This Is Big Brother..You Have Been Evicted

‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾ If only evictions were as easy and straightforward like the ones on Channel 4s Big Brother. Although most evictions are due to rent arrears and none payment of rent, there is still a number of landlords who serve notices due to nuisance tenants.  Last year one landlord issued an eviction notice on 2 tenants […]

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Just for Laughs

There’s enough despondency in the industry about the up and coming budget day, so here’s something to cheer you up. Here are a few excerpts of funny letters to landlords. The toilet is blocked and we cannot bathe the children until it is cleared. I want some repairs done to my stove as it has […]

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Pitfalls of the Hard-to-Let

There is always the odd, undesirable hard to let property that becomes the bane of a landlord.  The one that was bought when an area seemed reasonable, but has since gone to the dogs.  Selling the property becomes out of the question as any sane buyer wouldn’t touch it with a proverbial bargepole. The temptation […]

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CGT Update

As we await expectantly for the dreaded ‘B’ day on the 22nd this month, those of us in the private residential sector can only speculate on the controversial hike in capital gains tax. George Osborne is aware he could face rebellion from Conservative MPs, should he raise CGT more than 25 per cent.  The LibDems […]

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Tenants from Hell – The importance of T.R

‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾ While much is said about a possible landlord register being introduced in England to crack down on rogue landlords, it’s a pity that one can’t be set up to protect landlords from rogue and violent tenants. Last month, it was revealed that one woman made a career of renting houses from unsuspecting landlords.  Once […]

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Scotland's Land Register Accused

Scotland’s Government has been urged to review its landlord registration scheme.  Since the register has been introduced in January 2007, not one landlord has been prosecuted for failure to register with the scheme. Alex Neil, Housing Minister in Scotland stated that in excess of 1,200 notices have been issued by the end of March this […]

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LHA Payment Policy Review?

Residential rental arrears have had a massive negative impact on private landlords in the UK.  The introduction of the policy by the then Labour government in April 2008 for LHA payments to go direct to the tenant, rather than the landlord has had a detrimental effect on the private residential sector. Pre-election, the Conservative Party […]

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Farrell-Ambrose L4Ls Winning Franchise

L4L’s Winning Franchise With rents fast approaching their 2007 peak, and private residential property in much demand, landlords are now looking to increase their portfolios.  The PRS is becoming a growth industry, through lack of consumer mortgages and social sector housing.  The industry sectors supporting and supplying services to letting agents and landlords are rapidly […]

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Banking News

It’s been an uneasy period in the UK for Landlords and Letting & Estate Agents this year, while we await news on the PRS industry following the elections last month.  As the HIP packs have been abolished, the UK has seen a raised increase of houses coming onto the market as owners initiate sales.  The […]

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Cameron Considering CGT Rise

Arguments regarding the controversial hike in Capital Gains Tax were being taken ‘carefully into consideration’, said Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday.  Indicating a tapered increase, Cameron promised to listen and consider the advice of his fellow Tory backbenchers. The CGT hike, which was promised in the coalition agreement to raise it in line with income […]

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