Law reform

Don't wait for reforms to extend your lease - act now!

In January, the Government announced that it will be making fundamental changes to leasehold that will have an impact on flat owners going forward. See our previous blog for details. These changes will be rubber stamped by legislation that is to be brought forward du...

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Why we must keep listening to residents

The Grenfell Inquiry started again this week with more disclosures from cladding manufacturer Kingspan. In November, we heard that one of the company’s managers had openly said that professionals raising fire safety concerns relating to the company’s insulation shoul...

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New electrical checks - keep the evidence!

New electrical safety regulations come into effect for all rental properties from 1 April, so do you know what you need to do to comply?The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 mean landlords must have the electrical ins...

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How PlanetRent keeps disputes to a minimum

More tenancies now end in disputes raised by tenants than landlords according to new research from Decorus for Sage spotted in Landlord Today. This is often because there is no clear understanding between the parties to the rental agreement about what is expected of ...

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Why we should stop and think before turning shops into homes

Back in December we blogged about the Government’s plans for allowing retail-to-resi conversions in order to breathe life back into high streets around the country. The argument goes that empty shops are blighting our town centres and converting them to housing would...

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Waking Watch fund is open for business

Do you live in a high-rise block where you and your fellow residents are paying for a waking watch? If so, your freeholder or property manager can now apply for finance to pay for a fire alarm system to be installed instead.The Government’s Waking Watch Relief Fund, ...

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New cladding finance expected "very shortly"

Spotted on Twitter this morning: a ‘property lawyer’ tweeting that he didn’t know what all the fuss over cladding was about and that, as leaseholders are liable for repairs under their lease, they should be made to pay. Cut and dried he said. Except that it’s not.  L...

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Could your flood insurance be about to get better - and cheaper?

Last week, hundreds of homes were affected by flooding thanks to Storm Christoph, while many people are still dealing with the aftermath of Storm Bella that hit the UK on Boxing Day.With climate change making flooding a more frequent event, the costs involved in the ...

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Pro-pet tenancies get the thumbs up from MPs

Just 7% of private landlords currently advertise pet-friendly properties. This makes it much harder for tenants to find the right home and in some cases has even meant people having to give up their pets in order to put a roof over their head. But this is all about t...

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For sale

How the UPRN could get the homebuying process moving

Yesterday we blogged about stamp duty and the problems being caused by the huge surge in demand from buyers as they rush to complete sales before the payment holiday ends in March.Today, new data from Movewise proves the point. The multi-agent property seller looked ...

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