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‘Leeds County Council vs Broadley’ - 150 changes to lettings legislation in 5 years, do YOU know about this one?

Posted on Friday, 27 July, 2018

  A little known piece of legislation I was recently informed about by Sally Lawson, the previous president of ARLA Propertymark was the 'Leeds City Council vs Broadley' case, a protracted ‘David and Goliath’ battle over council tax payments.  The what vs...

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Do tenants want to be locked into a 3 year tenancy every time?

Posted on Wednesday, 11 July, 2018

The government recently announced plans to implement mandatory 3-year terms for all Assured Shorthold Tenancies across the country, however although tenants and landlords can agree to longer terms at the moment, most don’t. The government says that uncertainty in length of term of...

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Many landlords aren’t upholding this critical piece of legislation, are you one of them?

Posted on Friday, 15 June, 2018

I had an interesting discussion with a gumtree landlord recently about 'right to rent' checks on new applicants. Their view was that agents (or landlords with new lets) are not required to check the ID of UK citizens, it could be deemed as discrimination if we did and potentially even a GDPR...

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Want to know what our MPs got wrong in the second reading of The Tenant Fee Bill?

Posted on Wednesday, 30 May, 2018

In preparation for a meeting with MP for Cheltenham I have recently POURED over the parliamentary debates (great bedtime reading....) from the second reading of The Tenant fee bill conducted on the 21st May and thought it important I share (and debunk) some of the inaccuracies made by our...

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The top FIVE things all landlords should know when renting (and you probably should too)

Posted on Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Here’s a quick run-down of all the things I wish landlords would listen to for their own sake before they begin renting... 1.       Remove any furniture or items you care about This really is what is says on the tin, if you lived in the property...

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Are you looking for the RIGHT things when buying investment property?

Posted on Wednesday, 2 May, 2018

The HomeTruths report 2017/18 recently reported that the average price of a home to buy in Gloucestershire has now risen to £278,492, this is 10 times the average salary earnings in the county, estimated at £27,659. This means that the rental market for Gloucestershire is on the rise...

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LANDLORDS, Want to spend more time doing the things you LOVE?

Posted on Thursday, 26 April, 2018

  Whats the number one answer 'Let Only' landlords or landlords who advertise on Gumtree give us when we ask why not have their property managed by a letting agent?  Cost. Cost is a big factor in any transaction, but we all have busy lives, we’re all dashing about...

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The new similarity between Gas Safety checks and your MOT certificate…

Posted on Monday, 16 April, 2018

Recent changes made from 6 th April 2018, mean a new MOT style check is now available which allows landlords the flexibility to carry out their Landlords Gas Safety check up to two months before the due date but keep the same annual check date. Old Rules: As many of you will know, if...

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Landlords, where should you buy your next investment property?

Posted on Wednesday, 4 April, 2018

Many landlords spend time hunting down new investment opportunities and the next great place to buy. In general, there is a large demand across Gloucestershire for rental properties, but in our newly named ‘Quedgeley and Kingsway’ branch, we have noticed a particular trend for...

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Two weeks to go until MEES, landlords are you ready?

Posted on Saturday, 17 March, 2018

As a landlord, you will know that every property you rent out, must have a valid EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) in place before the tenancy begins. But did you know that in April, a new law will come into force meaning there will be restrictions on renting out any properties that have...

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