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Airbnb-style short-term lets in Scotland face new licensing schemes and tax regulation


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13 Jan 2020

 Airbnb 

Airbnb-style short-term lets could be subject to new licensing schemes and tax regulations in Scotland by 2021.

 

The Scottish government announced plans to hand local authorities the power to bring in licensing schemes as part of measures introduced to compact concerns about the impact of short lets in cities such as Edinburgh. ...

Third of tenants under-25 think landlords should change their light bulbs


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13 Dec 2019

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Over a third tenants under-25s ­ sometimes referred to as generation Z ­ believe landlords are responsible for changing a light bulb, according to a new study. 

 

The research by broadband and utilities provider Glide found 34% of the 1,000 people surveyed who were currently renting a property, or have previously, did not know that changing a light bulb is usually the tenant¹s responsibility, unless specified otherwise in the terms of each tenancy agreement....

Battery operated smoke alarms failed in over a third of fires


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5 Dec 2019

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Adequate smoke detectors – whether mains powered alarms or battery operated - are a legal requirement in a rental property.

 

But new research has found battery-powered smoke alarms have failed in more than a third of residential property fires in England in the last year. ...

Landlord fined more £13,000 for breaching fire safety regulations


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14 Jun 2019

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A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £13,000 after breaching fire safety regulations.

 

Environmental health officers found the property in Highbury, north London to be in a state of disrepair when they inspected the house following complaints from the neighbours....

London’s new prime property locations


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20 May 2019

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Despite high property prices, London can still be a lucrative investment for buy-to-let landlords, especially if you pick the right area.

 

Bermondsey and Fitzrovia, two previously rather overlooked parts of the city despite their central locations, are the latest areas to be identified as prime property hotspots, according to buying agency, Black Brick....