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Selective Licensing - has anyone come across a prospective scheme that didn't proceed?!

I just wondered whether anyone has come across a scheme that did not proceed; apart from Southend's.I am fairly certain that all proposed schemes are essentially a fait accompli, but I am open minded…Continue

Tags: Licensing, Selective

Started by Tony L in Legal Compliance Aug 21, 2012.

Mouldy property - but it's the tenant's fault! 2 Replies

Help!  I have recurring mould in the bathroom and kitchen of a flat I rent to tenants.  They're nice people, but the WILL not open the windows or allow the extractor fans to run.  Hence, we have damp…Continue

Tags: Mould

Started by Claire Small in Repairs and Maintenance. Last reply by Claire Small Dec 13, 2010.

Accidental landlord!

Hi EveryoneI have inherited a property which is about 20 miles away from where I live and work. I have a couple of buy-to-let investments already, but I would not say that I am an experienced…Continue

Tags: landlord, accidental

Started by James Westbrook in Finding Tenants Dec 13, 2010.

Banks raising interest rates 1 Reply

Hi AllI am hopping mad with my bank.  I have an investment property that is onBase plus 1.3%.  My bank has said that they are seeking to increase therate to Base plus 4.1%.This is outrageous.  Is…Continue

Tags: rates, interest, Banks

Started by Claire Small in Legal Compliance. Last reply by Tony L Oct 29, 2010.

 

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Selective Licensing to be extended?

MP seeks to add poor property condition to criteria to introduce discretionary licensing

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has tabled a Private Members' Bill to give councils the power to introduce selective licensing into areas where property condition is perceived to be a problem.

Under current legislation, local authorities can only designate an area under the selective licensing laws if an area is either a) suffering from lack of demand, and/or b) subject to poor private sector property management. more.

Abandoned Property? Only fools rush in

If your property has been abandoned, don't just barge in like you own the place (even though you do).  It could get you in hot water.  Watch this video to find out more

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Watch PropertyInsiders TV for interesting  news and updates about all things property, including reports from sites and properties showing real-world issues.

Recently, we have filmed at a property that had beenbadly trashed by tenants, and we are following the progress of getting the property back to a habitable condition.

We have also explained what to do when you have an abandoned property, and we will add more as we go.

Click on the TV logo to visit our TV page.

 

 

Trashed Property - choose your tenants wisely or face this nightmare!

I have shown you the terrible mess left by some shocking tenants.  We took the building over, and now have the task of sorting out the awful mess.  Here is a progress report on the refurbishment.

Many landlords fear a trashed property.  It is expensive, both in terms of repair costs and the inevitable void period which results.  It can also be demoralising, and make you think again about whether property investment is the right course.

You need to ensure you have a good letting agent - they must be proactive, and get out and visit your tenants (and preferably your prospective tenants!).

This video barely needs commentary.  It was all avoidable with a better property management.

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What questions should I ask when choosing serviced office space?

If you are considering renting out some serviced office space, you may have several questions you want to ask. There are probably a few things that you need to consider which hadn't previously occurred to you either. Here are some of the essential questions you should be asking.

Where is it?

This is probably one of the most important things that you need to take into consideration when choosing serviced office…

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Posted by Lisa Martin on September 5, 2013 at 12:53

Selective Licensing - Labour MP wants to introduce Property Condition as a reason to designate

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has tabled a Private Members' Bill to give councils the power to introduce selective licensing into areas where property condition is perceived to be a problem.

Under current legislation, local authorities can only designate an area under the selective licensing laws if an area is either a) suffering from lack of demand, and/or b) subject to poor…

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Posted by Tony L on August 4, 2013 at 8:00

Discretionary Licensing - often about money and power, but market forces will resolve our problems eventually

Discretionary licensing of private landlords, which incorporates both additional licensing and selective licensing, is becoming more prevalent across the UK.  Introduced in the 2004 Housing Act, local authorities are starting to introduce licensing schemes with a vengeance.  But why are so many schemes being introduced?

The answer in my view comes from a combination of issues. 

#1           Desire for Improvement

Reason one is simply that many councils…

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Posted by Tony L on September 10, 2012 at 7:30

Council Tax changes - a new burden coming for landlords

The removal of the 6-month exemption for council tax on empty properties will adversely affect landlords in many areas. Read on to see what you can do about it.

The government has announced that it is abolishing Council Tax Benefit, and that it is to be replaced with a localised benefit…

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Posted by Tony L on September 10, 2012 at 5:30

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