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Does your House-Share need a licence?

28th January 2019

If you are a HMO landlord in England, you will be aware of the various legislation which goes with renting a property to multiple occupants. But even if you don’t think of yourself as a HMO landlord, the likelihood is that you might have properties, now or in the future, which are classed as HMO’s without realising it. In October 2018, there were some vital changes in legislation and licencing, which could mean that you will need to have a licence where you didn’t require one in the past...

Wolverhampton House Price Changes – an overview

22nd January 2019

Property prices in England and Wales have been on the rise for some time, the average overall price rising by 5.1k, or 2% between December 2017 and November 2018. But interestingly, the Wolverhampton property market has far exceeded the trend, outshining the rest of the country by a staggering amount. Here, we will take a look at some of the numbers, and the reasons behind them

How will Brexit affect the value of your home or rental property?

16th January 2019

Whether you voted to leave or stay, Brexit is beginning to take it's toll on the UK housing market. Which ever way you look at it, we're facing uncertain times; not helped by the fallout from the latest historic events at Westminster. So, should you be concerned? And could Brexit affect your property investment plans? Let's look at the statistics…

What is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy?

10th December 2018

Often abbreviated to AST, an Assured Shorthold Tenancy is perhaps the most common type of tenancy landlords will have to deal with. It is also very easy to get wrong if you’re unfamiliar with the rules surrounding it.

Getting ready for the January sales & lettings bonanza

4th December 2018

Historically, the Christmas and New Year holidays see record visits to sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla, with over 1.6m properties viewed online as people escape the Christmas turkey to think about their next move. Understandably, many people are reluctant to sell or let their property until after the New Year. But, if you are thinking of moving, selling or letting a property in January, can you afford not to put your property in front of potential buyers at this important time of year?

What landlords need to know about Gas Safety Regulations

20th November 2018

As a landlord, you have a legal obligation and responsibility toward the safety of your tenants. Back in 1998, the Gas Safety Regulations were set out in order to ensure that all households with gas appliances could expect a safe standard of care, and be assured that any gas appliances in a property were of a safe useable standard, checked annually.

Landlords – Are you taking inventories correctly?

7th November 2018

Having a property inventory in place is vital in order to claim for damages, yet they’re surprisingly easy to get wrong. These important documents are not only useful in furnished properties, but should also be in place for unfurnished properties too. A property inventory is a record of everything included within the interior of a rental property, including all fixtures, fittings, and décor. The more detailed you can be, the easier it will be to avoid any tenancy disputes at the end of a tenancy.

Autumn Budget 2018

2nd November 2018

In recent years, there have been a number of blockbuster announcements relating to property ownership and rental. These have ranged from cuts in stamp duty for first-time buyers (2017) to a ban on letting fees (2016). This latest budget, whilst lacking the big headline news, did have it's fair share of significant housing-related measures.

Landlords get prosecuted, fined or banned for missing these key points...

29th October 2018

It might surprise you to know that there are over 150 pieces of legislation now in place surrounding property and lettings, which makes being a self-managed landlord a juggling act. Things are changing, and being updated on a regular basis, which could mean that you’re spending much of your time just trying to keep on top of it. These days more than ever, it is important that landlords are up to date with every piece of new legislation. It only takes one bad incident with a tenant, one gap in the landlord’s legislation knowledge, to land you in hot water...

Are you compliant with the latest smoke alarm & carbon monoxide regulations?

26th October 2018

Back in 2015, regulations around smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors were updated in order to standardise the rules for landlords. Before this, it was not compulsory, although advisory, for rented properties to have alarms fitted at all.  But what exactly are the rules for landlords, and why are they so important?

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