Landlords are seeing a big increase in regulation. Over the last few years, there have been many changes to housing licenses, minimum property standards, immigration checks and more.
Many 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.
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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”
Ever been late for work after waiting 30 minutes for your flatmate to finish up their lengthy shower routine? It’s one of the UK’s most hated things about renting in a flatshare.
And as if you needed more evidence that the UK Rent Crisis is worst in the capital, we can now definitively reveal that Central London is the worst place in the whole UK for sharing a bathroom, too.
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Sophia’s letting agent wanted to charge her £2,000 a year just to find tenants for her flat. Luckily she had heard that OpenRent could find her a tenant for free, and set up her tenancy for just £49.
As a first-time landlord, she used our Free Trial to advertise her property on Rightmove, Zoopla and dozens more, finding a tenant in two days.
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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?”
50 people a year die from Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning in the UK. A further 4,000 are treated in hospital. Frustratingly, it’s all completely preventable.
In England and Wales, landlords are under no legal obligation to supply CO alarms in most cases. Continue reading “Help Us Save Lives: Tenant Carbon Monoxide Survey”
Currently, landlords in England and Wales are only required to install a Carbon Monoxide alarm if the property has a solid fuel-burning appliance. Click the link below to complete our survey on Carbon Monoxide in the private rental sector and help us raise awareness!
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From next year, you won’t be able to rent out your property unless it passes an efficiency test. Over one million dwellings in England and Wales would not currently pass the new rules, and could face huge fines.
To make sure you don’t fall foul, EPC Expert Tom Harrington takes us through the new rules and what you need to do to make your property compliant in time. Continue reading “Time Running Out for Landlords Meeting New EPC Rules (2018)”