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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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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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HOME SECURITY FOR TENANTS

Dec 3rd 2013

 

We want all our clients tenants and landlord to protect their property.  So please read the PDF from Nottingham Police on Home Security  

 

The best advise though is shut the curtains and leave a light on!

POLICE ADVICE - HOME SECURITY FOR OWNERS AND TENANTS

2013 Happy New Year - Calling all Private Landlords in the Gedling Borough Area.

Jan 8th 2013

Homematch are actively looking for new landlords in the Gedling Borough Area. 

Competative rates, options for advertising only, tenant find and or fully managed services.

We are honest and reliable when it comes to handling your property. We won't spend money when it's not necessary.

Contact Lynda on 01159939600 for more details.

We can save you money and do it honestly, many agents add a percentage to your maintenance bills and you'd never know about it!    

NEW RENTAL MANAGER

Aug 24th 2012

HOMEMATCH would like to welcome Amanda Pumo who is taking over as Rentals Manager.

Amanda has dealt with property for over 20 years and is a landlord herself with a healthly portfolio of property and knows the industry inside out.

She will be responsible for all new landlords, new lettings, inspections & viewings.

Rental Management, Rent collection & Maintenance remain the responsibility of Lynda after Amanda moves our tenants in.

We look forward to being of continued high quality service to our landlords and tenants.

NEW FOREIGN PROPERTY

Jun 27th 2012

Homematch will be listing new Turkish property for sale in the coming days, at massively discounted prices.

 

Keep your eyes open for these new listings

Watch out… HMO licensing is about!

Feb 26th 2012

HMO licensing was first introduced in England and Wales in April 2006 and now many licences are coming up for renewal. If you are going through this relicensing process, you only have two opportunities to object to contents of your new licence.

You cannot assume that the council will simply re-issue the original licence. Some may seek to change the conditions. For example, the number of people who can live there or rooms that can be occupied. You could also be required to install additional amenities. So please check your paperwork in detail.

 

Landlords targeted to pay tenants bills?

Feb 14th 2012

The non-payment of water bills currently accounts for over £1.6bn per year.

The occupier of a property is liable to pay the water bill but some people do not pay their bills. The majority of water debtors are tenants.

New legislation passed in 2010 includes powers to make landlords in England responsible for paying water charges, unless they can show that someone else should be liable

Homematch ensures your detailed information of tenants keeps you safe!

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