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Category: Landlord Advice

Property fraud – don’t get caught out

It’s hard to think of a single aspect of life which criminals won’t try to turn into an opportunity – and property is certainly no exception. In what follows, we’ll examine two of the most common types of fraud and …

Landlords need to be aware of changes to HMO legislation

Do you own a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)? Essentially, this is a let property accommodating three or more tenants who comprise more than one separate household and share such basic facilities as a bathroom and toilet or kitchen. If …

Five-year electrical checks to be compulsory for PRS landlords

The government has recently announced a range of new safety measures that are aimed at increasing the security of tenants in all sectors but notably that of the Private Rented Sector or “PRS”. Background For some years, various professional associations …

Politics, pets and lets

How often have you considered adding “no pets” in your advertisement for an upcoming tenancy in a let property you own? You are probably worried about the extra damage or wear and tear that might be caused if your tenants …

The Tenant Fee Bill

Figures are beginning to emerge on the financial cost to landlords and letting agents of the government’s intention to ban letting agents’ fees to tenants (so-called tenant fees), according to a report published by the Residential Landlord’s Association (RLA) on …

Lets with pets

The question, as to whether or not to allow tenants to keep pets in a let property, has long been one that may have troubled some landlords. There are arguments for and against this which have been explored extensively in …

Gas safety certificates: need to know

A recent court decision has a given cause for concern amongst some landlords. This relates to the question of gas safety certificates and how they may affect the outcome of a landlord’s attempt to obtain possession of a property through …

Be aware of changes to HMO legislation

It’s almost here. The “it” above is the change to HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) legislation that will take effect from the 4th May 2018. Just in case you’ve missed it, here is a quick summary of what’s happening and …

Seven things landlords need to know for 2018

Future-guessing is always dangerous but there are some likely issues on the horizon for landlords in the year ahead. As it’s early in the year, this seems like a good time to share some of these with you. Do keep …

Don’t forget your responsibilities

Any responsible landlord is likely to be aware of their responsibilities towards their tenants. They have a legal obligation to ensure that any let property is safe and free from health hazards – essential considerations for your tenants, of course, …