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Tenant Abandonment And The Law (Series Part 3)

As we have seen in the previous articles (part 1 and part 2) in the series, if the tenant decides to vacate without telling you or you suspect abandonment, there aren’t any procedures set in stone you can follow or any laws in place to guide and protect you. The Housing and Planning Act 2016 […]

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Hotel Records Order 1972 For Landlords

You have completed your Right to Rent checks, all the adults in the property have passed the checks and moved into the property, however, you receive a fine from The Home Office for £5,000 and up to six months imprisonment. How can this be?   The Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972? This legislation is not […]

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Should I do a landlord tenant credit check?

As landlords, it’s important for us to protect our investments from the minute a potential tenant wants to sign the tenancy agreement. Gathering background information about a tenant is a good way to help make a decision about whether they’re the right person for your property – whether the rent will always be paid, the […]

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Abandonment and the Tort (Interference with Goods) Act 1977

In the first article, in this series, we established that currently there is no legal process to deal with a situation where a landlord believes that a tenant has abandoned a property. If the landlord, or anyone acting on behalf of the landlord, takes possession of a property without a court order and the tenant […]

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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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Rental Property Maintenance: whose responsibility is it?

As a landlord, your property is a huge investment. Whether you manage one home or a hundred, you want to make sure that you protect your investment and, of course, keep your tenant’s home a safe and healthy place to live. One of the most common questions that we are asked as letting agents is: […]

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Listed Buildings, EPCs & MEES unravelled

Is an EPC required for a listed building? We recently considered that the requirement to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is now over 10 years old and that some of the earliest certificates are expiring. One of the enduring mysteries concerns whether or not a building of historic interest (listed building) or a building […]

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Protect your rental property this winter

Keeping your rental property in shape this winter The nights are longer and the weather is colder: winter is officially here in the UK. As the weather conditions deteriorate, a lot of landlords worry about their properties and potential maintenance issues. To ensure your property stays in shape this winter, here are some essential tips […]

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