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Landlords - make sure your property is up to spec.

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From April 2018, private rental properties will need to have a minimum EPC rating of E or it will be illegal to rent them to tenants. This will only initially apply to new tenancies and renewal but in April 2020, the rule will be extended to incorporate all private rentals. Properties with a EPC rating of F or G will either need to be taken off the market after this date or improvements implemented.

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Landlord`s - make sure you are ready....

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From 1st April next year a minimum energy performance rating of E will be required to rent a residential property. This will apply to all tenancies that begin or are renewed on or after 1st April 2018, for existing tenancies the regulations will not apply until 1st April 2020. Landlords that breach these regulations and do not comply could face a fine of up to £5,000. The new regulations will apply to Assured Shorthold tenancies amongst...

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Letting Agents Fees - watch this space

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We are all very much aware that the government has encountered huge resistance to its intention to legislate to ban letting agent’s fees for tenants. I have been letting property for over 30 years and the costs incurred by a landlord in letting property has traditionally been relatively low since as both landlord & tenant get the benefit of an agents service the total fee, here anyway, is more or less halved between the 2. I am sure all...

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Bit of Trivia for you

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Do you know why a bungalow is called a bungalow? It goes all the way back to the 17th century, when British expats in India, working for the East India Company, really liked the local single storey thatched houses. They were built in the Bengali style and the name bungalow, comes from the Hindi word 'bangla', which means Bengali. Didn`t know that did you..

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Landlord`s obligations to Tenant`s safety

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In a recent Court of Appeal case it was found that a landlord was not liable when one of its tenants fell down a staircase which lacked any form of handrail or bannister. The tenant sued the landlord in negligence and for breach of section 4 of the Defective Premises Act 1972. At the date of commencement of the tenancy agreement there was no handrail or bannister fitted even though the stairs were steep. There were indications that a...

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