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MEES changes – April 2020

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If you have a let property with an EPC rating of ‘F’ or ‘G’ then you should prepare now for the extension of the regulations to existing tenancies. Landlords should consider the following, in order to protect their assets: Review your property or property portfolios to identify whether or not properties are compliant Consider the […]

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HMO licensing and planning changes

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Proactive HMO landlords able to stay a step ahead of key industry milestones will meet the challenges, that lie ahead this year, in an easier way. So, let’s go through the most significant changes due to affect landlords this year: New tax relief rules Landlords have met with a row of changes in fiscal and […]

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New minimum energy performance ratings – 1st April 2018

The full legislation To view the full legislation, click here. The changes in brief Government is introducing a minimum standard of energy efficiency rating (otherwise known as an ‘EPC rating’) Minimum rating is an E (including E!) Comes into force on 1st April 2018 Only applies to currently empty properties, i.e. does not affect those properties that already have a tenant in-situ However, if […]

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Landlord Border Control: Are you ready for Right to Rent?

Political views aside, this is yet another major change in legislation that puts landlords and agents at risk of falling foul of the law. The Law in Summary Check your occupants are allowed to be in the country Retain proof If they’re not allowed to be in the country, you must report this as an […]

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Legislation changes 2015 – updates

All of these issues are important and will affect you directly. Please ensure you read this post. Believe it or not, these changes are positive for serious property investors and landlords. All of these changes mean that professional/serious investors will benefit, and amateurs/speculators will be forced out of the market. Mortgage interest tax relief In […]

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Smoke alarms changes – 1st October 2015

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Here’s the full explanatory document regarding the legislation. In a paragraph, however, the law is… “Private sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal […]

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Liverpool landlord licensing – what to do (updated 24th July 2015)

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The scheme is being introduced in Liverpool under the Government’s selective licensing laws and signing up for it is compulsory. Click here for information provided by Liverpool City Council (LCC) with regards to the scheme. I am part of the Liverpool City Council ‘Landlord Advisory Panel’ (LAP) and my blog below will provide all of […]

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Tenancy deposits – don’t get burned

A lot of landlords are accidental and have inherited their properties. It is therefore even more distressing if a tenant leaves the property in a poor condition. The information below aims to outline exactly what you need to do to be compliant and to maximise your chances of winning a dispute. Who takes deposits, where […]

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Hats on or off for the benefit cap?

General housing policies Last year, we saw the introduction of the widely discussed bedroom tax. What seems to have been widely ignored by the press, is that this tax only affects social landlords and NOT private landlords. Therefore, whether you agree or disagree with the policy, the impact is likely to be less widespread than […]

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Council Tax changes – What does this mean for landlords in Liverpool?

Updated 1st April 2016 Since this post was originally written on 12th January 2014, Liverpool City Council has now completely withdrawn the exemptions for empty properties. Click here for more information. The most important change is as follows: Empty property discount From 1st April 2016 discounts for empty homes that are either furnished or unfurnished have been […]

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