too many tenant removals

How many tenant removals is too many

How many tenant removals is too many? We were carrying out some market research and came across an interesting article regarding tenant evictions and the increase in removing tenants from their homes. According to the Ministry for justice, it seems that more than 170 tenants were...

ignoring the deposit scheme

Is it worth the risk?

We have received a few phone calls this month from Landlords concerned about protecting a tenants’ deposit and the potential consequences of failing to do this correctly. We thought we would do a little digging and it seems that despite all the information about securing...

wrong advice for tenants

Are local authorities perverting the course of justice

Why are local authorities advising tenants to ignore eviction notices that are being served to remove them from a private property? It seems that local authorities are advising tenants to wait until the bailiff turns up to remove them because then the tenant qualifies for...

tenants causing damage to property

Staggering £4.5 billion of tenant damage

One of the most common requests we receive is about recovering costs for damage done by tenants when they have suddenly left a property or once they have been removed. It seems it is a national problem we found some data that stated it cost...

landlord punished

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...

removing tenants

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...

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...

Issues with renting

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...

changes in stamp duty

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...

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...