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January is the most popular renewal date for Landlords Insurance

16/12/2014

Please make sure you save money this year on your Landlords Insurance and let us know your renewal date. The bigger our landlords insurance buying group becomes the more negotiating power we gain. We are now at the stage where we can GUARANTEE to beat any like for like quotation for landlords insurance. Operated on… Read more

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Retaliatory Evictions Report

After Paul Shamplina and Landlord action helped provided evidence, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Private Rented Sector recently concluded its inquiry into Sarah Teather MP’s Tenancies (Reform) Bill addressing the problem of retaliatory evictions. Whilst the Bill failed to make progress at Second Reading, the measures within it are included in an… Read more

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You could be liable for your tenants water debt from 1st January 2015 unless you act!

12/12/2014

From 1st January 2015 there will be an obligation on all landlords with properties in the Welsh Water and Dee Valley Water areas to share certain information about their tenants with their water company. The majority of properties affected are in Wales, but these Water Authority areas also cover parts of Cheshire, Merseyside, Herefordshire, Shropshire… Read more

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Landlords are losing thousands as court delays become critical

10/12/2014

Under-resourced county courts are exasperated by the number of possession claims being put forward, resulting in costly delays for landlords.  It has become such a problem in the last three months, that chasing up cases with the courts is now a full-time role for one member of our in-house legal team. The vast majority of… Read more

Stamp Duty Calculator

Stamp Duty Calculator

05/12/2014

Whilst the rest of the media have been reporting on the pros & cons of Chancellor George Osbourne’s Stamp Duty Land Tax reforms, here at Property118 we have been busy producing a calculator which makes it very easy to work out how much stamp duty you will need to pay. Why not test it for… Read more

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Tenants in Scotland undermine political case for Rent Control

03/12/2014

The Scottish Government is in the process of consulting on a new Private Rented Sector (PRS) tenancy system, which also canvasses opinion on whether a system of rent controls is necessary, whilst Labour argue that a system of rent controls are necessary to remove excessive rises. The trade membership body for letting agents in Scotland,… Read more

Paul Shamplin of Landlord Action

Delighted as Revenge Eviction Bill is defeated

29/11/2014

The Tenancies Reform Bill presented by Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather and aimed at stopping Revenge Evictions, has failed to secure enough votes to pass in Parliament, much to our relief at Landlord Action and other industry organisations. This is great news for landlords. Whilst I fully agree that tenants need to be protected from… Read more

The Immigration act 2014

The Immigration Act 2014 and checking a tenant’s right to rent

25/11/2014

A pilot for introducing checking a tenant’s right to rent under the immigration act 2014 is being introduced in 5 areas as of 1st December. These pilot areas are Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton. Full roll out across the country is expected after a Government review of the pilot within 6 months. Under the… Read more

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Government move to issue accelerated possession claims online

13/11/2014

From today, the Government has launched a new service which enables landlords to start the process of evicting tenants using the Section 21 accelerated possession claims online. This was an idea which was first put forward by Landlord Action, as part of our role on a Government Think Tank to help speed up evictions. It… Read more

David Carter - CEO of The Sheriffs Office

Are you sure your speedy tenant eviction was legal?

12/11/2014

With the recent significant increase in the use of High Court enforcement officers evicting residential tenants it has become clear that not all of these evictions have been conducted legally. The potential cost implications for a landlord for incorrectly evicting a tenant can be huge as the claims for damages could not only come from… Read more

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