LANDLORDS How energy efficient are your properties? You may need to take action FAST.

Posted on Friday, 9 November, 2018

Now, by now you should already be aware of MEES and what it entails for YOU as a landlord should you have properties with Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) which are rated F or G (if you do not, read my previous blog HERE ). To summarise, the changes that came about in 2018 mean...

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Have YOU thought about how Brexit will affect the Gloucestershire rental market?

Posted on Friday, 19 October, 2018

Hard Brexit, soft Brexit, no deal, now extra time being discussed, all the news talks about right now is this ‘B’ word. This debate about the economy means most industries are considering the effect this will have, and in the private rental sector we are left wondering how it will...

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Well landlords, lets talk about 'The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill'? - Are YOU ready?

Posted on Thursday, 13 September, 2018

Introduced by MP Karen Buck back in 2015 and now receiving support from Government, the bill stands a strong chance of becoming law within just months. Over a million homes are thought to pose a serious threat to the health or safety of the people living there and this classification,...

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Cheltenham Awards 2018 – Meet the Lifetime Achievement Finalists

Posted on Tuesday, 4 September, 2018

As proud Cheltonians and lovers of all things Gloucestershire, we’re really excited for the inaugural Cheltenham Awards. The event takes place in the evening of Monday 10 th September at Cheltenham Town Hall. Not only is our head office in Cheltenham, but you probably know that Cheltenham...

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More attacks on Section 21 notices

Posted on Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Generation Rent is on the attack again in opposition of the Section 21 which is calls the ‘leading cause of homelessness’. The group cites new research which says that in recent years there has been a surge in the use of S21 by landlords, notwithstanding the fact that it cannot be...

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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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