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December 8, 2017

Hooray Stamp Duty changes for First Time Buyers

Hooray Stamp Duty changes for First Time Buyers

  Great news for the first-time buyer. In the Budget 2017, Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced that Stamp Duty would be exempt for people buying their first property if it costs under £300,000. For first homes under £500,000, there will be no Stamp Duty on the first £300,000, which will reduce…

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December 4, 2017

Banning Orders and a Criminal Database for Landlords & Letting Agents to be introduced April 2018

Banning Orders and a Criminal Database for Landlords & Letting Agents to be introduced April 2018

  New banning orders, which could see landlords and letting agents barred from letting or managing a property indefinitely, will be introduced in 6th April 2018. The Government said the move will go ahead subject to the regulations being approved by each House of Parliament, with debates expected to take place…

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November 24, 2017

Dissecting the Draft Tenant Fees Bill – Part 1

Dissecting the Draft Tenant Fees Bill – Part 1

This month the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG) published the Draft Tenant Fees Bill. This is the precursor to the proposed legislation which will ban the charging of any Fee to tenants. The Bill focuses on several key points:- Prohibitions applying to landlords & to Letting Agents Prohibited…

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November 16, 2017

CHANGES TO EPC REGULATIONS 1 APRIL 2018

CHANGES TO EPC REGULATIONS 1 APRIL 2018

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 establish a minimum level of energy efficiency for privately rented property in England and Wales. This means that, from April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property in England or Wales must ensure that their properties reach at…

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November 13, 2017

Kaizen – The Guiding Principles

Kaizen – The Guiding Principles

As Christmas and the New Year approach so our minds are crammed full of so much information, some of which will not necessarily relate to work. However, for those of us who don not particularly like unpleasant surprises, being prepared is a positive – it reduces stress and gives us…

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October 20, 2017

The Lettings Sector is Not all Bad

The Lettings Sector is Not all Bad

Now more than ever, the spotlight is well and truly on the Private Rented Sector, every aspect of the lettings process is being scrutinised. Since the announcement by Philip Hammond in last year’s Autumn Statement, the Lettings Industry appears to feature daily in national & trade press. The content of…

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October 20, 2017

Sajid Javid Announces Crackdown on Managing Agents

Sajid Javid Announces Crackdown on Managing Agents

Plans for new measures to help create a fairer property management system that works for everyone have today (18 October 2017) been announced by the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. With over 4.2 million leasehold homes in the country and service charges reaching between £2.5 billion and £3.5 billion a year,…

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September 26, 2017

Trading Standards Week – Clamp down on Letting Agents

Trading Standards Week – Clamp down on Letting Agents

  London Trading Standards (LTS) is launching its first city-wide, week long, awareness campaign, aimed at showcasing efforts to ensure consumers and reputable businesses are protected across the capital. Yesterday, 25 September 2017, London’s 33 Local Authority Trading Standards Services joined forces to bring to light the key issues that…

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September 25, 2017

The importance of having an up-to-date website presence

The importance of having an up-to-date website presence

  There’s no doubt that establishing a web presence in today’s digital landscape is vital. Individuals and organisations alike are now researching, collaborating and in general, interacting through devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktops more than ever before, this is backed up by the fact that 73%…

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September 18, 2017

Beware of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  This Gas Safety Week (18-24 September) Dr. Ranj Singh is supporting Gas Safe Register to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and its symptoms as a third (32%) of people would not recognise them, misdiagnosing symptoms for other illnesses. CO poisoning is known as the ‘silent killer’ as it has…

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