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  • Immigration Act 2016 - Right to Rent Checks Update

    The Immigration Act 2016, states it will become a criminal offence if Right to Rent checks are not carried out properly. With the Immigration Act 2016 see a further crackdown on illegal immigrants on 1st February 2016.  This act made it more difficult for immigrants to rent a property, find work and gain support in the UK.  This new sanction puts further pressure on landlords and letting agents to carry out the correct Right to Rent checks.  These checks ensure the applicant for a [...]

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    BIG NEWS – BAN ON UP FRONT TENANT FEES CHARGED BY LETTING AGENTS

    Today see the chancellor announce a BAN ON TENANT UP-FRONT FEES that are charged Letting Agents. At 1.25pm today the chancellor has announced that a ban on up front tenant fees to be imposed on Letting Agents. No letting agent will be able to charge administration fees, inventory fees or referencing fees.  This is a welcome change for those tenants looking for a property.  The 250,000 tenants who have signed the “Make Renting Fair” petition will be jubilant they are to be [...]

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    Be a smart Landlord, have a Professional Inventory carried out

    Minimise the loss by having a professional inventory carried out.  This will highten your chances in any deposit dispute. The smartest way to reduce deposit disputes is by having a professional inventory in place minimising the loss you suffer if the deposit ends in dispute. To improve your chance of the property being returned in a good condition is by having a detaiked inventory in plcae.. These inventories are even more critical with the deposit protection schemes in place.  [...]

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    Will Regulating the Letting Market actually Promote Disaster

    Majority Says Regulate the Lettings Market! According to a survey by the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show, showed most people want the lettings market to be regulated.  76% of those surveyed believe the lettings industry should see stronger regulation.  This would furthermore include controls over letting agent fees, tenancy lengths, inventory checks and deposits.  With this 74% want to see rent controls over the private sector. It is a common issue for many people to struggle finding [...]

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    No Smoking in a Rented Property

    No smoking is the way forward with legislation and keeping your property in a better condition for longer. "No Smoking" is the most common phrase used by landlords these days.  This is due to the smell and redecoration that needs to be carried out after a tenant vacates.  The introduction of legislation and public areas, has made this easier for landlords to enforce. When it comes to a rented property some landlords are still not clear on the rules. Houses and properties with private [...]

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    The Sales Market is looking to be out performed by the Rental Prices Increase. Rental prices increase. In the UK over the next 5 years are set to increase faster than the sales market.  According to predictions, Landlords can look forward to an increase in their income for the foreseeable future. The difference in house prices compared to that of the rental figure will be “considerable”.  The figures forecasted by Savills property consultancy, suggests this will be the case between[...]

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    Winter Checks for Landlords & Letting Agents

    Winter Maintenance checks are a must to keep tenants happy and your property in a good state of repair. Winter Maintenance is the biggest time and money saving exercise and landlord or letting agent can do. Many checks and repairs will be carried out to keep the property in order.  However, during the winter months, there are more critical maintenance issues that you need to be aware of.  Preparation for the harsher and colder winters is key with a few. When this awful weather hits, it [...]

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    How to Reduce Condenstation?

    Condensation can be a costly problem for landlords and home owners. Condensation in our homes is a big problem for some.  As a landlord, it is a living nightmare as you have no real control over combatting or reducing the problem.  At Get a Room Online, we have a solution to help reduce this problem with tenants (it does rely on tenants complying and being proactive). It is all about educating them before they take the keys and move in to your property.  Giving your tenants a fact [...]

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    New Rules for Letting Agents

    The Property Ombudsman introduce new rules for letting agents. The Property Ombudsman have introduced new rules for letting agents.  The sight of these new rules is hopefully a way forward to full regulation of the industry. Commission Fees: Over the years nearly all letting agents have charged landlord and tenant fees.  The Property Ombudsman has now introduced a new ruling regarding these fees.  As of 1st October 2016, an agent must declare to the landlord any fees derived from the [...]

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    Gary The Lettings Bear !

    My Name is Gary. I will be showing you around many properties and travelling the world You may be asking yourself, why have Get a Room Online taken on me, Gary? The answer is simple, I am friendly approachable and the company needs me.  They need me as part of the team in their life. I will be popping up in some of the photos of our properties, providing useful information on renting and be a hub of information for tenants. As a company we aim to offer all tenants and landlords the best [...]

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