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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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Free Landlord Advice Clinic

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Jon Wicks will be holding another of his regular free advice clinics for landlords and tenants on Wednesday 8th June so call 01502 716300 to book a slot if you need any help or advice with any matter relative to letting or renting property. You don`t need to be an existing landlord or tenant with us as our help is available to all.

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Company landlords - don`t be caught out.

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In a recent court case an Assured Shorthold tenant successfully appealed against a possession order because the landlord, which was a limited company, had not completed the Section 21 Notice correctly. It was argued that a document is validly executed by a company if it is signed on behalf of the company by either two authorised signatories or by a director of the company in the presence of a witness. So make sure you get your signing right...

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