Tagged: legal requirements

Green for go on new EPC laws for buy to lets

Green for go on new EPC laws for buy to lets

It’s green for go for new-style energy performance certificates from April 6 and landlords or letting agents who flout the new rules could face a fine. Energy performance certificate (EPC) laws are tightening and...




Inventory pictures don’t necessarily say 1,000 words, agents warned

Inventory pictures don’t necessarily say 1,000 words, agents warned

Photos and videos need to be backed up with written descriptions and detailed inventories. Too many agents are using digital evidence to replace essential written descriptions in inventories at check-in and check-out, leaving landlords...




New duty for agents to check for legionnaire’s disease

New duty for agents to check for legionnaire’s disease

A new duty has fallen on letting agents and landlords – to carry out risk assessments for legionnaire’s disease, and if necessary, take action. The Health and Safety Executive has released a revised Approved...




Helping agents make the grade

Helping agents make the grade

RentPro rental property management software can assist you with your obligations for protecting clients money, handling tenants deposits, ensuring legal obligations in regards to safety checks are valid, as well as allowing you to keep in...




Lettings agent complaints up 26%

Lettings agent complaints up 26%

Following another year in which lettings complaints increased, property ombudsman, Christopher Hamer, is renewing his call for standards to be raised across the lettings industry. In 2011, the ombudsman’s office dealt with 7,641 letting...




MPs and peers to examine private rented sector

MPs and peers to examine private rented sector

MPs and Peers will hear about the impact of the recent changes to housing benefit for claimants under the age of 35 along with how local authorities are using new powers to restrict the growth...




The New Green Deal from April 2012

The New Green Deal from April 2012

Every property in the UK is entitled to an interest FREE finance grant to improve the energy efficiency of their property, up to the maximum value of £10,000. From 1st April 2012, a new...




UK property industry will try to meet green targets, seminar hears

UK property industry will try to meet green targets, seminar hears

Sustainability as an issue is not going anywhere, so it may pay now to get your properties up to grade so as to avoid any properties suddenly being deemed unlettable under the 2011 Energy...




Agents warned over illegality in taking tenants’ money too early

Agents warned over illegality in taking tenants’ money too early

Agents in student cities and towns where it is commonplace for agreements to be signed up to ten months in advance, with deposits, holding fees, referencing fees and, commonly, the first month’s rent taken,...