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Category: Landlord Advice

Electrical Safety Standards being introduced in the PRS in England

At the beginning of this month (June 2020), the government published guidance on the new electrical safety standards coming into force throughout the private rented sector in England. The regulations apply to any new tenancy with effect from the 1st …

Landlords – coping with the covid-19 emergency

As the country faces the biggest lockdown it has ever experienced, the measures taken against the spread of the coronavirus affect everyone. That extends to the private rented sector, where landlords and tenants are in this together. The shared interests …

Are you a commercial property owner? An important reminder

If you own or are responsible for insuring a commercial property, then, especially in the current circumstances, you must check that your property has the correct insurance. With many businesses temporarily closing – leaving them unoccupied for a period of …

Spring property maintenance tips

Spring officially starts on 20th of this month. So, now is a good time to turn your attention to the maintenance of your property. By acting now, you might head off more serious problems as the year progresses – maintenance …

Carbon monoxide – the silent killer

The government is looking to tighten up legislation requiring all landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors in any room where the fire or heating system is fired by carbon fuels – coal, gas or oil – reported the Residential Landlords …

Winter-proof your garden

With winter on its way, you have probably taken steps to maintain your home and protect it against the worst the weather can do. You might be thinking that the garden can take care of itself. Whether you are a …

Keeping your let property secure

October is National Home Security Month. When the clocks go back on the 27th we can expect the usual spike in burglaries that customarily accompany the darker evenings. This swells the already high number of break-ins and attempted break-ins that …

Boiler breakdowns – what to do

The central heating boiler is the beating heart of any home. And as winter approaches – and if you haven’t already – now is a good time to make sure yours is maintained and ready for the cold weather. Certainly, …

Make your property eco-friendly

Below are a number of tips as to how you can help make your property eco-friendlier.  They apply to any property, whether it is let, owner-occupied or anything in between. These are very practical minor tips that you can do …

Quick guide to Stamp Duty

Stamp duty (more correctly, the Stamp Duty Land Tax or SDLT) is essentially a tax on property purchases. Like it or not, it will apply in most situations where you are purchasing property – with this one caveat – while …