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Mandatory Electrical Checks a Step Closer

  Mandatory Electrical Checks a Step Closer

Electrical Safety Checks:

Views and comments are now being sought on the recommendations made by the Private Rented Sector Electrical Safety Working Group following its initial consultation.

The working group has recommended introducing 5 yearly mandatory electrical installation checks for private rented property and that other safety checks (landlords / agents checking appliances between tenancies)…

RLA calls for Housing Tribunals

  RLA calls for Housing Tribunals

Housing Courts:

At a recent meeting with the new Minister for the Private Rented Sector, Heather Wheeler MP, at the newly named Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), landlord representatives from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) called for housing courts, similar to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber)*.

Given the…

BBC Panorama to debate Section 21

  BBC Panorama to debate Section 21

Section 21 evictions:

The future of the no-fault eviction process, mainstay of the Assured Shorthold Tenancy since its inception in 1988, is to be debated on a BBC Panorama programme this evening, Wednesday 21 February at 8:30 pm.

The programme, with an interview featuring Landlord Action’s Paul Shamplina, will investigate the widely debated Section 21…

Labour plans a tenant’s pet’s charter

  Labour plans a tenant’s pet’s charter

Pets in Lets:

Included in Labour’s plans to abolish the no-fault (section 21) eviction process is the pledge to give tenants a 'default right' to keep pets in their rental properties.

As part of their future manifesto pledge, Labour has said it wants to strengthen the rights of tenants, which will include the automatic right…

Serving Gas Certificate at start of Tenancy is Critical

  Serving Gas Certificate at start of Tenancy is Critical

Notices and Section 21:

A recent case has brought to light the importance of serving certain prescribed information at the very start of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AS) – before the tenant enters - following the changes brought about by the Deregulation Act 2015.

This article applies primarily to English law. Although tenancy laws are…

Buy-to-Let Lending thrives at Paragon

  Buy-to-Let Lending thrives at Paragon

Mortgage Lending:

Paragon Banking Group, the buy-to-let specialist mortgage lender, has reported a 65% year-on-year increase in new advances across all business lines so far this year.

Within this total, Paragon’s mortgage lending grew by 84% to £367 million, with buy-to-let advances up 85% to £343 million. Second charge and specialist residential lending grew by…

Landlords, Let Your Property for Free!

  Landlords, Let Your Property for Free!

HomeRenter, the online lettings marketplace which launched a beta version in Autumn 2017 and seeks to cut out the estate agency middleman, has launched a new trial proposition for landlords starting this month.

The site is offering landlords a no-strings-attached, six-month free trial of the service that includes 30 days worth of advertising across leading…

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