landlord who is based in Birmingham, carried out a threat of changing the locks at the rental property. The tenant...

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removing tenants
Dec 30 2015

Could tenants abuse the new law

Could a tenant delay their removal? Although I have yet to come across this particular situation I do wonder how long before enterprising tenants test the new legislation to avoid or delay being removed from a property. A tenant could try to avoid eviction by deliberately damaging...

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Dealing with Rogue landlords

The current legislative system which deals with rogue landlords, I believe is current inadequate and failing to deter those landlords who choose to prey on the less fortunate. One of the suggestions I have seen mentioned is a national database covering all housing-related convictions. Not quite...

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Issues with renting
Dec 09 2015

Issues with Renting

Issues with renting   As a landlord, you have certain rights and responsibilities. If you are buying a property for a second/holiday home or buy-to-let, you will need to know your obligations in law, and also how you are protected. Disputes can easily arise with tenants and you...

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changes in stamp duty
Dec 09 2015

Changes in buy-to-let stamp duty

Changes in buy-to-let stamp duty   The Treasury’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement released today, informs us of a new set of rates for buyers of residential property for rent and for second homes. As from April next year, stamp duty rates will increase by 3% for buy-to-let...

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Buy-to-let mortgages at highest level since 2007

Buy-to-let mortgages at highest level since 2007   The figures from banks and building societies show that the number of buy-to-let mortgages, taken out by landlords purchasing properties, has risen to its highest level in more than seven years. According to data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders...

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