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The rental shortage – could it hit crisis point?

15/08/2018

The continued housing shortage across the UK is hardly surprising, but according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) rents could rise by as much as 15% by 2023 as the supply of new rental property dries up. 

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Interest rate rises may not all be doom and gloom for property

03/08/2018

The rise in interest rates announced yesterday was reported to be at the highest level since the recession in 2009. How will these rises affect mortgages, savings and property in general?

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Moving Home? It needn't be painful!

01/05/2018

New Home Owners Day is celebrated on 1st May, but, whilst buying a house is supposed to be one of the most stressful things we encounter during a lifetime, we can help make house buying and selling a little less painful with these tips.

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Fire Safety for Tenants & Residents

11/09/2017

*Author: Caroline Walton*

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Asbestos: Managing the Risks

21/08/2017

*Author: Tanaz Nowrouzzadeh*

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Avoid Becoming a Victim of Property Fraud

06/07/2017

*Author: Caroline Walton*

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Lease Extensions

16/03/2017

*Author: Tamsin Reader*

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Private Rented Property

07/03/2017

*Author: Andrew Peach*

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Landlords - Check Your Tenant's Immigration Status

09/11/2016

*Author: Caroline Walton*

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Short Term Let Breached Tenancy Agreement

07/11/2016

*Author: Caroline Walton*

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Intention to Use a Property as an "Airbnb"

11/08/2016

*Author: Richard Cunningham*

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Is Your Property Protected Against Fraud?

14/07/2016

*Author: Caroline Walton*

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Tenants' Energy Efficient Improvement Provisions

31/05/2016

*Author: Andrew Peach*

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Commercial Leases and Break Clauses

10/05/2016

*Author: Megan Lawless*

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Capital Allowances - Is Time Running Out?

15/03/2016

*Authors: Caroline Walton and Megan Lawless*

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“Who would be a Landlord?: The trouble with buying to let”

15/02/2016

*Author: Ian Jones*

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New Rules For Assured Shorthold Tenancies

26/01/2016

*Author:  Laura Marchington*

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Combat Property Fraud

07/01/2016

*Author: Caroline Walton*

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Construction Design & Management Regulations 2015

31/12/2015

*Author: Stephanie Tilley*

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Licensing & Registration for Landlords in Wales

06/10/2015

*Author: Caroline Walton*

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Draft Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations

29/07/2015

*Author: Caroline Walton*

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Landlords and the Deregulation Act 2015

15/05/2015

*Author: Caroline Walton*

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Flats, Marriage and the 80 year hitch

25/02/2015

*Author: Lynda Russell*

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Small Scale Developer Contributions

23/02/2015

*Author: Heather Kershaw*

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Landlord & Tenant - The Immigration Act 2014

22/10/2014

Author: Caroline Walton

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New Ground for Possession of Property

06/10/2014

Author: Andrew Peach

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Fracking - Should You Be Concerned?

31/07/2014

Author: Alex Muir

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Urgent Warning for Residential Landlords

22/06/2014

Author: Caroline Walton

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New Property Fraud Alert Service

17/12/2013

Author: Caroline Walton

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The Bank of Mum and Dad

28/03/2014

Author: Richard Cunningham

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Tenancy Deposit Scheme

01/07/2013

On 14th June 2013 the decision in the matter of Superstrike Limited –v- Marino Rodriques was handed down by the Court of Appeal. The decision clarifies the situation in relation to tenant’s deposits, in particular deposits taken for an Assured Shorthold Tenancy before the 6th April 2007 and where the tenancy continues after the term as a Statutory Periodic Tenancy (SPT).

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Prescribed Information Needed for Tenancy Deposit Schemes

06/02/2013

A recent Court of Appeal decision acts as an important reminder that a landlord must actually give a tenant all the information prescribed by a tenancy deposit scheme (TDS) and that it is not enough that the information is freely and easily available.

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Tenancy Deposit Scheme Rules

17/10/2012

In April 2007, measures were introduced under the Housing Act 2004 which meant that any Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) deposit had to be paid, by the landlord, into one of three Government approved holding schemes within 14 days of receipt and the landlord had to provide the tenant with certain prescribed information regarding the deposit within the same time period. 

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Gas Safety Reminder

11/09/2012

Landlords (and Licensors) of domestic property must comply with the provisions of the Gas Safety Regulations 1998 which includes:

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Squatting is now a criminal offence

03/09/2012

From 1 September 2012 squatting in a residential building is an offence, punishable by a maximum prison term of up to six months, a maximum fine of £5000, or both.

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VAT Increase for Listed Building Alterations

27/04/2012

If you own or are developing a listed building, recent changes announced in the Budget will affect you whether the property is residential or commercial as the zero rating currently available for approved alterations to protected buildings (both residential and charitable buildings) will be removed with effect from 1 October 2012.

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The New EPC Rules - How to Avoid a £5000 Fine

27/04/2012

The coalition Government’s plans to be seen as the “greenest Government ever” took a step closer with the introduction of a number of new directives.

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Tenancy Deposit Protection - Time Is Running Out

10/04/2012

If you are a landlord of residential property and you let it  out under an assured shorthold tenancy, you should note that the rules relating to the registration of the rent deposit changed on 6 April 2012.  You must ensure that, in respect of all rent deposits that you currently hold, they are correctly registered before 6 May 2012, and that you have sent the necessary certificate and the information prescribed by the legislation to all parties who are entitled to receive it within 30 days of receipt of the deposit.  

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How Secure Is Your Landlord?

12/03/2012

As a pub tenant you may be leasing from a pubco or other entity, who themself holds a lease from the property owners, i.e. the freeholder, thereby making you “the sub-tenant” who is paying rent to an intermediate landlord, who pays (not necessarily the same) rent to the freeholder.

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Break Clause - Late Payments Could Cost You Dear

27/02/2012

If your Lease contains a break clause then you have the right to terminate before the end of the term.  But beware! 

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Ways to Help Your Care Home Business Grow

26/02/2013

Are you are turning residents away because you don’t have enough beds?  Extending your care home could be a cost effective option. However, there are many things to consider before embarking on any building project.

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Finance Act 2012 - Capital Allowances

23/02/2012

Capital Allowances are a form of tax relief which can be set against Income or Corporation Tax. They are based on the capital expenditure incurred on the provision and installation of certain assets within a commercial building.

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The Government's Proposals to Boost the Housing Marketing

22/02/2012

On 1 February 2012 the Minister for Housing and Local Government made a written statement updating the Government’s action on housing following the publication of its housing strategy in November 2011. 

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Protect Yourself from Property Fraud

08/02/2012

The Land Registry has reported major issues with fraud involving properties which are not occupied by the owner.  If you own property which you do not occupy personally we can advise you on the ways in which you can protect yourself from becoming the subject of such a fraud. 

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First Time Buyer SDLT Relief To End

24/01/2012

Currently if you are buying a residential property as your main residence for a price not exceeding £250,000 and you are a first time buyer, you may not have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax on the purchase price.  This concession expires on 24 March 2012, with the effect that, any purchase with an effective completion date of 25 March 2012 or later cannot benefit from the relief, even if the contract for the purchase of the property is dated before that date.  The relief gave a saving of £2,500 on a house purchase of £250K. 

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Section 25 Notices - Are you due to renew?

16/01/2012

I have been contacted by a client in a complete panic asking me to get him out of a hole.  He had a lease of business premises within the protection of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954, the contractual term of which came to an end on 31 December 2011.  In June of last year he was served with a non-hostile Landlord’s Section 25 Notice terminating his tenancy as at 31 December 2011.  The Notice stipulated the terms upon which the Landlord was prepared to agree a renewal.  My client had no issue with those terms and so simply filed the Notice, assuming the renewal would just take its course.  Sadly, he didn’t advise me of receipt of the Notice and now finds himself in the position of having received a letter from the Landlord’s Solicitors demanding vacant possession in two weeks' time.   

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Ministry of Justice to Criminalise Squatting in Residential Buildings

29/11/2011

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has published a response to the Consultation Paper “Options for Dealing with Squatting”.

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Feed-In ("FIT") Tariff Leases

13/06/2011

The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme which was introduced by the Government on 1 April 2010, promotes the widespread uptake of a range of small-scale renewable and low carbon electricity generation technologies.

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