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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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Overview As from the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any property rented out in the private rented sector to, in most circumstances, have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect […]

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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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