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Evictions effectively halted across much of England and Wales

By |2020-10-26T10:04:02+00:00October 26th, 2020|Company News|

Bailiffs have agreed to a government request not to enforce court orders against tenants in Tier 2 and Tier 3 locations. This means evictions can still proceed through the courts, but bailiffs will not enforce court orders in areas such as Greater Manchester, Merseyside, London, Wales and much of the north...

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Tenant dies in HMO fire – private landlord sentenced

By |2020-10-26T10:04:08+00:00October 26th, 2020|Company News|

A landlord has been prosecuted following the death of a tenant in a house fire at an HMO said to have had inadequate fire safety precautions. The case was brought by Luton council, working with Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, against landlord Bhagwent Sagoo.  The fire broke out at the...

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Shelter in new attack on private landlords who house homeless

By |2020-10-26T10:04:27+00:00October 26th, 2020|Company News|

Campaigning charity Shelter is back on the warpath against private landlords, criticising how much of the country’s temporary accommodation budget for the homeless is spent within the private rental sector. Government figures show almost £1.2 billion has been spent providing temporary accommodation for homeless households between April 2019 and March 2020.  This...

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Landlord’s five figure fine for negligent management

By |2020-10-26T10:04:22+00:00October 26th, 2020|Company News|

A council has prosecuted a local landlord for failing to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of his tenants. Eastleigh council took the action against Christopher Grayston from Southampton, who owned an HMO in Eastleigh. He pleaded guilty at West Hampshire Magistrates’ Court in February this year to offences brought by the...

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Evictions in Tier 2/3 areas not to be enforced by bailiffs

By |2020-10-26T10:03:30+00:00October 26th, 2020|Company News|

The government is asking bailiffs not to enforce court possession orders in areas with the highest Coronavirus restrictions.  So although evictions can still proceed through the courts, bailiffs will not enforce court orders in Tier 2 and 3 areas - currently London, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Wales and much of the north...

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Pressure on for pet-friendly lets as Build To Rent operators cash in

By |2020-10-26T10:03:36+00:00October 26th, 2020|Company News|

Pressure appears to be building for more pet-friendly lettings properties with two Build To Rent operators promoting animal-friendly tenancies. BTR operator Fizzy Living calls itself ‘London’s most pet-friendly landlord’ and says 30 per cent of its tenants own at least one pet.  The company’s apartment blocks feature ‘pet stations’ stocked with bags, paw wipes...

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Fake lettings agent almost conned £1,500 out of tenants

By |2020-10-26T10:03:55+00:00October 26th, 2020|Company News|

A fake lettings agent has been caught trying to cheat prospective tenants out of £1,500 which she claimed was a deposit on an apartment. The Daily Mail reports on a court hearing at which Preet-kaur Johal confessed to tricking the prospective tenants out of the cash when the genuine owner of...

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PropTech tool tells agents if tenants are affected by Covid

By |2020-10-26T10:03:47+00:00October 26th, 2020|Company News|

A new PropTech tool called Covid Profile tells lettings agents if tenants are self-isolating or in quarantine because of Coronavirus.  The cloud-based software - developed by property management company Arthur - features options for tenants to flag if they are self-isolating, have symptoms, been in contact with someone testing positive in the last 14...

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Build to Rent rebounds strongly in Q3, CBRE report says

By |2020-10-26T10:04:34+00:00October 26th, 2020|Company News|

Investment in the fast-growing Build to Rent (BTR) market bounced back significantly in Q3 2020, according to CBRE’s latest Marketview report. Following subdued activity in Q2, as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, a total of £1.43 billion of investment was recorded in the last quarter. CBRE has tracked investment into UK...

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He’s back! Comedy letting agent Stath gets a third series

By |2020-10-26T10:03:42+00:00October 26th, 2020|Company News|

Channel 4’s BAFTA award-winning comedy Stath Lets Flats is back on the market for a third season. The agency-based sit-com from writer-performer and comedian Jamie Demetriou - a star in one of the Fleabag episodes - has been commissioned for a third series for Channel 4. The series will pick up from the...

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