Landlords Top tips for landlords to keep their boilers in check

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Last winter saw a record number of claims for faulty boilers according to a new analysis by landlord insurer Direct Line for Business. Claims rose 5.2% last year compared to the winter of 2015/16. The volume of claims for faulty boilers has been consistently increasing for the last five years. With the Met Office predicting temperatures as low as -9C …

Released – RICS 2020 Code for leasing business premises

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Code for Leasing Business Premises in England and Wales After an extensive period of consultation, RICS has this week released the new “Code for renting business premises”.  The code makes recommendations on each of the topics, and these are not mandatory. The suggestions are to be adopted, as good practices. These include a list of matters to consider when the …

Snail farms used to avoid paying business rates

Snail farms used to avoid paying business rates

Landlords and some businesses are using new tactics for unoccupied buildings to house “snail farms” to avoid business rates. Snail farms used to avoid business rates Bradford Council has discovered that buildings said to house snail farms were being classed as agricultural use and in turn, avoiding to pay business rates. Bradford council’s revenue and benefits team told councillors: “A …

More bad news for Welsh landlords as government drops notice period bombshell

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The notice period will be extended, from 2 months to 6 The Welsh Government has declared, that it will counsel on, extending the notice time frame for a notice similar to an s.21 notice. The notice period may be extended, from 2 months to 6.  The proposed amendment, to extend the notice period, as reported by the housing minister Julie …

Draft Budget fails to deliver financial certainty for housing post-2021

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An increased allocation of funding for affordable homes and energy efficiency from yesterday’s draft Scottish budget has been welcomed by the sector, though “serious concerns” remain about the lack of financial certainty beyond March 2021. Setting out the Scottish Budget 2020-21 ahead of the UK Government announcement expected in March, public finance minister Kate Forbes unveiled an allocation of £843 million for the Affordable Housing Supply …

Are you a good landlord? 5 ways you could be breaching compliance rules without realising

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Being a good landlord or property manager in the UK is about responding to your tenants’ needs. It’s also about getting a variety of tasks finished on time, with quality in mind. But it doesn’t end there. There are also rules and regulations to navigate, so you can stay in compliance—and in business. Let’s talk about the five most common …

2020 could be a very good year for portfolio landlords

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Tenant demand in the UK remains strong A new year presents an array of opportunities particularly for portfolio landlords, whether you are looking to refinance properties or seeking the mortgages in order to help you add to your portfolio. Tenant demand in the UK remains strong, there is still a shortage of housing coming to market for those who wish …

Government calls on landlords to allow renters to keep pets in their homes

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The government is overhauling its model tenancy contract Fewer than 7 per cent of landlords currently advertise their properties as suitable for pets, but this could be set to change under new government legislation. Today (Saturday, January 4), Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick called on landlords to allow more responsible tenants to keep beloved pets in their homes. New figures show …

What is rent repayment order (RRO) ?

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A rent repayment order (RRO) is an order of a Tribunal which requires repayment of rent (or housing benefit or housing costs element of universal credit) paid in respect of a tenancy or licence, by a landlord/agent who has committed a particular offence listed in the legislation. The offences are: using or threatening violence for securing entry into premises, under …

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