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Top tips for landlords or common sense

Top tips for Landlords with residential property We look to review these on a regular basis to see if any of the tips have changed or if something really new has come into play with a dramatic impact on being a landlord. Even now with all the...

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How do we target 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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Are the courts treating all equally

Are the courts punishing both rogue landlords and rogue tenants equally? I recently read an article where Folkestone Magistrates Court found landlord, Judith Wilson, guilty of failing to comply with an enforcement notice ordering her to supply hot water to a disabled tenant. Did Ashford...

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Council blames homelessness on section 21

The political band wagon on section 21 continues, it will be interesting to monitor if any which other councils jump on the band wagon along with their political allegiances. I recently read that Croydon council is now formally behind the scrapping of Section 21 of...

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The must use guide for both landlords and tenants

The guide is the latest revised 'how to rent' booklet that must be given to ALL new tenants entering an agreement. Should anything happen and you need to evict a tenant, you do not want to give any potential loopholes for a smooth legal eviction. Although...

Gas Safety

More flexibility for gas safety certificates.

Are you aware, laws on gas safety records changed earlier this year (April 2018), these only apply to England and Wales. As part of these changes you need to ensure you know when your gas safety check is carried out. As with any new legislation...

Key to HMO

Another Licence for HMO properties

Have you obtained your new HMO licence? Commencing Monday 1st October any property that is being rented with more than five people who are sharing a common facility will require a new HMO licence. Common facilities include bathrooms, kitchens, stand alone toilets, etc. Yet again this...

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Sex for rent hits the news again

Looks like another knee jerk reaction from politicians desperately seeking votes. It seems that now the Liberal Democrats are jumping on the landlord bashing to try gain votes. Yes, sex for rent is despicable but let’s get some perspective on this, as a percentage of...

Did the government intentionally mislead us

Did you have your say? Did you attempt to influence the consultation on if longer term tenancies will indeed become mandatory rather than what was initially thought? We could have an outcome in weeks rather than months. Is having longer tenancies an issue? What if...

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Helpful advice and reminders for all private landlords

It seems one of the many things that are constant in our lives are the constant change to legislation. Many seem like knee jerk reactions to problems that do not exist other than in the minds of Politicians and the media. However, as property professionals we...