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Bit of housekeeping

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Now that the summer is drawing to a close it`s a good time to catch up on all those little jobs before the cold, dark winter nights draw in. if you are a property landlord then I strongly urge you to sit down and check the paperwork for your tenancies. I hold free Landlord & Tenant advice clinics here at my office and time after time I am talking to private landlords who are using outdated documentation to create their tenancies resulting in...

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Enter at your own risk

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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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Advance Warning

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Make a note in your diary that before October this year you will need to make sure your rented properties have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (the latter if you have a solid fuel burning combustion fire) since finally it is becoming Law. I will be supplying them as a pack, using the ones with a 10 year sealed lithium battery, or can arrange fitting for you. Call me please for details

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Finally - Common Sense!

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The Deregulation Act brought about some important changes to the tenancy deposit protection laws, see here: When tenancies are replaced by a new fixed term tenancy or statutory periodic tenancy, new protection and prescribed information is not needed if the deposit has been correctly protected at the start and there is no change in tenant, landlord, premises, or tenancy deposit scheme. Deposits taken before 6 April 2007 where the...

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Don`t get it wrong...

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When hosting my free advice clinics for landlord`s and tenants one topic continually crops up and that is the confusion surrounding the implications of the Superstrike v Rodriguez court decision. Now I know that this should now really be old news but I still have to regularly correct and enlighten landlord`s on what action they should now be taking for not only new tenancies that they enter into but just as importantly for their...

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No Need For Change

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The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) regulations 2013 These Regulations are due to come into force on 13 June 2014 and will apply to all contracts that traders enter into with consumers after that date. The Regulations replace the provisions that are currently in place under the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 and the Cancellation of Contracts Made in a Consumer??s Home or...

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To Serve Or Not To Serve

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In light of the Court of Appeal ruling on Spencer v Taylor should you risk changing the way you give a Tenant Notice when you want possession? If you are unsure then call me to talk it through.

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It`s Official - Beccles is Booming

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In an article in the Sunday Times this week Beccles was listed as having the 2nd highest average house price growth over the past year in the whole country with an increae of 16.4%! This is fantastic news but it is now starting to push investment properties out of reach for decent returns. They are still there to be had, just harder to find, so that`s why people use us here at Temples Property to source them on their behalf. Quite simply, we...

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Landlords - Are you still protected?

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In light of the Superstrike court ruling it is important that you are aware of the possible implications of not taking action over the deposit registration. I will be holding free advice sessions at my office on Friday 11th October so ring 01502 716300 if you wish to book a slot to discuss this or any other tenancy issue. You don`t need to be an existing client.

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Free Boilers For Tenants

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If your tenant is in receipt of certain benefits (such as Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit, Income Support - that sort of thing) then they may be eligible to have a new boiler fitted into your property for free. That`s certainly worth looking into.

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Free Boilers For Tenants

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If your tenant is in receipt of certain benefits (Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income Support - that sort of thing) then they may be eligble to have a new boiler fitted into your property for free. Certainly worth looking into.

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Important changes to Council Tax affecting Landlords

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From 1st April this year Waveney District Council abolished the exemption for unoccupied and unfurnished properties and now you will only receive a 25% discount for up to 3 months after which the charge increases to the full 100%. This highlights the importance for landlord`s to ensure their properties are presented to let in tip top condition as any voids are now going to cost you money.

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Are you moving - really?

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New market reports recently released suggest that if you are trying to sell your property this year you could be in luck. Rightmove has seen a 22% increase in the number of properties registered on it`s website this month compared with January last year. This is still more than a third down on the figure for 2008 but even so it is the highest increase since then. Perhaps optimism is returning? Buyers seem to be coming out to play as...

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A long wait ahead?

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There was a very interesting article in The Times on Sunday which reported that house prices in the East of England will not return to the peak reached in 2007 until 2017! The average back then for a home was just over £183K but has fallen back to a current figure a little under £165K. This is bad news for sellers but no better for buyers who are struggling with tighter mortgage lending. All in all this leads for a rather stagnant market...

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Watch out the Taxman`s about

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Landlords who have been letting their properties without declaring the income are being targeted by HMRC to recover unpaid taxes, interest and fines. If you let a property you must complete a self-assessment tax return even if you haven`t made a profit from the letting. Don`t think that you won`t get caught because in all likelyhood you will! The computer system used collects data from a number of databases and the internet as well as the...

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Get your deposit information right or suffer the consequences

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The Court of Appeal has this week imposed the maximum penalty on a residential landlord following a dispute with a tenant over prescribed information under the Tenancy Deposit Scheme. Virtually all of the prescribed information had been supplied and what was omitted was described as 'minor'. After the case, lawyers said the omission could have been put right by giving the tenant a copy of the Scheme's leaflet ?? something the tenant...

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Tenants staying longer

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The Association of Residential Letting Agents has reported that tenants now seem to be staying put longer. In our area the norm is an initial 6 monthy tenancy followed by a "Periodic" term averaging 18 months whereas apparently the national average is now 20 months. This is possibly due to the rental demand still exceeding the supply of property. It seems that 55% of new tenants are couples or young families who are not in a position to buy...

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Legionnaires` Disease

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Landlords need to be aware that the Health & Safety Executive has released a new version of their guidance on preventative measures for Legionnaires` Disease. Landlords have always been liable for preventing and/or removing the risk of the Disease from hot & cold water systems but only from storage facilities hollding more than 3oo litres. This limit has now been removed. More information can be found at: http://bit.ly/legionnaires

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Buy To Let On The Increase

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In the three months to June, lenders advanced 33,200 loans, worth £3.9 billion The volume of loans are up 14% (from 29,100) and the amount advanced up 18% (from £3.3 billion). Growth in buy-to-let lending was evenly split between loans for house purchase and remortgaging, with both showing a 3% increase by volume over the first quarter. Year-on-year, lending for house purchase has grown more strongly (up 17% by volume and 21%...

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The Benefit of Tenants

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A recent survey by National Landlord Association has revealed that 53% of the Landlords who participated believe that Local Housing Allowance (LHA) paid to benefit assisted tenants have made it unaffordable for them to rent their properties to benefit claimants. Almost half of those felt that tenants under 35 would be hardest hit and a massive 70% said they woudl not be letting to LHA tenants at all by 2015.

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Still number 1

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Jon Wicks, Managing Director of Temples in Beccles, is pleased to report that Temples remains the premier letting and management agent within the area and is still listed as Number 1 on the Rightmove statistics which keeps us ahead of the other 24 agents who operate within our area. Long may this continue.

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NALS Agents Score Highly

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A recent customer service audit conducted by the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) of which Temples are members, in association with Nottingham Trent University has highlighted reassuring levels of landlord and tenant satisfaction with standards of service with lettings agents. The survey, which took responses from over six hundred participants, revealed that more than 90% of landlords and 85% of tenants were satisfied with performance across a number of performance parameters...

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New Mortgage Loan Fears

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The recent press has reported that thousands of buyers with small deposits who apply for a loan under a new government scheme launched last week risk walking straight into negative equity, mortgage lenders have warned...

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Letting Still Good

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The increase in properties for sale throughout the UK has been largely unmatched by buyers and as properties enter the market and fail to sell, landlords are continuing to see demand for their properties go from strength to strength...

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Important information about changes to EPC regulations

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As you know, the government recently confirmed that the proposed changes to the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) will go ahead on the 6th of April 2012. What does this mean for you? Not only do the changes extend the EPC requirements to include all buildings being sold or rented out, it also institutes a significant change to the way you are required to present EPCs. From the 6th of April, property particulars will be required to include a copy of the entire front page...

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