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Help, I need to regain possession of my property!

Posted on Wednesday, 21 June, 2017

While assisting a landlord with gaining possession of his property in court today, it struck me that many landlords are not aware of the different routes they can take to get that all important possession of their property back. If your tenant stopped paying their rent and unfortunately it...

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Landlords, are you aware of your obligations when it comes to electrical safety?

Posted on Tuesday, 13 June, 2017

A quirk of lettings/housing legislation I have always found quite interesting is the requirements when it comes to Electrical Safety in rented properties. Unlike strict Gas Safety Legislation, the average landlord is not obligated to have either an Electrical Installation Safety Certificate...

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With the General Election looming, what May and Corbyn’s manifestos mean for housing and the rental market

Posted on Friday, 2 June, 2017

The 2017 General Election will soon be upon us and in mid-May the Labour party launched its manifesto outlining their upcoming plans for housing and the rental market in the UK if they manage a win.  Following on from previously declaring that tackling the housing crisis is his number...

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Your property seems abandoned - what would you do?

Posted on Friday, 26 May, 2017

So you are renting out a property to a tenant in a twelve month fixed term tenancy agreement and at month four, they stop paying the rent. Upon doing a ‘drive by’ past the property, you notice the property looks empty. You think perhaps they are just away, and drive past two weeks...

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Why you should be considering renewing your tenancy agreement

Posted on Friday, 19 May, 2017

A friend was telling me recently about a situation she is in with her 9 year tenancy in a rented property. She lives with her three children under 11 and over the 9 years she has always paid her rent on time, has re-done the garden, re-painted a few times and even put brand new laminate flooring...

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The changing nature of legislation affecting the private rental sector

Posted on Wednesday, 10 May, 2017

In a report commissioned by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme’s sister charity 'The TDS Charitable Foundation', Kate Faulkner says that the overabundance of rules and regulations are creating confusion amongst agents, landlords, tenants and enforcement bodies. Faulkner, founder of...

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What would you do if your tenant suddenly passed away?

Posted on Thursday, 4 May, 2017

When previously working as a Property Manager and then managing large teams of Property Managers, unfortunately I occasionally had to contend with situations where sadly one of our tenants passed away. Generally, this was infrequent, sometimes happened when they were in the property itself and...

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Tenants, what you need to know about Smoke alarms

Posted on Monday, 24 April, 2017

The 1 st October 2015 meant the addition of important legislation regarding smoke alarms in rented properties which is thought will help to prevent around 26 deaths and 670 injuries from fire and smoke inhalation per year. The statistics say you are four times more likely to die in a fire in...

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Legionella, whats this all about then?

Posted on Tuesday, 18 April, 2017

There has been information overload in lettings about legionella and the guidelines from HSE regarding rented properties. Below I have summed up the key facts in a whistle-stop tour that you as a landlord need to know. What is Legionella? Legionnaires' disease is a potentially fatal form...

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Why you should choose an ARLA agent

Posted on Thursday, 6 April, 2017

A CGT branch manager mentioned to me recently that she seems to have had a flurry of calls lately from potential landlords who are currently with other letting agents. During the conversations, they all asked her to visit their properties to conduct Market appraisals as they’d had their...

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