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Smoke Alarms to become a legal requirement for all

From October 2015 all landlords will have to provide smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in every rented property. These vital warning devices are cheap to buy and install, there is never any excuse to leave tenants unprotected and from October it will be unlawful to do so.

Brief Guide to 2014 Blind Safety Regulations

New regulations now in force require that all operating cords that form a loop must be made child safe. According to Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents ( 29 children have been strangled by blind cords in recent years.  Blinds in all properties should now be child safe. New

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Landlords & Managing Agents – Legionella legal update – Beware!

The Health and Safety Executive have produced two guides following an Approved Code of Practice: Legionnaires’ disease: A brief guide for duty holders – visit: Legionnaires’ disease: The control of legionella bacteria in water systems – visit:

Why Mid-Term Inspections are Vital

Rising rents and a shortage of affordable property have created an army of ‘ghosts’ who live in sub-let rooms in rented homes and are unknown to the agent or the landlord. Recent research shows that an estimated 3.3 million people are living as unofficial tenants – that is as many

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A Room With No View?

A recent prosecution reported in UK Landlord’s Magazine concerned a £32,070 fine for a Landlord who rented his House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) and offered every room in the property as a bedroom, except for the kitchen and one bathroom. One tenant was renting a room with a ceiling that

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Landlords can have unrealistic expectations at Check-Ins

Landlords are still pushing for ‘betterment’, or ‘new for old’ at the end of tenancies and many have unrealistic expectations of what they can claim against tenant deposits. Whilst the tenant has a duty of care to return the property in the same condition at the end of the tenancy

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