Section 21

Section 21 update – Spencer v Taylor


As reported by Nearly Legal concerning section 21 rules the tenant in Spencer v Taylor has been refused permission to appeal in the Supreme Court, because of the lack of an arguable point of law. Therefore the Court of Appeal decision stands: “Where an assured Shorthold tenancy has had a fixed term and a statutory… Read more

Evicting tenants just to break a contract with a letting agent

Evicting tenants just to break a contract with a letting agent


I was talking to Tony Sheldon at LettingSupermarket.com this morning about the increasing number of landlords who are being forced into evicting perfect tenants as the only way to get out of a contract they have with their letting agents.  Tony explained that he has conversations with landlords on a daily basis who are so… Read more


New consumer protection guidance for the Lettings Industry


The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today published new guidance for the lettings industry to improve their understanding and compliance with consumer protection law. The follows a report last year by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) which raised concerns about a number of unsatisfactory practices affecting tenants, including unfair and surprise fees and… Read more

Transfering a tenants deposit when a property has been sold

Transfering a tenants deposit when a property has been sold


What is the protocol for transferring a tenants deposit? The tenant has lived in the property for a couple of years through an agent. The deposit is protected in one of the three schemes.  The property was recently sold to a new investor landlord who is happy for the tenant to stay and is waiting… Read more

Minimising risks by maximising returns

Minimising risks by maximising returns


Whether you’re new to investing in property or a seasoned investor, you will no doubt be keen to minimise the risk of your investment whilst maximising the return, and it may appear that striking the balance between the two is the key to success in the field of property investment. When I speak to investors… Read more


DCLG review of property conditions in the PRS


This Department for Communities and Local Government DCLG discussion document considers what more can be done and how best to tackle rogue landlords, without negatively impacting on the good ones. This is the first stage of the review and comments are invited before the 21st March. Please note these are not policy or legal changes… Read more

Letting Agent won't release rent

Letting Agent won’t release rent (6 months paid in advance)


My tenants have paid 6 month rent in advance ( as they did in the previous 6 months with no problems) due to them being students. The Letting Agent is dragging its feet and will not release the 6 months rent to my bank account stating the tenants have to sign a form allowing this… Read more

Subletting Scams - why landlords are afraid to report them

Subletting Scams – why landlords are afraid to report them


Many landlords are fearful to seek help from their local authorities in terms of dealing with subletting scams. Just imagine this, you’ve jst let your nice little three bed house to Mr & Mrs Lovely and their two perfect children, only to find out that 10 of their family have also moved in. How would… Read more

Ian Potter of ARLA

Reluctant landlords begin slow exit from private rented sector


Latest ARLA research also shows regional variation in tenant demand. The number of reluctant landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) is falling*, according to research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). Over the past three months, ARLA member offices have reported a decrease from 26% to 21% in the proportion of rental… Read more

Let to Rent and Rent to Rent Tips

Rent to Rent Tips, Advice and Case Study


I’ve spotted yet another educational course based on the Rent to Rent concept this morning, this one is called “Let to Rent”. I have no idea whether the course is a good one or not, however, given that the topic of Rent to Rent is so popular I have produced this guide to share answers to… Read more

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