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Nightmare Tenants and How to Deal with them

Nightmare Tenants and How to Deal with them

Landlords should be aware of the potential problems which can arise from tenants, and read this advice on some of ...

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10 Reasons Why Cats Make Great Housemates

10 Reasons Why Cats Make Great Housemates

Recently Jasmine Harman appealed for more landlords to accept tenants with pets. Being a cat owner myself, I'm all for it. Here are ten reasons why they make great housemates.

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How Are You Tackling Scotland's EPC Amendments?

How Are You Tackling Scotland's EPC Amendments?

In June 2012 Scottish EPC regulations were amended. To avoid landing yourself with a possible fine from your local authority; and for tips on tackling the amendments, read on.

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Landlord Accreditation

Landlord Accreditation

Landlord accreditation schemes help the landlord prove they maintain high standards, whilst giving the tenant the reassurance they require. This article covers the basics of landlord accreditation, why a landlord would want it, and why a tenant may look for it.

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Section 21 Notice to Quit

Section 21 Notice to Quit

At the end of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement the landlord has the right to regain possession of the property.

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George Osborne To Cut Housing Benefit. Really?

George Osborne To Cut Housing Benefit. Really?

In his speech at this week's Conservative Party Conference, its expected that George Osbourne will outline plans to further reduce the welfare budget.

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HMO – What You Should Know

HMO – What You Should Know

HMO stands for House in Multiple Occupation and is a term used to describe a property rented by a three or more people who are not related.

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Landlord Registration Details You May Have Missed

Landlord Registration Details You May Have Missed

Since 30th April 2006, all owners of let property in Scotland must be registered with their local authority.

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Tenancy Deposit Schemes. Are You Ready?

Tenancy Deposit Schemes. Are You Ready?

On 2nd July 2012 new schemes were launched in Scotland obligating landlords to hold tenant deposits with a third-party ...

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Energy Performance Certificates In a Nutshell

Energy Performance Certificates In a Nutshell

From the 4th January 2009, it has been a legal requirement that properties sold, or rented to a new tenant, must provide an EPC.

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Becoming a Landlord (Part 3)

Becoming a Landlord (Part 3)

A tenant must pay the agreed monthly rent and council tax. You may qualify for a discount on council tax if your circumstances permit. For example, people who live alone are entitled to a 25% reduction in their fee.

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Becoming a Landlord (Part 2)

Becoming a Landlord (Part 2)

As a landlord, there are several legal responsibilities that you must conform to before letting out a property.

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Becoming a Landlord (Part 1)

Becoming a Landlord (Part 1)

There are many reasons to rent accommodation, particularly in this tough economic climate. The large deposit required for a mortgage prevents many people buying a property. In addition, the breakup of a relationship may result in one, or both parties, seeking rented accommodation.

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Tenancy Agreements. What Are My Rights?

Tenancy Agreements. What Are My Rights?

Often, it can be confusing what you are entitled to when entering a tenancy agreement. It shouldn't be.

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Good Images Make Good Property Listings

Good Images Make Good Property Listings

Previously I wrote about why good addresses are essential for successfully marketing a property. In this post I'm going to cover why images are important.

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