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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A good reference isn’t an expense. It’s an investment.

In business, success requires a close eye to be kept on income and expenditure. It’s no different in property rental, and in a climate of tax changes, increasing regulation and the knock-on effects of the agency fees ban, cutting unnecessary expenditure makes sense. It is easy, therefore, to see why some landlords are choosing 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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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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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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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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Everything you need as a landlord – without the supermarket tactics

Supermarkets know a thing or two about getting you to buy their products, including the things you don’t really need. They fill their shelves based on studied patterns of eye movements. They slow you down with relaxing music. They hide their bread and milk – the essentials – deep inside the store. They even have […]

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Looking for the right location? Head to Manchester

  The buy-to-let business has definitely got harder. But – and this may appear controversial – before recent Government changes, it was perhaps a little too easy. With few barriers and high returns, the sector was attractive to some people who didn’t have the skills, the attitude or the responsible approach that being a landlord […]

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Landlords – stick to the rules to keep your income

In April, the system for fining landlords in breach of housing regulations changed. There’s now a maximum penalty of £30,000 which can be imposed without court proceedings. What’s more, local authorities have the right to recover up to 12 months’ rent from those landlords who have harassed their tenants or let properties which are in […]

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