Imagine the scenario. You are being threatened or assaulted in the street, your home has been burgled, your car has been stolen. Who ya gonna call? The cops of course, because they know their stuff, act appropriately and sort it out for you right? They ARE the law.
But what happens when the actions of the Police in assisting you actually puts you in the dock with criminal allegations being made against you? What do you do when you follow the advice of the law professionals and find yourself in court? Continue reading Don’t Shoot the Messenger #9 – How the Police can land you in hot water
It’s green for go for new-style energy performance certificates from April 6 and landlords or letting agents who flout the new rules could face a fine.
Energy performance certificate (EPC) laws are tightening and letting agents face more scrutiny from trading standards officers. Continue reading Green for go on new EPC laws for buy to lets
LHA Top Tips for landlords. Article 7 in a series of 8
If prevention has failed the next best thing is speedy resolution.
- Be organised. Know when your rent or rents are due and what date you are expecting top-up payments. Never allow arrears to mount up before taking action.
Continue reading Resolving LHA rent arrears and overpayments
Premium tenancies are something I’ve heard a bit about from a few different landlords in various parts of the Country who don’t know each other. This leads me to believe that these tenancies are more than just an urban myth but I have to admit that they are something I know very little about. However, I’ll share what I think I know and feel free to correct me. I also have some more questions which I hope will develop into a useful discussion for all landlords who hear about Premium Tenancies, search the internet for the answers, and then come across this post. Continue reading Premium Tenancies
By Guest Columnist Ben Reeve-Lewis
We live at a time when mortgage repossessions are running at an all time high, last year saw 45,000 with a huge impending increase in 2012 and even more restrictions being placed on lenders by the FSA when offering alternatives to repossession.
And all this without a rise in interest payments. Imagine what will happen when they go up? Continue reading Shams, Scams and Blocking Tactics
News Sourced by Property118 News Team
A landlord in Blackburn has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £8,000 in costs after failing to ensure gas safety checks were completed at a property, home to a family of eight.
Mr Rashid Hussain failed to organise an inspection, despite being handed an improvement notice requiring him to get the property checked within 21 days. Mr Hussain ignored earlier warnings about the checks after he failed to renew after the first year. Continue reading Blackburn Landlord Hit with Hefty Fine
The latest news and views from the property market and private rented sector. Ben Reeve-Lewis and Mary Latham highlight some very important issues all landlords looking to take advantage of the Olympic frenzy should consider, Mark Alexander reviews a free eBook in his Landlords Log and we would like to welcome our new guest columnist Helen Kirkham of HMO Cleaning.
Continue reading Property118 Landlords Newsletter – Issue 84
By Guest Columnist Ben Reeve-Lewis
I work for a council in London. I’m the landlord’s nemesis, the bogey man, a Tenancy Relations Officer; the guy who prosecutes landlords for harassment and illegal eviction, the one who gets injunctions out against them, has them arrested, helps tenants claim damages against them, kicks doors in and pushes tenants back into property when the landlord doesn’t want them.
I looked at the new Housing Strategy and the provisions of the Localism Act this week with great interest. Not to see how many shiny new legal powers I may have been given but with a sense of relief that I can at last do something more constructive and useful with my time.
Continue reading What if the PRS didn’t exist?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have issued a warning to landlords, saying they will prosecute those “who fail in their duty of care to tenants” after a Walsall landlord was sentenced.
Khalid Hussain was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 in costs after he failed to replace a boiler that had broken down in January until October, and had only just obtained a gas safety licence for his appliances despite being issued with an Improvement Notice back in March. The Notice required Mr Hussain to get a licence by 6th of May. Continue reading HSE Warning to Landlords
Answer? – When it’s an Assured Tenancy. Rubbish joke I know.
Most conversations I read on Property 118 and other websites centre on ASTs and the rules and regulations that surround them, but did you know that actually there are around 16 different types of tenancy and licence agreement? Continue reading When is an AST not an AST?