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Landlords urged to prepare properties for winter

Monday 23rd October 2017

Landlords are being encouraged to make crucial preparations to their buy-to-let properties as the winter fast approaches, after a new survey revealed that almost half of private landlords fail to carry out essential, pre-winter checks...


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Number of buy-to-let mortgage deals slightly down

Monday 23rd October 2017

The total number of buy-to-let mortgage products on the market fell slightly last month, but remains at its second highest level since the recession in 2008, amid fierce competition between lenders, the latest figures show...


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Landlord event to provide advice about new tenancy agreements

Monday 23rd October 2017

With just over a month until a new form of private residential tenancy (PRT) will be introduced north of the border, replacing the existing assured tenancy regime for all future private sector tenancy lets, the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL), in partnership with the Scottish government, will be holding an information event for Edinburgh and Lothians landlords tomorrow to help understand their new responsibilities...


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Tenancy deposit theft total hits £850k so far this year

Friday 20th October 2017

The recent conviction of letting agent Lee Grace for illegally keeping £45,000 of tenancy deposits has contributed significantly to the near £850,000 worth of deposits known to be stolen so far this year...


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Prime rents rise in the Home Counties as demand grows

Friday 20th October 2017

Prime rents across the Home Counties increased further in the third quarter of the year as the market recovery continued, underpinned by rising demand, new figures show...


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Why Right to Rent imperfections shouldn’t concern pragmatic landlords

Friday 20th October 2017

The findings of the BBC investigation into ID fraud linked to Right to Rent checks will come as no surprise to longstanding landlords. In fact, for those of us who followed the debate leading up to the implementation of the legislation, it was absolutely predictable that Right to Rent would lead to an increase in demand for black market identification...


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Call to protect tenants in Wales from ‘unjust fees and rogue landlords’

Friday 20th October 2017

The secretary of state for Wales has called for greater protections for tenants and a crackdown on rogue landlords in Wales. Welsh secretary Alun Cairns wants to see Wales follow England’s lead and ban letting agents in Wales from charging tenant fees, while he also wants to see the introduction of a range of measures designed to protect tenants from unfair practices...


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Landlords urge government to pause the rollout of Universal Credit

Friday 20th October 2017

Labour’s symbolic victory over the rollout of universal credit on Wednesday night will have been welcomed by many buy-to-let landlords. Tory MPs were ordered to abstain from the commons vote on the flagship benefits reform, but up to two dozen Conservative MPs have said they may support a Labour motion, which called for ministers to ‘pause and fix’ the controversial welfare reform...


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TMA and Precise launch exclusive product for large portfolio landlords

Thursday 19th October 2017

TMA Mortgage Club has teamed up with Precise Mortgages to launch an exclusive three-year fixed rate buy-to-let product for members of its mortgage club...


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Four landlords fined £232,000 for failing to licence properties

Thursday 19th October 2017

Four landlords in Lincolnshire have been ordered to pay a collective fine of £232,155.68 for failing to comply with licensing regulations. The landlords are the first to fall foul of West Lindsey District Council’s selective licensing scheme, which came into effect in July 2016, with a view to helping to improve standards of property management and tackle anti-social behaviour in the private rented sector by forcing local landlords to meet higher standards...


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