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Renters Reform coming in 2023?


Renters Reform coming in 2023?   Mr Gove, the Senior Minister for Housing and Levelling up has come under mounting pressure and increasing criticism after a coroner ruled that the widely reported death of Awaab Ishak, the young child was caused by mould at home. Mould which had been reported for many months previously without…

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Autumn Maintenance Checklist (Inside)


Autumn Maintenance Checklist (Inside) Having checked the outside, it is equally important to check that everything is working properly inside the property and to make sure that the tenants haven`t inadvertently altered anything. Internally you need to:   Make sure that the heating system has been checked, ensuring it works properly and that the heating…

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Autumn Maintenance Checklist (Outside)


  Autumn Maintenance Checklist (Outside)   About this time of year, as the nights draw in and weather turns colder; is the time, if not already done, to look at your property and check that everything is in order. Getting organized now will save any problems in the depths of winter when tenants expect prompt…

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The Point of Good Communication!


I was recently approached by a landlord who had a real problem that in the main was none of his making. He had let a property out to a couple and as sometimes happens, they decided to split up part way through the initial tenancy, with the lady moving out and the gentleman staying in…

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Part A of NTS guidance for landlords and agents published – What does it mean?


Part A of NTS guidance for landlords and agents published – What does it mean?   The National Trading Standards (NTS) has published guidance to ensure letting agents and landlords are meeting their requirements under Part A of the three-phase process to improve material information in property listings. Part A covers information considered material when…

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Part A of NTS guidance for landlords and agents published – What does it mean?


Part A of NTS guidance for landlords and agents published – What does it mean?   The National Trading Standards (NTS) has published guidance to ensure letting agents and landlords are meeting their requirements under Part A of the three-phase process to improve material information in property listings. Part A covers information considered material when…

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PRS – What now? Time for the Government to smell the Roses!


PRS – What now? Time for the Government to smell the Roses! Over recent weeks, there have been a growing number of articles asking and even demanding the government to properly take a look at the property market and sort it out. It is transparently obvious that neither the rental nor sales sectors are functioning…

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Fire Safety Act 21 – Landlords do you understand the changes and implications?


Fire Safety Act 21 – Landlords do you understand the changes and implications?   Earlier than expected, the government announced the commencement of the Fire Safety Act 2021 (Sections 1 and 3) from 16 May 2022 in England and Wales. The Act clarifies which parts of multi-occupied residential buildings apply under the Regulatory Reform (Fire…

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Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors – The Changes!


Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors – The Changes!   From 1st October, the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 will require that all landlords of both private and social housing must ensure a smoke alarm is fitted on every floor of their property where there is a room used wholly or partly…

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Eviction Process – Spotlight on a Flawed System


The current process has become a huge stress and strain for both the landlord and the tenant. The landlord, if having to go to court via a possession notice, currently has to accept that getting a court ruling can be a lottery depending upon where in the country the property is situated. The tenant likewise,…

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Right to Rent Changes from 6th April


Right to Rent Changes from 6th April   As we approach the April 6th deadline, landlords and letting agents need to be aware of the Right to Rent Online Checking Service, (on GOV.UK), for viewing the immigration status of existing and prospective tenants.   From 6 April 2022, landlords and letting agents will need to…

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Rent Capping – a Wish too Far!


Rent Capping – a Wish too Far! The recent statement by Bristol City Council that it is looking to bringing in rent controls to try and stabilize the soaring rents in the city, has been welcomed by many as a step to enabling tenants to afford to live where they work. The theory is very…

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