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1 in 20 Tenancy Applications are Fake

21 May 2021 There’s been a huge 263 per cent increase in the value of fraudulent tenant applications in just three months, it’s been claimed. Homeppl, a tenant due diligence and guarantee firm, says agents have to be on high alert; the firm’s detection tests...

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The future of the tenant experience

20 May 2021 The last 12 months have heralded significant change across the property market and indeed we could argue across all markets in one form or another. But one change has been in the pipeline since before COVID and before work-from-home adaptation...

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Rental Market Has Gone To Pot

20 Apr 2021 Police seized more than 100 cannabis plants from a rented property in Eastbourne after responding to reports of suspicious behaviour in the area. Officers attended the house in Desmond Road at 9.20am last Wednesday, after receiving information from the...

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HMOs And Council Tax Banding!

02 Apr 2021 Guest Post by Hasan Sadik of Home-Share  There is much to consider when investing in an HMO and I spend a lot of time advising landlords on the best way to source, finance and manage their investments, as well as providing guidance on areas such as...

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Landlords pay for Council incompetence

04 Mar 2021 by Des Taylor & Phil Turtle, Landlord Licensing & Defence Yes, their incompetence is blatant to those who have to challenge them on a daily basis. The arrogance and aggressive methods are leaving landlords terrified and they produce no evidence...

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City Centre Rents Down, Outer Areas up – statistics

10 Feb 2021 The fall out from Coronavirus is forcing the rental market into a once in a lifetime change as tenants reassess priorities. This is the view from Zoopla which says the consequence is felt most acutely in the growing disparity between inner city and outer...

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Shawbrook Bank buys up The Mortgage Lender

10 Feb 2021 Shawbrook Bank has strengthened its position in the residential and buy-to-let (BTL) markets with the acquisition of specialist intermediary mortgage business, The Mortgage Lender (TML). Shawbrook, a specialist lender to UK small and medium-sized...

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Where are the UK’s property value hotspots?

14 Jan 2021 Guest blog by Ocean Finance Research by Ocean Finance has revealed that Brits stay put in a property for an average of 23 years, a big investment in time to match the even bigger upfronts in terms of deposits and fees that are commonplace these days. A lot...

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Government to push Commonhold – but what is it?

11 Jan 2021 The government is establishing a Commonhold Council - a partnership of leasehold groups, industry and government - that will prepare landlords, home owners and the market for the widespread take-up of the commonhold tenure. The government says the...

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Leasehold reforms should be good news for landlords

08 Jan 2020 Landlords with leasehold properties should be able to enjoy reduced costs and red tape when they wish to extend their leases, the government claims. The new measures to be introduced by the government later this year include one meaning owners of leasehold...

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Tenant murdered landlord and fed body to badgers

05 Jan 2021 A man has been jailed for life after killing and chopping up his 71-year-old landlord, before putting his body parts out to be eaten by badgers. Daniel Walsh was jailed for life for slaying "proud and brave" pensioner Graham Snell, the Derby Telegraph...

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Hope for Landlords with flats in cladding crisis

21 Dec 2020 The unknown number of landlords with properties in blocks caught in the cladding crisis may be able to benefit from a new £30m fund set up by the government. It is thought there may be many thousands of landlords whose flatted units are in blocks with ACM...

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Landlords facing huge bills to meet eco-requirements

15 Dec 2020 Two players in the domestic energy industry are warning landlords that it will be an expensive exercise to meet predicted future domestic energy rules introduced to meet eco-targets. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) - an independent body advising...

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Chancellor freezes LHA rent rates

25 Nov 2020 There’s widespread concern that a freeze on the Local Housing Allowance will worsen rental arrears. Although Chancellor Rishi Sunak failed to mention it in his speech to MPs yesterday, it was discovered afterwards that he had frozen the LHA from next year....

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