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Electrical Safety Standards: are you ready for April 1?


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27 Feb 2021

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From April 1 all existing specified private tenancies will need to comply with the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.

 

The regulations were first introduced in June 2020 to new tenancies and are being rolled out to cover most lettings....

How will the government's commitment to cut emissions affect landlords?


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19 Dec 2020

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The Government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change has called for the UK to cut its emissions by 78% by 2035 in a bid to reach a "net zero" pollution goal by 2050.

 

That leaves just 30 years to reduce almost all emissions to zero (any remaining pollution is to be offset by measures to absorb carbon such as planting trees) and with UK households contributing  40% of emissions, it is inevitable that landlords and other homeowners will be impacted by these changes....

Demand in homes with a garden surges after lockdown


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27 Aug 2020

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There has been a significant rise in demand for homes with gardens from tenants and buyers since the housing market re-opened in May following lockdown, according to the latest figures. 

 

Fears of a second wave are reportedly fuelling a growing appetite for properties with an outdoor space research from property rental app Movebubble suggests, with searches rising 193% compared to the week before lockdown....

Scottish government introduces new interest-free loans for landlords whose tenants are struggling to pay rent


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16 May 2020

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Landlords in Scotland whose tenants are unable to make their full rental payment amid the coronavirus crisis can apply for an interest-free loan, the Scottish government has announced.

 

The Private Rented Sector Landlord Covid-19 Loan Scheme was opened on Tuesday for applications, allowing eligible landlords to receive 100% of their lost rental income on a single property....

Death of a tenant: What are landlords and letting agents’ rights and responsibilities?


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29 Feb 2020

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While it is a difficult subject to tackle, and certainly one no landlord or letting agent ever wants to face, it isn’t uncommon for a tenant to die mid-tenancy. 

 

A tenant dying while renting your property is likely to be stressful, traumatic and confusing for a landlord or letting agent. As well as being a rather morbid subject, it is also a legally complex one. Knowing your rights and responsibilities as a landlord or letting agent before you find yourself in this distressing situation will help you navigate your way through the legal quagmire.  ...