The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 sets out the rights, responsibilities, and duties of both landlords and tenants. Section 11 of the Act sets out who is responsible for repairing a property during a tenancy. What are the landlord’s responsibilities?
As landlords have duty of care to their tenants, they must make sure that properties they rent are safe to live in. That is to say, all gas appliances, fittings, chimneys and flues must be safe and working efficiently. This is done by means of a Gas Safety check. Three main legal responsibilities When it […]
Landlords are legally obliged to check their tenants right to rent. Letting agents can do that for landlords if there is an appropriate agreement in place. Moreover, landlords must check all new tenants, including British citizens. It is against the law to only check potential tenants who are not British as this is classed as […]
The number of children and young people in care is growing. As research shows, it has gone up by 28% in the past decade. Once children in care pass the age of 16, they move into a semi-independent accommodation with a number of outreach support hours. There are many private care companies, so called providers, […]
The concepts of property management agency and property letting agency might be somewhat confusing, or even diffusing. Although both terms have separate definitions, they can also overlap and interlink. Thus, it may seem there is no apparent distinction between the two. However, whether you are a tenant or a landlord, it is important to understand […]
The government has announced an extension to a ban on evictions until 23 August 2020. The decision has been welcomed by many renters with gratitude and relief. On the other hand, a large number of landlords have been left alone to deal with antisocial behaviours at their properties as well as unpaid rent. Tenants The […]
The Act The Tenant Fees Act was first introduced on 1st June 2019. It only applied to tenancies that started after that date and to renewals. Now, landlords and agents are being reminded that a year-long transition period for the tenant fees ban ends today. The Fees Prohibited fees include: Check-ins Check-outs Referencing Viewing Inventories […]
The First Homes Scheme Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced a new housing scheme, The First Homes. This is an initiative to allow people buy homes at a discount. The eligible first-time buyers will be able to save on average around £100,000. New homeowners will be able to start their new journey through the scheme that […]
Many landlords will face financial difficulty as a result of rent defaulting. Tenants all over the UK have already started to default on rent payments due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. There are around 5 million households across the UK who live in rented accommodation. And many landlords report they are already experiencing cases of […]
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