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9 years and still fighting

Anybody had a Buy to let Mortgage with Chelsea Building Society? Between Circa on or around 2009 you are likely to have been over charged in interest.
If you have been repossessed around this time then you need to check your figures.
The post 9 years a…

Missed opportunities by Chancellor

Dorian Gonsalves CEO of Belvoir, says there were missed opportunities within Philip Hammond’s Budget, that could have helped to bring much-needed stability to the UK’s growing rental market.
“It is disappointing that housing, and in particular, the nat…

Rights of access issues pre-completion?

Is it possible to proceed with exchange and completion on a property, by signing a disclaimer for your solicitor and lender, if there are outstanding rights of access issues with the new property?
I am buying the property
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The 22 Year Old Who Purchased A Whole Block Of Flats

I recently came across a Facebook post showing a picture of Alistair Trippett, a 22 year old from Stoke-on-Trent who recently completed a purchases of a block of 24 flats.
Intrigued by how he managed to pull off a deal of this nature at such a young ag…

Landlord guide to drainage and plumbing obligations

Plumbing, drainage and leak questions are very common for readers of property118 so we thought this article from the Drain Doctor would be useful:
Under section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, landlords are obliged to make basic repairs to a pr…

Serving Section 5 to Long leaseholders

I wonder if someone selling the freehold interest have dealt with serving Section 5 to long leaseholders and to short leaseholders of commercial units in a mixed development.
Or know a commercial lawyer in West London can do it including the conveyanci…

Proposals to add shared occupancy test to Rent-A-Room relief to be scrapped

This summer, HM Treasury proposed a new “shared occupancy test” for those renting their spare rooms to continue to qualify for the annual £7,500 rent-a-room tax relief. This was due to be included in the 2018-2019 Finance Bill and would have brought an…

Licensing requires mortgage account numbers?

I would just like to gauge some thoughts please on property licensing for buy to let landlords. The council where the majority of my rental properties are have introduced licensing for landlords.
Now in theory I am not against this
The post Licensing r…

Initiative Q

Initiative Q is an attempt by ex-PayPal guys to create a new payment system instead of credit cards that were designed in the 1950s. The system uses its own currency, the Q, and to get people to start using the system once it’s ready they are all…

Nightmare on Elm Street

More than half of the Elm Streets in the UK have had no house sales since last Halloween.
It really is a nightmare to own a home on Elm Street, or so it appears, as more than half (54%) of the 79 Elm Streets in the UK have had no property sales since l…

Annex smells of petrol from garage

I have recently moved into an annex, which the garage is attached to. The petrol fumes in the annex were quite strong, but I told my landlord and he kindly removed two containers of fuel. That removed the potency significantly.
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Misrepresentation of property

We wanted to rent a flat through a West London lettings agency. We made an offer, conditioned by a list of non-negotiable requests.
The agency chose to misrepresent the property, assuring us that all our conditions were met when none of them were (the …

UC- DWP maladministration of direct payments to landlords

To: Mr Chris Stephens MP House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA Date: 26.10.18
Dear Mr Chris Stephens,
Universal Credit – DWP maladministration of direct payments to landlord problems causing financial hardship & homelessness. 
I am in your const…

The coolest place to live in the UK

Digbeth, Birmingham is officially the coolest place to live in the UK.
‘Cool’ may be subjective. But either way you see it, this crown given by The Times can do nothing but good for the quirky Birmingham district of Digbeth.
The post The co…

Final call for members

We were told that it could not be done. That landlords would not sign up, that the two main organisations had it sewn up. Wrong. The Alliance is good to go.
I appeal to all those landlords who have sat on the fence.
The post Final call for members appe…

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