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  • Property Insight

    Property Insight November is Out Now

    Nov 28, 2014
    The November issue of Property Insight is now available to read online.
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  • Property Insight

    Property Insight: Section 21 Notices, CRAR, Anti-Money Laundering Practices

    Apr 11, 2014
    The redesigned Property Insight, our newsletter for landlords and estate agents, is out now.
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  • Considerations for Landlords Letting Residential Properties

    Sep 11, 2013
    According to research undertaken by the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), landlord investment in residential property increased significantly during the second quarter of 2013, despite a slight easing of tenant demand during the equivalent period. Becoming a professional landlord is synonymous with starting any other business. With the “buy-to-let” market apparently going from strength to strength it is all the more important for landlords to keep up to date with the legislation in relation to residential lettings which continues to be a minefield for the unwary. Equally there are a number of important issues which landlords should consider to avoid some of the most common pitfalls.
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  • Property Insight - Scottish Landlords - Safeguarding Tenancy Deposits

    Jun 03, 2013
    As highlighted in Issue 24 of Property Insight, since 6 April 2007, Landlords in England and Wales who rent properties on an assured shorthold tenancy in England and Wales have been required to protect the deposit they receive via one of three authorised Tenancy Deposit Protection Schemes under section 213 of the Housing Act 2004 as amended by section 184 of the Localism Act 2011. The scheme was set up with the intention of safeguarding tenancy deposits; to provide alternative methods for resolving disputes (as opposed to court litigation) in relation to deposits; and to punish landlords who failed to comply with their duty to protect the deposit.
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  • Advice for Landlords who are letting a residential property

    Mar 18, 2013
    With the “Buy-to-Let” market going from strength to strength, renting out property continues to be a popular method of generating income. Before letting out property, there are a number of issues for a landlord to consider which will help to avoid some of the common pitfalls.
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  • Commercial Tenants Beware: Conditional Break Clauses in Leases

    Feb 25, 2013
    With tenants increasingly looking to add break clauses into their leases (and/or looking to exercise them) and landlords anxious to retain tenants so that they are not left with vacant premises and a potential rates liability, the issue of break clauses, remains a “hot topic”.
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  • Landlords – Are you aware of the consequences of failing to protect your Tenant’s Deposit?

    Feb 06, 2013
    As the “buy-to-let” market continues to go from strength to strength, it is important for landlords to keep up to date with the law relating to residential lettings which continues to be a minefield for the unwary.
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  • Property Insight - Break Clauses for Commercial or Residential Leases need careful consideration

    Feb 01, 2013
    Break clauses are often the most controversial element of a lease. They provide the opportunity for either party to a lease to bring that tenancy to an end before the expiration of the fixed term originally granted. Although most commonly found in commercial leases, options to break can appear in Assured Shorthold Tenancies (“AST”). Indeed these are the only residential tenancies to utilise break clauses.
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  • Property Insight - Break Clauses in Assured Shorthold Tenancies

    Jan 28, 2013
    Break clauses are often the most controversial element of a lease. They provide the opportunity for either party to a lease to bring that tenancy to an end before the expiration of the fixed term originally granted. Although most commonly found in commercial leases, options to break can appear in Assured Shorthold Tenancies (“AST”). Indeed these are the only residential tenancies to utilise break clauses.
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