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Landlords, Complete these Seasonal Maintenance Tasks this Summer

Landlords, Complete these Seasonal Maintenance Tasks this Summer

Summer has truly been in full swing this year, with record-breaking weather and a heatwave to rival 1976. With such extreme temperatures seen this year so far (who remembers the Beast from the East?), seasonal maintenance is essential for landlords. Specialist Landlord Insurance provider Just Landlords (www.justlandlords.co.uk/landlord-insurance) understands how important it is for property owners to fix small issues now, to prevent them becoming bigger – and more expensive – problems in the future. During …

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Better standards for Nottingham’s private tenants as private rented housing licensing scheme gets green light

Private tenants in Nottingham will benefit from better quality accommodation and greater protection from rogue landlords after the Government approved a new licensing scheme. The City Council scheme covering over 30,000 privately rented homes in Nottingham is the largest outside London to be given approval by the Secretary of State. A report by the BRE (Building Research Establishment) Group estimated that 21% of Nottingham’s private rented properties are likely to have ‘Category 1 hazards’, examples …

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5 Yearly Electrical Safety Checks – date to be announced – England only

Provision has been made under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 for electrical safety checks to be carried out at a yet to be specified interval and conducted by yet to be specified qualified persons.   Currently it’s a requirement to carry out 5 yearly electrical checks on HMOs but this new legislation would require it on all specified private rented properties.   The government wants to introduce mandatory electrical checks to improve safety standards in …

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Changes to Gas Safety rules

Changes to the rules surrounding annual gas safety checks are to give landlords greater flexibility around dates. Subject to parliamentary approval landlords will now be able to carry out the compulsory checks any time in the two months leading up to the renewal date – while still retaining the existing date for the following year. In practice this means that if your check is due on May 31, the check could be carried out any …

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How to Rent Guide – updated version 17.01.2018

On 17th January 2018 the Government’s How to Rent Guide was updated As you know from your DASH training and previous e-newsletters The Deregulation Act 2015 requires landlords to give their tenants the latest copy of the Government’s How to Rent Guide at the start of a tenancy. Along with the Prescribed Information (if a deposit was taken), a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and Gas Safety Certificate (where required), the ‘how to rent’ guide …

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A year in housing

A year in housing

A year is a long time in housing with changes to rules, regulations and markets all affecting the landlords ability to provide safe housing and have their business thrive.  This coupled with the increasing pressure on tenant finances squeezing their affordability and in some cases to the point where arears are building up. 2017 has seemed like a tough year. In this article DASH looks at the main events which have influenced the housing market …

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