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What are renters really looking for?

05 Sep 2019 Whether you are about to acquire a new property or preparing to re-let an existing home, it is helpful to know what tenants are looking for when searching for a new house or flat. Different tenants understandably have different needs, but fresh research by...

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Grand industry coalition to retain Section 21

04 Jun 2019 The Association of Residential Letting Agents is one of many industry groups in a new coalition calling for S21 repossessions to be retained until an adequate alternative is in place. The new Fair Possessions Coalition has been created from local and...

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Labour calls for Permitted Development to be scrapped

03 Jun 2019 Fewer than 1% of London homes that have been built under permitted development (PD) rules are affordable, claims new analysis from Tom Copley, housing spokesperson at Labour’s London Assembly. The research shows that since 2013, almost 16,000 houses have...

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Important Changes in Law this week

1 June 2019 Landlords and Letting Agents – Helpful and Statutory Duty Information 3 Things to Consider: How to Rent Documentation Changed in England yesterday Tenant Fee BanEviction Notice (Section 21) for Assured Shorthold Tenancies – Prescribed Form 6A How to Rent...

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Landlords are dangerous at DIY says NHS

30 May 2019 Demand for good quality rental homes continues to grow, but with the latest figures from NHS Digital revealing that there were 62,895 hospital admissions in 2017-18 related to DIY accidents such as falling from ladders, contact with non-powered hand tools...

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New Team Ready to Police Letting Agent Fee Ban

30 April 2019 A new property agent task force will crack down on letting agents flouting the upcoming ban on charging tenants fees to rent their homes. The new National Trading Standards scheme will monitor letting and estate agents to make sure they comply with new...

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Landlords See Another Disappointing Rise in Rents

23 April 2019 Private tenants have seen their rents go up by just 1.2% in the past year, according to the latest official data. That equates to landlords taking an extra £6 on rent of £500 a month, says the Office for National Statistics. The increase is just 0.1%...

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Rents rise in line with inflation

13 May 2019 Rental price inflation has slowed down, with HomeLet's latest data revealing that the average monthly rent in the UK now stands at £936, which is up 2% on the corresponding period last year. The data, based on new lets agreed by landlords and agents using...

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Save Section 21 – sign the NLA petition

3 May 2019 The NLA have launched a postcard campaign against the banning of section 21 to tell the Prime Minister, Theresa May, what you think the repercussions of this decision are and will be. Sign the petition here “We are asking you to complete and return your...

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Exploding 15 fire door myths

10 Sep 2018 Fire Door Safety Week is an annual event which aims to focus on issues around fire doors and fire safety. In anticipitation of this year's campaign (running 24 - 30 September) here's an article produced by the British Woodworking Foundation (BWF) answering...

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Gas Safety Legal Challenge By Landlord

20/03/2019There is to be a legal challenge taken to the Court of Appeal by a landlord denied possession of their property because they had not served a gas safety certificate until after the tenancy started. The landlord had initially been granted an order to possess...

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16 things buy-to-let landlords need to know in 2019

The key rules for property investors, from letting fees to licensing change It’s a confusing time to be a landlord, with new regulations on fees and licensing joining the raft of tax changes introduced over the past few years. Add to that uncertainty over Brexit and...

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Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill becomes law

The Bill, tabled by Karen Buck MP, means that it will be a requirement for all social and private landlords (or agents acting on their behalf) in England to ensure that a property is fit for human habitation at the beginning and throughout the duration of the tenancy....

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Massive fraud committed by three London letting agents

Three letting agents who failed to return tenants’ deposits or pass on rent payments to landlords have been convicted of fraud by a jury after a five-week trial. The men, who ran companies in Islington and neighbouring London boroughs using the trading name Crestons,...

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