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The Midlands An Emerging Rental Property Hotspot

Landlords looking for the next UK rental property hotspot will find that the Midlands is becoming more popular. Prices have risen quite dramatically over the past year or so. The area has seen a sharp rise in sales of properties worth £1mn or more. Up by 67% for the first half of 2018. This compares […]

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Is Renting To Pet Owners A Bonus Or A Bone Of Contention?

It’s a well-known fact that the UK is a nation of pet owners – around half of adults own a pet, which adds up to 11.1 million pet cats and 8.9 million dogs, not to mention the rabbits, goldfish and even snakes! Do you rent to pet owners? Nearly 50% of households own a pet! […]

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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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Abandonment and the Protection from Eviction Act 1977

The problem. The tenant has stopped paying the rent, the neighbours haven’t seen them and they are not responding to your attempts to contact them. When you drive past the property there is a pile of rubbish on the driveway and the property appears to have been vacated. What you may consider doing and what […]

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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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