Category Archive: Landlord

Jul 27

The AIIC call for mandatory independent inventories

After another truly busy student season, and July isn’t quite over yet, I thought I’d add a blog post. As I was wondering what fascinating aspect of the job I could write about I received this in my email. Food for thought! I am biased, I chose to be a member of The AIIC …

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Feb 11

How To Rent update

The government updated the How To Rent booklet in January this year. Link to government website here I was asked if this means that all tenants should be given a copy of this, after all page 2 does include the sentence “Your landlord must provide you with a copy of  this booklet, so use the …

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Jan 26

Let’s Talk About Lights

The Problem of Light Bulbs Somehow the simple light bulb causes a lot of issues for tenant and landlord alike. I often get asked “Who is responsible for making sure that the light bulbs in a rented property are working?” The answer is as simple as: Between tenancies the landlord should make sure that all …

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Sep 09

Crikey! What a busy time that was!

DPS Inventory Tips

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

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

 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

  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

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?

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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