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Guaranteed rent agent fined £12k for ignoring complaints

Tuesday 8th September 2015

A Leicester estate agent which offers “guaranteed rent” has been ordered to pay more than £12,000 in fines and court costs for failing to maintain a student property...


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Right to rent seeing lawful tenants refused housing

Tuesday 8th September 2015

The complexity of the Government’s plans to turn landlords into border police is seeing lawful tenants being refused housing, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA)...


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Mystery over expelled agent’s redress scheme membership

Monday 7th September 2015

Mystery surrounds the redress scheme membership status of a letting agent expelled from The Property Ombudsman (TPO). Bruten & Co Ltd, an agent based in Notting Hill Gate, London, has been expelled from membership of TPO for a minimum of two years after failing to pay an Ombudsman’s award made of £768 to complainants...


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Landlords lose £9.9 billion to rent arrears and damage every year

Monday 7th September 2015

A law firm specialising in landlord law claims landlords are losing £9.9bn to rent arrears and property damage each year. Access Legal’s latest Landlord Report says tenants do £4...


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£15k bill for Great Yarmouth HMO landlord

Friday 4th September 2015

A HMO landlord whose HMO was closed down by the local council has been left with a court bill of nearly £16,000. Stanley John Rodgers, 73, was prosecuted by Great Yarmouth Borough Council's environmental services department...


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Jail for letting agent who stole tenants’ deposits

Friday 4th September 2015

A letting agent who fled the country leaving creditors, landlords, tenants and his own staff hundreds of pounds out of pocket has been jailed. Manish Manek, 54, of no fixed abode, appeared at Kingston Crown Court on 2 September where he was found guilty of 17 counts of theft and sentenced 20 months in jail...


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Scotland to introduce rent controls

Thursday 3rd September 2015

Scotland is to introduce rent controls and ban “no fault” evictions in a shake-up of the country’s private rented sector. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has released the Scottish National Party’s programme for government for the forthcoming year...


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Generation Rent lives to fight another day – just about

Thursday 3rd September 2015

Generation Rent has raised enough money to keep campaigning for private renters across the UK, amassing nearly £18,000 in donations. The organisation launched an emergency crowdfunding campaign at the end of July following a sudden cut in its grant funding...


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Landlords will lose money if interest rates rise - claims

Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Platinum Property Partners (PPP) has warned landlords to plan ahead to futureproof their investment. It says standard buy-to-let properties will lose money if interest rates rise while HMOs will remain profitable...


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£20k fine for Newport HMO landlord

Wednesday 2nd September 2015

A Welsh landlord has been prosecuted for failing to licence her property and manage it safely, making it difficult to escape in case of a fire. Kaneeza Abid, of Newport, pleaded guilty to failing to license a HMO in Alma Street, Newport under the Housing Act and was fined £10,000...


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