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The unintended consequences of the Tenant Fees Act on lets with pets

Almost 12 million households in the UK own a pet so you could question why a landlord would exclude such a large proportion of the population by stipulating ‘no pets’ when they advertise their property for rent. Traditionally many landlords … Continue reading

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What payments are landlords and letting agents permitted to take from tenants on or after 1st June 2019?

1. Rent 2. Tenancy Deposit – maximum five weeks’ rent where the annual rent in respect of the tenancy immediately after its grant, renewal or continuance is less than £50,000, or six weeks’ rent, where the annual rent in respect of the tenancy … Continue reading

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Can a letting agent represent a landlord in court?

Only ‘authorised persons’ e.g. solicitors and barristers are permitted to represent someone in court. If the letting agent is an authorised person then they could of course represent the landlord in court. With leave of the court a letting agent … Continue reading

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When should a follow-up right to rent check be conducted?

Where the initial right to rent checks are satisfied with a document from List B, or where the Landlords Checking Service has provided a ‘yes’ response to a request for verification of a right to rent, a landlord establishes a … Continue reading

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What does the law say about when is rent due, payable and in arrears?

Due Rent becomes due on the morning of the day specified for payment in the tenancy agreement. This day is commonly referred to as the ‘rent day’ and is a core term of the tenancy. Payable Rent may lawfully be … Continue reading

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Questions landlords need to ask before increasing the rent

Just as the cost of living can rise, so too can rents but before landlords increase the rent there are some questions they need to ask themselves… Is it permitted? Rent increases are largely governed by Section 13 of the … Continue reading

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Simple steps landlords can take to protect their property from fraud

We are amazed how many landlords do little or nothing to protect their property from fraud when there are some simple and free steps landlords can take to prevent what is an increasing area of fraud: 1. Check your property … Continue reading

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Can an agent charge a landlord a fee for terminating their contract?

Yes – however there are some things to consider…. Contract (Agency Agreement/Client Agreement) The contract between the landlord and the agent should clearly define how the landlord can terminate the contract and any charges that would apply. If the landlord … Continue reading

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Is there a minimum size for a room that is to be used as a bedroom?

What is a bedroom? A bedroom is a room that is available as sleeping accommodation if it is of a type normally used in the locality either as a living room or as a bedroom. {Housing Act 1985, Chapter 68, … Continue reading

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Can an agent refuse to provide tenant referencing reports to the landlord?

No – probably not… Fiduciary relationship The agent is contracted by the landlord to act on behalf of the landlord (the principal). Agents have what is known as a ‘fiduciary relationship’ with the landlord. Data collected, or artefacts created, by … Continue reading

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