Month: November 2017

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Right to Rent Checks

Are Right to Rent Checks for everyone? Yes! Except for underage children that is. But even then, you need to check their age, particularly if they are a teenager, just to be sure they really are under 18 (and keep a copy of the proof). It’s important to know who is applicable for Right to… Read more »

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Deregulation Act 2015 & Retaliatory Evictions

Huh? What’s the Deregulation Act 2015 & how does it affect me? Deregulation Act 2015 & Retaliatory Evictions is a mouthful and doesn’t mean very much to the average Landlord or tenant. As experienced Leicester letting agents we’re here to guide you through legislation and act as your jargon buster! So here goes… The aim: To… Read more »

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Fire Safety for Landlords – carbon monoxide and smoke alarms

On 11th March 2015 the Housing Minister announced that all rental properties require smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The Government is increasing landlord responsibility to ensure a safer and better private rented sector. New regulations were passed by both Houses of Parliament on Monday 14th September 2015. The Changes: The Government has introduced the Smoke… Read more »

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Landlord’s gas safety responsibilities

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 outlines that all UK landlords are legally responsible for the gas safety of their properties and tenants.  This is to ensure all gas appliances (both fixed and portable), fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe. Landlords renting out a property with gas appliances have 3 main responsibilities:… Read more »

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Legionella and landlords’ responsibilities

What is Legionella? Legionnaires’ is a pneumonia-like (potentially fatal) disease commonly caused by the inhalation of small droplets of contaminated water. What must landlords do? Landlords must assess and control the risk of exposure of tenants to Legionella to ensure the safety of their tenants, but this does not require an in-depth detailed assessment. Control… Read more »

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Tenancy Deposits guide for landlords

In England and Wales, is an obligatory requirement for landlords to protect any deposit received for an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) that started on or after 6th April 2007 in a Tenancy Deposit Scheme. A Tenancy Deposit Scheme is a Government approved, independent third party which is permitted to protect tenants’ deposits for the duration of… Read more »

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Landlord’s guide to condensation control & mould

One of the biggest problems for landlords is condensation and mould. If it isn’t dealt with swiftly it can lead to the growth of black mould on decorated surfaces, clothes, shoes and other soft furnishings. This isn’t simply an issue of unsightly mould but also a potential health hazard, especially those who have respiratory health… Read more »

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Asbestos in Rental Properties?

What is Asbestos? Asbestos is a hazardous substance that causes ill-health to anyone who disturbs it and was used in household products and building materials. Fortunately, asbestos is no longer used or imported in the UK (it was banned in 1999) due to the health hazards it creates. Where is Asbestos found in rental properties? The… Read more »