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Get Selective Licensing Heard by Select Committe

Get Selective Licensing Heard by Select Committe

16/07/2014

More and more local authorities are introducing selective licensing (SL), claiming a correlation with anti social behaviour (ASB) and/or low rental demand – these are currently the only reasons that councils are allowed to use to introduce selective licensing. The Local Government Association (LGA) are simultaneously campaigning for the right for local authorities to be… 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

I am just about to serve section 21 notice

I am just about to serve a section 21

15/07/2014

I am just about to serve a section 21 on my tenants who have gone from an AST, to a periodic tenancy. I changed the dates of payment for rent to the 1st day of each month; this was to give the tenants some breathing space with regards payment of rent. After giving them three… Read more

Inadvertant Buy to Let

Inadvertent buy-to-let

14/07/2014

I’ve just bought a new property which we would like to make our personal residence but in the interim requires a large amount of work. As a result we are living elsewhere whilst the works are carried out.   During the works it is likely that we will rent out a portion of the house,… Read more

Flying the flag for Scotland

Smoke & heat detectors legislation for landlords in Scotland

I have just been told that heat detectors are now a requirement in rental properties in Scotland and that smoke detectors are required in more rooms now.  I have been unable to find any new legislation on this matter. Could someone please advise me on the legality of this and where to find the said… Read more

Property Repair - while awaiting eviction

Property Repair – while awaiting eviction

After almost a year, I finally obtained a possession order, with the agreement of the tenant, that they will move out and hand the property back to me on 11th August. the property will require redecorating, and some minor repairs before the next tenant moves in. However, I do not expect the tenant to move… Read more

Leak into flat below

Leak into flat below

The boiler in my flat leaked into the flat below in May. My tenant rang and told me the owner from downstairs that water was leaking into her flat. As he is in the building trade, he kindly mended it straight away.  Two weeks later another owner  downstairs sent photos of her mouldy ceiling. It looks like it… Read more

Lodger deposit

Lodger deposit

I am fully aware that tenants that are under an AST have to have there deposit protected in a deposit protection scheme, but does the same procedure apply to lodgers living in rented accommodation?  In HMOS does the deposit need to be protected regardless of if he is a live in or live out landlord?… Read more

Furnished versus unfurnished

Furnished versus unfurnished?

What are the advantages / disadvantages of furnished or unfurnished buy to let?  We have just sold our furnished buy to let and are considering reinvesting the money (what is left after CGT!) in a new buy to let in an area nearer home. We were initially a student let, which meant we provided everything,… Read more

Divorcing when you jointly own buy to let properties

Divorcing when you jointly own buy to let properties

My husband and I are about to split up. We own a portfolio of buy-to let properties, with all of the houses in joint names.  I am looking for any advice regarding the pros and cons of divorce. My initial questions are: If we divorce, do we have to split the assets there and then,… Read more

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