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New Immigration Bill welcomed by the NLA

22/05/2015

David Cameron announced a number of proposals to be tabled in a new immigration bill. The details of the Bill, which will be a central part of the new Government programme to be announced in the Queen’s speech, next week, include: New powers for councils to crack down on unscrupulous landlords To allow landlords to… Read more

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Legionella scaremongering by some letting agents debunked

18/05/2015

For months now I have been fending off veiled and not so veiled threats from ill-informed letting agents about the consequences of not shelling out for legionella tests. I have directly engaged several letting agents on their attempts to make landlords feel as though they are committing a crime against humanity unless immediately cave and… Read more

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Landlords have you registered all old deposits held?

30/04/2015

Landlords are being urged to register all deposits they have taken from tenants with an approved protection scheme before 23 June or face four-figure fines. Historical deposits, such as those taken before 6 April 2007, must also be protected following the recent Deregulation Act in which the Government attempted remove red-tape across the sector. Landlords… Read more

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Help With Property Insurance Claims

28/04/2015

Hello All  I am posting here at the invitation of Mark Alexander (founder of Property118) to explain how you can get free help when making a property related insurance claim. I have been a member of Property118 for a few years and recently met Mark at the ExCel exhibition centre. This is my first post so… Read more

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Bank of England report on the Buy to Let market

27/04/2015

Buy to Let (BTL) mortgages represented 15% of the total outstanding residential mortgage loans at the end of 2014 with gross advances of new loans recovering back to 2005 levels (see chart A). Total annual gross lending has grown since 2010 to £27.4 billion reflecting increased supply and demand factors with BTL now standing at… Read more

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Evictions – It’s a messy business!

20/04/2015

Last week I attended an eviction in East London with the Channel 5 film crew in tow.  This was not an ordinary case; the arrears were in excess of £20k as a result of rent not being paid for over 2 ½ years. The landlord was based overseas and had passed his portfolio of properties… Read more

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NLA makes it easier for tenants to check landlords

16/04/2015

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has today (16 April 2015) launched its initiative to enable tenants to check if their landlord is accredited; the National Register of Accredited Landlords. The announcement was made by Chief Executive Officer, Richard Lambert who was speaking at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual South West Conference. The Register, which… Read more

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Landlords warned to protect themselves as fraud up 25% in 2014

08/04/2015

Cases of reported fraud increased by over 25% last year with men in their mid-40s most vulnerable, according to the UK’s fraud prevention service. A total of 276,933 frauds were recorded last year – that’s 758 frauds every day or 31 every hour. This figure is up from 221,075 in 2013, with 23% of fraud… Read more

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Section 8 new form – don’t risk your application being thrown out

New legislation came into force on Monday 6th April 2015, and one of the changes is a new Section 8 form. It is essential that any landlord in England using a Section 8 form must use the NEW version. If you use the old one by mistake, you risk having the application thrown out and… Read more

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Liverpool Licensing scheme concessions gained by NLA

30/03/2015

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is claiming a victory for landlords in Liverpool after gaining two significant concessions from Liverpool City Council (LCC) in the run up to the launch of their city wide licensing scheme. Although the Council has refused the NLA’s request to postpone the launch of the scheme – due to go… Read more

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