Landlords who fail to secure a tenant’s deposit with one of the approved deposit schemes will find themselves without much recourse if they are forced to go to court for possession. While there was once some leeway, the courts will now come down hard on landlords...


 In early June, a story went out about Southampton striker, Lee Barnard, serving an illegal 14-day notice on 11 tenants after he and his partner, model Tonya French, bought a 14-bedroom townhouse in Chelmsford. Once the council stepped in to inform Barnard the notices were...


 The Property Misdescriptions Act 1991 is slated for repeal in October. The government considers the act duplicative of the provisions contained in the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPR) (implemented May 2008). Both sets of laws apply to estate agents...


Wills and LPA Seminar: Putting your ducks in a row (FREE)

Date: 19th June 2013 Venue: New Hilton, Ealing W5 3HN Time: 5:30pm Registration With the uncertainty we seem to see in the world every time we turn on the television or pick up a newspaper at the moment, it is good to know that there are still ways and means that we can take...


 Directors of blocks need insurance cover for both the overall company and the volunteer directors themselves. The law makes no distinction between a volunteer director/officer of a residents’ management company and an officer running a large commercial organization...


 The issue of satellite dishes is an increasing problem between landlords and tenants. Many tenants don’t realise that installing a satellite dish violates the terms of their lease. Landlords are reticent to allow the installation of dishes and even councils have some...


 The Tenant Deposit Scheme (TDS) has instituted a new Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedure to help landlords and tenants resolve deposit disputes more quickly and outside of the courts. As most tenants and landlords know, relying on the courts to decide deposit...


One question that many landlords, managers and owners fail to ask is this: Is my property a HMO? This is critical because it has many ramifications on the duties of a landlord. A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is one defined as a rented property (house or flat) with three or...


 There are at least two sides to every story. The proposed Mansion Tax is a prime example. With Labour joining the Lib Dems in supporting such a tax, the question is in the forefront of many local discussions and on the minds of those threatened to be included on the list...


More and more, people are calling for the licensing of estate agents throughout the country. Some councils, in an attempt to reign in or drive out rogue agents and agencies, have proposed licensing schemes that are more likely to penalise the good agents than get rid of the bad...


The recent recall of three Beko electric appliances highlights an ongoing problem facing homeowners and landlords alike: safety. The recalled products involve the Beko tumble driers (manufactured May-October 2012), the Beko Fridge Freezer (January-October 2006), and the Beko and...


As we move toward spring with a continually gloomy economy, it’s time for another reminder of the rules and regulations regarding estate agency boards. Moving into the high time for sales and lettings, I am once again seeing the proliferation of boards in a manner that...


Once again, lenders have found another way to tighten the noose on lending. With the reduction and loss of the child benefit for more than a million households due to changes that took effect in January, lenders are warning that the size of available home loans may be reduced as...


With the economy still lagging and recession ever looming, landlords and property managers are under constant pressure to reduce costs any way they can. Often, this means that property repairs get put on the back burner. Unfortunately, this approach to cost reduction may end up...


With the success of the Colin Bibra finance clinics over the past year comes the flurry of questions these clinics bring. I am inundated daily with clients looking to understand and navigate the complex and confusing world of property finance, whether for personal property or as...


It’s a well-known fact that estate agency in England is unregulated. In practice, this means anyone can set up as an estate agent, regardless of knowledge, experience or ethics. This has led to the proliferation of ‘agencies’ and ‘agents’ who fail to...


 As it happened in Newham, so it now happens in Liverpool: private landlord licensing. In 2011, Newham Council effected a scheme to license landlords in an attempt to address an ever-growing list of dilapidated properties and rogue landlords. Liverpool is now in consultation...


 As many of you know, there’s a strong sales market in Ealing for portfolio investors. The Ealing area is ideal living, and with a continuing shortage of stock coupled with high rental demand, it is a prime opportunity for investors. London property in general is a...


 With rents and lending restrictions choking the property industry, the current and future generations of potential property owners may never have the opportunity to step onto the property ladder. High rents mean little savings available for the high deposits required by...


 Last week I spoke about higher prices in the Ealing area, partly due to an increase of foreign cash buyers on the scene. For homeowners, this is a boon – they are finally seeing prices increase and getting a return on their investments. Unfortunately, there’s a...


 Ealing, like London in general, is seeing many foreign cash buyers arriving on the property scene. With continued global distress, particularly in the Eurozone, the UK is seen as a relatively safe haven in the storm. Ealing in particular has become attractive to foreign...


 Despite the prospects and anticipation of a completed HS2 transportation route through London and many of the financial gains expected to be brought to Ealing and other areas, HS2 still has significant resistance throughout the city. Especially from residents in Ealing. One...


 Despite the fast growth of rents and long lists of reliable tenants, news for UK landlords is not all that shiny. LSL Property Services’ autumn figures on rental arrears show that nearly 100,000 tenants throughout England and Wales are in arrears by more than two...


Great things are coming to Ealing Broadway. Town Centre is going to get a face lift now that planning permission has been secured for major refurbishment in the area.A number of important businesses will become new tenants in the area. In July, the Japanese-inspired restaurant...