Month: March 2012

What does an EPC mean to a landlord?

Well…..probably not a lot -  most only bother with them as it is a requirement to be able to market your property to let. Of course this is only my opinion, but I think that realistically this will be the view across the vast majority of Landlords. Although, perhaps I am being pessimistic and not … Continue reading What does an EPC mean to a landlord?

Planning – not quite free for all

The Government is expected to publish the long awaited National Planning Policy Framework, better known as the NPPF, today. This publication follows an elaborate and very high profile consultation process and a number of delays. However, the date finally chosen seems both fitting and ironic. Firstly, today is fitting, as 27 March is (quite) well-known … Continue reading Planning – not quite free for all

Deposits: Whose money is it anyway?

Most landlords ask new tenants to pay a month's deposit as security in case of any damage to the property or non-payment of rent by the tenant. It’s the only real protection available to us should things go wrong later on. However, what happens to that money at the end of the tenancy is also … Continue reading Deposits: Whose money is it anyway?

A Budget of Olympic proportions? Or opportunity lost?

In 2012, with the London Olympics only months away, it would be reasonable to expect  an Olympic style Budget Statement to meet Herculean challenges. It is hard to describe George Osborne's address to Parliament in such terms - but there were some important points of which to take note. Heavily trailed in advance of today's … Continue reading A Budget of Olympic proportions? Or opportunity lost?

More time to protect your tenant’s deposit

The Localism Bill changes are set to come into force on the 6 April and it will mean some small changes to the way landlords protect their tenant’s deposit. The good news is that that the changes will give landlords more time to protect the deposit money, but if you don’t do so, the courts … Continue reading More time to protect your tenant’s deposit