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New rules on Gas Safety Checks give more flexibility

  New rules on Gas Safety Checks give more flexibility

Gas Safety Checks:

Similar the car MOT, where the test can be done ahead of time, while retaining the existing renewal date, landlord gas checks will now be allowed on the same basis, up to 2 months ahead of time.

The idea behind the move is to prevent landlords falling foul of the law when…

Landlords and Agents advertising “No DSS” could be discriminating

  Landlords and Agents advertising “No DSS” could be discriminating

Housing Benefit:

A letting agent who rejected a tenant applicant because she was on welfare benefits has paid an out of court settlement compensation claim of £2,000 after admitting discrimination on equality grounds.

The case, which unfortunately was not allowed to come to court to establish any kind of precedent, could have far reaching consequences…

New HMO regulations to be effective from 1st October 2018

  New HMO regulations to be effective from 1st October 2018

Mandatory Licensing:

Under the provisions of STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS 2018 No. 221, “The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description) (England) Order 2018”, 20th February 2018 and in force from 1st October 2018, the HMO mandatory licensing scheme will be extended.

These new regulations bring mandatory licensing to all multi-occupied properties where there are 5…

3 Thriving Buy To Let Property Hotspots in Birmingham

  3 Thriving Buy To Let Property Hotspots in Birmingham

Value Investments:

Named most improved UK city to live and work and ranked higher than London in a list of most popular cities in Europe to invest in 2017, Birmingham is flourishing. With a string of high profile development and infrastructure projects underway or in the pipeline, notably HS2 and the major Paradise development, investors…

Agents will need to check their landlords’ EPC ratings

  Agents will need to check their landlords’ EPC ratings

Find EPC Rating:

Checking out a rental property’s EPC rating is a relatively simply process that any agent or landlord can do instantly online. Providing the property has had an Energy Performance Assessment done within the last 10 years, (EPCs last for 10 years and usually cost between £70 and £100) the information is available…

My Tenant Won’t Allow Access!

  My Tenant Won’t Allow Access!

Landlord's Access to Property:

Many landlords will have experienced a tenant denying them access to a property - whether for an inspection, viewings or legal duties. It’s easy to understand the view of ‘It’s my property, I can enter when I want’, but unfortunately that’s just not the case.

When a tenant moves into your…

Landlord Law Conference 2018 - the easy way to get up to date with the law

  Landlord Law Conference 2018 - the easy way to get up to date with the law

Landlord Law:

As you will know if you have been reading the LandlordZONE® news postings - there are going to be quite a few legal changes this year.  And that following on from several years when we have had a succession of new rules and procedures - and new penalties!

It's not surprising that landlords…

Book Review: Quiet Enjoyment – Protection from rogue landlords

  Book Review: Quiet Enjoyment – Protection from rogue landlords

Quiet Enjoyment:

Amateur and novice landlords often have difficulty “getting their head around” one of the basic tenets of English property law: tenants have a right of quiet enjoyment.

The term is slightly confusing as it does not mean exactly what it implies; it does not apply just to noise, though noise would obviously be…

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