A new Act of Parliament was passed a few days before Christmas 2018, giving tenants in England new powers to fight unfit housing – including the ability to sue landlords for not carrying out repair work.
The Bill was originally championed by Karen Buck MP, and was given much attention after the fire at Grenfell Tower. Continue reading “Homes (Fitness) Act Allows Tenants to Sue Landlords over Property Condition”
Many landlords use their own tenancy agreements: sometimes using the same old agreement over and over again for years or even decades!
But the law around renting evolves rapidly and your trusty old contract is probably full of errors.
Continue reading “Three Big Mistakes Landlords Make with Tenancy Agreements (ASTs)”
There are two main ways to end a tenancy. The landlord or the tenant can serve notice, ending the tenancy according to the rules laid out in the contract. Alternatively, both the landlord and the tenant can agree to end the tenancy by mutual agreement.
In the first situation, the rules of the contract must be followed closely because only one party wants to end the tenancy, and the rules of the tenancy agreement are there to ensure this happens fairly and smoothly.
In the second, because both parties are happy to proceed according to new, agreed terms, the tenancy-ending mechanisms in the contract (e.g. how much notice to give) don’t have to be followed. This is called a surrender of tenancy.
Continue reading “Surrendering a Tenancy Agreement by Mutual Consent”
Even tenants who seem totally reliable on paper can become unable to pay the rent. When this happens, Rent Guarantee Insurance becomes incredibly important. Continue reading “What Is Rent Guarantee Insurance & Why Do Landlords Love it?”
Renting in the UK is unrecognisable from 15 years ago. Properties can be let in just one day – or even a few hours. You just need to know the best times to advertise.
We’ve used OpenRent data to reveal the best month, week, and day to advertise your rental property. Continue reading “When Is the Best Month, Week & Day to Advertise Your Rental Property?”
Universal Credit is rolling out across the UK, with huge consequences for landlords and tenants – yet many are still in the dark about what the new benefit system means for them. Continue reading “8 Things Landlords NEED to Know about Benefits (‘DSS’)”
On 1 December, Scottish landlords will no longer be able to sign a new Short Assured Tenancy. Instead, they will have to sign a new type of agreement to create a tenancy: the Private Residential Tenancy. Continue reading “Private Residential Tenancy: Scotland’s Strict New Grounds for Eviction”
A Bill with plans to make big changes to how landlords can let properties in England has passed its Second Reading. At the centre of the plans is a ban on tenant fees, including admin and agency fees.
Continue reading “Tenant Fees Ban: What Landlords Need to Know”
We’ve launched a new Rent Calculator! It tells you the rental value of any property, anywhere in the UK. Simply enter your postcode plus a few details.
Landlords! Find the perfect rental price in seconds
Tenants! Easily research rental prices across the UK
Continue reading “Rent Calculator: Set the Perfect Rental Price in Seconds”
Two Kinds of Deposit Protection Scheme
There are two kinds of scheme that landlords can use to register a rental security deposit: custodial and insured.
The main difference between them is simple. Under a custodial scheme, the money is held by the scheme provider; under an insured scheme, the landlord can keep the money in their own bank account during the tenancy.
Continue reading “Deposit Protection Schemes: a Guide to Custodial & Insured Security Deposits”