Notice Periods in Contractual and Periodic Assured Shorthold Tenancy

Notice Periods in Contractual and Periodic Assured Shorthold Tenancy In the current coronavirus environment where people are not supposed to be doing viewings, I suppose landlords would like it if, when their current tenants gave notice, the notice period was as long as possible, (as they won’t be re-letting any time soon and be facing a void). This brings me to […]

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Lots More New Regulations Have Just Come Into Force

Another raft of new regulations impacting private landlords came into force on October 1st, 2015. Lots More New Regulations Have Just Come Into Force From that date, all privately let properties will have to have a smoke alarm on any living space level and these alarms must be tested before a new tenancy starts. In all rooms where solid fuel can […]

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Longer Term Tenancy Contracts and the Mortgage Works

Today, Mortgage Works owner, Nationwide has said it will allow landlords to offer longer term tenancies. We are delighted that our work at LettingFocus on this matter, over many years, helped make this happen. Through our consulting work over a long period, we were able to show ALL lenders that the business case of keeping tenancy lengths in the private […]

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Reservation Fees, Letting Agents and Avoiding the Void Periods

LettingFocus has found some letting agents to be very frit* about taking reservation fees from tenants – and posits some reasons why. Landlords who set out to minimise periods when a property is empty (or “void periods” in the landlord vernacular) always market the property as soon as the current tenants have given notice of their intention to leave. (Of […]

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Longer Term Tenancies and Getting the Right Buy to Let Mortgage

In this LettingFocus blog post, we discuss our research into the potential for buy to let mortgage lenders to allow borrowers to offer longer term assured shorthold tenancies. We also look at the questions borrowers should ask themselves to ensure they get the mortgage that’s right for them. Currently, at LettingFocus we are doing research into the potential for buy […]

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Private Rented Sector Access Scheme – Reaching Landlords is the Key. Plus A Comment on HMOs and Shared Houses

I’m extremely busy with corporate work right now. I am working with banks, insurance companies and with the public sector to help them improve their landlord facing products. For local authorities and housing associations this typically involves helping them make a better job of Local Letting Agency Models, Private Rented Sector Access Schemes, Choice Based Lettings  and Supported Access Schemes […]

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