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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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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My tenants have left my rental property suddenly, leaving a car in the garage.  Can I keep the car?

Unfortunately not.  There are laws governing what a landlord should do if the tenant vacates a property and leaves some of their belongings behind.  Any property left behind by a tenant still belongs to them and if possible, the landlord should always try to return it.  If the landlord disposes of the goods and it …

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What happens if my landlord’s property is repossessed? Can the mortgage lender evict me?

If this happens, it is usually because the landlord has mortgage arrears or they have rented the property without the lender’s permission. What happens next depends on what type of tenancy agreement you have.

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What’s on in London – March 2020

Thanks to social media, there is seemingly no reason to feel disconnected with the source of our inspiration or the people that make it happen. Artists like those exhibiting at the Only Art Fair are putting all their work out on Pinterest, while media savvy footballers directly tweet their feelings about every win, loss or …

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