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Asbestos in Rented Property – Responsibility and Management

Asbestos in rented property exists in significant numbers across the country.  The long-term harmful effects of asbestos inhalation are well-known and the unsettling fact is that, despite being banned in 1999 in the UK, the number of rented properties affected is believed to run into the millions. In fact, such was the widespread use of asbestos […]

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2018 Private Landlord Survey – Results Issued By Government

The 2018 Government survey of private landlords in England has now been finalised and a report was issued on 31 January 2019. The report makes interesting reading and we’ve picked out some of the most interesting facts. Highlights of the 2018 Private Landlord Survey The survey indicates there were around 4.5mn private rented properties in […]

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Energy Performance Certificates 10 years on.

In August 2007 Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were introduced as part of the now defunct Home Information Packs under Part 5 of the Housing Act 2004. Initially introduced for larger domestic properties with 4 or more bedrooms which were marketed for sale, the requirement was gradually extended to smaller properties and eventually included rental properties […]

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Rental properties likely to increase due to slump in mortgage approvals

Approvals for mortgage applications by British banks fell to a seven month low in September, and the ongoing failure to secure a deal over Brexit is being partly blamed. This is likely to lead to an increase in rental properties over the coming months, as younger buyers again feel the cold shoulder of the property […]

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First time landlord? Our top money saving tips

Are you a first time landlord renovating your first buy to let property, or are you smartening up an existing let so you can boost the rental yield, chances are you will want to save as much money as possible. The key to being a successful landlord is to keep your costs low while delivering […]

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Banning Order on Rogue Landlords & Agents

On 6 April 2018, the Government introduced banning orders on rogue landlords and letting agents, barring those who commit certain housing offences from working in the lettings industry whilst placing their details on a database of rogue landlords. The Housing and Planning Act 2016  (Banning Order Offences) Regulations 2018 result in landlords and agents who […]

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Landlord Repair Obligations 2018 – Part 1

As a landlord one of the first things that will come to mind when a tenant reports a maintenance issue (like changing a lightbulb) is ‘does this fall under my landlord repair obligations, or is it in fact a tenant responsibility?’  It is important to establish where the responsibility lies at the outset of the […]

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How to Let – A Private Landlord Guide (England 2018)

Today, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a series of new and updated online guides for private landlords and tenants including a new How to Let guide and an updated How to Rent guide which must be issued to tenants at the start (or renewal) of an assured shorthold tenancy – as from the […]

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