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Top Three Rental Hot Spots In England Revealed

Top Three Rental Hot Spots In England Revealed

England’s top three rental hot spots are all in the north of England, while the worst rental returns are in London, according to new research. Manchester, Hull and Blackpool snatched the top three places in the HSBC survey of rents and yields, while Forest Heath, Suffolk,  surged ahead of the competition with an a year-on-year explosion of ...
Seven Landlords Fined For Flouting Right To Rent Rules

Seven Landlords Fined For Flouting Right To Rent Rules

​Right to Rent is a flop – according to official data collected from a pilot scheme in the West Midlands by the government. The figures suggest few landlords have broken the rules but are avoiding Right to Rent by turning away renters who are not British. Under the scheme, landlords and letting agents must check a tenant has the right to ...
Benchmarking Buy To Let And HMO Rents For Landlords

Benchmarking Buy To Let And HMO Rents For Landlords

Working out the price point for letting out a property is often a problem for landlords – but official data reveals the open market rents charged across many towns and cities. The Valuation Office Agency – a government body charged with valuing business rates, rents and properties for council tax bandings and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) ...
Getting Rid Of ‘Last Day Of Period’ From Section 21

Getting Rid Of ‘Last Day Of Period’ From Section 21

From 1 October 2015  section 35 of the Deregulation Act 2015 will come into force in England. Where a section 21 is served in relation to a tenancy in England and that tenancy was granted on or after 1 October 2015 (see later), the section 21 notice will in most cases simply need to be a straight 2 months notice (plus an additional ...
Time Limits For Serving And Using A Section 21

Time Limits For Serving And Using A Section 21

From 1 October 2015 section 36 of the Deregulation Act 2015 will come into force in England. Section 21 Housing Act 1988 will be amended substantially and will drastically affect when landlords can serve a section 21 notice and begin court proceedings. There is to be a ‘use it or loose it’ rule introduced. Further, the giving of a section 21
Apportioned Rent Repayment After A Section 21 Notice

Apportioned Rent Repayment After A Section 21 Notice

Apportioned Rent Repayment After A Section 21 Notice Section 40 Deregulation Act 2015 commences in England on 1 October 2015. This section will insert a new section 21C into the Housing Act 1988. The common law position is that where a tenancy ends midway through a period of a tenancy, the landlord is nonetheless entitled to receive the full
How To Comply With The Smoke And CO Regulations

How To Comply With The Smoke And CO Regulations

How To Comply With The Smoke And CO Regulations We have previously reported about the smoke and CO regulations which were initially thrown out by the House of Lords but now it seems they have been finally approved. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 apply to England only and will commence from 1 October 2015. The
New Housing And Planning Bill Proposes Abandonment Shake Up

New Housing And Planning Bill Proposes Abandonment Shake Up

The proposed Housing and Planning Bill got its first reading earlier this month. The parts summarised below only apply to England. Banning Order The Bill proposes that the First Tier Tribunal would be able to make a “banning order” if a landlord or letting agent was convicted of some prescribed offence. As a result the person would be banned