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Residential lettings law bill

Residential lettings law bill currently under consideration in Parliament The Deregulation Bill Some of the changes currently being considered for law under, residential lettings law bill currently under consideration in Parliament, includes in: Deposits: Deposits on tenancies that started before April 2007 that have now become periodic will need to be protected in a deposit […]

HMO ACCOMMODATIONS – West Midlands Property

HMO Accommodations Landlords wanting long term company let or HMO tenants can contact West Midlands Lettings Ltd to arrange a valuation for rental income of their West Midlands Property. Company letting agreements can be arranged for 1 or more years. HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) applies to shared housing where a group of people living […]

Tenancy Deposit Schemes

The tenancy deposit protection (TDP) schemes guarantee the deposit will be returned to the tenant at end of the tenancy if the terms of the tenancy are met and the property has not been damaged. Also, the scheme will assist if any dispute arises at the end of the tenancy. There are 3 government approved […]

Mobile property website for mobile people

Mobile property website for mobile people When was the last time you searched for property on your mobile device? It can be an arduous task scrolling through property details, pictures, etc on your mobile phone when visiting a PC website. This is why we created a mobile property site a few years ago. As we […]

Eight ways to improve your EPC rating

Landlords find ways to improve your EPC rating and especially relevant keep your tenants happy with lower utility bills. Some of the key areas of the Energy Bill include facilitating the roll out of smart meters, making information on energy bills clearer and introducing measures to encourage low carbon emissions. The flagship policy in the […]

Where is your tenancy deposit held?

Where is your tenancy deposit held? If you have misplaced your tenancy deposit documents, it’s not that difficult to find out where your landlord or managing agent has lodged your deposit. Where is your deposit held? The following are links to pages of the 3 deposit schemes where tenants can check if there is a […]

Welfare Reform – Universal Credit 2013

Welfare Reform – Universal Credit 2013 Universal Credit (UC) is a new benefit which will replace the following benefits in pilot areas of the UK including Sandwell and Birmingham from April 2013 and will be rolled out Nationally by October 2013: • child tax credit • housing benefit • income related employment and support allowance […]

New Council Tax rates for empty furnished properties

New Council Tax rates for empty furnished properties The Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council now has new Council Tax rates for empty furnished properties. Landlords/owners of empty furnished properties prior to April 2012 had 50% discount on Council Tax. As of April 2012, there is only a 10% discount. You now have to pay 90% of […]

Changes to Housing Benefit April 2011

The government plans to change the rules on how housing allowance is calculated. If you are claiming housing benefit, the amount you receive in the future is likely to be reduced. If you claim before April 2011 you will usually not be affected straight away. New rules will apply to new claims made after 1st […]

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