Advice - Lettings

The lettings property market is always full of change!  It can be quite daunting and stressful for those involved but there is also a lot of help and advice available for investors, landlords and tenants.  

Take a look through some of our articles and guides.  

Is Section 21 reform a welcome change, or a political stunt?

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No sooner had Parliament broke for the Easter recess, that The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced plans to reform the Section 21 eviction process.

Is Section 21 reform a welcome change, or a political stunt?

The tenant fee ban – what do landlords need to know

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It was back in November 2016 when the Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement that certain fees to tenants would be banned. At the time of the announcement, there was a concern that landlords and their agents were over-charging tenants for setting up a tenancy, and there was a belief that this was causing the cost of entering the private rented sector prohibitively high.

The tenant fee ban – what do landlords need to know

Why consider investing in family homes

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According to the latest English Housing Survey, the average age of a first-time buyer now stands at 32 whilst the average age of a first-time parent is now around 28 years old - and so it stands to reason that many tenants today could be looking for a home to raise a family.

Why consider investing in family homes

Keeping you on the right side of Licensing legislation

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One of the more complex sides to life as a landlord is the subject of Licensing. There is little consistency in the rules across different locations and there are many different schemes to navigate. Meanwhile if landlords fail to comply with complex and ever changing legislation, then they could be fined up to £30,000. We’ve taken a look at the key facts around the two different types of license requirements.

Keeping you on the right side of Licensing legislation

Safeguarding your rental property

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We’re serious about property and passionate about driving up standards across our industry. Next year we’ll be celebrating our 30th anniversary and throughout the last three decades we’ve witnessed first-hand the complete transformation of the private rented sector. Anyone renting a property must comply with a multitude of increasingly stringent and complex regulations. That means we’re continuously adapting our practices and processes to ensure our customers don’t fall foul of the law, and that both landlords and tenants have their interests protected.

Safeguarding your rental property

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – what you need to know

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On 1st April this year, significant changes were introduced to the private rented sector, in a bid to improve the energy efficiency of rented homes. The legislation was proposed in the 2011 Energy Act in response to concerns that in some towns and cities, rental stock is typically older, which could mean that many homes occupied by tenants may not have energy saving features such as cavity wall insulation or double glazing.

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – what you need to know

What does the future hold for portfolio landlords?

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A cursory glance into the private rented sector could lead some to believe the world of buy-to-let is a tale of woe. Bleak headlines claim landlords are deterred from entering the market whilst suggestions some investors are apparently planning to sell-up will raise concern.

What does the future hold for portfolio landlords?

Selective Licensing

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Selective Licensing was introduced in 2006 to give certain councils greater powers to address the impact of poor quality private landlords, and anti-social tenants. The initial aims of the scheme were positive - stamping out bad practice within the private rented sector and raising standards so that tenants can enjoy living in quality homes.

Selective Licensing