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Advance rent is not a deposit, rules judge
A judge has more clearly defined the law over whether landlords should treat advance rent as a deposit and put the cash on protection. The case surrounds a Brighton County Court dispute between the landlord (Johnson) and the tenant (Old), who was trying to claim rent paid in a
Posted by on 28/08/2012 16:41:23
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Landlords switch on to TV licensing laws
Landlords need to switch on to the law about TV licensing as students move in to start the new academic year at university. Some landlords include a TV licence as part of an added-services pack for tenants, while others leave buying a licence to their renters. Viewers need
Posted by on 23/08/2012 15:41:47
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Students disrespect our homes, say landlords
Three out of four landlords complain that students do not treat their rented homes well, according to a survey by a leading mortgage lender. Only 24% rated property condition as good or excellent at the end of a tenancy agreement, while just over a third (38%) considered stude
Posted by on 23/08/2012 09:06:08
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Student landlords face city ban on HMOs
Student landlords renting out small shared homes in Southampton will have to prove they are Ďfit and properí to hold a licence under a proposed compulsory registration scheme. Labour-led Southampton City Council wants to regulate around 6,500 small houses in multiple occupatio
Posted by on 21/08/2012 17:02:26
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Rip-off landlord must pay students £36,000 or go to jail
Landlord Tariq Zaman must repay £36,000 raised from his assets to students he ripped off by stealing their deposits. Zaman, 42, was convicted of taking the deposits at Leeds Crown Court earlier in 2012. Now, he has faced the court again in a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing th
Posted by on 16/08/2012 10:52:42
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Rents up 4% and more to come, letting agents promise
Landlords have seen rents rise by more than 4% in the past year as a shortage of mortgages and lenders demanding large deposits has stopped would-be homeowners from buying. Estate agents claim the number of properties coming to the market for sale is falling, while the number
Posted by on 15/08/2012 09:49:35
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Tenantís back injury after slip was not landlordís fault
Maintenance and repair of rented homes is a major cause of friction between landlords and tenants - but the latest case to go before a judge at the High Court goes a long way towards clarifying responsibilities. The judge heard that landlord Joanna Hedges let a mid-terraced th
Posted by on 14/08/2012 10:02:27
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Buy to let lending and yields boost for landlords
Buy to let borrowing has picked up during the past year - but lenders are still keeping a lid on loans to landlords. Lending was up 5% in the second quarter of 2012, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) , the trade body for Britainís leading banks and building so
Posted by on 14/08/2012 09:57:23
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Council rejects extra controls over shared student houses
Councillors have kicked out plans to curb shared houses for students in Canterbury - for the time being. Canterbury City Councilís executive wants to see more evidence about the impact of houses in multiple occupation on local neighbourhoods before making any decisions. The
Posted by on 13/08/2012 11:26:54
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Student housing investment up more than 200%
Investors have pumped £800 million in to student housing in the first half of 2012 - a massive 213% increase on the £375 million invested in the same period last year. Failure for universities to keep pace with the growing number of students and no dent in demand despite risin
Posted by on 13/08/2012 11:17:59
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Student rent arrears soar 20% in a year
Student rent arrears increased 20% over the last academic year as the cost of living pushed up, according to new research. Landlords are also concerned rent arrears will grow as the tuition fee hike starts to bite from September 2012 - when average fees rise from £3,000 a year
Posted by on 13/08/2012 11:08:59
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HMO victory for Portsmouth planners
Councillors have chalked up their first victory is a cityís bid to limit shared houses for students. A planning inspector has upheld their decision to reject permission for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) because the property would breach Portsmouthís policy to limit shar
Posted by on 13/08/2012 10:54:04
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Landlord wins HMO rent confiscation appeal
Councils cannot confiscate rent from landlords convicted of breaching HMO selective licensing laws, the Court Of Appeal has ruled. Newham Council, East London, lost the case after landlords Sumal & Sons appealed a confiscation order of £6,450 imposed at Inner London Crown Cour
Posted by on 13/08/2012 10:37:44
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Letting agency fined £20,000 for overcrowding HMO
Letting agents who crammed 11 tenants in to a shared house licensed for just seven people to live in were fined more than £20,000. Jarvis Properties, Reading, Berkshire, managed the three-floor house in multiple occupation (HMO) in the town for landlord Abdul Shiekh. Follow
Posted by on 03/08/2012 10:28:16
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Student landlord to pay £40,000 for flouting fire safety
A property developer who let students live in a partly converted building without any fire safety precautions was jailed for nine months suspended for a year and ordered to pay £40,000 in fines and costs. Robert Price, 52, had previously admitted the offences before Leicester
Posted by on 01/08/2012 11:29:48
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Councils get tough on planning for shared student houses
Student landlords may face a downturn in lettings in Hull after the city council voted to limit the number of shared homes around the university. Hull City Council is introducing special planning powers for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in the Newlands Road neighbourhoo
Posted by on 01/08/2012 10:46:27
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