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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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Preparing a property to let – Gardens

In preparing your property to let, we recommend landlords tidy the gardens. If the tenant is to be held responsible for maintaining the garden, make available the appropriate gardening tools and equipment. Any tools or equipment you do provide must … Continue reading

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Do I need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for my new home?

Yes – for all new homes completed on or after 6 April 2008, the builder is required to provide an EPC to the owner, with evidence shown to Building Control. When the builder has finished building they will submit a notice … Continue reading

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Online Tenancy Compliance Check – Health and Safety

Landlords are you compliant with all current health and safety legislation? Use this FREE online tool to check if you are: Tenancy Compliance Checklist – Part 1 ~ Health and Safety If you identify any errors or omissions, please let … Continue reading

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Fire safety legislation for landlords – Common Parts of Purpose Built Blocks of Flats

In this second part of the series on fire safety legislation for landlords I look at common parts of purpose built blocks of flats. The first part of this series looked at fire safety legislation for dwellings (flats and houses) … Continue reading

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Fire safety legislation for landlords – Single Household (family) Occupation

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy there has been renewed interest in fire safety. In the coming months and years it seems likely that there will be changes to legislation but what does the law currently say about … Continue reading

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How to deal with bats in a property

Unlike rodents, wasps and cluster flies, bats are not pests. As population numbers have fallen, all bats and their roosts are protected under The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 … Continue reading

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Can an agent withhold part payment of 6 months rent in advance?

Yes – If the terms of the agency/client agreement allow the agent to retain certain monies received on behalf of the principal (landlord) it is acceptable for the agent to do so consistent with the terms of the agency/client agreement. … Continue reading

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