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Tenant Agreement: The Law of Property Act 1925 talks about having a maximum of 4 tenants on an agreement. So what to do when you have 5, 6 or more tenants sharing a house? There is a common misunderstanding of the...
New Landlords: Are you new to lettings, do you want to rent-out your own home for a time, or have you bought a buy-to-let and you’ve never let one before? If you are really nervous about doing this for the first...
Home owners and buy-to-let landlords are being warned of a potential rise in property fraudsters activity. This is more prevalent during the summer house marketing season. This alert comes from Midlands property lawyer Javed Ahmed who says that owners could...
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations: From 1 October 2015, the law changed regarding smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and you may need reminding of the regulations as they now stand. From that date, landlords in England are required to...
Lettings Document Checklist: When setting up a new Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) it has always been important to pay attention to the paperwork, which provides vital evidence should there be a dispute during or after the tenancy. But since the Deregulation...
Advance Rent: Piggot v Slaven and Johnson v. Old There are two important cases which clarify (though not necessarily decisively) the position on landlords accepting rent payments in advance. One concerns the accepting of the final two month’s rent in...
Following some confusion and debate about a deferral for the new standards following the MEES* deadline in April 2018, the new government has confirmed that changes to the EPC rules, preventing landlords from renting out homes below rating E,...
Tenant Checks: More and more landlords are realising the importance of doing thorough tenant checks. Relying on “gut feel” and trusting in your own judgement is outdated and quite frankly in this modern age, with fraud and serial bad tenants...
Landlord’s Insurance: When you let a property, particularly if this was your own home, it’s tempting to just leave the insurance on a property owner’s policy; no hassle, you’ve been with the company for years, so just leave things as...
Responsibility for Repairs: Who is responsible and who is obliged to pay for repairs to leasehold blocks and flats? What is the procedure if repairs are unnecessarily delayed or not carried out to the leaseholder’s satisfaction? What is the Section...