As we look ahead to 2021, it’s worth considering how the rental market has changed over the last 12 months, most notably with the emergence of a “two-speed” market. On the ‘fast setting’ is most of the UK. Average rents outside London are up 1.7% on the year. Rental growth has...
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The ban on evictions in England, Wales and Scotland has unsurprisingly been extended. The move means that eviction notices, which were supposed to start again today, will not be served for at least six weeks in England and longer in Wales and Scotland. The Ministry of Housing said no evictions should...
Warm tenants make for happy tenants. What’s more, landlords have a legal responsibility under the 1985 Tenancy Act “to keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling-house for space heating and heating water.” Faulty boilers and plumbing can cause serious problems for landlords. In fact, damage caused by...
There is a lot of work that goes into being a landlord so it is understandable that with all the other tasks around starting a new tenancy, you may forget about utility bills Landlords should be aware that this could leave them liable for £1000s of unpaid bills and...

Gas Safety & Maintenance – Dealing With Tenants

What information do I have to give my tenants? You must issue the latest gas safety check record to: existing tenants within 28 days of the gas safety check record being completed; and to new tenants before they move in. How can I provide the information? If your tenant is happy and...

Gas Appliances – Landlord Maintenance

The requirement for landlords to provide domestic gas maintenance is distinct from the requirement for keeping gas safety records. Effective maintenance of appliances usually involves an ongoing programme of regular/periodic inspections, together with any necessary remedial work. In the absence of specific manufacturer’s instructions, effective maintenance should include as a...

Brexit & The UK Housing Market – TLA Forecast

Four and a half years after the public voted to leave the EU, the Brexit deal came into effect on the 1st of January 2021. Here’s how it might impact the UK housing market. Following months of negotiations, the UK and EU agreed a Brexit deal on the 24th of...
The UK housing market will remain open during lockdown, allowing property viewings to continue and people to move home. This is in stark contrast to the first lockdown, which saw the market grind to a halt for seven weeks. Estate agents and other staff will continue to carry out their...
We are in the middle of an unprecedented health crisis, which is also impacting business and personal finances nationwide. Some tax changes are being introduced as part of the Government’s wider measures designed to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic, though these are not directly related to buy to...
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