In 136 days, tenant fees will be banned

  In less time than the duration of many tenancies, our industry faces a major change. In the House of Lords yesterday, on a day when eyes might have been focused on other political events, the Government’s housing spokesman named the date for the fees ban implementation. It’s June 1, 2019, and that date will […]

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Do landlords need to be legal experts?

Let’s assume you’re a landlord and that you haven’t spent years with your head in books, studying cases and rulings. You don’t handle legal matters in an office or a courtroom and you don’t have one of those horsehair wigs. That’s fine. Or at least it is until a court case throws our industry into […]

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Look sharp – it’s 2019

This could be a very interesting year for the property rental sector. There’s a biggish event taking place towards the end of March which could have a major long-term impact on the economy, property prices and inflation. Equally, it could be a bit of a storm in a teacup and it will be a case […]

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It’s time to pay for Christmas. Advice for Landlords

Flashback to our 2017 webinar. There’s a huge number of people whose determination to enjoy Christmas means they don’t think about the consequences. They’ll worry about the money ‘next year’ hardly thinking that next year is just a few short weeks away. We’re there now – January 2019. Credit card bills are arriving and for […]

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Make small changes now for real benefits in 2019

Many see the period between Christmas and the New Year as a time for recovery. Half the country is on extended leave, nursing hangovers or counting the days ‘til the kids go back to school. The other half – workers in healthcare, retail and the service sector – grab the odd day’s leave and wait […]

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Landlords: pawns in a political game?

Housing has always been a political issue, but as the levels of home ownership fall and concerns rise about Generation Rent, it’s become even more of a hot potato. Last week, on top of everything else that we’re facing, MPs called for the abolition of Section 21 evictions. The debate raised fair points but was […]

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The first major online agency collapse shows a deeply divided industry

Over the last few days, the cash-strapped online agency Emoov has been trying to find a buyer. Yesterday, it announced its attempts had been unsuccessful and appointed administrators. There is some hope that a rescue package can be put together, but commentators aren’t optimistic. Fifty or so of the firm’s staff are facing Christmas without […]

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Know your onions – tenant referencing without tears.

We’re all human. We put up with things because familiarity is comfortable. Even though somethings may not be working for us, we carry on using it. We tolerate the shortfalls and live with the frustration. We don’t grow, we don’t make progress. Tenant referencing is a good example. There are vast differences between the best and […]

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Sim Sekhon: The best lettings agents don’t let reasons become excuses

The business of operating a lettings agency is already regulated in Wales and Scotland. No doubt it won’t be long before England follows suit – the fees ban, and a raft of conditions are on the way. Although many won’t welcome the changes, they will, at least, level the playing field. They’ll give every agency […]

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