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Articles posted in March 2015

Selective licensing: what every landlord should know

Wednesday 25 March 2015

In 2006 local authorities were granted the power to introduce the selective licensing of private landlords to tackle the problems in areas of low housing demand, such as antisocial behaviour.

Gas safety checks: what every landlord should know

Wednesday 25 March 2015

NHS figures show more than 200 people end up in hospital in the UK every year and 40 of those die due to carbon monoxide poisoning and the consequences for landlords who do not meet their responsibilities for gas safety in their buy-to-let properties can be serious.

Landlord lessons: dealing with Japanese knotweed

Sunday 22 March 2015

In September 2014 The Daily Mail ran a story about a 91 year-old woman whose house lost half its value due to an infestation of Japanese knotweed in her back garden. The article told how Elizabeth Abraham found out her Swansea house, which was forecast to be worth £80,000, would now sell for no more than £45,000 due to the aggressive wild plant. And even though many landlords seek rental yield rather than capital gain from a buy-to-let, the repercussions of Japanese knotweed taking root in a rental property are clearly alarming.

Landlord lessons: dealing with wet rot and dry rot

Thursday 19 March 2015

Damp and mould can have serious consequences for both landlords and their tenants – with potentially dire effects on the latter’s health and criminal prosecutions costing the former upwards of £20,000 if a failure to act is in evidence.

Landlord lessons: preparing a property inventory

Wednesday 11 March 2015

Up until 6th April 2007 a tenant who felt they had been treated unfairly by their landlord over the amount of deposit they had been returned at the end of a tenancy had to go to court and argue their case with a judge, but this all changed when the tenancy deposit scheme was introduced.

Landlord lessons: avoiding tenancy disputes

Tuesday 10 March 2015

Most landlords will tell you that the buy-to-let business can be hard work with many overheads and potentially expensive mistakes involved. The majority will also tell you that the key to a successful and secure business is looking after tenants and keeping them in your property rather than someone else’s. And so, Simple Landlords Insurance has put together a guide to help you keep your tenants on side.

Landlord lessons: don't let your property get down in the 'damps'

Monday 09 March 2015

Tenancy agreements usually state it is a landlord’s responsibility to keep the exterior and structure of a home in repair and so if there is a problem with an existing damp-proof course in a buy-to-let then landlords are likely to be responsible for repair.