Articles

  • Changes to carbon monoxide alarm regulations

    May 23, 2022

    New regulations – the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 - state that from 1st October this year, all rented properties in England must provide a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms where there is any type of fixed combustion application. All alarms must be in proper working order at the start of a new tenancy...

  • Have your say on property tax simplification 

    May 17, 2022

    The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is asking for views about how the taxation of property income could be simplified and has launched an online survey on a number of related topics. This is for long term rentals, holiday lets and the rent a room scheme and covers a range of questions including how easy or otherwise it is to navigate the current HMRC guidance on property tax...

  • Increasing tenancy length and rising rents

    May 9, 2022

    The latest industry report into the private rented sector (PRS) from Propertymark shows that supply and demand of rental properties continues to be out of balance, with tenants remaining in properties for longer than previously...

  • Evaluation of PRS legislation needs better data

    May 4, 2022

    There are over 125 individual pieces of legislation that now govern the private rented sector (PRS) and much of this is essential to support a safe, fair and protected housing market for landlords and tenants alike. However, the piecemeal approach often applied by the various Government departments that are involved in the PRS, has made it increasingly complex and difficult to navigate for those...

  • Top Tips for First Time Renters – Part Two

    April 25, 2022

    Last week I gave the first in a two-part series on tips which might be useful for those renting for the first time - or in a long time - and here is the second part to that which I hope you find useful...

  • Top Tips for First Time Renters – Part One

    April 20, 2022

    With an increasing number of people looking to rent I thought it would be useful to give some advice to those who are first time renters. Latest data from the industry body Propertymark shows that the private rented sector is under pressure as their members report an average of 142 applicants registered per agent branch (in February) compared to an average of just five properties to rent in the...

  • Tips for New Landlords – Part One

    April 5, 2022

    With the latest report on the private rented sector once again showing that demand is far outstripping supply, the sector continues to be under huge pressure. Propertymark member branches reported an average of 142 applicants registered in February compared to an average of just five properties to rent in the same period...

  • Helping with Homes for Ukraine 

    March 29, 2022

    With many local people looking to see how they can help those fleeing the war in Ukraine, questions are being asked about what this means for tenants who want to help or landlords letting their property...

  • Happy tenants in the private rented sector

    March 22, 2022

    Some parts of the media seem very keen on positioning landlords and tenants as being against each other, so it was refreshing to see a recent report from an independent body, the Social Market Foundation, stating that 81% of private tenants are happy with their current rental home and 85% are satisfied with their landlords...

  • Call for energy saving Stamp Duty incentive

    March 14, 2022

    Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in February show two thirds (66%) of adults in Britain reported their cost of living increased in the past month, and 79% cited higher gas and electricity bills as a cause...