Before Commencement

Management Options

If a landlord doesn’t want to self-manage they can use an agent. If using an agent, it is critical to ensure:- It is clear who does what. There is nothing worse than the tenant not being able to get something done because each side is assuming the other side is doing...

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Insurance

Make sure your insurance company is aware the property is being let, else the insurance might be null and void; Landlords need to ensure they have appropriate cover:- – Landlords’ buildings insurance Landlords’ buildings insurance covers the cost of repairing or...

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EPC / MEES

It has been a legal requirement for all rentals from Oct 2008 to have a valid EPC.  They currently lasts 10 years but would only need to be renewed (on expiry) upon change of tenure – i.e. sale of property or new tenant; there is no need to get a new one whilst a...

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Do you have an HMO?

Definition of an HMO Since April 2006, a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is: An entire house or flat which is let to 3 or more occupiers who form 2 or more households and who share basic amenities – e.g. a kitchen, bathroom or toilet. Note:- rents must be payable...

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Licensing

Licensing is a very emotive subject.  Introduced in the 2004 Housing Act it was intended to control properties that were deemed to be a greater risk than the norm, and allow greater control of them.

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