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Five tips on how to avoid cowboy letting agents

Avoid the cowboys!

There are quite a few people renting property for the first time, and inevitably, there are rogue letting agents setting up shop to take their money. If you are new to landlording, you should be VERY careful when choosing an agent. Particularly if the rented property is not local to you so you won’t beContinue Reading

Tenants legal help – five points on your rights about electricity


There are differences between tenants rights as regards gas and electricity which is often confusing. Here are five points to help you. 1. There is no equivalent to the gas regulations certificates Under the gas regulations all landlords are obliged to get an annual certificate and give it to their tenants. There is nothing equivalentContinue Reading

Eviction – five misunderstandings about using section 21

Five misunderstandings about section 21

Eviction using section 21 is very common. However there are many misunderstandings about it.Continue Reading

Tenants legal help – five tips on dealing with landlord harassment

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Dealing with landlord harassment Harassment from landlords can take many forms but the most common are: going round and shouting and swearing coming into the property without asking first cutting off the services, such as gas and electricity What should you do about it?  Here are a few general tips. 1. Keep a record ofContinue Reading

Tenants legal help – five points on repair rights

Is your property being kept in repair?

Your landlord is obliged by law to keep your property in repair (the specific rules are discussed here), but the law is not always straightforward. Here are some points you may not have realised: 1. Repairs but not improvements Under his repairing obligations your landlord must keep your property in repair (as set out inContinue Reading

Tenants legal help: five tips on your tenancy agreement

Questions about tenancy agreements

Before you sign your tenancy agreement: 1. Make sure you have one.  It is important to have a tenancy agreement as a record of what was agreed, as memories fade.  If you ever need to claim housing benefit /LHA the benefit office will need to see it. 2. Check that the rent on the agreementContinue Reading

Five things you didn’t know about rent

Five things you didn

Did you know that: 1. Rent is payable in arrears, unless the tenancy agreement specifically says it should be paid in advance 2. Rent is due in the morning of the rent day given in the tenancy agreement (or as agreed if there is no tenancy agreement), but is not overdue until after midnight 3.Continue Reading

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