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RLA welcomes new director to drive growth

Friday 10th November 2017

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has appointed Paul Smee as a new director, as the trade body looks to accelerate growth plans. Smee, one of the founders of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries, left his last role as director General of the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) in July, after the organisation - now UK Finance - ceased to exist...


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Top tips to improve your properties’ EPC ratings

Friday 10th November 2017

With less than six months until the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are introduced in April 2018, Mike Feely of E.ON offers simple suggestions on ways landlords can upgrade their properties...


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Buy-to-let landlords face compulsory ombudsman scheme

Friday 10th November 2017

In order to solve tenant disputes, landlords will soon be required to register with a redress scheme, helping to improve operating standards within the industry...


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MPs call for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all homes to let

Friday 10th November 2017

Buy-to-let landlords across the UK should be responsible for the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, according to a new report. Under existing regulations, landlords are legally required to provide CO alarms in all properties in Scotland, but in England and Wales landlords are only obliged to provide a CO alarm in properties with a solid fuel appliance, i...


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Mortgage brokers can save you thousands of pounds

Tuesday 7th November 2017

A new campaign is being launched today to tackle mortgage myths and highlight the importance of professional advice when it comes to taking out a home loan...


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No Letting Go backs calls for mandatory inventories

Tuesday 7th November 2017

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords and letting agents alike, and because it tends to vary from case to case, it is among the least understood areas of the letting process, and one which can create much ambiguity and cause a high level of disputes at the end of a tenancy...


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New powers will make it ‘quicker and easier’ to tackle rogue landlords

Tuesday 7th November 2017

Hefty fines could soon be issued to rogue landlords in Bradford without being taken to court, under plans due to be approved by Bradford Council today...


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Landlord faced with eviction costs after council tells tenant to break into his flat

Tuesday 7th November 2017

A landlord in Essex has had to start eviction proceedings to remove a sitting tenant after she broke back into a rental property that she had vacated 24 hours earlier, allegedly on the advice of Havering Borough Council...


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Could you spot a household carbon monoxide leak?

Monday 6th November 2017

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, non-irritant and therefore undetectable gas, which is why more than half of Britons would not be able to spot a household carbon monoxide leak, which is hugely concerning given that it is a killer...


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Rogue landlord let out Harry Potter-style cupboard under the stairs for £250pcm

Monday 6th November 2017

A young man has been discovered paying £250 a month for a sleeping space in a cupboard under the stairs, measuring just 22 square feet. Inspectors for Newham Council discovered the tiny sleeping area in an overcrowded house in Beckton, east London...


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