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Agent redress scheme now open to all landlords

Friday 20th February 2015

Ombudsman Services Property has agreed to allow all landlords to access their scheme following pressure from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA)...


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Pension reforms to give buy-to-let extra boost

Friday 20th February 2015

The growth of the buy-to-let sector seen in 2014 is likely to continue thanks to new pension rules due in the spring. From April, it will become easier for anyone aged 55 or above to withdraw cash from their pensions...


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Compulsory licencing for Liverpool

Monday 23rd February 2015

Landlords in Liverpool risk a fine or prosecution if they fail to sign up for the city’s new licencing scheme by 1 April   The scheme is being introduced in Liverpool under the government’s selective licensing laws and signing up for it is compulsory...


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A quarter of agents report rent hikes in January

Monday 23rd February 2015

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has launched the first of its new monthly Private Rented Sector Report, which tracks key market trends within the private rented sector...


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Redress scheme offers guidance on letting agent fees

Tuesday 24th February 2015

The Property Redress Scheme (PRS) has issued further guidance on unfair fees being charged by letting agents to consumers. In England and Wales, letting agents are able to charge prospective and existing tenants for services and administration in addition to any rent or deposit paid...


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Telford landlord has “worst nightmare”

Tuesday 24th February 2015

A Shropshire landlord found a house full of rubbish, disregarded food and cigarette ends after a long term tenant moved out. The Shropshire Star has published pictures of the site which greeted the landlord when he went to inspect the property after the tenant left...


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Rotherham landlords call for judicial review

Tuesday 24th February 2015

Landlords in Rotherham have called for a judicial review of local authority plans to introduce a licensing scheme. The move echoes the recent successful legal action by a landlord against a similar idea in Enfield, north London...


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TPO backs 69% of complaints against letting agents

Wednesday 25th February 2015

The Property Ombudsman has revealed that the scheme has supported 69% of consumer complaints lodged against letting agents in a three month period.   TPO is the largest of three government-approved redress schemes and claims to have more than 85% of UK letting agents registered...


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Fire Brigade backs NLA fire safety guide

Wednesday 25th February 2015

The London Fire Brigade has urged private landlords to take advantage of a new guide issued by the National Landlords Association (NLA). The Association’s ‘Fire Safety Logbook’ will help landlords to protect their tenants and ensure they don’t fall foul of fire safety laws, the London Fire Brigade has said...


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ARLA launches housing manifesto for PRS

Wednesday 25th February 2015

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has announced the launch of its 2015 housing manifesto. The joint mainfesto of ARLA and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) was launched at yesterday’s NAEA conference ‘Agents of Change’...


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