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The Anonymous Landlord interviews Des Taylor

Now live in the Anonymous Landlord podcast series, Tom Soane interviews Des Taylor Casework Director and "out-of-control-council-officer-tamer' at Landlord Licensing and Defence. Tap on the image or click here to listen to the interview and find our about the man...

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Baroness Kennedy set to create misery for landlords

01 Jul 2020 A pro-tenant campaign group has this morning kicked off its campaign to have the eviction ban - already extended until late August - extended further or even made permanent. Generation Rent, with a new leader in the form of ex-Labour peer Baroness Alicia...

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Deposit disputes down 23%

29 Jun 2020 The number of rental deposit disputes lodged with one of the government-authorised deposit schemes has fallen 15 per cent across England so far this year. Analysis of the Mydeposits data by sister company Ome found that London, the South East and the North...

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£1 letting service for landlords

29 Jun 2020 £1 to advertise your property but don’t expect any ‘service’ or advice.  Proceed with caution! London-based estate agent Portico has digitalised its letting process, with the launch of a new online rental service for private landlords who want to let their...

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Six common appliances that cause house fires

11 May 2020 "If you have a fire in your home, the most important thing you can do is get out immediately.  A home can be completely engulfed in flames within a couple of minutes. The safety of you and your family is more important than your possessions." We’ve...

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Massive Pent-up Rental Demand Claims ARLA

04 May 2020 The UK lockdown has been essential for containing the spread of coronavirus, but it is causing major disruption and distress, so when can it be lifted?  There are huge decisions for the government to make, as it looks to balance saving lives...

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Chinese investment in UK property set to soar

24 Apr 2020 A Chinese-led house buying boom is on the way in the UK, according to the CEO of Emerging Communications, a Chinese marketing consultancy. Domenica Di Lieto says the recent drop in sterling (caused by both Brexit and then Covid-19), and the emergence of...

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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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