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Landlords are not switched on to buy-to-let electrical safety
Landlords are putting lives at risk because they are not switched on to how to ensure electrical safety in their rental homes, claims the Electrical Safety Council.

The main problem is inexperienced landlords exposing tenants to life-threatening risks because they are
Posted by on 30/01/2013 14:21:50
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Buy to let rents rise nearly 5% in a year
Rents are up almost 5% in a year to an average £782 a month across the UK, according to the latest figures from a leading buy to let insurer.

The figures for December 2012 show that rents climbed 1.1% month-on-month, but 4.7% over the year.

However, Homelet
Posted by on 28/01/2013 09:38:40
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Rogue landlord scheme nets 40 offenders in six years
Just 40 landlords have fallen foul of a licensing scheme in six years in Scotland – even though the fees and running costs have added up to almost £18 million.

The figures show a miniscule 0.02% of landlords were refused entry to the Landlord Registration Scheme out of
Posted by on 24/01/2013 14:01:05
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Dealing with stuff tenants leave behind
Tenants moving on and leaving unwanted gear behind are the bane of many landlords’ lives – and they can’t just dump the stuff.

Every landlord has had to pay to clear broken, heavy or large things out of a house – like flat screen TVs that do not work or sofas.

Posted by on 21/01/2013 09:36:25
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MP moves to close EPC loophole for HMOs
Labour MP Alan Whitehead is to put a private member bill before Parliament to close a loophole in energy performance certificate (EPC) laws for shared houses.

EPC rules exempt house in multiple occupation landlords (HMO) from giving tenants who rent rooms in a shared h
Posted by on 18/01/2013 09:46:55
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Property partners must declare more than their love
Breaking up is always hard for property investors who have the problem of agreeing how to split up tenanted homes – and now lawyers have made life even more difficult for landlords.

Financial stress often comes with a relationship breakdown, regardless of whether the p
Posted by on 18/01/2013 09:42:46
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City votes for student HMO crack down
Chester is the latest University City where councillors have taken on special planning powers to limit the number of shared houses rented to students.

From July 2013, student landlords wanting to open a new small house in multiple occupation (HMO) shared by three to fi
Posted by on 16/01/2013 15:18:23
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Dodgy landlord guide to breaking the law
Landlords battling to repel increasing red tape despite offering decent homes at a fair price to tenants are often let down by a few outlandish rogue landlords.

The latest unnamed miscreant has been unveiled by London home hunter Laura Evelyn who revealed his idiosyncr
Posted by on 16/01/2013 14:57:45
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£1m student loan scam detectives make arrests
Scotland Yard detectives have arrested three more people as part of a long-running investigation in to a £1 million phishing scam that siphoned cash from the bank accounts of hundreds of students.

Two men were jailed for their part in the fraud last year, while two are
Posted by on 14/01/2013 11:12:35
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HMO landlords fined for renting out shabby properties
Three more bad landlords have faced courts in Oxford as the city council continues a campaign to root out poor standards in private rented homes.

In three separate cases, the landlords were ordered to pay fines and costs of nearly £25,000.

All the cases relate t
Posted by on 11/01/2013 12:16:40
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Landlord crammed families in to HMO with 78 defects
Landlord Mehmet Parlak must pay more than £25,000 in fines and costs for letting overcrowded rooms to families with children in a shared house that was riddled with defects.

Parlak’s Watchacre Properties Ltd owned the house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Markfield Roa
Posted by on 09/01/2013 15:54:33
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Green light for landlords to switch on to Green Deal
Landlords can finally plug in to the Green Deal for funding energy-saving improvements to upgrade heating and insulation in private rented properties. The long-awaited scheme starts for landlords on January 28, 2013. Under the scheme, whoever pays the electricity bill is re
Posted by on 09/01/2013 15:40:19
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Council accused of HMO consultation ‘charade’
Landlords are accusing councillors of a licensing consultation charade aimed at introducing a register of shared houses by the back door. Bedford Council has launched a consultation aimed at making every private house in multiple occupation HMO) landlord in the borough sign up
Posted by on 04/01/2013 09:50:30
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Global stampede to cash in on UK student letting
Property investors from as far away as Hong Kong are measuring up homes for sale in leading university cities in a global stampede to cash in on profits from letting to students. One leading Far East newspaper, the South China Morning Post, is urging investors to look to Glasg
Posted by on 04/01/2013 09:38:10
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