Tenants’ Deposits to be Limited to One Month

The government’s plan to restrict the amount landlords can ask for tenancy deposits to one month of rent will make it much harder for people on low incomes, the benefit dependent, students and people with pets to secure private rented accommodation. It is the latest ill thought out proposal from the government who seem to have failed to assess the consequences for tenants, says […]

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Superstrike Ltd vs Marino Rodrigues and Tenancy Deposits

LettingFocus.com brings you news of a rather idiotic court case and a judge’s decision that has wide implications for tenancy deposits. You may have read about a recent legal judgment in a case relating to tenancy deposit schemes which is now causing chaos and confusion for all landlords who have taken a deposit and also for those who have not […]

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Tenancy Deposits and Tenancy Deposit Schemes

David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com prefers tenancy deposit schemes where a landlord does not have to hand over the cash. Since April 2007, landlords letting property in England and Wales and who take a deposit on an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) must protect it in a tenancy deposit scheme, tell the tenants which scheme it is in and give them the […]

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Tenant Deposit Scheme Rule Change Update

On Wednesday 21st March, I wrote a piece explaining the changes to the tenancy deposit protection scheme rules in England and Wales. The new rules came into effect on April 6th, 2012. However, it is clear from a blog piece I wrote for “The Guardian” that a lot of the “experts” out there in blogland still misunderstand the rules and […]

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Changes to Tenancy Deposit Scheme Rules

Landlords who take deposits need to act fast if they have not already protected them in a tenancy deposit scheme says David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com Today, I was going to comment on the budget, but thus far we cannot see much in it that affects the private rented sector (apart from for very high end properties effected by changes to […]

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Private Landlords, Regulation and Accreditation

Private landlords should comply with the rules or accept that worse could be yet to come says David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com. On many occasions I have said that now the private rented sector has grown so big and become so important, landlords must expect there to be no let up in the raft of legislation effecting what they do and […]

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The Private Rented Sector and Some Key Issues for Government

I was quoted extensively at the Guardian Housing Network blog last week and I think it is worth highlighting the key points I made. Why the PRS is in the News 1. The private rented sector (PRS) is increasingly in the news and will remain so, partly because of its growing size and partly because of rising rent levels, which […]

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