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£7,000 bill for Islington HMO landlord

Wednesday 16th September 2015

An Islington landlord has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after failing to licence a house in multiple occupation (HMO). Christos Loizou, of Chingford, admitted failing to have a HMO license as required on 14 May 2015...


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Zoopla chief backs campaign against buy-to-let tax changes

Wednesday 16th September 2015

The chief executive of Zoopla has thrown his weight behind opposition to the government’s proposed restrictions on buy-to-let tax breaks. Alex Chesterman, in a question and answer session with readers of Letting Agent Today and Estate Agent Today, says the proposals announced by Chancellor George Osborne in July’s budget are “troubling...


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NLA says new S21 rules “akin to a Laurel and Hardy sketch”

Monday 14th September 2015

Landlords have hit out at a raft of new rules being introduced in just three weeks’ time. The Department of Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) announced last week that new regulations will come into force on 1 October...


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Landlord Action issues Oliver Knights warning

Monday 14th September 2015

Landlords and tenants are in despair as a London letting agent Oliver Knights is thought to have closed down, owing thousands of pounds in unpaid rent and holding deposits...


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Kent landlord slapped with £32k fine… and not his first offence

Friday 11th September 2015

A Kent landlord has been fined for failing to have a valid Gas Safety Record in place for five properties. Medway Magistrates’ Court heard how as part of a joint intervention between the Health and Safety Executive and Medway Council Housing Officers which begun in March 2014, statements were taken from various tenants of Nitin “Nick” King...


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Lewisham consulting on licensing

Friday 11th September 2015

Landlords in Lewisham are invited to a public meeting on Tuesday (15 September) to discuss proposals for selective licencing in the borough. The proposed licensing scheme would require landlords renting out accommodation above commercial properties (such as flats above shops) for multiple occupation to obtain a licence from the council...


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East London police station turned into illegal hostel

Thursday 10th September 2015

Police and housing officers raided an unused police station in Barking, East London and found up to 30 people living there. An anonymous tip-off prompted the raid in Ripple Road on Friday...


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Government drags feet over smoke alarm legislation

Thursday 10th September 2015

The landlord community has hit out at government for unnecessary delays in the introduction of legislation which will make it compulsory to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in private rented homes...


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RLA questions Shelter’s claims

Wednesday 9th September 2015

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has written to Shelter questioning the latest statistics from the housing charity which claimed that tenants across the country are suffering at the hands of rogue landlords...


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Queen would have racked up £1bn in rent during reign

Wednesday 9th September 2015

As Queen Elizabeth II becomes the UK’s longest serving monarch, Rentify has evaluated how much each of her residences may have cost if she were renting...


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