Alternatives to a Deposit
There are a few alternatives that you could consider instead of taking a deposit. This option is really only available if your deposits are quite low up to say £300 - £400 and you have a number of properties, I would suggest 20 or more. Otherwise, other options including taking a deposit may be preferable. It is perfectly normal for ...
Heat Turned On Landlords With Cold Buy To Lets
Liverpool council has won another case forcing a landlord to upgrade a buy to let home because the heating is considered too expensive for tenants. This is very similar to one they won in 2012. Liverpool City Council had served a notice on landlord Anwar Hadi Kassim ordering him to improve the heating in a 100-year-old flat in the city’s ...
How To Ensure Electrical Appliances In Rented Property Are Safe And Compliant
Electrical safety regulations The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 commenced on 8 December 20161 and apply to any electrical equipment first placed on the market on or after commencement2. (more…)
Ensure payments are made direct to landlord
How can a landlord ensure payments are made payable direct? The general rule is that payments of the LHA from April 2008 will be made directly to tenants. However, it is possible for landlords to make some amendments to their tenancy agreements in order to ensure payments are made direct to landlords (in our opinion, not yet tested on ...
HSE Consults on Improvements to Gas Safety Checks
The Health and Safety Executive has published a consultation on minor changes to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. The changes proposed are beneficial to landlords (for a change)! (more…)
Council Tax Material Interest – The Final Determination
Please note the below case relates to a statutory periodic tenancy only. For a continuing tenancy at the end of the term (like our tenancy agreements) see the case: Leeds City Council v Broadley EWHC 1839 Introduction CT v Horsham District Council (HB) UKUT 617 (AAC) is a significantly important Council Tax case. In Oyston v Leeds
Mortgage Tax Relief For Landlords Explained
HMRC has at last filled in the gaps on how mortgage finance relief will apply to buy to let landlords from April 2017. (more…)
Piggott v Slaven 2009
Piggott V Slaven Great Grimsby County Court, 23 February 2009 Mr Piggott granted a tenancy to Ms Slaven in 2005. She paid a deposit of £600.00 for this tenancy. On 14 February 2008, another tenancy was granted for a different property. £75.00 from the earlier deposit was repaid to Ms Slaven. The balance of £525.00 was held by Mr Piggott. He ...
Awards and Payment of Universal Credit
Awards and payment of universal credit Length of award Currently, housing benefit is awarded for 52 weeks after which the claim is required to be renewed. A claim for universal credit however, is to be treated as made for an indefinite period. Assessment period Whereas currently, housing benefit is assessed every 52 weeks (unless some ...
Lending Demands May See Buy To Let Mortgages Dry Up
Britain’s second largest buy to let lender has capped lending to landlords. (more…)