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Nottingham City Council have unveiled plans to license ALL private rented properties within the Nott

Feb 15th 2017

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Top tips for acheiving an EPC rating

Jan 13th 2017

With the new EPC changes coming into force in April 2018, landlords should already be considering which energy efficient measures to implement in order to increase the EPC rating of their properties in the most cost effective way.

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Property New BTL

Oct 10th 2016

Tougher buy-to-let underwriting regulations will lead to more lenders pushing five-year fixes to get around the rules despite the risk of a future backlash, according to experts.

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DPS Advise fpr move outs

Jul 5th 2016

5 steps to better communication with your student tenants

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Tenants now have right to request energy improvements

Apr 8th 2016

From tomorrow (1 April 2016), tenants have the right to request consent from their landlords to make energy-saving improvements for the properties they rent.

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EXTRA CHARGES FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS - RIGHT TO RENT

Feb 1st 2016

An extra charge of £10 + Vat will now be charged to any applicatant not born in the UK. This is a new legislation by the government.

#NG4 New business for lanlords at lower rates

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NEW WEBSITE #NG4 #LANDLORDSSERVICES

Feb 1st 2016

NEW FOCUS FOR HOMEMATCH THIS YEAR. WE'RE LOOKING FOR NEW BUSINESS IN #NG4. LOWER RATES FOR LOCAL BUSINESS. LOWER RATES FOR PORTFOLIOS OF 8+

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Grounds for Eviction – Mandatory and Discretionary Grounds

Jan 25th 2016

Before we launch into our exhaustive look at all the Schedule 2 grounds in the Housing Act 1988, I just want to pause and take a look at what I consider to be the most important issue for you if you are a private sector landlord (different considerations apply in the public sector, which I will leave to Ben to talk about).

from the Landlords Law Blog

 

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Immigration ‘Right to Rent’ Checks and Passports

Dec 17th 2015


The Immigration Act 2014 places new restrictions on illegal immigrants accessing private rented accommodation and it falls to Landlords to carry out checks to identify if a potential tenant has the right to reside in the UK. These are to be called ‘Right to Rent Checks'.

The scheme is initially being trialled, from 1st December 2014, in areas in the West Midlands. After an evaluation, it will be rolled out nationally, but there is not definite timescale for that yet.

The trial pilot area areas are Birmingham, Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

Government Codes of Practice can be found in the Additional Resources section below.

 

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CARBON MONOXIDE AND SMOKE DETECTORS REQUIREMENTS FROM 1st OCTOBER 2015

Sep 24th 2015

From the 1st October 2015 regulations require both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in rented residential accommodation. Changes are also made to the licence requirements in relation to houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), such as shared houses and bedsits which require a licence and also in relation to properties which are subject to selective licensing. The Regulations apply both to houses and flats. Failure to comply can lead to a civil penalty being imposed of up to £5,000.

These provisions only apply in England; not Wales.

 

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