How to avoid deposit disputes

What to do at the start and end of a tenancy to avoid a deposit dispute Less than 1% of all tenancy deposits end in dispute, but when it does happen it can end up being an expensive nightmare for all parties involved. Many potential disputes can be avoided and one of the quickest ways…

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Rents Rise Across the UK at Fastest Pace for 13 Years

According to new research from Zoopla, Rents outside London are rising at their fastest pace for more than a decade, as tenants flock back to Britain’s big regional cities and towns.  Rents across major cities and towns outside London have seen the highest growth since 2008,  with an increase of 5% in the year to…

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PRESS ARTICLE: Investment in Student Property is Booming

Private equity firms are ramping up their investments in the UK’s student accommodation market, pumping hundreds of millions of pounds into a resilient sector, with an eye on high rental returns in post-Brexit, post-Covid Britain. Recent research from real estate advisors, Jones Lang Lasalle reveals that one-third of deals for student property in 2021 so…

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End of Stamp Duty Holiday: first deadline fast approaching

The Stamp Duty holiday in England will end on 30th June 2021, lowering the nil rate band from £500,000 to £250,000 for all but first-time buyers, who have a threshold of £300,000 before stamp duty is due. The rates will then change again in October to return to the standard amount pre-Covid-19. The temporary nil…

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Two Views on the Ending of the Evictions Ban in the UK

For the pandemic period, a “new normal” has been in place. This new normal has included an unprecedented financial package from the government to help individuals who have lost their incomes to support themselves and find new work. One helpful measure has been the “eviction ban” that prevents landlords from evicting tenants who can’t pay…

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National Landlord Investment Show May 2021

The Mistoria Group MD, Mish Liyanage, will be presenting at the upcoming National Landlord Investment Show – Nationwide Online Super-Show. The event takes place on Wednesday 26th May. Mish’s presentation is entitled “Top Tips in Social Housing HMOs”. The event programme starts at 9:30am and Mish’s presentation is at 11:15am. Anyone who would like to…

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PRESS ARTICLE: Benefits freeze will drive up rent arrears for landlords

The Government’s recent benefits freeze will leave tenants across Britain facing rent arrears of £1,000 (* Source: Observer newspaper analysis of Government data, March 2021). From April 2021, the government is freezing the amount of local housing allowance (LHA), so tenants will receive the same amount of money as last year, even though rents have…

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Landlords: are you prepared for the EICR deadline?

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In July 2020, the Government introduced new Regulations on electrical safety standards in the private rented sector. They require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested at least once every 5 years. Currently, this applies to all properties that were let from 1 July 2020, but from 1 April 2021…

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PRESS ARTICLE: Landlords urged to accept more tenants on benefits

Despite housing benefit discrimination being confirmed as unlawful in a landmark court ruling last July, there continues to be a growing shortage of social housing and private accommodation for the homeless, individuals, and families claiming Universal Credit or Housing Benefit. A recent appeal was made from a social housing organisation working with Bridgend Council, to…

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