A landlord’s guide to tenancy deposits

In theory, if you vet your tenants carefully, they should take good care of your property – and in the vast majority of cases that’s exactly how it will turn out. However, even conscientious tenants sometimes cause damage that goes beyond reasonable wear and tear, or leave the property needing a bit of a spruce up before you can let it to new tenants.

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RLA calls on London Mayor to pull adverts to Landlords promoting tourist lets

The Residential Landlords Association, (RLA) Generation Rent and Labour’s London Assembly Spokesman have all called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to remove tube adverts encouraging landlords to turn to short-term lets and shun long-term tenants. The RLA and others, labelled the adverts ‘toxic’, particularly at a time when London remains locked in the throes of a housing crisis.

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How are your existing tenancies affected by the Tenant Fee Ban?

The Tenant Fees Act became law on June 1st 2019 and any new tenancies agreed from that date forward must not contain any requirement for payments listed in the Act as prohibited. If a new shorthold tenancy contract that is agreed or renewed after June 1stdoes contain requests for payments which are now banned, the landlord or agent could be fined £5,000, £30,000 or banned from the industry.

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House & Home Gifts perfect for Fathers Day

16th of June isn’t far away. Here are a few of our top suggestions for what your dad would appreciate this Father’s Day. From the practical to the personal, these gifts are a great way to show your old man how much you appreciate him. Take a look at our house and home gifts for Father’s Day.

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Upgrading your home for an electric car

OK, you’re taking the plunge to purchase an electric vehicle. Whether it’s a Tesla, a Prius, or another brand of vehicle, you’re now an early adopter of cutting-edge technology. You’ll get plenty of benefits, but electric vehicles aren’t exactly commonplace yet. That means your home wasn’t designed with them in mind, and you’ll need to make a few changes. Of course, if you’re renting your property, you’ll need to consult with your landlord to make these changes. These can be costly, so be sure to get their approval before purchasing the vehicle. Here are our tips on how to make sure your property is electric-car ready, so you can get the most out of it when it arrives.

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Numbers of deposit disputes resolved before adjudication rises

When a tenancy ends, in many cases a full deposit is returned, or if there are deductions, both the landlord and tenants are in agreement. However, in some cases the two parties disagree over the deductions and this can turn into a dispute. But, a recent report from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, (TDS) suggest that early intervention from TDS and other services like it, can result in an early agreement without the need of formal adjudication.

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