Fair wear and tear ‘most misunderstood area’ of renting process

August 22nd, 2014

According to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks, fair wear and tear is the most misunderstood area of the whole renting process, especially as “everyone has their own view of what constitutes fair wear and tear”.  In order to help landlords and tenants with this the AIIC has put together some useful tips in the following article:

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Banning of rental properties with low EPC ratings moves a step closer

July 24th, 2014

A new consultation has been launched which states that that minimum standard for all rental properties will be an EPC rating of E. If implemented it will not be possible to rent properties that fail to meet this standard to new tenants from 1st April 2018.

Full story available from Property Industry Eye: http://www.propertyindustryeye.com/ministers-move-closer-banning-rental-properties-low-epcs/

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Good communication is key to a successful tenancy

June 25th, 2014

To prevent disputes arising and to raise the standard of living conditions good communication between tenants and landlords / agents is essential. This advice from Landlord Assist comes in the wake of reports that the number of tenant complaints is on the rise. The tenant eviction and rent recovery firm says that a small minority of landlords are failing their tenants and even carrying out so-called ‘revenge evictions’ when complaints are received about repairs not being made to their properties. However, in the main, landlords take great pride in their properties and wish to protect their investment. Tenants also need to aware that, under the terms of their tenancy agreement, they are required to report problems promptly.

Full story available from Property Reporter: http://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/view.asp?ID=13879

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Call for mandatory electrical testing

June 24th, 2014

Shelter and Electrical Safety First have called for five yearly checks of wiring and other electric fittings to become mandatory. The charities reported that a third of properties fail to meet basic standards and over a million electrical problems were reported last year. The Resident Landlords Association says that landlords are already required to meet certain obligations. Multiple occupation abodes require a safety check to be carried out every five years by a competent electrician and property owners are liable for prosecution under the Defective Premises act if a tenant suffers death of injury as a result of a defect in the electrical system in the premises.

Full story available from BBC news website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27983675

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Shelter ‘playing to people’s fears’

June 18th, 2014

The Residential Landlords Association has recently accused Shelter of ‘playing to people’s fears’  and warned that public policy must not be based on the opinions of problems which could be distorted.

Rather than playing to peoples fears the RLA has said that Shelter should come up with ideas on how to assist good landlords whilst rooting out the bad ones.

Read the full story on Residential Landlord

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PRS to come under the spotlight in Scotland

June 10th, 2014

Tomorrow the future of Scotland’s private rented sector will come under the spotlight  as politicians, key stakeholders, academics and housing sector representatives gather in Edinburgh.

Key topics will include how to create a more secure and stable housing experience for today’s private renters, current and future trends and the potential impact of the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

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Councils seeking to introduce licensing schemes despite similar schemes running into legal difficulties

June 4th, 2014

Evidence is growing that more councils are seeking to introduce licensing schemes for private sector landlords despite the proponents of similar schemes running into legal difficulties.

Oldham MBC last week launched a consultation into a possible scheme while Waltham Forest LBC also confirmed  it intends to pursue plans that had stalled due to the local elections, and at least two other London boroughs and Liverpool City Council have launched consultations into schemes. Continue reading »

Retaliatory eviction law considered by government

June 2nd, 2014

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is considering introducing legislation to outlaw ‘retaliatory eviction’ of tenants who complain to their landlords about poor housing conditions.

Jonathan Bramhall of the DCLG’s private sector property division, told the conference that, following a consultation on the private rented sector concluded in March, the government would announce by the summer any new laws, it wished to introduce.  One way to protect tenants, he speculated, would be to block landlords from evicting using Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, if the property contained health-threatening hazards.  Simon Gordon, consultant to the Residential Landlords Association, told the conference that  “The Government should be very careful about touching that”, calling the Section 21 a ‘Holy Grail’ for landords.

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PRS campaigners release renter’s manifesto

May 20th, 2014

Generation Rent has released a renter’s manifesto – and is now asking for people’s views and additional proposals as well as suggestions for other solutions. Continue reading »

Cleanliness main reason for security deposit disputes

May 15th, 2014

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has highlighted increasing security deposit disputes due to the unacceptable condition in which many tenants vacate properties at the end of their tenancies.

The main disputes centre on the standard of cleanliness, with professional cleaning services often required to sanitise bathrooms and kitchens which haven’t been cleaned in months, and even to remove such unsavoury contaminants as excrement. While the general expectation is that a tenant should leave a property in the same state as when they moved in, landlords and agents would be well advised to make it explicitly clear what standard is required. Fair wear and tear doesn’t stretch to include any sort of stains or marks on furnishings or carpets, and it certainly doesn’t cover many of the downright filthy complaints which agents are attributing to unacceptable hygiene and basic lack of respect by some tenants.  Continue reading »