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Tenant Fees Ban: With an ever increasing number of under 45s renting privately, it’s almost inevitable that with no stake in property, and with Labour promising radical tenant-friendly legislation, their vote will go only one way. A new study by Shelter,...
Deposit Cap: Amid all the talk about cracking down on (rogue) landlords, the responsible landlord’s voice is often drowned-out - what about those rogue tenants who the media seem to think have ceased to exist? The RLA claims that a move...
HMO Reverse Conversions: HMOs have often been a preferred option for many landlords wanting to maximise their returns, as packing more tenants into one property always gives a high yield. The problem has always been getting planning permission to convert...
Buy-to-Let Mortgages: Buy to let lenders will increasingly demand to see that landlord borrowers are complying with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations which come into force from next month. From April 2018, a new legal standard for minimum energy...
Illegal Eviction: Two Sheffield landlords were handed out suspended prison sentences for illegally evicting their tenant, after a judge tells them “landlords are not above the law”, Mark Cashin and Rory Taylor were told by the judge that some “landlords think...
Interest Rates: At the last Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting on the 22nd of March the Bank of England committee decided to leave interest rates as they are at 0.5 percent, but it hints at a rise in May, which...
EPC Deadline: The deadline for meeting the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) falls on Sunday 1st of April (Easter Sunday), but according to ARLA Propertymark there are still thousands of landlords either not aware of the new rules or...
New Legislation: The Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government (MHCLG) is currently putting new regulations before parliament (see link below) with the objective of keeping the pressure on rogue landlords. In a bold move to crack down on overcrowding...
Rental Standards: Preston Magistrates Court heard that property firm Leyland Estates Ltd, whose sole director is listed as Asif Abbas of Queens Road, Blackburn, had ignored numerous calls by South Ribble Borough Council to deal with serious issues in two...
RLA Conference: Ex Minister and now Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, is to address the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) “Future Renting North” conference in Manchester on the 24th of April at the Concorde Conference Centre, The Runway Visitor Park, Sunbank Lane,...