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Fire failings at danger HMO cost landlord £21,000
Fire risk flats were immediately shut down and tenants moved out after a house in multiple occupation (HMO) inspection following complaints from tenants.

Landlord Nicholas Hyde refused to carry out work to make the flats safe and blamed the poor state of repair on the
Posted by on 31/05/2013 09:13:44
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Rush to regulate cash-cow landlords
As new proposals to regulate private landlords pour out of think-tanks, councils and housing organisations, it may be time for landlords to ask if they are been seen as a cash-cow in times of public austerity.

In the past few days, polemic about ‘rogue landlords’ has c
Posted by on 31/05/2013 09:06:06
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Landlords can’t keep up with law and tax changes
Landlords want to save money and stay within the law but are finding keeping up with fast-changing rules and regulations is hard work.

Around 8 out of 10 landlords need more information to run their finances and businesses, according to research by Paragon Mortgages.
Posted by on 29/05/2013 16:37:06
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HMO licensing triggers mortgage no-go zones
Student landlords are finding mortgages harder to source as some banks and building societies refuse to lend against homes in special licensing neighbourhoods.

Some big name property investment mortgage brands, like the Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest, see additiona
Posted by on 29/05/2013 16:29:11
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Pictures that say more about rogue tenants than landlords
Reading Council has launched a scathing and ongoing attack on bad landlords – and issued a gallery of pictures of appalling living conditions to support their campaign.

However, when viewing the images, it seems the council should be doing more to run down rogue tenant
Posted by on 29/05/2013 16:13:52
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Consumer crackdown on cowboy property firms
Advertising and trading standards watchdogs are working to clean up standards in the property industry as landlords and tenants fall prey to unscrupulous scammers.

A behind-the-scenes campaign aimed at stamping out bad practise is under way following a slew of rulings
Posted by on 29/05/2013 16:05:46
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Landlords still need to safeguard their rents
A change in the law aimed at making letting agents join an ombudsman scheme will not safeguard money for landlords and tenants, warns the British Property Federation (BPF).

Although an ombudsman scheme adds a layer of consumer protection, letting agents who sign up do
Posted by on 29/05/2013 16:00:30
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Stay away from student pods, warns developer
Student investors are paying over the odds for pod investments – with prices per square foot sometimes double that of a similar property in the neighbourhood.

Student pods are single self-contained rooms in developments, and follow the model of buying a hotel room in a
Posted by on 29/05/2013 15:56:29
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DWP: Landlords shun HMOs because of red tape
Shared house landlords may be pulling back from the market because red tape and planning rules, according to a government report.

House in multiple occupation (HMO) landlords are not keen to expand their portfolios or take on housing benefit tenants in universal credit
Posted by on 29/05/2013 15:48:45
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Landlord wins flat fire hazard appeal
Landlords disputing fire safety risks with planners and housing officers have a new tool at their disposal thanks to a tribunal ruling.

The Upper Tribunal backed an appeal from landlord Sathavahana Vaddaram who contested a prohibition order from East Lindsey Council ov
Posted by on 29/05/2013 15:45:49
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10 Tips for making a damage claim against a tenant
Landlords having a brush with a tenant over redecorating or repairing damage to their rental home when they move out are among the most common deposit protection disputes.

Adjudicators reckon around 20% of claims are for decorating and repairs – second only to cleaning
Posted by on 29/05/2013 15:34:40
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We’re not closing yet, says ULU
The University of London Union (ULU) has complained that reports of imminent closure are greatly exaggerated.

ULU has been at the forefront of lobbying and political activity in the capital for many years and is now rallying support for a campaign to stay open followin
Posted by on 29/05/2013 15:31:04
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MP and HMO task force in bid to clean up poor housing
North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay is leading the fight against landlords who break house in multiple occupation (HMO) laws in a bid to tackle overcrowding and poor housing standards.

He is set to meet with housing minister Mark Prisk to highlight problems with
Posted by on 29/05/2013 15:23:12
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Landlords put 1 in 10 renters in gas safety risk
Student and buy to let landlords are putting one in 10 private renters at risk of gas safety hazards by failing to maintain their homes.

The claim comes from joint research by British Gas and homeless charity Shelter, who reckon nearly a million tenants live in unsafe
Posted by on 29/05/2013 15:19:54
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Is buy to let lending rising or falling?
So is buy to let mortgage lending rising or falling – well, it depends on how you interpret the figures.

The Council of Mortgage Lenders, the buy to let bank and building society trade body, has released the landlord borrowing figures for the first quarter of 2013.
Posted by on 29/05/2013 15:17:15
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Glasgow wants to restrict where students can live
Planners in two more university towns are restricting where students can live by tightening up the rules for shared houses.

Glasgow City Council has launched a public consultation into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) following a law change that gave planners the p
Posted by on 29/05/2013 15:14:41
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Students win £8,000 in ‘uninhabitable’ home case
A group of students have won legal challenge against a landlord who tried to unfairly claim a year of rent payments from them after they refused to live in an ‘uninhabitable’ property.

The five second-year students counter-sued landlord Sukhvir Theti when he launched a
Posted by on 03/05/2013 09:58:57
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Tax man issues new guide for claiming property expenses
New guidance on claiming expenses for property repairs has been published by HM Revenue and Customs.

The new rules for tax inspectors explain how to claim for integral features and give some examples of how expenses for repairs and maintenance are treated.

Posted by on 01/05/2013 14:33:52
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Judge rules advance rent is not a deposit
The decision in an important Court of Appeal case is welcome news for landlords as it confirms that landlords taking advance rent payments do not have to protect them as deposits.

The case of Johnson v Old has been going through the courts for many months, but this rec
Posted by on 01/05/2013 14:14:13
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