Our May newsletter revealed that a 90% of landlords oppose the Government’s plan to end Section 21 evictions. Over 800 landlords voted in our poll, making it a very credible assessment of the mood on this issue.
Continue reading “Three Big Questions the Government Needs to Answer about Section 21”
We’re analysing our rental data to bring landlords valuable insights on how to find great tenants quickly.
By looking at the most popular times for tenants to view your advert, and send you a message, we can learn some valuable lessons.
Continue reading “Your Rental Advert’s First 48-Hours (and Why They Matter So Much)”
Have you been offered a ‘nil deposit scheme’ from your agent? It’s an offering that is getting people talking. But should you say yes?
In case you missed it, the Government has announced plans to end Section 21 evictions. They promise “the biggest change to the private rented sector in a generation”.
Continue reading “Section 21 Evictions to Be Abolished: What Landlords Need to Know”
A verdict of the High Court has slammed the Government’s Right to Rent scheme. The mandatory document checks were called “discriminatory”, with “little or no effect” on immigration.
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The Tenant Fees Act will come into force on 1st June 2019. At the centre of the new laws is a ban on tenant fees, including admin and agency fees.
Continue reading “Tenant Fees Act (2019): What Landlords Need to Know”
From 20th March 2019, tenants in England will have 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.
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