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National Audit stats reveal majority of residential landlords are NOT profiteering

20 January, 20170 Comments
A new report from the National Audit Office has revealed that private sector rents have increased modestly, in line with earnings across England. But whilst the cost of renting in the private sector has largely followed changes in earnings, the figures show that rents in the social sector have increased faster than wages. The exception
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Landlords fed up of rowdy tenants, extra regulation and falling income are selling up

19 January, 20170 Comments
A fed-up landlord from Swansea is thinking of calling it a day, blaming rowdy tenants, extra regulations and falling income. Howard Phillips recently told the South Wales Evening Post he and his daughter have spent thousands of pounds dealing with a tenant who, he claimed, was responsible for smashed windows and doors, a damaged fire alarm, and
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Landlord ordered to pay over £8,000 for catalogue of health and safety hazards

18 January, 20170 Comments
An unscrupulous landlord who failed to maintain his rental property, which included mould and a leaking toilet, has been prosecuted by Woking Borough Council. Landlord Alan Kevin Fowler, of 22 Bainton Mead, Woking GU21 3LW, has been ordered to pay out a total of £8,432 for failing to carry out essential work despite being served
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Move in check list for tenants

17 January, 20170 Comments
Prior to moving into your new home there is certain documentation that your new landlord is required to provide: A Gas Safety Certificate. Deposit Protection Scheme paperwork. A fire safety label on any furniture that has been provided. An Energy Performance Certificate. A copy of the Government’s How to Rent guide (either a link or printed
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The Benefit Cap reduction … its here!

17 January, 20170 Comments
Landlords; do you rely on direct payments of Local Housing Allowance (LHA)? As the following news directly affects YOU! The benefit cap is the maximum amount of benefit you can receive in a year previously set at £26,000 per year, it’s now being reduced to £23,000 for claimants in London and £20,000 for claimants outside
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weedkiller

Renters who turned their Hartlepool home into a drug factory jailed

17 January, 20170 Comments
Two cousins were jailed yesterday after they turned their rented home into a cannabis farm, in central Hartlepool. Mark Robbins, 42, and Sean Keenan, 29, were caught by police with 23 large cannabis plants worth almost £10,000 after the landlord smelt the drugs from outside the property. The landlord grew increasingly suspicious after he noticed the
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Landlord shoots tenant over utility bill dispute

16 January, 20170 Comments
A landlord shot his tenant on Thursday night in a dispute over utility bills, El Cajon, California sheriff’s officials have said. The tenant confronted the landlord, who pulled a gun and fired two rounds, sheriff’s Detective Garth Schick said. One round missed, but the other hit the victim in his upper thigh. This all came about
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31jann

The top 10 most unusual excuses for failing to file a tax return, this Friday 13th

13 January, 20170 Comments
It has been reported that 8,000 taxpayers took a break from the festive period to file their tax return on either Christmas Day or Boxing Day last year, but there is still a high percentage of investors who haven’t yet completed their self-assessment tax return – as the 31st January deadline looms. Those who fail
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Right to Rent: 31 deported and 75 landlords fined since July 2015

12 January, 20170 Comments
According to new figures published by the Government, a total of 31 people have been deported as a result of the Right to Rent scheme – with 75 landlords fined. Although the Home Office says that it doesn’t hold figures for the number of illegal migrants in the PRS, they can reveal that between July 1st 2015
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