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New EPC assessment guidance issued – Covid-19

03 Apr 2020 The government has issued new guidance on conducting EPC assessments before issuing a certificate - and it follows the lines of other guidance given on property maintenance during the virus outbreak. The new guidance says the legal requirement to obtain an...

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Changes afoot to Stamp Duty Land Tax?

01 Feb 2020 After a challenging period for the UK property market, recovery is very much on the cards and the end to uncertainty over Brexit augurs well for continued growth into 2020 and beyond. Irrespective of how you voted, the election of a majority government has...

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Changes to Property Information Form (TA6) launched

31 Jan 2020 The Law Society has announced that there will be a new TA6 Property Information Form launching next week, on Friday February 7. The revised form will include updates on Japanese Knotweed and flood risk. The new form comes just a few days after the latest...

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Will 2020 be the year of AirBnB?

15 Jan 2020 Over the past decade, the short-term rental industry, now eponymised by Airbnb, has experienced meteoric growth. This has been driven by the rise and proliferation of online travel agencies (OTAs) who have very effectively tapped into a vast pool of...

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Individual banding will put up my tenants rents by 25%

21 Jan 2020 David Rice has seen the council tax bill for the former Waggon and Horses in Bentilee rise from £1,143 to £12,573 A landlord has been hit with a 1,100 per cent council tax hike – after converting a pub into 11 bedsits. David Rice has been letting out rooms...

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15 things buy-to-let landlords need to know in 2020

As we head into a new year, buy-to-let landlords face another swathe of complications, from an overhaul of the eviction process to confusion over local licensing. It’s a tricky time to be a landlord, but consumer magazine Which? has outlined for you the various...

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5 New Legislation Changes this Spring

In addition to the EU Fifth Money Laundering Directive coming into force next week, there will be five spring legislative changes according to theNational Residential Landlords Association (NRLA): Extension of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act - in MarchThe...

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Woman denies trying to kill her landlord

06 Dec 2019 A woman in Cutteslowe, north Oxford, has pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder against her landlord according to an article in Landlord Today. A jury at Oxford Crown Court heard that Stacey Bilverstone stabbed her landlord, Andrew Davis, in...

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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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