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 […]

November 13, 2018

Why Market Harborough is the perfect place for families

Market Harborough

The bridge currently being built in Market Harborough from the Harborough arm of the Grand Union Canal to the Airfield Farm site that is earmarked for 924 homes, shops, a primary school, a hotel and recreation facilities is a sure sign of this East Midlands market town’s increasing popularity as a location for families to […]

October 24, 2018

Market Harborough’s lettings department wins gold at British Property Awards

Andrew Granger Market Harborough office

Once again, our lettings department has been commended for the service it offers landlords and tenants in Market Harborough, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. The Market Harborough lettings office has been awarded gold at the British Property Awards, the only agency in the Harborough region to receive the award. As part of the judging process for the […]

September 25, 2018

Looking to evict a tenant – issuing a Section 21

Couple evicted from flat by landlord

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

first time buyers reaches

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, […]

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 […]

March 9, 2018

Top 5 Leicestershire properties to rent

Looking for somewhere new to rent in Leicestershire? With the rental market so rife, there is plenty on the market for renters. Although searching for potential properties can be a nice chore, having some recommendations on extra special properties to look out for can be welcomed. Scroll down and you’ll find our top 5 rental […]

February 5, 2018

A guide to expenses landlords can claim

new crockery landlord expenses

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 […]

February 5, 2018

Ways your tenant can legally challenge you

cold tenant in blankets

In January 2018, a Bill to enable tenants to take legal action against all types of landlords (for tenancies under seven years) who do not maintain rental properties that are fit for human habitation, was taken to Parliament. It is anticipated that the Bill will be approved and so soon, tenants are likely to be […]