Boris offers some comfort for landlords

  Voting in the Tory leadership contest closes on July 22nd.  Before then, no doubt, we’ll hear a lot more about both candidates’ potential policies. There will be much speculation in the media and a lot of guesswork based upon Hunt and Johnson’s previous government positions and actions. Boris Johnson has, however, already announced his […]

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Sim Sekhon: Uncertain, unsettled but never unprofessional

  The continuing Brexit debate has seen practically every industry calling for certainty and, so far, it’s not been forthcoming. Our industry is no different. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has asked the Government for clarification on the rights of EU nationals in the light of Brexit because no specific guidance has so far been […]

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Will your tenant be taking you to court?

From March 20th this year, under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act, tenants will be able to sue their landlords over unfit homes. Instead of having to go through local authorities, direct action will be possible, and tenants may be awarded damages. It is estimated that one million rented homes have hazards that contravene […]

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LegalforLandlords makes the ESTAS shortlist

LegalforLandlords has been recognised for its outstanding customer service to its clients by The ESTAS, the biggest award scheme in the UK residential property industry. The ESTAS sponsored by Zoopla determines the best estate & letting agents, mortgage advisors and suppliers in the UK through research carried out amongst customers who are asked a series […]

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Do you view the Tenant Fee Ban as a threat?

It’s really an opportunity – make sure you grab it! The upcoming Tenants Fee Ban on Jun 1st is focussing the minds of a lot of letting agents currently. The natural reaction will be to view this as a major threat to your business, and indeed the loss of this income stream would be a […]

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Looking beyond the populist message of rent control

Last week, London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, renewed his calls for rent controls to be implemented in the capital. Currently, that’s not something under mayoral control, but Khan wants the Government to make it possible that he, or indeed his successors, can impose rent controls. As rents seem to be steadying or even declining in some […]

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Forget Survival. Think Growth.

  It’s the usual format – speakers, refreshments, bumpf. It’s not the usual content. No whining about how tough it is to be a lettings agent. Just straight talk and advice on building an amazing business. Three speakers who think differently, act differently and get results. Who should attend? Estate and Letting Agents Directors.   […]

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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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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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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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