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.
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A Failed Rental Reference Doesn’t Mean the End of the Road
It sounds confusing, but just because a tenant fails referencing or a credit check, it doesn’t necessarily mean that letting your property to them is a bad idea.
Finding the right tenants is the main challenge of being a private landlord, and referencing is the best tool at your disposal. But the Pass or Fail on your referencing report isn’t the be all and end all of whether an enquiry will turn out to be a good tenant.
Here we take you through how to interpret the result of your referencing report for high-risk tenants.
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Many DIY landlords fear that they have forgotten to do something important. So we’ve made a checklist of legal landlord responsibilities you must perform when letting a property. The checklist ensures that you can easily check whether you are fully compliant with the law.
Tick off everything on this new landlord starter checklist, and relax – you’ll have done everything you need to do when setting up a new tenancy! Continue reading “Checklist: Landlord Responsibilities When Renting Out Property”
A section 21 notice is one of the most common ways for a tenant to be evicted from an assured shorthold tenancy in the UK. This one passage of housing law has had a huge impact on millions of landlords and tenants, but it has a troubled legal history. Here to take us through it is legal expert Tessa Shepperson. Continue reading “Section 21: Eviction, Possession & Notice to Quit”
Most residential lettings in England and Wales are arranged as an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) – an agreement introduced by the Housing Act 1988, and subsequently updated by the Housing Act 1996. When an AST is established, the document everyone signs to agree terms is often referred to as an AST as well.
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From beginners’ questions to the finest details, this post tells you everything you need to know about Houses in Multiple Occupation. Continue reading “Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO): Licensing, Rules and Definition”
Landlord law expert Tessa Shepperson explains the law behind letting a company rent your residential property for the use of their employees or guests. Continue reading “Company Lets: What Are They & How Are They Different?”
You are no longer able to let a property in England and Wales without an EPC rating of E or above. Over one million dwellings would not currently pass the new rules, and could face huge fines. Continue reading “Time Running Out for Landlords Meeting New EPC Rules (2018 & 2020)”
A dodgy boiler is the most common problem that UK tenants face. In fact, nearly a third of tenants have experienced a lack of hot water or central heating during their tenancy.
Continue reading “Gas Safe Engineer Shares Top Boiler Advice for Landlords”
This post explains everything about periodic tenancies, rolling tenancy contracts, renewals, and what to do when your AST’s minimum (fixed) term is about to expire! Continue reading “Going Periodic: What Happens When a Tenancy’s Fixed Term Ends?”