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Many Landlords are still unaware of the rules surrounding deposits/bonds and advance rent. Despite tenancy deposit schemes having been in place for several years a number of landlords are still put off from them and have chosen instead to use other methods to try and protect their tenancy, not least taking additional rent in advance.

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The Government has implemented some new measures to utilise empty and underused buildings by bringing them back to life by reducing costs, cutting bureaucracy and making it easier to gain consent for change of use. This should reduce the number of empty units littered across many areas of the UK.

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With the recent news that the home secretary wants almost 4 million private rentals in the UK to become subject to immigration checks is this simply a passing of the buck from the government to landlords? What does it mean for us?



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Have you ever heard of an Electrical Installation Condition Report? If not then chances are you don't have one. As a private Landlord you have a duty to ensure that the property you are letting is in a safe and habitable state.

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After much time under the watchful eye of Europe agreement has finally been reached on the EU mortgage Directive. The fantastic news for landlords is that buy to let mortgages have been left out of the EU residential mortgage framework.

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The £1bn Build to Rent fund has announced its first 45 projects to be undertaken using the Governments newest scheme. Housing Minister Mark Prisk said that this will be the first step toward creating a more balanced rental market.

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Ever noticed those 'sell your home for cash' advertisement all over the press and radio? Ever wondered exactly who was using them and how they affect people? Well now the Office of Fair trading has decided to launch a study in the quick house sale market.

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