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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?

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

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

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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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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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

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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Tenancy Deposits – Don’t Get Burned

One of the most time consuming property management tasks that I deal with is, without doubt, deposit disputes. It is also one of the issues that landlords feel most passionately about and understandably so. A lot of landlords are accidental and have inherited their properties. It is therefore even more distressing if a tenant leaves…

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Hats on or off for The Benefit Cap?

General housing policies The current government have evidently identified housing as a target area and are definitely keeping landlords and agents on their toes! Last year, we saw the introduction of the widely discussed bedroom tax. What seems to have been widely ignored by the press, is that this tax only affects social landlords and…

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