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Revenge evictions ban law passed

Tuesday 17th March 2015

The House of Lords has passed a law banning so-called ‘revenge evictions’. Passed as part of the Deregulation Bill, the new law will prohibit landlords from evicting tenants who complain about conditions in their homes...


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Rent Sparrow warning

Tuesday 17th March 2015

The Times has published a story entitled “Rental dream that turned into a nightmare” which should serve as a warning to landlords not to trust so-called “rent-to-rent” companies...


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Father and son guilty of illegal flat conversion

Friday 13th March 2015

Two men from Brent have been found guilty of illegally converting a property into five flats. Mr Khetani and his father Mr Patel, from Mortimer Road, NW10, were convicted at Willesden Magistrates Court on 3 March 2015 after carrying out works to a property they own in Neasden without planning permission...


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Brent landlords ordered to pay £5,260

Friday 13th March 2015

Two Brent landlords have been ordered to pay a total of £5,260 in fines and costs after failing to make repairs at the Wembley property they let out...


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Supply of eligible Help to Buy homes down 7.4%

Wednesday 11th March 2015

The number of available properties eligible for the government’s Help to Buy scheme has fallen 7.4% in the last year, according to property website Zoopla...


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London flat snapped up by renter in record 40 minutes

Wednesday 11th March 2015

This month a flat in London let within just 40 minutes of going on the rental market, a deal which its advertising agent says is a new record speed in the capital...


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Buyers say they would offer under asking price if property belonged to a smoker

Wednesday 11th March 2015

It may come as no surprise, but smoking in the home could seriously damage its selling potential. In aid of National No Smoking Day, a survey of 2,000 adults found that for 86% if a property they were interested in belonged to a heavy smoker, it would impact on their buying decision...


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First-time buyers ‘finding their feet’

Wednesday 11th March 2015

The number of first-time buyers relying on the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ for support has dropped significantly, a survey has found. Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ Annual First Time Buyers Survey reports that less than half (46%) of the nation’s first-time buyers needed help in saving for their deposit in 2014...


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Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to become the law

Thursday 12th March 2015

Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, under new measures announced by housing minister Brandon Lewis...


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Victory for landlords regarding selective licensing

Thursday 12th March 2015

Local councils will no longer have the clout to licence landlords across a whole borough or city after housing minister Brandon Lewis announced reforms of selective licensing, restricting local decision-making powers...


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