The Fees Ban: what every tenant needs to know

On 1st June 2019, the Tenant Fees Act, commonly known as the Fees Ban, became law, but what does that mean for you as a tenant? Here’s a quick guide to the essentials you need to know. What is the Fees Ban and why has it been introduced? The Government wants to make renting fairer […]

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New paperwork rules now in place

A rush of publicity accompanied the arrival of the fees ban last Saturday. What’s been far less obvious is that on the same day, a new version of the mandatory How to Rent (HTR) guide was introduced. This new document must be issued to all tenants. There’s also a new version of Form 6a which […]

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Section 21 abolition: considering the implications

A few weeks ago, when the proposed abolition of no-fault evictions was announced, we speculated that, should the move go ahead, many private landlords would quit the sector. Now surveys we have been conducting – amongst landlords on our database and those attending landlord shows – have shown us the scale of the potential exodus. […]

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Introducing the Landlord’s & Agent’s best friends

It started as a conversation. One of our team had been doggedly helping a Landlord with a tricky issue and was told he’d been a real “friend” in sorting the problem. It struck us that all our Landlord services have this idea at their core. We aim to be a Landlord’s and Agent’s best friend, […]

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The best place to live may not be your best place to live

Each year The Sunday Times publishes a list of the best places to live in Great Britain. In 2019, Salisbury in Wiltshire topped the list. In 2018, York took the top slot. It’s not that Salisbury has suddenly upped its game or that York has taken its eye off the ball. The list is decided […]

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More ways to add value, more ways to get noticed

We’ve been talking to agents up and down the country at roadshows we’ve run and attended, and it’s clear that massive amounts of Landlord and Tenant data, held by agencies, is underutilised. There’s potential to promote your services and drive extra revenues. You could be informing and educating consumers about new legislation, updating them on […]

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The ESTAS: The Estate Agent of the Year Awards 2019

The 16th annual ESTAS Awards. What an event and what a privilege it was to attend. It was our first time at the awards and we were beyond excited to join over one thousand other agents, suppliers and property professionals to celebrate the industry’s top performers. Although LegalforLandlords may have missed out (this time), we […]

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Why falling in love with renting makes sense

If you’re older than your mid-twenties, it’s likely you’ve grown up believing that the property ladder is your passport to happiness. If you haven’t got your foot on the bottom rung, you should, according to the perceived wisdom, be miserable. You’re trapped in a cycle of paying rent which stops you saving for a deposit, […]

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All that glitters …

The property rental sector is weathering some challenging conditions. Survival in the face of the fees ban and increased legislation has seen agents taking a serious look at their business models. Naturally, they’re looking for sources of income to plug the shortfall, and crucially, ones that won’t alienate their landlords or upset tenants. They’re looking […]

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Now Section 21 is en-route to the scrapheap, we need a Section 8 that works

Yesterday the Government sounded the death knell for the no-fault Section 21 eviction. Amidst the celebrating voices of tenants, local authorities and housing campaigners, the genuine concerns of landlords aren’t heard, but we should be used to that by now. This change has been on the cards for some time and may be implemented as […]

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