Wednesday 20th September 2017

Renters in London face a five year delay in buying a home of their own if they leave savings in cash, due to record-low interest rates, fresh research shows. The surge in residential property prices over the past 20 years means that the amount required for a deposit to buy property has increased sharply...

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Wednesday 20th September 2017

Landlords are being warned of the dangers of unsafe gas appliances this Gas Safety Week. The seventh annual Gas Safety Week currently runs (from Monday 18th September) until Sunday 24th September. As part of the initiative, landlords are being urged to take time to make sure that they and their tenants stay protected this winter, by following these simple steps to staying gas safe, issued by the Gas Safety Week campaign, co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register: TOP TIPS TO STAY SAFE Six simple steps to help keep you safe and warm in your home Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances...

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Tuesday 19th September 2017

With almost a quarter of existing buy-to-let landlords thinking about exiting the private rented sector and many more planning to increase rents to cope with recent policy changes, including the existing phasing out of mortgage tax relief and higher stamp duty cost for those acquiring additional properties, more needs to be done to help landlords and offer them better representation...

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Tuesday 19th September 2017

A landlord who endangered the lives of his tenants has been successfully prosecuted and fined more than £200,000 for failing to comply with HMO regulations at Westminster Magistrates Court. Jeffrey Hu aka Weijie Hu, from Hallfield Estate, and company Bewel Property Ltd were successfully prosecuted by Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and fined after being found to have inadequately managed two properties, which were described by council officers as being in a “pretty dreadful state”...

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