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Category: Landlord Advice

Squatters and the law

Few things are likely to generate an increase in the blood pressure of many landlords than the subject of squatters. Unfortunately, no brief article of this nature can cover a multitude of different situations that might be defined as squatting …

Getting your property winter-ready

As Storm Alex ravages Europe, it is a timely reminder that whether it’s the home you live in or a property you let to tenants, it is never too early to batten down the hatches in preparation for the worst …

Home lifestyle tips to encourage wellbeing

The English language seems to be lacking somewhat when it comes to words to describe that inner contentment, stability, and peace of mind we typically refer to as “wellbeing”. Maybe it’s for that reason, therefore, that from time to time …

Landlords who say no to benefits claimants: are you breaking the law?

If you are a landlord, you are almost certainly aware that some private rental tenancies specifically exclude benefits claimants or so-called ‘DSS claimants’ (despite the fact the Department of Social Security no longer exists). A landmark court case – in …

What you need to know about the changes to stamp duty

Widespread approval from homeowners and buy to let landlords greeted the introduction of a stamp duty “holiday” when it was announced in the mini-budget or summer statement by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on the 8th of July. So, …

Money saving tips for landlords

For anyone striving to run their own business, managing the cashflow and sticking to a carefully formulated budget are likely to be high-priority objectives. Almost everyone these days may need to tighten their belts a little and landlords are no …

Accommodation check-outs – new guidance issued for landlords

Checking out of a rented property can still present problems for those needing to maintain social distancing. The Deposit Protection Service (DPS), therefore, has issued new guidance to landlords and tenants in England and Wales about the final handover. Outlining …

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 …