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New Minimum Energy Performance Ratings – 1st April 2018

By Nicholas Stott | Mar 28, 2018 | Comments Off on New Minimum Energy Performance Ratings – 1st April 2018

‘EPC’ is short for ‘Energy Performance Certificate’ The FULL Legislation To view the full legislation, click here. The Changes in BRIEF Government is introducing a minimum standard of Energy Efficiency rating (otherwise known as an ‘EPC rating’) Minimum rating is an E (including E!) Comes into force on 1st April 2018 Only applies to currently…

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Landlord Border Control: Are you ready for Right to Rent?

By Nicholas Stott | Feb 18, 2016 | Comments Off on Landlord Border Control: Are you ready for Right to Rent?

That’s right, from 1st February 2016, Landlords in England and Wales will be responsible for ensuring that their new tenants have the right to be in the country! Political views aside, this is yet another major change in legislation that puts landlords and agents at risk of falling foul of the law.   The Law in Summary Check…

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Legislation Changes 2015 – Update

By Nicholas Stott | Dec 4, 2015 | Comments Off on Legislation Changes 2015 – Update

Hi everyone, Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I thought you may want some exciting Christmas reading to look forward to. I’m sure you’ve heard about some of these changes that will directly affect you, but I just wanted to put all the links/information in one place for you. ALL OF THESE…

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Overseas Landlords – Tax on your Rental Income

By Nicholas Stott | Nov 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Overseas Landlords – Tax on your Rental Income

If you’re a landlord who lives abroad, we have to deduct tax from you and pay HMRC directly. We’ve put together a summarised view of the full legislation (available here) as a starting point for you. Please note! We are NOT tax advisers and you should seek advice direct from HMRC for your individual situation. We’ll…

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Smoke Alarms Changes – 1st October 2015

By Nicholas Stott | Oct 28, 2015 | Comments Off on Smoke Alarms Changes – 1st October 2015

It’s not a change actually – it’s just now a legal requirement to provide them. Here’s the FULL explanatory document regarding the legislation. In a paragraph, the law is:- “Private sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon…

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UPDATE 24TH JULY; Liverpool Landlord Licensing – What To Do

By Mark Loughnane | Mar 9, 2015 | Comments Off on UPDATE 24TH JULY; Liverpool Landlord Licensing – What To Do

It has been announced that from 1st April 2015 ALL private landlords with properties in Liverpool (not Sefton or Knowsley) must apply for a five-year licence for each of their rented properties. The scheme is being introduced in Liverpool under the Government’s selective licensing laws and signing up for it is compulsory. Click here for information…

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Square peg, round hole: make sure your property is the perfect fit for you

By Nicholas Stott | Dec 23, 2014 | Comments Off on Square peg, round hole: make sure your property is the perfect fit for you

A common issue we face is trying to fix other people’s problems – be it an investor who has been misled into buying the wrong property in the wrong area, or a landlord who has taken their eye off the ball and let things get out of control. What is the wrong property to buy? There…

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Letting Go: Don’t let them grind you down!

By Nicholas Stott | Jul 14, 2014 | Comments Off on Letting Go: Don’t let them grind you down!

As an Estate and Letting Agent, there is nothing more frustrating than when a viewer doesn’t show up. They’ve confirmed that morning; read the confirmation email with the full time, date, & address on; and even quizzed you extensively on the particulars of the property. They are a dead cert to, not only show up,…

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Deposit Protection: How to protect yourself

By Nicholas Stott | Jun 17, 2014 | Comments Off on Deposit Protection: How to protect yourself

The introduction of the legal requirement to protect deposits in 2007 caused outcry at the time, but only within the industry. Much like now, only those who have a direct experience with deposit protection really know about it. It always amazes me just how many tenants and landlords alike are unaware of the law. I…

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Landlord Licensing in Liverpool – Consultation Forum 4th June 2014

By Nicholas Stott | Jun 4, 2014 | 16 Comments

*** Please excuse any spelling mistakes, formatting errors, profanities; I’m doing this from my iPhone! *** *** UPDATE 2 *** Due to the amount of interest in this, we’ve set up a special newsletter to keep you informed. >>> COMPLETE THE SURVEY HERE and sign up for FREE updates about Liverpool Landlord Licensing <<< *** UPDATE ***…

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