The relationship between leaseholders and the freeholders who own their buildings can become a bit fraught, and by far the most frequent cause of disputes is service charges.
Buying a house comes with a lot of expenses beyond the cost of the property itself. These often catch out property buyers who receive a shock when they find out how much extra they will need to buy their dream home.
As most landlords know, the regulations regarding Smoke Alarms changed in October 2015.
According to Companies House, approximately 118 lettings agencies go bust across the UK every week.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were introduced in October 2008, and since then they have been an essential document for landlords and tenants.
There are currently nearly 150 ‘Statutory Provisions’ that apply to lettings and the benefit of much of the legislation – particularly the laws that have come into force since 2006 – is that properties have become safer for tenants. Landlords now have a high degree of responsibility for the health and safety of their tenants, from removing potential hazards and installing fire safety measures to ensuring the fabric of the property itself is maintained to a good standard.
In relation to domestic gas a Landlord is anyone who rents out a property that they own under a lease that is shorter than 7 years or under a licence (Gas Safety Regulations 1998)
What does Gas Safety Mean?
Gas Safety means that every appliance in rented accommodation must be checked by a registered and qualified engineer to ensure the appliance is safe for the Tenant to use.
It’s every person's worst nightmare, you move into your dream property, start unpacking and then realise the neighbours weren’t the friendly, chirpy people they appeared to be when you came for your viewing.
The Welsh Assembly Government have unveiled a new scheme which will create a nationwide Welsh Landlord Register scheme.
The Chancellor, in the Budget, announced changes to the Rent-a-Room tax relief system. According to the Treasury, “This measure will increase the level of Rent a Room relief, which provides for tax-free income that can be received from renting out a room or rooms in an individual’s only or main residential property, from £4,250 to £7,500 per year.
As a consequence of the European Union Directive on Energy Efficiency, updated in 2012, brought into statute through the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 mean that HMO tenants will be able to view and take note of their energy usage.
There is a new raft of laws and regulations that will affect many aspects of letting and property investment beginning as early as 2018. In particular, there are new rules for when a section 21 notice can be issued. Here we look at some of the ways the new rules for section 21 notices could affect you.
As defined online., a periodic tenancy is one that rolls on a weekly or monthly basis with no end date. These usually occur after the end of a fixed term contract. This type of tenancy is one that some prefer dependent on their circumstances and whether they are the Landlord or the tenant. In this blog we will discuss the positives and negatives of a periodic tenancy from both a Tenant and Landlord point of view.
The below guide are for Landlords who wish to gain possession of a privately rented property let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy
This guide to Section 8 notice is for Landlords who wish to gain possession of a privately rented property let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy.
If you are a Landlord and rent your home or property on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) agreement that started after 6th April 2007 then you must put any deposit you accept in a government backed tenancy deposit scheme (TDP).
If you are renting a property in the UK and paying a deposit to your Landlord there’s some legislation you should be aware of – Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP).
Recently published statistics have found that there are up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries every year in the UK that relates to house fires. With this in mind during 2015 the UK Government put in place legislation to protect the lives of the tenants as well as the property that they live in.
Your tenant is likely to have an assured shorthold tenancy if; you are a private landlord, the tenancy began on or after 28th February 1997.