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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8th September 2022.  The Queen began her reign in 1952 and became Britain’s longest serving monarch in history, being a constant figure of our nation for 70 years and 214 days.  Her Majesty was also Head of the …

Subletting: What you need to know

Subletting: What you need to know

Subletting is when a tenant who is renting a property then rents part, or all, of that property to another person. Whether you are a tenant looking to let out a room in your rented house, a landlord navigating the legalities of the comings and goings in the student flat share you rent out, or …

What are the next steps for the Rental Reform Act?

What are the next steps for the Rental Reform Act?

Government proposals for the Private Rented Sector were set out in a white paper called A Fairer Private Rented Sector, but what are the next steps? The policy paper was published on 16th June 2022 and detailed the government’s plans to ‘fundamentally reform the private rented sector and level up housing quality in this country.’ …

The Cladding Crisis: What you need to know

The Cladding Crisis: What you need to know

If you’re affected by the cladding crisis, what steps do you need to take? The catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower in West London on the 14th of June 2017, killed 72 people and left 70 more injured. It started on the 4th floor of the 24 storey tower block, with the building’s cladding and external …

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Should you be worried about condensation?

Should you be worried about condensation?

Keeping on top of your property maintenance is important and damp is one of the things you should keep an eye on. So when is condensation a problem? For the most part, a few beads of condensation on your window is nothing to stress about. Whatever type of home we live in, and whether we …

How do I deal with squatters?

How do I deal with squatters?

You might never have to deal with squatters – but knowing how to deal with them is important, just in case! It’s hard to say how many squatters there are in the UK, but in 2010 the government estimated there were about 200,000 in the UK at any one time. Given that there are a …

Know Your Rights: Renting to Family and Friends

Know Your Rights: Renting to Family and Friends

While renting to family and friends may seem like the easiest thing to do, you still need to know your rights It might seem like the perfect situation – you have a property that you want to let out, and a friend or family member is in need of a place to call home. Instead …

Top Questions Every Property Buyer Should Ask

Top Questions Every Property Buyer Should Ask

When it comes to buying property, whether it’s your first home or an investment property, what are the top questions you should ask?  It’s not easy to get on the property ladder, so whether you’re a first-time buyer or investing in a buy-to-let, congratulations! But before you get too caught up in the excitement of …

How do I deal with pests?

How do I deal with pests?

As a landlord, you’ve got to be available to deal with any issues that your tenants report in the property. One of the worst ones you could have to deal with is pests. Yes, we’re talking about something that could make your skin crawl, but you probably shouldn’t look away! Essentially, a pest infestation is …

First-Time Buyers: Could you grow your deposit with a buy-to-let?

First-Time Buyers: Could you grow your deposit with a buy-to-let?

Getting on the property ladder as a first-time buyer is hard, so should you consider investing in a buy-to-let instead? With house prices breaking records over the last six months, and some predicting a house price fall, many people will be wondering if it’s the right time to buy a property for the first time. …