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How to Win Deposit Disputes by Tom Derrett – Since Deposit Protection was introduced in England & Wales in April 2007 landlords and agents have been faced with fully justifying any claim for damages when they want to retain all or part of a tenancy deposit. To do this successfully needs more that a cursory attempt; it needs a thorough going set of evidence presented to the adjudicators or courts in a specific way.
Tom Derrett’s book is an excellent guide to this process and will also help with small money claims as well. Follow this guide and you will stand the best possible chance of success in any claim situation. See Book Review and Book Content
The AIIC Guide to Understanding Fair Wear and Tear – Carrying out the final check out inspection on a property at the end of a tenancy can become a very stressful process without the necessary knowledge to make proper recommendations that will be acceptable to all parties.
It is important for anyone involved in the letting process to have a thorough understanding of the accepted rules and principles of fair wear and tear.
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Successful Property Letting: How to Make Money in Buy-to-Let – Whether you are a new or experienced landlord, this bestselling up-to-date book (fully revised and reprinted in August 2013) by private rented sector expert and consultant David Lawrenson will show you how to buy the right property in the right location (including abroad) for high rents and capital growth, whatever the state of the market. Decide whether to use a letting agent or find and manage tenants yourself.
Comply with all the laws and avoid the tenants from hell. Minimise your property tax bill. This new 2013 edition includes, in particular, latest information on : Financing Energy-saving issues Squatting laws Licensing HMOs Tenancy Deposit Schemes and Tax.
Renting and Letting (“Which?” Essential Guides) – Many people are attracted to rental property by the potential for immediate income and long-term capital growth without knowing the hurdles that have to be negotiated to make the investment a success.
“Renting and Letting” is the definitive handbook for all landlords and tenants, packed with detailed information on the rights and obligations. This essential read details the ins and outs of dispute resolution, deposits, security, safety, taxation and mortgages.
Property Investor’s Handbook (Which? Essential Guides) – From buy-to-let and off-plan, to new builds and buying overseas, the idea of financing a future or making serious cash through property is an attractive one.’Property Investor’s Handbook’ is an essential guide for both the would-be and the more experienced investor.
Including a ‘Property Investor’s Toolkit’ to equip you with the basics, it talks you through the preliminaries, including the importance of good planning and research, creating budgets and cash-flow forecasts, developing back-up and exit plans should things go wrong and how to get the right professional advice, from surveyors and maintenance experts to tax advisors.
The Landlord’s Survival Guide – This concise but comprehensive guide is for first time – as well as established – landlords. It is divided into sections, each of which is jam-packed with detail and insider tips. Most sections will only take minutes to read (although a few earlier ones take a little more) and each section tells you exactly what you need to do – and why – to get best results.
Each section has tips, skills, time management ideas, and problem solving advice, plus supportive guidance and helpful websites and phone numbers. If you’re looking for a bit of straight talking about your investment, or you’re sufficiently interested to discover how to increase your own bottom line rather than some agent’s, then this is the guide for you.
Renting: The Essential Guide To Tenants’ Rights – There are many books on property and residential lettings that cater for the needs of landlords, but few that approach the subject from a tenant’s point of view. Enlightened landlords know where they stand, but many tenants remain in the dark when it comes to understanding what they should expect when renting.
What’s more, recent legislation on houses in multiple occupation and tenancy deposit schemes is something all tenants should know about.This book is for both private and public sector tenants; it explains what their rights (and responsibilities) are under housing and related consumer law.
The Complete Guide to Property Investing Success – In The Complete Guide to Property Investing Success you will learn all you need to succeed in property, even in challenging times and why professional investors such as property millionaire Angela Bryant believe that now is the right time to buy property. The trick is to be ahead of the curve, be ready for opportunities and buy while others are panicking!
In this book, you will learn the strategies you need to succeed in today’s market, including how to: Plan and undertake thorough risk assessment, Choose your mortgage and property with care and Manage your properties and your tenants with expertise, to ensure positive cashflow.
Give Me Your Money! A Straightforward Guide to Debt Collecting – This latest book in the Straightforward Guides is a comprehensive and clear updated guide to the legal framework governing the process of collection of debts from business and individuals.
It will prove invaluable to those looking to understand more about this complex legal area. The book is designed for those who wish to understand more about debt recovery in general and will appeal to small and medium sized businesses as well as the individual.
The Apprentice Property Master – In this book Paul Torrisi gives a chronological account of his life in property from his very first purchase, to the present day. He started in the world of property acquisition and letting when he was just 20 years old, concentrating on buying to let 10 years before the term was even coined.
Without the help of the property books and television programmes that abound today he had to feel his own way for much of his journey, stumbling upon problems as he found them. But he got through it and through his own inspirational story he seeks to impart some of the lessons and wisdom he learned along the way.
Renting Out Your Property For Dummies – Everything potential landlords need to know about the UK rental market Renting Out Your Property For Dummies is the essential roadmap to successful property letting. This easy–to–read guide walks readers through every step of renting out their property – showing how to avoid legal problems, find and keep the best tenants, maintain the property and maximise their rental income.
As well as lots of helpful advice, it contains a wealth of sample forms and standard letters that can be used when dealing with their own tenants. Crucially, it is fully up to date on all the latest legislation including the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).
The Buy-to-Let Manual – The Buy-to-Let Manual gives you: – Tips for getting the right price – Advice on crunching numbers (profit budgets, cash-flow forecasts, likely income and expenditures) – 5 killer mistakes to avoid – Simple tips for cutting your tax bill – Secrets of buying property abroad
With the wrong information, investing in property can be a risky business, but with this buy-to-let guide you’ll have all the information you need to guarantee above-average capital growth, add value to your property, and continue to profit in the next 5, 10, and 15 years.
Tips, Tricks and Traps: Everything You Need to Know About Estate Agents – Almost all of us who have bought or sold a house have fallen victim to the estate agents tricks and traps, whether we are aware of it or not. Whether that’s offering on properties, dealing with in-house financial advisors or putting our properties on the market with an agent.
This book exposes the tactics estate agents use to dupe us. It provides useful tips on how to avoid each trick and trap and turn the tables on these estate agents by revealing their secrets. This book will give you the upper hand over the estate agent almost every time.
The Complete Guide to Property Development for the Small Investor – covers every stage of property development. Including both practical ‘how-to’ advice and important guidance on making a profit from property, this new edition constitutes an essential handbook that is both comprehensive and user-friendly.
This fully revised and updated third edition includes vital new information on: changes to tax/VAT incentives; the impact of the credit crunch on the UK property market (and the potential opportunities if offers); the rise and fall of the buy-to-let market; and the latest rules and regulations affecting both landlords and tenants.
Start and Run a Residential Letting Agency – Providing you have some business acumen and determination, you can run a successful lettings business without any specific prior knowledge. This book will provide much of the information you will need, and shows you how and where to get additional information, training and resources.
The book provides a complete guide to starting and running your own residential letting agency even if you have no previous knowledge of the industry. It will also provide valuable information for anyone buying into a lettings franchise, or for people already working in the industry.
Taking in Students: How to Make Your Spare Room Pay – Extra cash is always useful to any householder, so why not put your spare room to work for you? There is always a need for short and longer term accommodation, particularly for young people.
Written by an experienced landlady this book explains some of the options you could consider, gives useful information about what to expect, and includes many helpful hints and money-saving tips. Rosemary Bartholomew writes from first hand experience, having spent the past 15 years letting out her spare rooms.
The Quick Guide To Taking In A Lodger – The time sharing your home with your lodger should be a pleasure. And it will always be, as long as you follow some basic rules. This Quick Guide to Taking in a Lodger provides you with all the advice and tips on how to make a success of taking in a lodger, so it’s a straightforward, stress-free process from start to finish.
Specialist lettings solicitor Tessa Shepperson shares her knowledge and experience, both as a solicitor and a landlord. She provides a complete picture of what taking in a lodger entails, from legal and non-legal viewpoints.
Hustle Your Way To Property Success – When Paul Ribbons first got involved in property a guy said to him that 95% of this business takes 2-5 years to learn. The other 5% takes you all your life to learn and that’s people.
This book lets you peek into a world of his property experiences in his very unique way of hustle and jostling. Paul uses anecdotes and examples, whilst writing with wit and honesty and drawing from his extensive experiences. Having such vast experience Paul has developed systems and procedures that you can use in your property business.
Practice Notes on Business Tenancies – This book provides invaluable practical guidance to the grant, renewal, assignment and surrender of business leases. The procedures involved are explained clearly and concisely, with each constituent part of a commercial lease being examined, and useful hints given on drafting.
The book covers key case law and legislation, the latest information concerning time limits and court fees, the VAT consequences for the letting of business premises, rent reviews and statutory renewals. The book also summarises and offers practical analysis of the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995
SPLAM! Successful Property Letting And Management – Designed specifically for anyone considering buying, letting and managing residential property in England & Wales. This book includes many hints and tips for property people everywhere, such as how to deal with difficult tenants, how to locate and gain new properties and how to introduce new revenue streams.
SPLAM! is crammed with ideas and intelligence on how you can expand and improve your property business and interests. If you are interested in residential property, SPLAM! can and will help.
Making Sense of Leasehold Property – If you own a flat in England or Wales, the chances are that it will be leasehold, a property system virtually unique to England and Wales, with origins dating back 1,000 years. This book provides a unique and valuable guide through the thickets of leasehold law, written in simple and practical terms by a flat owner for flat owners.
The author has practical experience of dealing with leasehold problems and highlights how to avoid the pitfalls and increase the chances of success, making this book a must for all owners of leasehold property.
Buying Bargains at Property Auctions – Learn everything you need to be a success in the property auction room. A comprehensive guide to buying your next property at a Property Auction for a bargain price. Every week, hundreds of properties – both residential and commercial – are sold at auction in Britain.
Howard elegantly spells out just how straightforward the auction route can be and divulges the tips and practices of this still relatively unknown world. Howard Gooddie’s classic guide on property auctions is more relevant than ever during the ‘credit crunch’.
The Complete Guide to Buying Repossessed Property Bargains – Information on the availability of repossessions can be hard to find, as many estate agents and developers want to keep the best deals to themselves. But this book gives you all the insider secrets so you, too, can join the investors and buy repossessed property at a bargain price.
Using her first-hand experiences of buying repossessions, property researcher Catherine Dawson tells you where to look for a property bargain, how to research the current property market, how to recognise the pros and cons of repossessions and how to purchase a property well below market value.
Buying Property Abroad (Which? Essential Guides) – ‘Buying Property Abroad’ is a comprehensive guide to negotiating the foreign property ladder. This book explains the whole buying process, covering contracts, searches, surveys and deeds. Mortgages, currency deals, taxes, fees and duties are assessed and calculated and the role of estate agents, lawyers, letting agents, surveyors, builders and architects is examined in depth.
This must-have guide: examines best buys for investment, holiday and retirement; explains the buying process from start to finish; covers main destinations and emerging markets; and, exposes scams, rip-offs and schemes to avoid. The true cost of buying and owning a property abroad is revealed.
Making Money from Holiday Lets – Whether you live in the country, near the sea, or in a town, this new information-packed guide reveals how letting a holiday flat, annexe or cottage can be extremely profitable and rewarding.
Discover how to finance and market your business, how and when to use a booking agency, and how to stay on top of paperwork, maintenance – and changeover days! Also includes check-lists and case histories, plus additional guide on helping you to avoid costly mistakes.
The Survivor’s Guide to Buying a Freehold – This guide provides answers to the questions being asked by growing numbers of flat leaseholders: “Should we buy our building freehold? If so, how much will it cost? How do we do it and what are the pitfalls to avoid?”
Freehold purchases can appear daunting. Using simple tools and tips, this book takes you through the process, from start to finish, explaining on the way how to save money, time and effort, and maintain good relations with your neighbours.
Letting Your Property (Pocket Lawyer) – If you are thinking of renting out a house or flat, this book will give you everything you need to become a successful landlord. It advises you about your legal responsibilities, about choosing and vetting a tenant and about the tenancy agreement itself.
Whereas most tenancy agreements are written in impenetrable Law-speak, the one in this book, with its accompanying Standard Letting Provisions, is written in plain English and is fair to both landlord and tenant.
Leasehold Disputes – The law and practice governing leasehold management is far from simple and affects over 5 million leasehold properties in England and Wales. Leasehold Disputes is a highly practical and accessible guide for anyone likely to find themselves before, or considering making an application to, a tribunal.
It also aims to equip leaseholders and their advisers with the necessary information on their rights, and the obligations of landlords, to resolve issues without resort to the tribunal system. There is a step-by-step guide to application and hearing procedure, useful information on costs and funding and worked examples.
Housing Law: An Adviser’s Handbook – is a new handbook aimed at lawyers and advisers either entering housing law. Covering all the basic aspects of housing law, this book focuses on the practical: the common problems faced by advisers, court proceedings and the tactics of running a case, challenging decisions, and seeking remedies.
Combining a clear, accessible approach to the law involved with a comprehensive survey of all important elements of housing law, this definitive handbook is not only an invaluable resource to those new to housing law but will also provide the solution for the experienced housing lawyer looking for a quick answer or some reassurance.
Repairs: Tenants’ Rights – has long been recognised as an essential text for all advisers and lawyers dealing with disrepair and the enforcement of landlords’ obligations. As well as focussing on repairs, it deals with a range of other issues such as infestations, hazards and absence of amenities.
Includes chapters on contractual rights, civil remedies, funding, damages and housing conditions. The main text is supported by a wealth of precedents and the authors write in a clear style, avoiding legal jargon, to make this very accessible to the lay-person.
Quiet Enjoyment – This book is concerned with the rights of occupiers of residential property to live undisturbed in their homes and the legal remedies available when their peace is threatened.This book aims to provide lawyers and other advisers with a practical guide to the law, so that the relevant legal issues may be more easily understood.
Quiet Enjoyment is the definitive guide to advising clients properly of their rights. It is an essential handbook for advisers, lawyers and tenancy relations officers. Local authority housing and legal departments and registered social landlords will also find it invaluable.
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A Practical Approach to Landlord and Tenant – This concise and readable title explains the fundamentals of landlord and tenant law. It includes coverage of all relevant case law and sets out the various statutory codes applying to both residential and business tenancies, highlighting key points.
Very much a practical guide, this title makes frequent use of examples, checklists, forms and precedents, and is specifically designed to assist the busy professional and student. A Practical Approach to Landlord and Tenant is an indispensable resource for those working in this field.
Setting Up a Limited Company – Limited liability represents a responsibility to the general public and gives a business a public face. This book will help you decide whether forming a limited company is right for you, and shows you how to set one up.
Many businesses are run through companies but there are legal implications, and careful consideration is required before forming a limited company. This guide sets out the pros and cons, and how to proceed. It includes advice on banking, PAYE, auditing and accounting.
Investing in Property for Your Children – This book is a complete guide to investing in property for your children. It covers the different types of property investment that are available to parents and includes all the related information such as leaving property in wills, setting up trusts, paying inheritance tax and protecting your investment.
It is aimed at anyone who is thinking about investing in property as a means of saving and making money for their child’s future. Practical information includes a property investment checklist, a but-to-let property checklist, a property search checklist, examples of HM Revenue and Customs Inheritance Tax forms and HM Revenue and Customs Trust forms.
Using a Property Company to Save Tax – This unique guide tells you everything you need to know about setting up and running your own property company. The potential tax savings are massive. For example, in one case study the author shows that using a company could result in a 42% increase in your after-tax income!
There are also a number of drawbacks and traps to avoid, so it’s essential to arm yourself with all the relevant facts. This guide looks at the whole picture and explains all the tax consequences of using a property company. It is written in plain English and contains dozens of examples and tax planning tips.
Agricultural Tenancies – Agricultural Tenancies is an invaluable aide-memoire for the busy practitioner, providing clear guidance on lettings of agricultural land before September 1995; lettings of agricultural land after that date; and lettings of residential accommodation to farm workers.
The text is supported by an array of procedural checklists and contains precedents for a farm business tenancy and an assured shorthold tenancy agreement. There is also a chapter devoted to dealing with the problems most commonly encountered in practice.