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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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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Almost one in 10 homes could be unrentable from 2018

20 December, 20160 Comments
New data released by Quick Move Now reveals that nearly one in ten properties currently available on the rental market could become unrentable by 2018, if new legislation goes ahead. The 2015 Energy Efficiency Regulations, passed in March 2015, set out minimum energy efficiency standards for England and Wales. These regulations make it unlawful for
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Are your tenants planning to secretly sublet their home this Christmas?

19 December, 20160 Comments
A buy to let insurance company is warning UK landlords to be extra vigilant over this coming festive period, following reports of a 14% year-on-year increase in the number of malicious and accidental damage claims received as a direct results of illegal subletting. Rent increases are believed to be behind the sharp rise in the
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How to Prepare Your Property for Student Tenants

06 December, 20160 Comments
Many landlords with properties in university towns choose to take advantage of the student market. Student properties are currently under-supplied, and command strong rents. Students are also less likely to default on payments, and provide added security as they often like to rent the same property for the duration of their studies. In spite of
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How to save money whilst renting

02 December, 20160 Comments
Moving out and renting your first property is an exciting next step for many of us, but sometimes it can prove to be a costly process. There are often hidden costs and extra fees added on, but the main cost for many renters is the energy bills. So many renters get caught out by not
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Autumn Statement 2016: New era for Landlords as Lettings agent fees to be banned

23 November, 20160 Comments
Lettings agents are set to be banned from charging fees to tenants under plans to be announced by the chancellor in his Autumn Statement, from 12:30pm today. Tenants can be charged fees for a range of administration, including reference, credit and immigration checks. Philip Hammond is expected to say that shifting the cost to landlords will save
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Eviction of residential tenants Q&A – Part two

21 November, 20160 Comments
Our thanks to all those who attended our webinar in October. We had several questions from participants and bring you the second round of answers to these in part two of our Q&A. You can find part one here. If you have any other questions about evicting tenants under section 42 (s42) of the County
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Keeping up appearances: easy ways to boost your home’s value

18 November, 20160 Comments
When it comes to the value of your home, there’s plenty you can do to up the asking price before you’ve even put it on the market. The value of your property may be dependent on a host of factors outside your control, but there are plenty of simple and quick things you can do
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