New HMO Regulations from 1st October 2018

 From 1 October 2018, significant changes are being made to which HMOs are licensable and minimum room sizes in HMOs in England. Changes to mandatory licensing Currently, a property requires a mandatory licence if all of the following apply: the property is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) (occupied by individuals who are not […]

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It’s all Over for the Private Rental Sector…

I want to share with you a telephone conversation that I recently had with a landlord who has a portfolio of five properties; three in Derby City centre and two in the surrounding suburbs. He wasn’t a landlord for whom we provide a management service, however, he had used us in the past to find […]

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What does GDPR mean for Self Manage Landlords?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now here! GDPR has been introduced essentially to deal with the notoriously poorer uses of individuals personal data by companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google etc. It certainly isn’t aimed at private landlords! However, this doesn’t mean that landlords get off lightly.. the legislation means that landlords must process […]

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What’s Next for Landlords? More Legislation, that’s what!

As you are aware, a landlord requires extensive knowledge of the regulations and legislation necessary to self manage a rental property. However, there is more to come. There is already pending legislation on the horizon… 2018 EPC Legislation Update The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) is almost upon us and will see Landlords charged with […]

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Welcome to the Hazardous World of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

The licensing of HMO properties was introduced in the Housing Act 2004. For the purposes of this guide, all information pertains to current Derby City Council requirements. Other council licensing schemes may be different. What is an HMO? In most cases an HMO is a house or a flat in which two or more households […]

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Do you REALLY know the Gas Safety Regulations?

THE REGULATIONS As a landlord you should be aware that you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. Your legal duties apply to a wide range of accommodation occupied under a lease or licence, however, in this instance we are only looking at private sector landlords. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 […]

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The ‘Self Managing’ Minefield

While landlords may have chosen to manage buy-to-let properties themselves years ago, to get the most out of their investment, changes to the law and regulations, especially in the last few years, means that self managing is becoming a minefield. You are probably reading this thinking; “You would say that.. You’re a letting agent!” That […]

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Don’t Fall Foul of Deposit Protection Rules

If you don’t know the regulations on how to deal with a Tenancy Deposit, you could be seriously out of pocket AND not be able to evict your tenant should this be necessary. Both of these could leave you with a hefty bill. Why was Deposit Protection Introduced? The requirement to protect a tenancy deposit […]

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How Evicting a Tenant can Spectacularly Fail…

Evicting a tenant can be a very difficult process. There are several reasons why a landlord would want to do this; Perhaps the tenancy isn’t working out, maybe the tenants are have accumulated large rent arrears. or maybe circumstances for either party may have changed. The landlord might need the property back as their main […]

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Make Time to Inspect your Property Regularly..

One of our Let Only Landlords – let’s call her Jo Jones –  came in to see us this week for a coffee and we were chatting about how shocked she’d been when she visited one of her rental properties a few months before that she hadn’t seen for three years. Me and Mrs Jones […]

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