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Section 21 Notice Update

Spencer v Taylor, a Court of Appeal Case A decision has recently been made in the Court of Appeal (Spencer vs. Taylor) concerning the serving of a Section 21 notice. There are two types of section 21 notice, one to be served during a fixed...

Pickles unveils reforms package for private rented sector

New regulations are to be published “within days” by the Government, which will require all letting and managing agents to join an approved redress scheme. A new Code of Practice setting standards for the management of property in the...

Four Oaks Boys Tigers have winning start to season

Tigers 4 V 1 Burntwood Dragon Reds Pitch : Shenstone Pathfinders Match Report First full game of the season for Tigers, stepping up to 9 a side...

Preferential Properties team took part in Race For Life in Sutton Park.

Many of you may be aware that about 12 months ago one of our team, Jane Lax, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully she discovered it early and after undergoing intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy she is finally coming to the end of all...

Rent in advance not a deposit, Court of Appeal rules

Rent paid in advance does NOT count as a deposit, the Court of Appeal has ruled. The landmark ruling means that landlords and agents are not obliged to treat rent paid in advance as a deposit which requires protection under the Housing Act...

Should advance rent be registered?

The critical question of whether rent paid in advance is a tenant's deposit is to be decided by the Court of Appeal. The case of Johnson v Old is due before the Court in March after the tenant in the case decided to appeal. In Johnson v...

How to stand out from the crowd

There's a new base for an established local agency that will help it stand out from the crowd.   That's the verdict of Managing Director Simon Bacon after his Preferential Properties team moved into their new headquarters at 224...

Consultation On Changes to Council Tax Exemptions and Discounts

Birmingham City Coucil has announced that it is seeking reform of its Council Tax Exemptions and Discounts scheme and that consultation is to take place between Monday 10th September and Sunday 2nd December. As part of Welfare Reform the...

Landlords fear Newham example will be copied elsewhere

Thursday 28th June 2012 The decision by the London Borough of Newham to press ahead with blanket licensing for every single private landlord has come under fire, amid concerns that councils across the UK could follow suit. Newham will be...

Expanded service, same quality

A Sutton Coldfield agency that has been providing a top-class lettings service to landlords and tenants for the past decade is now about to provide the same, quality service to  vendors and house-buyers in Erdington. While most agents, in...