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Tips to protect your tenants deposit

Tips to protect your tenants deposit.   Make sure you give the tenant a detailed check in inventory and schedule of condition at check in and check out. It still amazes me how many new landlords decided to do it all themselves and forget the inventory.   When it...

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Now what does the government have in store for landlords

Housing & Planning Act 2016 With so many changes going on, it can be difficult to keep abreast of all the recent changes. One that you need to be aware of is the Housing & Planning Act 2016, as you do not want to be accidentally...

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Is it still worth being a landlord

For at least 20 years, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively sensible secure way to increase your wealth, hence why many people become landlords to supplement their income or grow their wealth through property than shares.  However, with all the recent changes to legislation and...

more than one way to skin a landlord

licensing schemes are they really working

It appears the licensing schemes are here to stay, this month sees several English cities such as Bristol and Nottingham gain their own licensing schemes. Now I know many landlords are strongly against these schemes feeling they are being penalised for the minority of rogue landlords...

I want that house

It is all about the tenant

I keep reading that landlords are being blamed for a whole generation being priced out of the housing market. Further reading claims that home ownership due to young people being priced out of the chance of buying a property, leaving them no choice but to...

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Are Landlords racist

Is the Right to Rent turning law abiding landlords into racist. Should the government change the Right to Rent scheme, which effectively forces buy-to-let landlords to act as border control officer, putting increase stress and pressure on them. To recap, since the was introduced across England...

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Will housing polices influence your vote

Today is the day that you should be voting in the General Election. Will the housing policies of each of the parties influence your choice? I have had a quick look around the net and cobbled together the following summary of the policies for those...

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Current legal process and enforcement

I often read about the need to overall the current legal process and enforcement when it comes to removing tenants from a property. Some call for stronger enforcement, whilst others claim streamlining the existing legislation would not only deter potential rental abuse from tenants but...

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Debating the deposit!

When a tenancy comes to an end one of the biggest points of contention is always the deposit. Both parties have different opinions on what is acceptable, both in terms of condition of property and how much deductions should be made from the deposit. When we...

Remove the Ban on agency fees and set a cap for fees instead.

Remove the Ban on agency fees and set a cap for fees instead. So, this petition is now closed. It achieved almost three quarters of the required signatures for it to be progressed to the next stage. It failed to reach the required number, is this down...