Demand rising for London residential property from Hong Kong investors

Buying a London property is a prime investment opportunity for Hong Kong buyers – either as a pure investment or as a home. The potential is clear – London is an international hub for business and education and the UK’s stable political system and strong economy are also important factors. New UK Visas for Hong …

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Invest in the West: Warple Lofts breathes fresh space into Acton

A History of Commerce High specification renovation projects like Warple Lofts are part of the reason why Acton is ready to step out of the shadow of its more well-known neighbours. Another crucial factor is the advent of a super-fast rail connection that will revolutionise travel and put the population of this smart West London …

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What are tenancy fees?

A. The Tenant Fees Act 2019 states that lettings agents and landlords are no longer allowed to charge tenants for reference and credit checks as well as the preparation of legal documents such as a tenancy agreement. The Tenants Fee Act 2019 has made such charges illegal and after a twelve month transition period, came …

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What repairs are landlords responsible for in a rental property?

A. Most of the landlord’s responsibilities should be clearly documented in the tenancy agreement and this will include repairs to: The structure and exterior of your home, including walls, roof, foundations, drains, guttering and external pipes, windows and external doors. The structure and interior of your home, including basins, sinks, baths, toilets and their pipework, …

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What are my responsibilities as a tenant?

While it is reasonable to view the relationship between landlord and tenant as one that mirrors the customer/provider dynamic, it would be naïve to assume that renting comes free from obligations. There are expectations on both sides and it is therefore imperative that as much as possible be included in writing in the form of …

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Does landlord have to fix the boiler?

A. Not only are landlords responsible for fixing a faulty boiler, they are also responsible for its upkeep and maintenance as they are health and safety issues which are taken extremely seriously and non-compliance could be breaching the law. It is also the landlord’s legal obligation to service any other gas appliances with the frequency …

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The London property sales market – July 2020

Since restrictions were lifted on the housing market in May, we’ve seen enquiry levels from buyers jump to above pre-Covid 19 levels. Currently, we’re receiving 7.5% more enquiries than in February. Well known property portals have also been reporting strong demand with Zoopla, for example, also reporting dramatic increases in enquiries in May, both for …

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Can my landlord evict me?

A. It may come as a surprise to know that landlords don’t always have to have a reason to evict tenants from their property. However, the grounds for a “no fault” eviction are pretty clear and come with certain safeguards for tenants. There are, of course, several factors that landlords can and will point to …

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Can letting agents charge fees?

A. No. Lettings agents in England and Wales are now banned from charging fees to tenants and in England deposits are capped at the equivalent of five weeks’ rent. The Tenant Fees Act 2019 aims to enable tenants to see exactly what fees will be involved when renting a new property, with no hidden costs, but it means landlords must now pay for services such as referencing and inventory checks …

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Can landlords increase rent?

A. In the case of fixed-term tenancies, landlords cannot increase rents unless there is a mutual agreement with the tenant. Alternatively, they must wait until the rental term expires which is why it is so important to have a professionally drawn up contract that lets both parties know where they stand, what their responsibilities are …

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Can I paint a rented house?

A. A simple answer would be no. Painting any part of a private rental property without the landlord’s permission would usually be classified as damage and landlords are within their rights to insist that the house be repainted before you move out or that deductions be made from your deposit. However, like many things property-related, there are levels of nuance and as always, communication …

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Can a landlord keep my deposit?

A. Unless there are deductions to be considered, you should be able to get your full deposit back from the landlord at the end of the tenancy. The reason why you may not get the full amount could be due to unpaid rent, damage to the property, missing inventory items, cleaning of the property and …

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