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The new HMO property laws and buy to let

What is a HMO? House in multiple occupation, or HMO, is a property shared by a number of unrelated people on a room basis. They used to be referred to as multi-let or house share. In late 2016, a consultation took place to assess possible changes to licensing. As a result, a set of changes […]

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HMO Licence Rules as from 1st October 2018 (England)

The simplest way in which to determine whether an HMO licence is required is to apply an example into practice. If you were to have five students living in and sharing a two storey property, owned and run by a private landlord, this would not be a licensable house in multiple occupation (HMO) under the […]

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Grenfell Tower – Let’s Make a Difference – Please.

I am sure that you were as upset as I was to see the dreadful loss of life, health and of homes in the fire in Grenfell Tower, London.  The on-going situation for those who survived is heartbreaking. Making a donation to the Grenfell Tower support fund was not enough for me, I needed to […]

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Dangers Of Rent Repayment Order – Housing and Planning Act 2016

Some sections of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 came into force today.  The media will give a lot of attention to the fact that local authorities will be able to charge landlords Civil Penalties of up to £30,000 without court action and the fact that Tenancy Deposit Protection schemes must now share the landlords […]

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How Landlords can Pre-empt HHSRS Inspections

One of the most important considerations for landlords is whether their property can pass a HHSRS inspection. The acronym ‘HHSRS’ refers to the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, which councils use to determine whether a property is safe to live in or not. Councils may choose to conduct a HHSRS inspection at the request […]

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Queens Speech Highlights New Legislation for Landlords (Part 2)

The Queen delivered her first Speech on behalf of the new Government on 27th May 2015. Among the many measures to introduce more legislation these are the ones which will affect landlords, property investors and Letting Agents: Part 2. Housing Bill Plans to support home ownership and extend the right-to-buy scheme to 1.3 million social housing […]

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Rent to Rent – Guaranteed Rent And No Work?

Under the weight of legislation, regulations and rent arrears some people get fed up of being landlords and those people now have a title “tired landlords” and are seen as the ideal target for Rent to Rent. This is the name given to the target group of landlords who would like to continue to benefit […]

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Local authorities are shooting themselves in the foot!

Local authorities are shooting themselves in the foot – because their staff don’t talk to each other. I was with a local authority recently and we were talking about their need for more small, affordable homes – HMO’s.  People who earn modest incomes in the area often have to live some distance away and travel […]

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