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Right to Regenerate consultation

The public will be able to convert vacant plots of land and derelict buildings into new homes or community spaces, under plans announced by the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick.
The ‘Right to Regenerate’ proposals would make it easier to challenge cou…

Can a new HMO tenant be asked to take Covid test?

I have just found a new tenant for a room in an HMO. The existing housemates have had a video call with him and are happy to have him as a housemate, but have said they would like him to have a Covid test.
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‘Breathing Space’ initiative – Beware?

The NRLA has just sent details out about a new initiative for tenant debt management. Coming into force from May 4 2021, the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) allows people in England and Wales with unsustainable debts to arrange to enter a ‘breath…

5 Tenant Tricks to throw out a Section 21 notice

Landlords need to be in no doubt that tenants are being educed by councils, shelter, a wide range of no-win, no-fee ambulance chasers and now tenants unions too.
Tenants are not only shown the ‘tricks and hacks’ they can use to stop you being able to g…

Taken to Court by no win no fee solicitor?

My tenant complained of mould, but would not let me or my workers into the property. He then said he had decorated (he hadn’t) and no more mention of mould.
He was clearly causing this by various things he was doing including a tumble dryer with …

We rented a property to 2 friends of ours who were in dire straits?

We have rented a property to 2 friends of ours who were in dire straits. They partially renovated a house we own, and moved in before it was finished. There are electrics. Doors and a bannister which needs finishing.
They have 3 children but asked to m…

EICR report – fail (C2) smoke alarms expired?

A recent EICR report has been returned with a FAIL on a C2, where the mains powered smoke detectors are 10 years old and classed as out of date.
All are working correctly with no faults. Where does it state in regulations that this is a FAIL and not an…

Breathing Space for tenants?

This needs a broader audience for sure. The stand out ‘features’ of this draft legislation are that it doesn’t include secured debt (well of course it wouldn’t) and they’re obviously expecting the mental health orders to go on for lengthy periods (whic…

41,700 buy-to-let Limited companies formed in 2020

Research by Hamptons Countrywide has revealed that 41,700 buy-to-let Limited Companies were formed last year, which is a new record. In fact, the only category of Limited Company formations to beat this number was online shopping stores.
Property118 ha…

Russian Speaking UK Landlord Tax Planning Consultant

Property118 is delighted to congratulate Gular Nuriyeva on her recent promotion within our tax team, having previously worked as an Executive Assistant to Nicky Kita.
Gular was born in the former Soviet Union Country of Azerbaijan in 1983 and also spea…

Develop with Cash or Mortgage (Stress test)?

Hi all. I have developed property in the past and want to return to the profession as my full-time job. I am stuck on whether to sell my current BTL and start developing small with zero debt OR raise as much money as I can ie.
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Tenant Reference Requested?

After a number of years letting out my house, I have just had to supply a landlord reference for the tenant for her new property. The company advert states “delivers high-quality services to letting agents helping them win clients, protect their …

Avoiding Condensation and Mould literature?

I have a very young couple who are entering their first winter in one of my flats. They have just told me they are getting mould in some areas within the flat.
They are pretty naive and are not taking reasonable steps themselves to stop the root proble…

Solicitor sold my property to a fraudster?

A solicitor sold my property to a fraudster. Fraudster produced fake utility bill and a driving licence in my name (fake utility bills and driving licences can be bought for £5.00 on the internet). The law society’s recommends that as long as the…

EPC failed – Can’t let it, can’t sell it, can’t pay for the work?

Hi, I just had my two flats out of date EPC assessments done and one failed.  The grade was G the lowest on the scale. I have been informed by the assessor that I cannot rent the flat with this low grade
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