February 27, 2019

Private landlords required to join new complaints resolution service

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In another legislative change to the lettings industry, private landlords will soon be legally obliged to join a housing complaints redress scheme for the first time. The new housing complaints resolution service for the entire housing market was announced by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire at the end of January. Private landlords who fail to honour […]

February 26, 2019

Government survey shows most tenancies end amicably

The results of the government’s Private Landlord Survey 2018 were published on January 31st. This survey, commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, is the largest ever published and the first of its kind in eight years. A trend towards longer tenancies There is much in the way of interesting data to […]

February 26, 2019

What will the Tenant Fees Act 2019 mean for landlords?

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The Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent on February 12th, meaning it has completed its journey through Parliament and has now passed into law as the Tenant Fees Act 2019. Since the plans were first unveiled by the chancellor Philip Hammond in the 2016 Autumn Statement, the Act has been a hot topic within the […]

September 25, 2018

Looking to evict a tenant – issuing a Section 21

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As a landlord, you may at some point wish to evict a tenant or tenants. There are a range of reasons for this: you might wish to sell the property, to occupy it yourself or just to be rid of undesirable tenants. Inevitably as a landlord, some tenants will be better than others. Using a […]

September 9, 2018

The Tenant Fees Bill explained

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First mooted by Chancellor Phillip Hammond in 2016 as part of the Autumn Statement, the Tenant Fees Bill has been a long time in the pipeline, giving landlords and letting agents plenty of time to prepare for the possible changes.  Having passed its third reading in parliament in September with just a few minor amendments, […]

August 19, 2018

Do you need an HMO licence?

As a landlord, there are various rules and regulations that must be followed by otherwise fines and penalties are a certainty. For those who rent a property to numerous occupiers, an HMO license should be familiar. What is a House in Multiple Occupation? A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), is a property shared by three […]

July 31, 2018

How to sell a property with tenants in it

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Owning a property for rental purposes can be a great source of income but there does come a time when landlords want to sell the property and maybe get out of the landlord game. Whilst selling your own personal residence can be quite straightforward, if you want to sell a property with tenants in situ, […]

May 14, 2018

Leicester sees the highest annual rental growth in England

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The latest rental data from Landbay has shown that Leicester had the largest increase in rental value in England over the past year. Our hometown city has seen a larger increase than other cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and even London. The news is, of course, welcomed by homeowners and landlords in the city. Increased […]

March 24, 2018

What additional extras would tenants be willing to pay more for?

As the population of renters continues to grow and the average age for first-time buyers surpasses 30, renting is becoming an ever-stable option for young families and professionals. Content with renting for longer periods, landlords must keep a close eye on the needs of their tenants and their requirements. Happy tenants equal longer tenancies. A […]

February 5, 2018

A guide to expenses landlords can claim

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Have you ever wondered what can and cannot be claimed for, as a landlord?  Or are you just unsure following changes in tax allowances for landlords? Even if it’s just to sanity check, we have put together a comprehensive list of the things that landlords are usually able to claim expenses for, as well as […]