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Better protection for private tenants promised

Better protection for private tenants promised

The Scottish Government has promised better protection and improved services for more than 270,000 private sector tenants. A consultation launched by housing minister Keith Brown yesterday will help deal with rogue landlords by creating...




UK landlords don’t believe that deposit schemes help them, survey shows

UK landlords don’t believe that deposit schemes help them, survey shows

A UK wide survey has found virtually no landlords think that deposit schemes are designed in their favour with 54% believing they favour tenants and 35% thinking neither benefit. Letting agents also largely mirrored...




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...




Experian to include rental payments in credit files

Experian to include rental payments in credit files

This scheme is certainly welcome for those looking to improve their credit rating especially if they are looking to move onto the property ladder in the future.  However for those with missed and late...




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...