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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Legal

Right-to-Rent: It is said that seven out of 10 landlords do not understand their obligations under the “Right to Rent” rules that oblige them to check all new tenants’ immigration statuses. The law that came into force on 1st February 2016...
It seems that today there is an art to the production of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to ensure that companies attain the best possible score. Gone are the days of just ticking the compliance box in order to secure...
Landlords and letting agents should by now be conversant with the 2014 regulations on blinds and curtains and the measures necessary to prevent accidents with children. It is particularly important to ensure that blinds and curtains supplied in rental...
20 Steps to Successful Landlording Updated October 2016 Buy the right type of property for the market you are targeting and present it to your tenants in good, clean condition with modern facilities. Spend some time reading up on your...
Changes to the law on Section 21 and in particular how landlords deal with reported repair issues is now of crucial importance if section 21 claims for possession are to be successful. Careful pre-planning is now essential at the...
Do you know if you own your property as tenants in common or joint tenants and do you know what these legal terms actually mean in practice? When a property is purchased jointly, the owners can chose to either be...
Protecting a tenancy deposit within 30 days of taking it is now a crucial part of letting; otherwise you could be stuck with a bad tenant you can’t evict. If you are using an assured shorthold tenancy (AST), which almost...
I have always found the holding deposit (an initial retainer paid to the landlord or agent to reserve a tenancy) is a very useful device to commit the tenant to your letting. But is it legal to withhold the...
Landlords and agents need to take care when screening tenancy applicants lest they fall foul of the discrimination laws and the Immigration Acts. Unlike the employment situation there’s been surprisingly little to-date in the way of prosecutions for discrimination in...
What do I need to do when I protect my tenant/s deposit? If you take a deposit from your tenant/s you MUST protect the deposit and serve your tenants with the correct documentation within 30 days or face having to...