Right to Rent ‘not working’ as it creates a climate of fear amongst UK landlords

13 February, 20170 Comments
A new survey has revealed that Right to Rent checks are not working, as more and more landlords become reluctant to rent to those without British passports. The paper by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) shows that the Government’s crackdown on illegal immigrants is creating a climate of fear amongst landlords, therefore is calling on the government
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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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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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Citizens Advice reports rise in problems between tenants and letting agents

20 September, 20161 Comments
Citizens Advice has recorded a 14% rise in the number of problems with letting agents, reported by tenants over the last 2 years. Advising on 6,500 problems with agents between July 2015 and June this year, this is a 14% increase from the 5,700 problems reported two years ago. The report also reveals that: In the
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Cost of renting vs buying

The average renter will spend £52,900 on rent before buying

18 February, 20160 Comments
According to the Mirror new official figures the average price of a home has increased by £18,000 during the last year. This data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders also showed that lending to first-time buyers, home movers and buy to let investors is at the highest levels of lending since 2007. England’s property prices
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NLA – Specialist Referencing

20 January, 20160 Comments
According to an article from the NLA; Vetting and referencing tenants is an essential part of the process of selecting a good tenant so it is important for landlords to keep up with best practise in this area, as well as with the law. NLA Director of Operations Richard Price has outlined the main areas
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Stone-age estate agent – Really? In this day and age?

27 August, 20150 Comments
I have been contacted by one of our member landlords, who has a very large property portfolio and is currently in the process of selling off 4 million worth of it and looking for an agent to do so. The landlord approached various estate agents in his area and on speaking to them requested that
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