Another landlord licensing scheme to throw the voters off ? …

24 April, 20140 Comments
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is to introduce a Selective Licensing scheme in the Portland Street area of Cobridge. The area is well known for anti-social behaviour, being the second most deprived in Stoke-on-Trent, and according to council figures 88% of people in the area have a problem with ASB. Of the 797 properties in Portland Street, 394
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Activists call for a ban on Section 21’s …

11 April, 20140 Comments
Yesterday housing activists occupied the Department of Communities and Local Government in protest at evictions and insecurity of tenure. The protest followed reports of a workshop held by DCLG about ways of making it easier for landlords to evict their tenants, where campaigners bedded down in sleeping bags in the department’s lobby to “highlight how
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Just 1 bad tenant can wipe out an entire pension pot …

08 April, 20140 Comments
With 25% of retirees planning to user their pension pot to buy an annuity, following reforms announced in this year’s Budget, LRS wonders how prepared these ‘silver-savers’ actually are for becoming a landlord. Following the biggest shake-up of the pensions system in generations, pensioners can now take more of their pension pot as up-front cash,
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How much is a bad tenant worth to you ?

09 October, 20130 Comments
With the ever increasing immigration burden on public services and the Government pressing to make sure landlords do not harbour illegal immigrants the only way landlords can do this is to request a national insurance number; as it is the best way of making sure that the applicant tenant has the right to reside in
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Good Landlord Scheme launched in Lincolnshire

07 October, 20130 Comments
West Lindsey District Council are about to launch a “Good Landlord” scheme, that aims to give tenants more confidence in their landlords. The council is working with DASH Services to raise awareness of the regional landlord accreditation scheme, which provides free membership, advice, guidance and financial discounts to landlords that sign up. Accreditation enables tenants
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Does OFT report spell death for the UK letting agent?

15 February, 20130 Comments
The OFT have published a report identifying several consumer protection issues in the lettings market. As part of this report, the OFT analysed nearly 4,000 complaints made by people renting a home as well as those letting out a property. It found that both tenants and landlords were concerned about fees and charges levied by
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