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Do Deposits Need Protecting by 5th or 6th of May?

As many will have perhaps noticed, websites explaining how time is running out in respect of protecting any unprotected deposits aren't in sync with the same answer. Some say this needs doing by 5th May and others say 6th May. If you've got all your ducks in order and any unprotected deposits are now protected then this doesn't matter. ...

EPC Data Now Public

On 18 December 2011, section 74 of the Energy Act 2011 commenced which allowed regulations to be made allowing data held on the Domestic Energy Performance Certificate Register in England and Wales to be made public for individuals and available in bulk to certain approved organisations. Regulation 9 of The Energy Performance of Buildings ...

Rent Really Can be Too Cheap!

On 20 March 2012, the bailiff evicted one of our tenants after the usual court orders etc. (On the day before the bailiff she asked for a further 42 days extension so nothing new there!) Anyway, that's not what this article is about. It took us about a week to get the flat cleared up but as we were (and still are) busy on a roof, we decided to

Serving Bulk Prescribed Information

We know many of you are frantically issuing lots of prescribed information so that everything is in place for 6 May 2012, after which time it will be too late to resolve and giving the information late will not prevent compensation being payable to tenants. If your not sure why people are doing this, see our article here We have advised many

Latest Magazine

Our latest magazine is now available for members to download free of charge. New look We've listened to members and the magazine has a totally new look. Primarily it's a very simple design in one column and barely any pictures or dark areas to be seen. The main reason is now when printing at home, the cost should be negligable compared to ...

A Sincere Thanks to all our Members

I just wanted to write a quick post to sincerely thank all our members. Recently we asked for your help in trying to find a bug in some new software which manages the subscriptions and controls you logging in to this site and all payments and renewals etc.To recap, the software was randomly sending emails saying subscriptions had expired when ...

Tenancy Deposit Schemes Commencement Provisions for 6 April 2012

The Localism Act 2011 (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional, Transitory and Saving Provisions) Order 2012 provides the transitional provisions relating to tenancy deposit schemes and the changes made by the Localism Act 2011. We have already reported on the significant changes to take effect from 6 April 2012 but until now we didn't know what ...

Members, We Need Your Help!

We wonder if we may ask members for some assistance please? We have a bug in our new software which seems to email members to say your subscription is due to or has expired despite you being fully paid up. The worst is that it doesn't do this to all members and this is why we need your help.We have installed some code which should assist in ...

Fire Safety Guidance – Purpose Built Blocks of Flats

The Local Government (LG) Group has led work to develop important new sector-led guidance on fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats. This was after landlords articulated a number of concerns about how best they can deliver an appropriate level of fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats. LG Group has worked alongside local ...

Land Registry launches top tips to help owners protect their property from fraudsters

Thanks to the painsmith blog for this one Property is usually the most valuable asset people own. It can be sold and mortgaged to raise money and is therefore an attractive target for fraudsters. The properties most vulnerable to fraud are usually empty, tenanted or mortgage-free. Individuals at a higher risk of fraud include owners who are ...