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Property letting for retirement income just got easier

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In the last decade property became an asset of choice for many people looking to finance their retirement. Many people, even those with just one or two properties, now receive a reasonable income to boost their pension. However, many of these...

Right to rent checks: what steps should landlords be taking?

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Following an initial trial in the North, Right to Rent checks have been rolled out nationwide affecting all residential landlords.  Since February 2016 landlords are required to know their tenants in much the same way as employers are required to know...

Can you reclaim on Stamp Duty Land Tax payments?

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If you have had to pay the extra 3% SDLT because your old home wasn’t sold by the time you purchased your new home, you need to make sure you reclaim the extra SDLT which has been paid to HMRC. Whilst the form for claiming back the extra SDLT is...

Amendments to the Section 8 and Section 13 notices

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New regulations made on the 23rd March 2016 slightly amend the documents required for serving notice. As from 6th April 2016 a new prescribed form will be required when you serve a Section 8 of the Housing Act 1988 notice (the notice you serve when ending a...

Legionella and landlords' responsibilities

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What is Legionella? Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by the inhalation of small droplets of contaminated water containing Legionella. All man-made hot and cold water systems are likely to provide an environment...

Can I put a to-let board up when a tenancy is being renewed?

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We have recently been asked whether a to-let board can be put up when a tenancy is being renewed. The purpose being good marketing for the agent. The answer is unfortunately, no. Under The Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England)...

Fire and furnishing regulations - what to look out for

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All landlords and agents will want to ensure that their tenants are as safe from fire as reasonably possible. There is significant legislation which governs landlords’ obligations regarding fire safety in residential accommodation. The Furniture and...

Bailiff Update! Please be patient

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A selection of London Courts have restructured their bailiff process in the hopes of creating more efficient service. The Bow, Central London, Clerkenwell & Shoreditch and Lambeth County Courts have now consolidated their bailiff centres and have...

Could you be paying Stamp Duty Land Tax unnecessarily?

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If you’ve bought a property at some point in your life then you will be familiar with the term stamp duty (or Stamp Duty Land Tax ( SDLT ) as it is known in full). Even if you haven’t, I’m sure most people have at least heard of it. SDLT...

Working from home in private rented property - what are the legal issues?

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In these mobile and connected times more and more people chose to work from home.  It can vary from the self-employed running small internet businesses or cottage industries to flexible working patterns by employers allowing their employees to work at...

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