Changes to Gas Safety Rules

We are expecting some (very!) welcome changes to the gas safety rules to come in to force in early April, which will mean that landlords no longer have to wait until the last minute to complete their gas safety certificates, or have to shorten the annual cycle check to comply with the law. Complete gas…

Right to rent guide

All landlords are now required by law to check that their tenant or lodger can legally rent their residential property in England. We have heard from a lot of concerned landlords, worried that they’ll get it wrong. Here’s a quick guide for what you need to do. Although onerous, it’s really not difficult! You must:…

East of England has fastest rising rents

Rental growth continues to shift away from London and the south of England, with the east of the country now recording the biggest increases, Your Move says. Data from the estate agent shows that the east of England had the fastest rising rents in October, up 6% to £887, compared with a 2.4% boost across…

The Difference Between a Section 8 and a Section 21

Section 8 and a Section 21 notices are both used to serve notice on a tenant, however they are very different, and it is vitally important that the correct notice is served to avoid delay and expense. Section 8: A Section 8 notice (also known as a Notice to Quit)  is served when a tenant…

Corbyn’s Rent Control Plans

Jeremy Corbyn has said that Labour would introduce rent controls across UK cities were the party to come into power – a move the RLA described as an attack on landlords. The announcement, made at the Labour Party Conference yesterday, was described as “disappointing” by RLA policy director David Smith. He said: “Rent controls would be a…

Why Use The Online Letting Agents?

If you have a property to le the quickest and easiest way to find new tenants is through a letting agent who advertises on the major property websites, particularly rightmove and zoopla. In a previous post, we have discussed high street letting agents vs online letting agents, but if you’ve already opted for the low…

I don’t need an inventory – the flat’s not furnished

“I don’t need an inventory – the flat’s not furnished” This is something we hear often, but let’s get it straight, an inventory is not a list of furnishings; it’s a detailed schedule of how the property has been provided to the tenant at the start of tenancy Yes, it includes details of any furniture,…

Buy To Let Lending Changes Could Result in More Rental Stock Being Sold

Changes to buy-to-let lending criteria being introduced at the end of this month could encourage a surge of rental stock as landlords look to offload their ‘weakest’ properties. From 30th September 2017, the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority will tighten lending criteria further, following the introduction of more stringent ‘stress tests’ earlier this year….

The Online Letting Agents Takes on New CMP Cover to Safeguard the Money they Handle for Landlord and Tenants

Housing Minister Supports Government Report which Calls for New Measures to Protect Rental Money Letting agents across the country will soon be required to protect rental monies through an approved Client Money Protection (CMP) scheme, following the recommendations made in a new Government report. The Online Letting Agents is already offering local landlords and tenants across…

Landlords are not all rich – two thirds paying basic rate income tax!

Two-thirds of individual landlords are only liable for the basic rate of income tax according to data released by the Government. The Residential Landlords Association says that it challenges the myth that landlords have large incomes and so can cope with tax rises. According to the figures obtained in response to parliamentary questions from DUP…