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Health & Safety New Year deadline on ...

Posted on December 3rd, 2012

IMPORTANT ADVICE ABOUT BOILER FLUES From 1 January 2013, any Gas Safe registered engineer may turn the boiler off in a property and formally advise that it is not to be used. The introduction of fan-flued gas appliances in the mid-1990s allowed gas central heating boilers to be installed away from external walls. This meant that [...]

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New Law could leave Landlords liable for ...

Posted on November 28th, 2012

A new bill that has been proposed and is due to become law in April 2013 will potentially leave Landlords liable for Tenant’s water charges! Water utility companies, unlike other utility companies, can no longer cut off the supply if bills remain unpaid. This has lead to the prospective new part (section 45) of the [...]

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Court imposes maximum penalty over Prescribed ...

Posted on November 28th, 2012

  A recent court case has highlighted a potential risk for Landlords and Agents when taking a deposit from a tenant. Earlier this month a Court of Appeal ordered a Landlord to return a Tenant’s deposit plus a penalty equivalent to three times the deposit, in addition to losing the right to evict the Tenant. [...]

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Labour vows to wipe out ‘dodgy’ ...

Posted on July 24th, 2012

Labour is turning its fire on letting agencies that “rip off” landlords and tenants with excessive fees and charges, and will look at how to cap rising rents in the private sector, one of Ed Miliband’s key lieutenants has said. In an interview Hilary Benn, the shadow secretary of state for communities and local government, [...]

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Changes to Tenancy Deposit Protection

Posted on May 2nd, 2012

The Localism Act has brought about changes to the Housing Act 2004 regarding Tenancy Deposit Protection. These changes came into effect on 6th April 2012, meaning that:-  

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Energy Performance Certificates – ...

Posted on May 2nd, 2012

On 6 April 2012 the legislation on Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) changed for both commercial and residential property transactions. You need to be aware of these changes. Change 1 – An EPC must be commissioned before marketing a property for rent Since 2007, it has been a requirement that an up to date EPC must [...]

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