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AIIC: “New deposit protection rules are a step in the right direction”

Tuesday 23rd June 2015

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is pledging its support for new deposit protection rules coming into force this week. Under the Deregulation Act, tenancy deposits taken before April 6 2007 now fall under deposit protection law...


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New Channel 5 programme exposes subletting scam

Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Stay tuned tomorrow evening at 9pm for the first in a six-part Channel 5 series about subletting. ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’ follows eviction specialists Landlord Action and council teams from across Britain as they deal with problematic tenants and dishonest landlords...


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Agents report rise in short-term lets

Wednesday 24th June 2015

Research from ARLA shows that 26% of letting agents have seen an increase in the number of enquiries for short-term lets With Wimbledon quickly approaching and the likes of Airbnb growing in popularity, more and more homeowners are renting out properties for short periods of time...


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More buy-to-let deals for first-time landlords

Wednesday 24th June 2015

The number of buy-to-let mortgage deals available to novice landlords is on the rise, according to Moneyfacts. The data analyst worked out there were 574 deals available to first-time landlords in April but there are 664 today, a 13% rise and 40% up on the 396 deals available two years ago...


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£6,000 fine for Cambridge HMO landlord

Thursday 25th June 2015

A Cambridge landlord has been prosecuted for putting tenants at risk by renting out an unsafe house in multiple occupation (HMO). Maciej Wasiak of Lovell Road, Cambridge, was found guilty at Cambridge Magistrates Court on 18 June for failing to licence the HMO in Kings Hedges, for renting out a room previously prohibited for use for fire safety reasons and also for six offences under Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations 2006...


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MP plans for new criminal landlord crackdown

Thursday 25th June 2015

MPs have introduced two new bills that will crackdown on rogue landlords. The first measure introduced to parliament yesterday was by the Conservative MP for Hornchurch and Upminster, Dame Angela Watkinson...


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Hertfordshire agents must pay over £40k in fines

Friday 26th June 2015

Two managing agents, who own and manage properties in Hatfield, were ordered to pay a total of £42,534 in fines after pleading guilty to 46 offences at St Albans Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 17 June...


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UK tenants get the “worst deal in Europe”, says NHF

Friday 26th June 2015

Britain’s private renters are getting a rough ride in contrast to their European counterparts, new analysis by the National Housing Federation shows...


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British Property Federation launches build-to-rent committee

Monday 29th June 2015

The British Property Federation (BPF) has announced the creation of a new committee that will focus on promoting the emerging build-to-rent sector to government and other stakeholders, including consumers...


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No jail for letting agent who stole £577,000

Monday 29th June 2015

A letting agent who lost at least £577,865 in missing tenancy deposits and rent payments has escaped jail. However Peter Leonard, 58, has been disqualified from acting as a director for 10 years following the collapse of his Hove agency...


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