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When to Sign a Tenancy Agreement

I’m often asked by our landlords and tenant’s alike when to sign a tenancy agreement.  We’ve been working on a number of new tenancy agreements this week and we have a few excited tenants who’ll be moving home over what is predicted to be an ‘Indian summer‘ weekend. Before I’ve explained the pros and cons […]

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Proposing Tenancy Deposit Caps Doesn’t Make Sense

Last month, landlords were dealt yet another bitter blow as government proposals, announced in the Queen’s Speech, highlighted tenancy deposit caps to no more than one month’s rent in a bid to ‘make the rental market more affordable and competitive’. Such new measures will mean that landlords will be banned from charging tenants any fees, […]

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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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Do I really need a property inventory when letting out my property?

Picture the scene; you enter your rental property to find wide-scale damage that could run into thousands of pounds. To make matters worse, you failed to make a detailed property inventory and schedule of condition.  You’re now faced with the realisation that you may end up having to stump up the cash if your dispute […]

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Deposit disputes reach record high

Deposit disputes reach record high

According to the Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS) quarterly statistics, the national average of a tenancy deposit in Q2 when renting a home in England and Wales was £970.48 – an increase of 4.47% on Q1 2016. The costs of moving into a rental property are increasingly on the rise despite campaigns from charity organisations such […]

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Need to claim on the tenants deposit? Better make sure your paperwork is watertight.

Since the introduction of the Deposit Protection Scheme, we’ve been involved in a number of disputes between landlord and tenant and if we’ve learned one thing to be successful in a deposit dispute, make sure you dot the i’s and cross the t’s. From our experience, if you can follow this process and there happens […]

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Tenant Withholding Rent For Repair Claims

Who pays your rent if your tenant decides not to and what happens to the deposit?  Read on to discover what happened when a tenant for a property signed a rental contract with a private landlord. This landlord had taken advantage of our Gold ‘Guarantee Rent‘ Package with services that include marketing the property, finding […]

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Landlords Reminded of Deadline to Register Deposits

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) has advised landlords to act soon over older tenancy deposits now that new legislation has introduced a deadline for their protection. Following the Deregulation Act, which passed into law at the end of March, landlords have until 23 June 2015 to protect deposits that were taken before 6 April […]

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