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Residential landlords have a major role to play in preventing homelessness

31 January, 20170 Comments
The appalling rise in the number of people sleeping rough in England illustrates the importance of private rented accommodation, according to The Deposit Protection Services (The DPS). More than 4,000 people a night have been sleeping rough on England’s streets, up 16% year-on-year, according to the latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local
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More than a fifth of privately rented properties have an unsafe gas appliance

30 January, 20170 Comments
New data from the Gas Safe Register shows that 21% of privately rented homes still have an unsafe gas appliance. The new investigative data, spanning 5 years, also shows that 59% of those unsafe appliances are gas heaters. The overriding problem that leads to unsafe gas heaters is the failure to ensure regular maintenance –
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Housing minister claims buy to let tax changes will only affect 20% of landlords

26 January, 20170 Comments
Housing minister Gavin Barwell says recent changes to buy to let mortgage interest relief and stamp duty will only affect a small proportion of landlords. According to an ARLA report from a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector earlier this month – attended by Barwell – the minister quoted
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29% of UK renters experiencing drainage or damp issues receive no assistance from their landlord…

24 January, 20170 Comments
New research from 1,000 private tenants has revealed that the vast majority have experienced problems with damp or poor drainage at some point during their tenancy. The survey commissioned by drainage firm Lanes Group found that 85% of respondents had experienced damp or drainage issues, where just under a third (29%) claimed that they hadn’t
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More landlords complete new accreditation scheme in North Somerset

23 January, 20170 Comments
More landlords have completed a vigorous training and accreditation scheme in Weston-super-Mare, which they believe will protect good tenants and enable North Somerset Council to effectively target ‘rogue’ landlords in the district. Since the first National Landlords Code of Excellence (NLCE UK) training day took place in November 2016 many more local landlords and letting agents have joined the
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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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