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General Election 2017 - Housing Manifesto Round Up
General Election 2017 - Housing Manifesto Round Up
With the General Election 2017 just days away, what do each of the parties pledge when it comes to housing? Zoopla have written this condensed version of the main parties’ manifestos and what they have to say.    LIBERAL DEMOCRATS   For private renters, the Liberal Democrat manifesto says it will ban tenant fees charged by ...
MD of Swansea Letting Agency up for Regional Award
MD of Swansea Letting Agency up for Regional Award
Hannah McCartan, MD of McCartan Lettings in Killay, has been nominated for Female Entrepreneur of the Year at this year’s prestigious South Wales Business Awards.   The South Wales Business Awards, now in their 10th year, highlight the very best of businesses across the South Wales region.   The awards organiser, Wesley Skene, comments ...
Spotlight On: Hendrefoilan Development, Killay
Spotlight On: Hendrefoilan Development, Killay
There has been much excitement here in Killay around the latest St Modwen development in the former Swansea University campus based in Hendrefoilan Woods, as the first batch of properties start to go up. The 52-acre site, situated just off Gower Road, on the former Swansea University Campus in Hendrefoilan Woods, ...
Bishopston, Swansea, named best place to live in Wales
Bishopston, Swansea, named best place to live in Wales
The Sunday Times have named the Gower as one of the best places to live in the UK and singled out Bishopston specifically as an ideal location - and it’s not hard to understand why.   The annual guide, now in its 5th year, said it looked at a range of factors ...
Over a Third of UK Landlords have Experienced an Abandoned Property
Over a Third of UK Landlords have Experienced an Abandoned Property
Handing over the keys to a property represents a massive placement of trust on the part of the landlord. You're risking the security of a considerable investment in the hands of strangers. Now, imagine one day receiving a phone call from your tenant’s neighbour or the authorities who tell you ...
Huge Surge in UK Build to Rent Planning Applications
Huge Surge in UK Build to Rent Planning Applications
There has been a large increase in applications for permission to develop Build to Rent homes in the UK. Over 45,000 applications are currently under consideration according to the British Property Federation (BPF). Build to Rent is the term used to describe schemes of purpose-built rental accommodation which is funded by ...
Submitting a Deposit Correctly to a Deposit Protection Scheme
Submitting a Deposit Correctly to a Deposit Protection Scheme
Landlords operating in the private rental sector have to, by law, ensure that their tenants’ deposits are protected.   This legislation came into force in April 2007 to help prevent rogue landlords from retaining tenants’ deposits without genuine justification.   Prior to this date, tenants had little recourse when it came to ...
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Online agents "inferior for contact, know-how and trust"
  A recent survey has revealed that potential buyers and sellers perceive online estate agents as less knowledgeable, harder to get hold of and less trustworthy than their high street counterparts. This survey was carried out by the BIO agency, who collected responses from over 2,000 participants. Their findings give an interesting ...
What are the Legal Responsibilities Facing a Landlord?
What are the Legal Responsibilities Facing a Landlord?
Many landlords operating in the private rental sector are unclear of their legal responsibilities and statutory obligations. Essentially, a landlord is responsible for providing accommodation to tenants that is safe and clean and with no health hazards.  In other words a property that is fit to live in. Those who do ...
Why is an Inventory Important for a Rental Property?
Why is an Inventory Important for a Rental Property?
 Inventories for private rented properties are imperative.  They protect both the landlord and the tenant and this is one of the main activities that shouldn’t be overlooked by do-it-yourself landlords. Essentially an inventory is a listing of all the contents of a property and a record of the condition of each ...
The Importance of Tenant Referencing
The Importance of Tenant Referencing
Knowing who is moving into your property should be very important to all landlords.  Your property represents an expensive investment and you should always ensure that your tenants are prepared to look after it and have enough income to cover the rental costs. In order to save money, some novice landlords ...
Managing the End of a Tenancy
Managing the End of a Tenancy
Managing and ending a tenancy is not as straightforward as it may first seem.  There is regulation in place to protect both landlords and tenants alike so it’s important to understand the legal obligations and to stick to these to avoid disputes or court action. Giving Notice to End a Tenancy Whether ...

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