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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...

Tenants Feel safer thanks to Deposit

A staggering ninety-one percent of tenants feel safer since tenancy deposit legislation was introduced two years ago, a new survey from The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) reveals. Since April 2007, when tenancy deposit legislation was...

Letting agent use 'hits record high'

More people in the UK than ever before are using the services of letting agents in order to find a rental property. The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat that the number of tenants on its...

Gas Safe Register replaced the CORGI gas register in Great Britain and the Isle of Man on 1st April 2009

Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI as the gas registration body in GB on 1 April 2009. The HSE carried out a review of gas safety in 2006 which, after consultation with the gas industry, engineers and the public, led to the decision to change to a...

Buoyant rental sector bucks the trend

The current economic climate is changing the way we think about renting property and for more and more people renting is becoming a viable alternative to buying. With an uncertain property market, unemployment rising and poorly performing...