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Of Letting Fees and Rent Controls – Landlords being pushed into a trap

NLA Blog - 25 August 2016 - 4:38pm
Ban incoming? A lot was made of letting agent fees in the run up to last year’s general election, and the issue is back again as the fix-all cure of the ills of private renting. A Conservative Government would normally … Continue reading →

Is the Edinburgh Fringe under threat?

NLA Blog - 10 August 2016 - 4:30pm
  Since 1947, Edinburgh has welcomed performers and tourists to the city as part of its summer Fringe Festival. Many make the annual pilgrimage to Auld Reekie to see the very best (and bizarre) in comedy, music and theatre – … Continue reading →

People & Properties: Quick Stats on the PRS

NLA Blog - 26 July 2016 - 2:17pm
The Department for Communities and Local Government has released more detailed analysis of Private Rented Sector (PRS) data from the results of the English Housing Survey 2014-15. See our previous blog on some of those headline figures here. The Private … Continue reading →

Is this the end of the EPC?

NLA Blog - 20 July 2016 - 3:18pm
Handed down to the UK through the catchy-named European Union Directive 2002/91/EC, Energy Performance Certificates have been the cause of many a headache for landlords since their introduction through the infamous Home Information Packs in 2007. In 2012 we saw … Continue reading →

Who’s Who in Theresa May’s Cabinet

NLA Blog - 15 July 2016 - 10:05am
The dust is settling on May’s clear out of Cameron’s Cabinet, so let us have a look at the new people in post that could impact on landlords’ businesses. Theresa May – Prime Minister She made landlords de-facto immigration officers … Continue reading →

Supreme Court Rules on Edwards v Kumarasamy

NLA Blog - 13 July 2016 - 11:05am
The Supreme Court has today (13 July 2016) given its judgment on the case of Edwards versus Kumarasamy – finding that the landlord, Mr Kumarasamy, was not liable for the disrepair which caused his tenant’s injury. In this case, which … Continue reading →

McDonald vs. McDonald: Eviction orders still stand

NLA Blog - 12 July 2016 - 10:48am
  The possession process is rarely pleasant. This much is a given, as the procedure for gaining possession of a property costs time, money, and is entered into usually as the very last resort.   Section 21 notices For landlords, … Continue reading →

68,000 landlords can’t be wrong…

NLA Blog - 1 July 2016 - 11:00am
New to Buy-to-Let? The business and practice of letting property can seem daunting for the first-timer. From changes in legislation, requirements and, of course, risks, the world of buy-to-let is not always straight-forward, and that goes for everyone – novice … Continue reading →

Politics be damned … life goes on

NLA Blog - 30 June 2016 - 12:16pm
The momentous decision on 23rd June has altered British politics not just in the membership of the European Union, but also the existence of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. At time of writing three political parties … Continue reading →

EU Referendum: Making your mind up!

NLA Blog - 21 June 2016 - 3:18pm
  With two days to go before the polls open it is make your mind up time on Britain’s future relationship with the EU. As you know the NLA is a non-politically aligned membership organisation. We are therefore not taking … Continue reading →

Wales: The state of play and our call for planning reform.

NLA Blog - 16 June 2016 - 3:40pm
Post-election Kafuffle The Welsh Assembly elections last month culminated in a Labour minority Government being backed up by the one remaining Lib Dem AM and casual support from the increased Plaid Cymru contingent.   In return for this propping up, … Continue reading →

NLA Donates to Tenant Tax Fund

NLA Blog - 10 June 2016 - 2:36pm
NLA Chief Executive, Richard Lambert, discusses the NLA’s decision to donate £10,000 to the ‘Tenant Tax’ legal fund. The last few days will be the nearest I will get to living the life of Jack Bauer from the TV series … Continue reading →

4G Freeview Interference – how will landlords be affected?

NLA Blog - 7 June 2016 - 4:10pm
This is a guest blog from at800 What is 4G Freeview Interference? New fourth generation mobile services, known as 4G, are being switched on across the UK. This is great news for mobile users, as 4G provides people with much … Continue reading →

New Law Proposed to Stop Councils Forcing Tenants to Wait for Bailiffs

NLA Blog - 3 June 2016 - 4:05pm
The proportion of all repossession claims that have to be resolved by bailiffs in the last 12 months has shot up to 40%, compared to just 25% in the same period 5 years ago according to recent Government stats. Possession … Continue reading →

Diaries of a Trade Association Policy Team: Volume One

NLA Blog - 27 May 2016 - 4:09pm
Representing landlords may not always be the most glamorous job, but it sure does keep us busy. From travelling up and down the country meeting with local authorities, to lobbying Government officials and ministers across various departments, there is never … Continue reading →

Queen’s Speech: Much Ado About Nothing for the PRS?

NLA Blog - 18 May 2016 - 4:29pm
There was a decidedly mixed reception to the Queen’s Speech in the NLA office, a parliamentary ceremony that dates back to the 16th century, just before the birth of William Shakespeare. Some breathed a high sigh of relief given ‘Measure … Continue reading →

Can you help home a Family of Refugees?

NLA Blog - 17 May 2016 - 4:16pm
Citizens UK is urging landlords in the United Kingdom to consider the possibility of letting their properties to refugee families. Conflicts in the Middle-East, particularly the Syrian Civil War, have contributed to a large-scale humanitarian crisis, and anyone who has … Continue reading →

Make him an offer he can’t refuse…

NLA Blog - 12 May 2016 - 4:33pm
Rumours abound that next week’s Queen’s Speech will contain measures to ease the sale of property in England and outlaw gazumping. Gazumping –  i.e. to make an offer to purchase a property that is higher than someone whose offer has already … Continue reading →

Homelessness – Landlords are not the enemy

NLA Blog - 11 May 2016 - 3:57pm
Oft-cited statistics about the cause of homelessness seek to pin the blame on landlords. With the possibility of new legislation to tackle homelessness being announced in this month’s Queen Speech, meaningful reforms need to be made that engage landlords rather … Continue reading →

Where does the time go?

NLA Blog - 10 May 2016 - 10:48am
If I have to get my gas appliances checked annually, how many inspections will I need over a 12 year period? 12 Surely, one every year. Maybe, but its quite likely to be 13. Look at it this way, if you’re … Continue reading →
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