Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES)

Recently I have spent some time attending various property meetings around our fair nation and I am somewhat surprised how many landlords seem to be unaware of the Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) that is now less than a year away. In 2015 a new set...

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Are you still making your checks?

In case you were not aware since 1st December 2016, landlords who knowingly let to a tenant who has no right to rent in the UK are committing a criminal offence. Any landlord or their agent doing this will be prosecuted under the Immigration Act...

Which city would you choose London or New York

I came across these images from spareroom.com. Which city would choosed based on this information? It appears from the above that the average Londoner earns less, is slightly younger and is more likely to have several flatmates. But how far does there money go? It is surprising to find tha London is...

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Will the tax changes really make any difference

I am sure you are the same and are constantly seeing the opinions of various property experts and industry leaders in this current stage of change within the rental industry. The most recent report seems to claim that the Governments tax changes is having a lesser...

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Pets over people

Pets over people It seems the BBC have carried out some investigative research and found that Landlords are more likely to accept potential renters who own pets than people claiming benefits. The BBC analysed some 11,000 online listings for spare rooms found all but a few hundred...

2017 moving forward

2016 gone what does 2017 hold for the lettings market

2017 is two months in and it gives us time to reflect on what a turbulent year 2016 was for the letting industry. However, despite numerous changes to legislation and continued landlord bashing by anyone who is not a landlord or works with landlords, the...

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Are licensing schemes working

It seems licensing schemes are still on the up and up with local authorities attempting to get tougher and tougher with landlords who do not comply. I recently read that Peterborough City Council issued a statement insisting that buy-to-let landlords have one last chance to join...

White paper on housing

Mixed messages from the government via white paper

We have seen numerous recent changes to the property sector, with several new housing policies affecting the private rented sector, including longer tenancies, boosting the supply of much needed housing and plans to clamp down on rogue landlords, most of which have been accepted. However, from...

The Property Ombudsman making things better or worse

The Property Ombudsman making things better or worse I came across this news item from the Property Ombudsman following its ruling, the letting agency has closed its office, leaving landlords and tenants high and dry. Now as much as we work very closely with both letting agents...

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Are landlords setting their sites on Northern Properties

We have noticed that several of our clients from London and the south are now looking to the northern areas of England for future buy to let purchases. With places like Sheffield Leeds and Bradford quite high in their sites. This reflects the survey that was...