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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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Do guarantor agreements need to be executed as a deed?

No but there are many reasons why deeds are used over a simple contracts: 1. Deeds do not need a consideration unlike a simple contract. 2. The obligations are enforceable for 12 rather than the usual 6 years years applicable … Continue reading

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Energy Efficiency Regulations – A Basic Guide For Landlords

Who is affected? Private landlords. What is affected? Domestic and non-domestic property in England and Wales which is legally required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which has an EPC rating of band F or G. When does it … Continue reading

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Landlords guide to serving notices – Part 2 – deemed date and time of service

There are several elements that affect the validity of a notice – the form, the content, the method of service and the deemed date and time of service. In my previous article (here) I considered the method of service and … Continue reading

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Landlords guide to serving notices – Part 1 – method of service

There are several elements that affect the validity of a notice – the form, the content, the method of service and the deemed date and time of service. In this article I consider contractual and statutory provisions for method of … Continue reading

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