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Rent rates increase expected in 2013 (posted Dec 2012)

According to the latest report published by LSL Property Services, the cost of renting in the UK is set to rise over the coming months as demand continues to soar. 38 per cent of the 1,223 landlords polled expect to increase rents in the coming year, with 10 per cent anticipating rises greater than 5 per cent...more


Legislation update – Gas safety regulations (posted Nov 2012)

Landlords have a legal obligation to provide heating that is working and safe. After the 31st December 2012 it will be compulsory for all Gas Safe Registered Engineers to be able to see and inspect boiler flues. Should the flue not be visible then it will be necessary to have an inspection hatch installed so that the engineer is able to carry out the safety check...more


Tenants staying longer (posted Nov 2012)

According to research published in July 2012 by the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), tenants are extending their tenancies due to the current rental demand continuing to exceed supply. The traditional 6 or 12 month initial fixed-term contract (eg Assured Shorthold Tenancy) may still be utilised but landlords are...more


Legislation update – Squatting (posted Aug 2012)

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2012...more


Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP) – From 6th April 2007

As part of the Housing Act 2004 the Government has introduced tenancy deposit protection (TDP), in order to protect the tenancy deposit from unscrupulous landlords*; and to provide an independent (and fairer) service to help resolve disputes over the deposit at the end of the tenancy...more


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