COVID-19: Rights, Obligations & Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants

The last three or four weeks, unquestionably, have been one of the most life-changing times we have seen since World War 2. The imminent threat of the Coronavirus has taken over the world, the UK and our local communities and will challenge you, our families, our relationships and test us all. The drive of this […]

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COVID-19 Updates

30th March 2020 As we enter the second week of ‘lockdown’ we hope that you are safe and well. Our office is temporarily closed, as per the Government guidelines but we want to assure you we are working from home and continuing to deliver the high level of service that you would expect, albeit in […]

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Stamp Duty and The Budget..

If you are buying a home in England costing more than £125,000, you will have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax on the purchase of your new home. In the provinces, it’s called something slightly different, so if you are buying a property in Scotland over £145,000 you will pay Land and Buildings Transaction Tax […]

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Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) – FFHH

The FFHH Legislation It’s unusual for a piece of legislation to put letting agents, tenant groups and politicians on the same side of a debate, but the Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) legislation has done just that. The initial Bill was introduced by Karen Buck MP back in 2015 and came into legislative force last […]

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OK ‘Derby’ Boomers…

A strange title for this article I know! Firstly, let me explain for those who don’t know the definitions used in this post… Boomer – a person born in the years following the Second World War, when there was a temporary marked increase in the birth rate often defined as those individuals born between 1946 […]

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Compulsory Electric Checks are here!

It has been announced by the Government that Electrical Safety Checks will have to be carried out in all private rental properties in England according to Regulations now laid in Parliament. This is the detail as reported by Property Industry Eye on January 15th: The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 […]

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EPC Fines to hit Landlords from April 2020

“Washing machine energy ratings for houses” was the phrase one landlord told me a few years ago when we were talking about the colour bar chart graphs that every property has had for over 10 years now. Now these weren’t brought in to use the whole palate of ink in people’s printers, but to increase the […]

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The Renters’ Reform Bill and More Pets!

A couple of recent developments in the Lettings Sector offers more evidence of the Governments intention to make the renting experience more beneficial for tenants. Renters’ Reform Bill In the Queens speech on 19th December, Her Majesty outlined plans to introduce the ‘Renter’s Reform Bill which will be introduced to offer more protection for tenants. […]

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More Pets for Tenants!

In a surprising announcement, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick intends to overhaul the tenancy agreement to make ieasier for tenants to have pets in their rented accommodation. Here’s how Property Industry Eye reported the statement: Robert Jenrick says more young people and families than ever before are renting and should be able to enjoy the happiness that […]

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Why the Property Market in Derby Never Sleeps

The floor to ceiling coverage of the General Election may have you dozing off. The seemingly never-ending story called Brexit might be sending you off to sleep. And with Christmas starting to creep into our consciousness you may well feel in need of a lie-down. But allow us to shatter a sleep myth. Counting sheep […]

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