Should I renew my tenancy agreement?

We are often contacted by landlords whose fixed term tenancies are coming to an end, and they’re not sure if they should sign a new contract with the tenants. Here’s a quick run down of what happens at the end of a fixed term tenancy, so you can make an informed decision about whether to…

Legislation Changes for 2018/2019

There are so many changes coming to the lettings industry, we thought it would be useful to provide a brief overview of both the confirmed and proposed changes for 2018/2019. It’s not exhaustive and may be subject to change during the course of the year! How to Rent Guide – 17 January 2018 – England only…

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. Landlords will 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. Order your gas safety certificate…

New Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

From 1st April 2018, it will become unlawful to let a property in the private rented sector if it has an energy performance rating below an E on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Does this effect me? If you let a residential property in England or Wales, then most probably, yes! The Regulations will apply…

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,…