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Author Archives: painsmith

Cannabis Farms

Cannabis farms in rented accommodation have been a problem for landlords for several years. Criminals appear to prefer spreading farms around multiple locations to ensure that production continues even when one farm is discovered and closed. It is this need for multiple locations which leads the criminals to rented or squatted property. For landlords, the […]

London Mayor database

The London Mayor has announced that a new on-line database will be created naming and shaming landlords and lettings agents who have been successfully prosecuted for housing offences. The on-line database is expected to go live this autumn. The Mayor is hoping that tenants wishing to rent in London will access the database to check […]

Reminder – Gatwick Seminar 24th May 

We have a handful of places left for the forthcoming Seminar in Gatwick. The Seminar will take place on Wednesday 24th May 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, South Terminal, Gatwick Airport RH6 0LL. Topics to be covered include the Right to Rent and Immigration Act 2016, Housing and Planning Act 2016 and Trips and slips to […]

Election – Update

The Homelessness Reduction Bill has now been made an Act of parliament having received Royal Assent on April 27th. Many feared that this Bill would not be made an Act prior to the dissolution of Parliament for the general election called by Theresa May and might be lost. However, this Bill in addition to another […]


Teresa May’s announcement of a general election on June 8th, will have an impact on the upcoming Housing legislation. Some of that legislation is likely to be either delayed and may even be lost if a new Housing Minister is appointed as they may have other ideas. Banning letting agents fees. The consultation is continuing. […]

Mortgage Interest Tax Relief

From April 6th, this year, tax relief on mortgage interest payments for landlords was restricted to the basic rate of (20%) income tax. Prior to April 6th, landlords could claim tax relief on their mortgage interest payments. This meant that landlords could offset their mortgage interest against their rental income for the purposes of self-assessment. […]

Leaks and Flooding – who is responsible?

If you live in a flat you may have issues with leaks and flooding from neighbouring flats, especially those above. Where such issues exist, tenants are likely to look to their landlord to make good, but it is not always that simple. Where a leak or flooding damages the structure such as walls, plasterwork or […]

Tobacco Tax evasion

In February, HM Revenue and Customs published a consultation paper on further measures to help tackle tobacco duty evasion and other excise duty evasion. Part 6 of the consultation paper discusses imposing a statutory duty of care on landlords where a tobacco offence has been committed. A tobacco offence includes the importation and sale of […]

Banning letting agent fees paid by tenants

The Government has published its consultation paper on banning letting agent fees paid by tenants. The consultation is expected to last for 8 weeks until the 2 June 2017. The Government is keen on banning letting agent fees in the hope that it will improve competition in the market and give tenants greater clarity and […]

Gatwick Seminar 24th May

Our next Seminar will take place on Wednesday 24th May 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, South Terminal, Gatwick Airport, RH6 0LL. The event will start with registration and lunch from 1:00pm and run from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Topics to be covered include the following: Right to Rent and Immigration Act 2016 the latest issues; Deregulation […]

Insurance for rental properties– Do I really need it?

Paying for buildings and sometimes content insurance for a property you own is always recommended. Many landlords believe that paying for insurance for a property they do not occupy is a waste of money, particularly if it is rented unfurnished. In fact, the opposite is true. Where landlords have a mortgage, it is a standard […]

Another update on the Homelessness Reduction Bill

The Bill has now passed its third and final reading in the House of Lords and will get its Royal Assent shortly. It is likely to be in force in early 2018. Our previous blog explaining the Homelessness Reduction Bill can be read here. The Bill passed through its final stage in the House of […]

Electrical safety under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

The provisions in Part 5 of the Housing and Planning Act allowing for regulations to be made requiring Electrical Safety testing by landlords are now expected to come into force in October 2017. Under the provisions the Secretary of State may by secondary legislation impose an obligation on a residential landlord in England to ensure […]

Update – Abandonment

Part 3 of the Housing and Planning Act is expected to come into force in October 2017. However, we are not totally confident of that date and it could be April 2017, hence this post. Section 216 of the Act will permit private landlords in England of properties let under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy to […]

Phones back up and running

We are pleased to announce that our phones are working again. Please call the usual number 01420 565310 and press 1 for helpline, or 2 to speak to reception as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Temporary fault with phone lines

Unfortunately our phones are down this morning ( 22nd March 2017). Helpline subscribers are asked to phone the following number: 07854 433 340 or alternatively email us at: or We apologise for the inconvenience. We are working hard to get this fixed.

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