Tagged: tenants

New advise issued for using electronic signatures

New advise issued for using electronic signatures

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills issued guidance on using electronic signatures over the summer, which will be useful for both estate and letting agents. Electronic signatures are not only time saving but...




With redress scheme deadline looming agents act to comply

With redress scheme deadline looming agents act to comply

The deadline for letting agents to sign up to an approved redress scheme is October 1. With fines of up to £5,000 for non-compliance, signs are that letting agents are signing up to one...




Rents reach record high

Rents reach record high

The average rent in England and Wales has reached a record £761 per month. This is £3 higher that the previous record set in October 2013. Seven out of ten regions in England and...




Requirement for all Welsh letting agents and landlords to be licensed

Requirement for all Welsh letting agents and landlords to be licensed

After the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 becomes law all letting agents and private landlords in Wales will have to be licensed. The Welsh Agents and Landlords Licensing Scheme (WALLS) will require “fit and proper”...




Is the ‘revenge evictions’ bill needed?

Is the ‘revenge evictions’ bill needed?

There are growing concerns that a government-backed Private Members’ Bill which attempts to outlaw so-called ‘revenge evictions’ is not required. The aim of such a law is to prevent landlords evicting tenants who have...




Rental demand is growing at the fastest rate in two years

Rental demand is growing at the fastest rate in two years

Research by Countrywide found that demand for rental accommodation across Britain has grown on the back of a housing market which is beginning to show signs of cooling.  This increased demand is being reflected in...




Report unveils what students most desire from their private rental accommodation

Report unveils what students most desire from their private rental accommodation

According to The Mistoria Group, leading investment specialists in student property, the vast majority of students want to live in high quality, shared accommodation, with good internet access and affordable bills.  If landlords and investors...




All rental homes soon to require carbon monoxide detectors

All rental homes soon to require carbon monoxide detectors

A private member’s bill which would make it a legal requirement to install a functioning carbon monoxide detector in every rental and new build property has had its second reading in the House of...




Official code on lettings published

Official code on lettings published

Endorsed and commissioned by the UK Government, a new code has been published for the private rented sector. While parts of the code relate to mandatory legislation, most of the code sets out a...




Housing minister to unveil new code for the private rented sector

Housing minister to unveil new code for the private rented sector

The UK housing minister, Brandon Lewis, will today unveil a new code for the private rented sector designed to provide guidance on how to achieve high standards. Aimed particularly at new and inexperienced landlords,...