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Minimum EPC Rating for Rental Properties after 2018

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Following some confusion and debate about a deferral for the new standards following the MEES*...

Investment House Fidelity raises Funds for Real Estate

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Commercial Property Investment Europe: The Fidelity and its investors in the Eurozone Select Real Estate Fund...

UK House Price Index (HPI) for May 2017

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House Prices: HM Land Registry Published:18 July 2017.The UK House Price Index shows house price changes...

What Confusion in Westminster Means for Leaseholders…

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Long Leasehold: The UK has had some form of election or referendum every year since 2014....

Why should I check potential tenants?

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Tenant Checks: More and more landlords are realising the importance of doing thorough tenant checks. Relying...

Agent Steels £100,000 from Norwich Landlord

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Agent Theft: Norwich Crown Court heard that Stephen Webster, 38, a director of The Letting Business,...

Making Tax Digital delayed and changed…

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Landlords’ Taxation: The Government has delayed and changed its tax plans that would have made some...

Are you liable for a multiple deposit fine?

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Tenancy Deposit Fines: The deposit protection rules introduced in April 2017 have proved to be something...

Citizens Advice claims tenants in fear of eviction

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Repair Issues: Two sides to every story: whilst a survey by the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA)...

Landlords welcome re-think on Digital Tax Changes

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Landlords are today welcoming confirmation that only those landlords with a turnover above £85,000 will...

Landlady fined for Rent Smart Wales offences

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Rent Smart Wales: A Cardiff landlady who ignored the Rent Smart Wales scheme faces a bill...

Consolidation in lettings as agents look to a bright future…

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Agents Expanding: There are signs of growth and consolidation in the lettings industry as letting agency...

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Investment House Fidelity raises Funds for Real Estate

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Commercial Property Investment Europe: The Fidelity and its investors in the Eurozone Select Real Estate Fund...

UK House Price Index (HPI) for May 2017

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House Prices: HM Land Registry Published:18 July 2017.The UK House Price Index shows house price changes...

Agent Steels £100,000 from Norwich Landlord

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Agent Theft: Norwich Crown Court heard that Stephen Webster, 38, a director of The Letting Business,...

Making Tax Digital delayed and changed…

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Landlords’ Taxation: The Government has delayed and changed its tax plans that would have made some...

Are you liable for a multiple deposit fine?

402
Tenancy Deposit Fines: The deposit protection rules introduced in April 2017 have proved to be something...

Citizens Advice claims tenants in fear of eviction

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Repair Issues: Two sides to every story: whilst a survey by the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA)...

Consolidation in lettings as agents look to a bright future…

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Agents Expanding: There are signs of growth and consolidation in the lettings industry as letting agency...

Overall Home-ownership Rate Declining, Census Reveals

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Home Ownership & Renting: “The… dream of home-ownership is alive and well, despite the growing housing...

Rogue Landlord Fined £130,000

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Confiscation Order: A rogue landlord from Walthamstow, who made almost £130,000 renting out a property without...

Two Thirds of Landlords pay basic rate of tax…

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Landlords’ Tax: According to new information published by the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA), two-thirds of individual...

The New LandlordZONE Website Launched Today…

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New Website: Today, Wednesday the 12th of July marks the launch of the new LandlordZONE® website. Welcome...

Landlord shocked in BBC tenant swap programme

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Landlord TV Documentary: A new BBC documentary series entitled “The Week the Landlords Moved In” has...

Minimum EPC Rating for Rental Properties after 2018

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Following some confusion and debate about a deferral for the new standards following the MEES*...

Why should I check potential tenants?

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Tenant Checks: More and more landlords are realising the importance of doing thorough tenant checks. Relying...

Why do you need a landlord’s insurance policy?

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Landlord’s Insurance: When you let a property, particularly if this was your own home, it’s tempting...

Leasehold Repairs and Disputes

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Responsibility for Repairs: Who is responsible and who is obliged to pay for repairs to leasehold...

How to do a rent review – 01

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In 1978, I published a pamphlet "The Framework of Rent Review Clauses" which was given...

The Great British Housing Disaster

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The above video (a 1984 documentary) is worth viewing* for the insight it offers into...

Reminder about Smoke Alarms

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Fire Alarms: Here we outline the requirements of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015...

Returning Deposits when in breach of the rules…

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Test Case Yeomans v Newell : When a landlord is in breach of the tenancy deposit...

Private Tenancies & European Convention on Human Rights

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Test Case McDonald v McDonald : On the 15th of June 2016 the Supreme Court in London...

Dealing with the unthinkable – landlord repossessions

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Tenant Evictions: Having to evict a tenant is a rare event for most landlords, but a...

Legionella and Landlords

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Legionella Testing: Since the introduction of new regulations which include smaller water supplies regarding Legionella risks,...

Tenancy Surrender & Mitigating Losses

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Commercial & Residential: Can a landlord insist his tenant pays rent until the end of the...

Serving the New Section 21 Notices

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Test Case: Spencer v Taylor and Section 21 Notices Spencer v Taylor had some major...

Tenancy Deposits, Superstrike and the Deregulation Act

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Test Case: Superstrike Ltd v Marino. Rodrigues The case involved a landlord who had taken a...

Tenant’s Liability to Pay Council Tax

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Test Case: Leeds City Council v Broadley This case and the subsequent High Court ruling...

Tenant’s Notice-to-Quit – Periodic Tenancies

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Ending a Tenancy: What are the rules governing the ending of a statutory periodic tenancy (SPT)...

Universal Credit Alternative Payment Claims

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Rent Arrears: The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has put out some useful information to...

Conditions of a Commercial Property Lease Explained

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Commercial Leases: When leasing a commercial property, it’s important to know where your responsibilities as a...

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What Confusion in Westminster Means for Leaseholders…

184
Long Leasehold: The UK has had some form of election or referendum every year since 2014....

My biggest bugbear when letting property

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Viewings: I’ve just come back from a viewing where the prospective tenant didn’t show up. We...

LendInvest Buy-to-Let Index

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UK Buy-to-Let: Where are the key buy-to-let hot spots in the UK? Which parts of the...

Housing Minister loses his seat…

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Politics – Breaking News: Gavin Barwell, the Conservative Housing Minister, has lost his Croydon Central seat...

Landlords can solve Britain’s housing crisis…

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Britain’s private landlords should be seen as part of the solution to Britain’s housing crisis,...

Banning Letting Agent’s Fees?

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Letting Agent’s Fees: In view of the government's ongoing consultation on letting agents fees for tenant's,...

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How Landlords Can Save Money By Choosing A Cleaning Company Directly

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As recent tax changes mean landlords may lose out on profit, how can you keep...

Confusion over Section 21 notices puts landlords risk

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Landlords are unwittingly issuing incorrect Section 21 notices, resulting in thousands of pounds being wasted...

Take control of your BTL mortgages

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Like building any business, establishing a successful property portfolio takes determination, knowledge and patience. Ironically,...

Listing on Gumtree: More Choice, Your Rules

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Listing on Gumtree: Need an answer – Google it. Need food – Deliveroo it. Need a...

YourParkingSpace – helping motorists find the perfect parking space

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Book Parking Spaces: At YourParkingSpace our goal was easy, make parking easier for everyone! Founded in...

Tips on Boosting Security in a Rented Home

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It is often said that an Englishman’s home is his castle, but more and more...

Press Releases

Landlords welcome re-think on Digital Tax Changes

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Landlords are today welcoming confirmation that only those landlords with a turnover above £85,000 will...

Landlady fined for Rent Smart Wales offences

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Rent Smart Wales: A Cardiff landlady who ignored the Rent Smart Wales scheme faces a bill...

Hamilton Fraser investigates ‘no deposit’ insurance products

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Deposit Insurance: With tenancy deposits coming under fire recently, Eddie Hooker, seen with Paul Shamplina (left),...

Court rules on Reform to Welfare Policy

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Commenting on the decision of the High Court that the Government’s benefit cap should not...

The Property Ombudsman annual report

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The Property Ombudsman (TPO) is launching its annual report at House of Lords event today. Today...

Is Buy-to-Let investment better than a pension?

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Buy-to-Let v Pensions: The Government’s recent tax hikes and tougher criteria for mortgage lending have hit...

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Section 21 Notices

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Obtaining Possession Using Section 21 Notices Updated October 2016 This article explains how to gain possession of...

Ending an Assured Shorthold Tenancy

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Ending an Assured Shorthold Tenancy must be handled with care. For landlords and tenants its...
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Electrical Safety - the Key Points There are around 30 deaths and 4,000 accidents annually in...
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Notice to Quit

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Residential Tenancies Bringing a tenancy or a license to an end ( termination of the tenancy or...

Landlord Checks for Legionella

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Letting agents and landlords are obliged by law to carry out risk assessments for legionnaire’s...

Grounds For Possession

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Grounds for Possession - Assured Shorthold Tenancies The Housing Act 1988 as amended by the Housing Act 1996...

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