Estate agency fined £40k after admitting nine counts under unfair practices law

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Meridian Estate Agents in Bournemouth was charged in March with 11 counts but has now been fined after admitting nine of them on the first day of its trial. An estate agent has been fined a total of £40,034 after admitting a string of offences during the first day of a trial that followed an investigation by local Trading Standards. …

Limited company structures in a post-Brexit UK

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It’s common knowledge in the industry that limited company structures are popular amongst landlords looking to mitigate against the tax changes. Indeed, according to our research conducted alongside the BVA BDRC, in Q2 of this year over half of landlords (55 per cent) intended to carry out their purchases via a limited company. This increased to 71 per cent of …

Guidance for landlords and agents: Private rental fees ban

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From 1 September 2019, Welsh Government is banning private rental fees. This means landlords and letting agents in Wales will no longer be able to charge tenants for additional fees. If a current tenancy started or was signed before 1 September 2019, tenants will continue to pay the fees in this tenancy. If a tenancy agreement is agreed after 1 …

Can you avoid paying the full penalty for not protecting the deposit?

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Some landlords wrongly think that if they have breached deposit legislation that they have to pay 3 times the value of the deposit taken in compensation. This is not the case as demonstrated by Okadigbo & Anor v Chan & Anor [2014] EWHC 4729 (QB) Since changes made by the Localism Act 2011 section 214 Housing Act 2004 which now provides that …

HMO’s – Letting Without a HMO Property License

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Houses in Multiple Occupation (‘HMO’) require licensing under Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004. Mandatory HMO licensing applies to any HMO which is let to 5 or more people that are from 2 or more households (families). Some councils also require other HMO’s to be licensed. Some councils require all private landlords to get a licence. It is a criminal …

Pervert landlord watched tenants having sex and made 180 videos of naked women after installing hidden cameras

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Paul Dunster, 59, from Portsmouth in Hampshire, would also watch his tenants showering and made films of his unsuspecting victims over 10 years. A pervert landlord watched his tenants having sex and showering after planting hidden cameras in their rooms. A court Paul Dunster, 59, made a staggering 183 videos of unsuspecting naked women who rented rooms from him over 10 years …

Quiet Enjoyment and Noisy Work where do you stand as a Landlord?

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Timothy Taylor Ltd v Mayfair House Corporation and another [2016] EWHC 1075 (Ch) The tenant operated a high-class art gallery from the ground floor and basement of a five-storey building in Mayfair. Under the 20 years lease, the landlord reserved an express right to alter or rebuild the building, even if the gallery (or its use or enjoyment) was materially affected. It …

Scottish Government publishes draft vision for Housing to 2040

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A draft vision of how Scotland’s housing system should look and feel in 2040 has been published by the Scottish Government ahead of a formal consultation in the autumn. Since making a commitment for a new approach to homes and communities in its 2018-19 Programme for Government, the Scottish Government has been engaging extensively with a variety of stakeholders, including local government, …

A Guide To Tax Changes Impacting Landlords

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Landlord Tax One in 10 people now own a second house.  Yet, despite it being a fruitful investment, tax legislation surrounding landlords remains largely unclear. Taxes associated with buy-to-let property are collectively known as ‘landlord tax’. To make matters more complicated, such legislation is varied and complete, comprehensive advice is scarce. With that being the case, we thought it would …

Repeal of Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988

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Repeal of Section 21 After the first news concerning the section 21 evictions being abolished, the Prime Minister Theresa May gave a speech today at the Housing 2019 conference. The Prime Minister stated: “…We are re-balancing the relationship between tenant and landlord, making major changes that will make an immediate and lasting impact on the lives of millions of families. …

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