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Recent Landlord News

Recent landlord news.

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 …

Landlords who have had enough of being ‘bashed’ to organise boycott of businesses that support Shelter

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Landlords are to try and launch a mass boycott Disaffected landlords are to try and launch a mass boycott of the businesses that support Shelter, starting with B&Q and moving on to Marks & Spencer, with others to come. Last night Shelter paid tribute to the two named businesses, while B&Q said that Shelter was the right organisation for it …

Landlord and investor confidence drops to all-time low

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Confidence among landlords and property investors has slumped to an all-time low, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). The latest survey from the trade body, which has over 41,000 members, found that just 28% of landlords rated their confidence in their own lettings business over the next three months as ‘very good’ or ‘good’. This is down from 38% …

Incentive scheme for landlords launches in Rother

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A new scheme has been launched in Rother to help more people in the district into private rented housing. Rother Tenant Finder is an incentive scheme which encourages private landlords to rent their properties to people who may require housing. Landlords are offered a one-off payment and additional support before and throughout the tenancy including free check-in and check-out of …

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 …

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 …

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