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Legal

As a landlord it is your sole responsibility to ensure that you meet all legal requirements.  You can’t blame lack of awareness or your letting agent.  It is down to you - if you don’t meet these requirements you could face prosecution.  

It’s a scary thought; so knowledge is the key.  Even if you have a letting agent managing your property, make sure that you are familiar with your legal responsibilities and you’ll be covered.

We have produced a legal checklist for you to go through to make sure you're covered.   Please note that HMO properties have their own legal requirements.

You can request a copy of the legal checklist by entering your details in the sign up box on the left. 

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Insurance, Conveyancing, Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

A Solicitor's Guide to Conveyancing

“Barlow Robbins’ residential conveyancing solicitors are able to help with the stressful nature of residential property transactions. “ 
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Landlord legal expenses explained

Every good landlord worth his or her salt will have considered the benefits of legal cover or insurance before letting their property to tenants or placing it in the hands of an agent. While nobody wants to think about the possibility of lengthy disputes, rising legal costs, and the threat of repossession, it is important for landlords to protect their property – and their own financial responsibilities – in case the worst happens. No matter how amicable things may seem in the beginning, it is vital that landlords protect their assets and rights with legal expenses cover. What does this involve? Landlord legal expenses: The FAQ Although it is not exhaustive, the following FAQ should help landlords to decide whether legal expenses cover is for them whilst providing some insight into what this kind of insurance offers. While grievances with tenants can be a nightmare, landlords also need to think...
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All about MEES: a guide to minimum energy efficiency standards

If you are a current landlord or you are considering taking on a buy to let, you’ll need to be aware of the new legal standard for minimum energy efficiency effective from April 2018. The new regulations make it illegal to grant new leases of energy inefficient commercial or domestic properties in England and Wales after 1st April 2018. The regulations do not apply to sales, but if you are considering buying a property to let and the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating is below E, as of 1st April 2018, for new tenancy agreements, you’ll need to meet the required standards before you can rent the property out. This is one of the most fundamental pieces of legislation in recent years affecting the rental potential of UK properties. Under the MEES regulations landlords will face a hefty penalty if they let a property with an F- or G-rated EPC....
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Conveyancing Myths - Busted!

  Buying or selling a house is a very significant milestone in your life, and quite naturally, everyone would like to have a smooth experience throughout the whole conveyancing process. Below are a few common conveyancing myths that we have busted for you, along with some expert advice on what to think or do instead. At Convey With Me, we want to ensure that you have no concerns towards this matter and have the smoothest journey possible. 1   “Grab the cheapest deal! You will save a lot of money” This is an entirely false statement. When it comes to buying or selling a house, it is wise to conduct some research before choosing the conveyancer that you decide to work with. It is paramount to firstly remember that the price of conveyancing can vary, depending on the complexity of your purchase. Cheap conveyancing prices are often questionable and are too...
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Gas Safety - Protect your tenants!

  Many of us know the dreaded feeling of a boiler breakdown and many of us know how frustrating it can be. Not only are we cold (especially as these things always seem to happen in winter!) but we’ve also got the added worry of spending a ton of money getting it fixed. So, imagine our surprise when we came across boiler breakdown and home emergency cover specialist 24|7 Home Rescue. They are a nationwide business working with over 3,000 Gas Safe registered engineers as well as plumbers, electricians, locksmiths and drainage experts to offer a number of protection plans aimed at minimising unexpected costs during a household emergency. They also offer appliance repairs and TV warranties; working with homeowners, landlords and tenants to ensure that no one is far from 24|7 assistance when they need it most. Discount for Just Do Property subscribers Plus, we’ve even managed to persuade...
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