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Call of the week - Section 21: The technical stuff - 27 July 2017

This week our Landlord Advice Team looks at rent in advance and periodic tenancies in relation to Section 21 notices. The introduction of the prescribed Section 21 notice for England in October 2015 caused a few headaches for landlords when it first came in. Along with remembering all the old rules for service for their old tenancies, landlords had to keep evidence of ... more

Lingering odours hanging around like a bad smell? - 27 July 2017

Nothing will put potential tenants off like the stench of cigarette smoke, damp, pets (or indeed damp pets), but lingering pongs can be notoriously difficult to get rid of. Here we talk to industry experts and look at how you can banish those stubborn smells for good. The house was lovely, clean and well decorated - but the smell of damp ... more

DWP to look at RLA proposals on Universal Credit - 26 July 2017

The DWP has said it will address problems faced by landlords who house Universal Credit tenants following a meeting with the RLA. RLA directors David Smith and Chris Town met with Caroline Dinenage MP, the new Minister responsible for housing cost support at the Department for Work and Pensions, to discuss issues including rent arrears and direct payments. They also presented key ... more

New tenancy agreements now available - 26 July 2017

The RLA has updated its tenancy agreements – with the AST documents now available to download from the site. There have been a number of changes for 2017. In light of the decision in Broadley v Leeds City Council, the RLA has decided to move back to using contractual periodic tenancies instead of statutory periodic tenancies. This amendment means that whenever ... more

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