Category Archive: Landlord

Sep 09

Crikey! What a busy time that was!

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I know, I should have expected it, but July and August, and even the first week of September, have been really, truly busy. All of my clients have had so much work, from student lets to the largest of houses, it feels as though all of them have been vacated, spruced up and re-let in …

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Apr 21

Property Scam Awareness Week

    April 24th to 28th Anthony Gold Solicitors and website Property Tribes are running a property fraud awareness week. The aim is to promote public awareness of how to avoid being a victim of property-related fraud. They will highlight scams including the  ‘sellers’ who do not own the property; agents taking deposits for non-existent …

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Mar 09

Checking Out: From The Top

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What Happens During a Check Out? Leaving a rented property can be an exciting time, moving on to new possibilities. It can also be sad, leaving behind the scene of all those good times. But it is always an anxious time, for landlord and tenant alike.  Will the property be as it was at the …

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Mar 06

Preparing Your Property To Be Let

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 So, you want to rent out a property for the first time. I won’t pretend to be able to lead you through all of the legalities of Right to Rent etc, but I have seen a lot of properties and have a good idea of what issues can occur. From cleaning to insurances, gardens to …

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Jul 07

We are now members of The PRS

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  As members of the AIIC we are now also members of the PRS, one of the three consumer redress schemes authorised by the Department for Communities and Local Government and National Trading Standards Institute, whose role it is to provide fair and reasonable resolutions to disputes between members of the public and property agents …

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Mar 21

Landlords: a good inventory could save you money

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The latest TDS stats show that there has been a steep 25% rise in tenancy deposit disputes, with one-third of agents making claims. This is a worrying trend for agents and landlords alike. So, what gives you the best chance of winning or, better still, avoiding, a deposit dispute? In order to reduce any bias …

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Mar 09

Why employ an Independent Inventory Clerk?

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For landlord and tenant alike a comprehensive Inventory is an invaluable document. But why should you consider hiring an independent clerk rather than drawing up one yourself? Carried out at the start of the tenancy an Inventory should detail the current state of the property at Check In, providing a clear guide as to how …

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Feb 25

Fair Wear and Tear Guidelines

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As of April this year, new rules will permit a tax deduction for the cost of replacement furniture, for example. But the Association of Taxation Technicians says that the current draft legislation is still open to confusion and misreading https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2016/2/hmrc-must-help-over-new-wear-and-tear-allowance-says-tax-body  

Feb 25

Energy Information for Tenants

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A recent report concludes that landlords, local authorities and energy companies need to better co-ordinate their efforts to identify vulnerable tenants who will most benefit from energy efficiency improvements. To tackle the problem the All Party Parliamentary Group for the private rented sector is calling for incentives for landlords to implement energy efficiency improvements through …

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Feb 16

Blind Safety Regulations 2014

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Do your internal blinds meet the 2014 Blind Safety regulations? The AIIC advise that “…as of 1st October 2014 all pull cords for all blinds (whether old or newly fitted) must be 1 ½ meters from the floor to avoid posing a health and safety issue. Any blind that has cords that form a loop …

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