A Property ‘MOT’ for Derby Landlords…

“I just love looking over and keeping up to date with the 150 plus pieces of legislation that govern the rental of residential property in the UK”  said No Derby Landlord… ever If you are one of the 6,827 Derby landlord’s that manages your own property, would it surprise you to know that there around […]

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Private Landlords and the Tenant Fee Ban…

On the 15th January 2019, after what seems like an eternity of uncertainty,  the 1st June 2019 was announced as the date the Tenant Fee Bill will come into force. Although private landlords across the country may have heard whispers of the Tenant Fee Bill, many have failed to consider the impact it will have […]

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Further Landlord Legislation on the Horizon…

The Communities Secretary has announced that all private landlords will be legally required to join a redress scheme or face a £5000 fine. The article on property118.com below outlines the announcement in more detail: A new Housing Complaints Resolution Service has been announced for the entire housing market and for the first time ever, private […]

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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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