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Utilities Supplies: Many commercial landlords let their tenants decide on their utility providers with their own meters, telephone lines, and networks. When you’re in control and recharge these products as a service charge, then it’s up to you to get...
Personal Allowances & CGT: Investors and second home owners, and landlords, will be pleased to hear one piece of good news in this November’s budget: the Chancellor has raised the personal capital gains tax (CGT) allowance which means individuals will...
S21 Tenant Evictions: The decision to evict a tenant is not an easy one - even for seemingly clear cut cases such as non-payment of rent or severe damage to a property will see you facing a lengthy court process....
New HMO Licensing Rules: Since mandatory licencing was introduced by the 2004 Housing Act, and landlord with a property housing 5 or more unrelated occupants over 3 or more stories has had to apply for a licence from their local...
Penetrating damp, just as its name implies, is where water leaks into a building from outside the structure, through the walls or roof. Less common is where an internal leak from a water or drain pipe leaks into the...
Fire Regulations in Rentals: There are several regulations relating to fire safety within rental dwellings; some affect all dwellings whereas others apply mainly to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO). This looks complicated, but fire safety management in reality boils down to...
Damp & Condensation: Condensation occurs in a property when warm moisture laden air (steam) comes into contact with cold surfaces. As winter arrives, the problem often occurs. To simplify this as much as possible, there are just two main causes: 1 –...
Damp & Mould: You may have seen or heard of the 1970s TV series Rising Damp, which featured a landlord and his tenants (lodgers in this case) which rather implies that all rental properties are troubled with this kind of...
From 30th September, a regulatory change means that all buy to let mortgage lenders have to adjust the way they underwrite mortgages for landlords with four or more mortgaged rental properties. These landlords will be known as “portfolio landlords”. The...
Landlord Licensing: Some local authorities are introducing landlord licencing in selected areas while others are doing this across the board, across the whole borough, town or city. Mention licensing in most landlords’ company and it either strikes the fear of God...