Tuesday 14th November 2017

It is a statutory duty for letting agents to fully publicise the fees they charge to landlords and tenants, and yet there are still some agents that are breaking the law by not displaying their fees. Under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, agents must prominently display a list of their fees at each of their offices as well as on their website, and to help ensure they do, the Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme has launched phase three of its national campaign with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) to tackle agents that are not obeying the rules...

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Tuesday 14th November 2017

A buy-to-let landlord in Colchester has been fined for poor property management that left a family in Wimpole Road, CO1, living with roof leaks, rising damp and cold temperatures for more than a year. In May, Colchester Borough Council served a Housing Act Improvement Notice requiring works to repair leaks, damp-proof and insulate the house, and repair an unsafe chimney...

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Monday 13th November 2017

The proportion of landlords acquiring properties in cash has reached an all-time high of 65%, according to fresh data from Countrywide. The highest proportion of cash transactions came in the North East of England, where 78% of buy-to-let investors paid in cash over the last 12 months, seemingly reflecting cheaper house prices...

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