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Article 4 directions explained for student landlords
Student landlords often face dealing with ‘article 4 directions’ imposed by councils as a tool for managing shared house living standards.

Around 60 councils in England have voted in or are considering article 4 directions, so here’s a look at how the rules affect stud
Posted by on 19/06/2013 13:44:45
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Buy to let insurance warning for leasehold landlords
Buy to let insurance companies are warning leasehold landlords that they are not covered for paying for repairs to parts of the building owned by others.

The warning follows a landlord paying out thousands to repair leaking guttering at a block of leasehold flats to st
Posted by on 19/06/2013 13:40:16
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House prices go through the roof to hit record high
House prices have climbed to a record high – beating the pre-slump peak of February 2008, according to a leading estate agent.

The average house put on an extra £900 in value in May 2013 – up 0.4% from April 2013 – to reach £233,061.

Over the past 12 months,
Posted by on 17/06/2013 09:12:20
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Law breaking landlords don’t know they are uninsured
Thousands of landlords are currently uninsured because they have ignored or don’t know about electrical safety laws, according to a new report.

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) argues landlords have the power to improve safety in their homes for millions of tenants,
Posted by on 14/06/2013 09:19:37
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Get landlords to pay letting fees, not tenants, says charity
Landlords should pay the costs of setting up tenancy agreements to letting agents, not hard-up tenants, according to housing charity Shelter.

Tenants are paying an average £350 in fees to letting agents and that’s unfair, says the charity, because landlords decide whic
Posted by on 14/06/2013 09:14:49
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We don’t know how many HMOs are in town, says council
A council has confessed to having no idea about the number of shared houses in multiple occupation in a town.

Boston Council has just three houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) on the public register of licences granted.

Unofficially, one councillor, Paul Gl
Posted by on 11/06/2013 13:53:16
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Landlords dip in to their rents to cover living costs
Landlords are dipping in to rents to cover their monthly living costs rather than save for retirement, according to new research.

In a clear shift from 2011, property investors are more likely to bolster their incomes with buy to let rents rather than to put the money
Posted by on 11/06/2013 13:48:31
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Are councils victimising student landlords?
Student landlords could be forgiven for feeling victimised as councils around the country announce plans to control shared homes.

The towns and cities causing concern aren’t always the well-known university locations with Winchester, Plymouth and Bath all generating he
Posted by on 07/06/2013 09:49:41
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Student sails his way to saving cash by living on a houseboat
As a way for students to enjoy cheap living costs it takes some beating but Joe Pearce saved a small fortune by not living in expensive digs and instead opting to live on a boat.

The student of physical geography bought his 23-foot Falmouth Gypsy class yacht for just £
Posted by on 05/06/2013 14:11:50
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Landlord's Energy Saving Allowance
The Landlord Energy Saving Scheme (LESA) can save up to £1,500 in income tax on every buy to let property in an investor’s portfolio simply by buying in to energy efficiency products for the home.

HM Revenue and Customs is running the scheme until April 5, 2015 – and L
Posted by on 05/06/2013 14:07:44
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