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Home Office launches campaign to help letting agents avoid letting properties to criminal ‘County Lines’ gangs

The Home Office launches campaign to help letting agents avoid letting their property to criminal ‘County Lines’ gangs Urban drug dealing gangs are moving into rural towns and coastal communities, where they rent properties and establish a base. The National … Continue reading

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Red tape milestone: There are now over 125 pieces of legislation affecting the private rented sector

There are now over 125 pieces of legislation and regulations governing the private rental sector, according to research undertaken by Letting Agent Today. According to the publisher “the total of over 125 tells only part of the story, for LAT’s … Continue reading

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Watch your step – here comes the staircase tax!

The Federation of Small Business (FSB) has warned that small firms in England and Wales are being slapped with back-dated business rates bills, following a change to the way in which the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) assesses shared staircases. The … Continue reading

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Benefit of the doubt: Could agents be forced to accept benefit tenants?

  The private-rented sector provides the backdrop for many important debates. Occasionally, it might even be described a battleground when matters of social class, inter-generational wealth, mobility, and even race enter the fray. Rarely does the matter of gender enter the … Continue reading

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Where do your gas and fire safety duties lie?

Both Gas Safety Week and Fire Door Safety Week take place between 14-20 September this year. As the date is fast approaching we thought it might be a good idea to refresh your memory about the two issues and offer … Continue reading

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Hurry up and wait – the curious case of mandatory smoke and carbon monoxide alarms…

UKALA Executive Director, Richard Price reminds agents of their existing obligations and good practice with smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, and tries to make sense of recent proposals. The last Government set in motion proposals to require the installation of … Continue reading

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The industry must take this opportunity to jump, without being pushed

Richard Price, Executive Director of UKALA, on why agent redress gives the lettings industry a chance to change perceptions. There’s been a head of steam building up of late and it’s focussed right on private housing and agents in particular. … Continue reading

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