Managing fuel bills as a tenant

With winter on the way, it’s natural to be thinking about the most economical way to heat and light your home. Most of us are aware that the different utility providers have a range of tariffs and that switching is possible. We know insulation measures can cut fuel costs, but as a tenant, what rights […]

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A tenant’s guide to deposits

It’s standard practice for a landlord or agent to ask you to pay a deposit when you agree to a tenancy. When you leave the property, providing you haven’t caused any damage to the property or failed to pay your rent or bills, you’ll get the deposit back. The deposit gives the landlord or agent […]

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Sim Sekhon: Fight back by finding your niche

When you decided to become a landlord, did you research your target market? I know that many in property rental are focused, but I suspect that plenty of landlords drifted into the business without clear direction. With property one of the few investments delivering decent returns, that’s understandable. You sort your buy-to-let purchase and think […]

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National LIS Awards 2019 Finalists

We’re delighted to announce that LegalforLandlords has been shortlisted in two categories at this Year’s National LIS Awards held by the National Landlord Investment Show. Best Landlord Legal Services Provider Best Landlord Insurance Provider The National Awards show will take place on 21st November in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel to celebrate the private rented sector. […]

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To Sublet or Not to Sublet

You may have spotted the case of a tenant ordered to repay more than £100,000 in profits he’d made by unlawfully letting the council property he tenanted. It made the headlines because of the eye-watering sums involved, but the detail is also revealing. The subletting had been going on since 2013, and the vehicle used […]

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Your credit score matters – here’s why

A credit score is used to assess whether or not you will be able to repay a loan, mortgage or credit card debt. If you’re not looking to buy a property, don’t have a loan and you’re on top of your credit or store card payments, it would be easy to think your credit score […]

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How fixed is a fixed-term tenancy?

A friend of mine is facing a dilemma. Over the next year or so, he’s hoping to move to New Zealand. He’s getting all his ducks in a row now. His profession is one that’s in demand, he has contacts, friends and a promise of a place to stay while he finds his feet. But […]

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Sim Sekhon: Regulate the lettings industry to build trust

In the 2018 Ipsos MORI survey, only 30% of 1000 British adults trusted the estate agency profession. I’m taking that as a positive. In 2017, the figure was 26%. There’s still a long way to go, but I’m an optimist and that’s definitely an improvement. The figures quoted relate to estate agents, rather than property […]

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The Working Group has reported. Now the lettings industry should get to work.

If you’re thinking the industry has had more than its fair share of changes recently, we suggest you brace yourself. A working group on the Regulation of Property Agents has just published its final report and more changes are likely to be on the way. If you’re expecting howls of protest from this camp, you’ll […]

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