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The Future Doesn't Look Bright For Landlords

Posted on 14 May, 2019 at 11:20 Comments comments (0)

Alarm bells over the health of Britain's private rented sector have been raised for the second time in two weeks, leading some to worry that a rental crsis is on the horizon. 

Many landlords will have seen their profits slashed over the past three years as biting tax changes have taken their toll. Two pieces of legislation, one proposed and one incoming, are likely to have a further impact on landlords in the coming years..

Landlords have issued a stark warning over the healt...

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Letting Fees Comes Into Force 1st June 2019

Posted on 9 February, 2019 at 7:35 Comments comments (2)

The introduction of a ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents looks set to finally become law on June 1st this year, the government has announced.

Following it's third reading in the House of Lords, the Tenant Fees Bill is likely to receive Royal Assent in the coming months.

Speaking to The Lords, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth said: "We need to enable agents and landlords following Royal Assent to become compliant, but we intend for the provisions to come into force on Ju...

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Why Section 21 is necessary

Posted on 22 January, 2019 at 5:50 Comments comments (0)


Currently, there is a nationwide campaign headed up by Generation Rent and supported by The Salvation Army and Crisis amongst others. The campaign has over 50,000 signatures so far, calling for Section 21 to be scrapped.

NO-FAULT EVICTIONS

Section 21 evictions, also known as no-fault evictions, are used when a landlord needs the property to be vacated for any number of reasons at the end of a tenancy agreement. These can include the following, althought the Section 21 ...

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IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR LANDLORDS

Posted on 15 December, 2018 at 7:05 Comments comments (0)

If you rent out a property classed as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) you need to make sure you are aware of some recent changes.

A HMO is a property that is rented to a number of unrelated tenants who share facilities like bathroom or kitchen. They can include shared houses or flats above commercial premises.

On October 1st, mandatory HMO licensing was extended to include one and two storey properties. An HMO must now be licensed if: 

* it is let to five or more p...

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Landlord Legislation

Posted on 14 September, 2018 at 6:05 Comments comments (0)

We now live in a world where a good managing agent is worth their weight in gold, but a poor one can be a massive liability. Minor compliance failures can cause significant problems for landlords.

Gas Certificates and Section 21.

Posted on 4 August, 2018 at 8:20 Comments comments (0)

Landlords, did you know that if you did not provide a gas safety cerificate at the start of a tenancy (be it a first agreement or written renewal after 1st October 2015), before the tenant moved in, you may find that any Section 21 Notice served during the term is invalid.

If you gave your tenant a tenancy after 1st October 2015, but failed to serve a gas safety certificate prior to them moving in, then your AST will be treated as an assured tenancy and possession using a Section 21 Not...

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Three Year Tenancy Agreements

Posted on 16 July, 2018 at 7:40 Comments comments (0)

The government intends to hold a consultation on tenancy agreement lengths, with the proposal setting out the shortest term being three years with a six month break clause.

As it stands, around 80% of tenancies in England and Wales are either six or twelve month assured shorthold agreements; any changes would be significant and have a huge impact on both the tenant and the landlord.

NOT EVERYONE WANTS A THREE YEAR TENANCY.

The proposal brings into question the flexibility th...

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General Data Protection Regulation for Landlords

Posted on 22 May, 2018 at 7:45 Comments comments (0)

What are the implications of GDPR for landlords? Everyone's asking at this time with the regulation coming into effect on May 25th.

The short answer is: Not as much as you might fear. This summary is intended as a pragmatic briefing for landlords to be able to carry on their business and remain compliant.

Why are there not a lot of implications for landlords? Because if landlords are already compliant with existing data protection regulations, there's little extra to consider.

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Charter For Rent Cheats

Posted on 25 March, 2018 at 0:15 Comments comments (0)

Plans to cap security deposits for private rented housing to six weeks rent risk creating a charter for rent cheats warns the country's leading landlord body.

Research by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has found that 40% of private landlords have faced tenants not paying their final month's rent in the past three years.

The new cap is proposed in the Government's Draft Tenant Fees Bill and the RLA is calling for this to be increased to eight weeks to cover the costs i...

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Cuddly Corbyn wants to give tenants the right to keep pets.

Posted on 19 February, 2018 at 6:20 Comments comments (0)

In an effort to win over animal-loving votes, the Labout party wants to give tenants a default right to keep pets in their rented home.

Landlords can only refuse permission under the 2015 Consumer Rights Act if it is reasonable to do so, for reasons such as the animal's size, possible damage and impact on future rental demand.

However, Labour wants landlords to have to prove the pet will be a nuisance before keeping it can be refused. Therefore, this would stop landlords being abl...

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