Advice - Lettings

Whether you are letting or renting a property, the property market is constantly changing and the process can often be stressful for those involved. So let us help to guide you through the process. 

Why not take a look at some of our handy downloadable advice guides, or watch one of our intelligent advice videos, giving you an overview of the property market. 

The tenant fee ban – what do landlords need to know

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It was back in November 2016 when the Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement that certain fees to tenants would be banned. At the time of the announcement, there was a concern that landlords and their agents were over-charging tenants for setting up a tenancy, and there was a belief that this was causing the cost of entering the private rented sector prohibitively high.

The tenant fee ban – what do landlords need to know

The tenant fee ban: a guide for tenants

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Two years ago, the Government announced there would be a ban on certain fees which landlords and letting agents charge tenants – and this has been in force since 1st June 2019. Now that the ban on fees is law, there is also a limit to the maximum security deposit that a landlord or letting agent can take – which is capped at five week’s rent. So, just what are the new rules, and how could you be impacted:

The tenant fee ban: a guide for tenants

Is Section 21 reform a welcome change, or a political stunt?

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No sooner had Parliament broke for the Easter recess, that The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced plans to reform the Section 21 eviction process.

Is Section 21 reform a welcome change, or a political stunt?

Income Tax - Keeping landlords up to date

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The famous Benjamin Jackson quote claimed the only things certain in life are death and taxes – and as we’ve only just passed the deadline to file and pay our Self-Assessment tax bills, yet the newest tax year will now start in a little over six weeks’ time, it feels like there really is no avoiding the subject. However, with the ever-changing tax rules impacting landlords, it’s vital you keep up to date.

Income Tax - Keeping landlords up to date

Why consider investing in family homes

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According to the latest English Housing Survey, the average age of a first-time buyer now stands at 32 whilst the average age of a first-time parent is now around 28 years old - and so it stands to reason that many tenants today could be looking for a home to raise a family.

Why consider investing in family homes

Keeping you on the right side of Licensing legislation

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One of the more complex sides to life as a landlord is the subject of Licensing. There is little consistency in the rules across different locations and there are many different schemes to navigate. Meanwhile if landlords fail to comply with complex and ever changing legislation, then they could be fined up to £30,000. We’ve taken a look at the key facts around the two different types of license requirements.

Keeping you on the right side of Licensing legislation

More change at the top for housing policy

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Yet again we’ve seen a change in Housing Minister. Following the departure of David Davis as Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab has left his position as Housing Minister after just six months to take up the Brexit challenge. We can’t help thinking the rapid change in ministers responsible for our sector is not proving effective at truly understanding the issues and opportunities in the property market.

More change at the top for housing policy

Saving Money on Landlord Insurance

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Believe it or not, there are ways that landlords can help save money on landlord insurance without the need to make large sacrifices on their cover.

Saving Money on Landlord Insurance

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – what you need to know

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On 1st April this year, significant changes were introduced to the private rented sector, in a bid to improve the energy efficiency of rented homes. The legislation was proposed in the 2011 Energy Act in response to concerns that in some towns and cities, rental stock is typically older, which could mean that many homes occupied by tenants may not have energy saving features such as cavity wall insulation or double glazing.

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – what you need to know

What is the Tenant Fees Act and what will it mean for lettings?

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The government have enacted a piece of legislation called the Tenant Fees Act. As of 1 June 2019, this new Act will make significant changes to the private rented sector in England (the legislation for Wales is separate and will come into force on 1st September 2019), but what does it say and what impact is it expected to have on landlords and tenants?

What is the Tenant Fees Act and what will it mean for lettings?