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There has recently been a change by the Property Ombudsman to the requirements surrounding agents & landlords going to inspect their rented properties. This now states that tenants must always give consent for a property inspection and agents cannot rely on assumed consent or by telling the tenant that if they do not hear from them they will enter using their own keys. This will cause problems for agents who are members of the...

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Kicking up an electrical storm

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Landlords, you may have read in the national press over the weekend that as from last month ALL rented properties have to have an electrical safety inspection carried out. This is not true and whereas this will become law in some form it certainly will not take effect until at least April 2017.

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Make sure your new tenants check out

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New legislation which came into force on 1st February 2016 now means that all landlords/agents have to carry out Right to Rent checks and keep records to ensure that ALL prospective tenants and occupants have a right to rent in the UK. These new rules mean that landlords and agents must take copies of original ID documents for all occupants and occupiers over the age of 18. Failure to carry out these checks may result in a potential fine...

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Listen & Repair

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You may have heard about the new “Section 33” regarding tenants preventing retaliatory evictions. It is about ensuring let property is kept adequately repaired and maintained in compliance with section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. If you receive a complaint in writing from a tenant about a repair or the condition of the property you must within 14 days give an “adequate” response in writing and in default a section...

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Smoke Alarms - new development

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I recently posted about the changes to landlord`s safety requirements to provide smoke detectors carbon monoxide alarms. On the 8th Sept the House of Lords refused to pass the Regulations saying that there hadn`t been consultation and agents/landlords hadn`t had enough time to comply. This means that the Regulations could end up being modified regarding the date all properties must comply. Nevertheless our advice is that all agents/landlords...

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