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Bristol City Council sets staggering licence fee!!

Filed in Landlords by on 13th February, 2024 0 Comments
Bristol City Council sets staggering licence fee!!

Bristol City Council is extending its existing licensing schemes to other parts of the city and has announced a licence fee of around £1,800, although this is subject to discounts for relevant safety and energy performance certificates. It seems that the discounts can bring the fee down to £912. Part of the problem seems to […]

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BANES hikes Mandatory licensing costs by £200 from 1 January!

Filed in Landlords by on 5th January, 2024 0 Comments
BANES hikes Mandatory licensing costs by £200 from 1 January!

Hard on the heels of the announcement that it would not be renewing its Additional licensing scheme, BANES announced a £200 hike in the cost of the Mandatory licensing scheme. A licence will now cost £895 for the 5 year period. While it has to be acknowledged that costs can rise, a 28% hike seems […]

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More government meddling!! Now it’s war on gas boilers!

Filed in Landlords by on 15th December, 2023 0 Comments
More government meddling!!  Now it’s war on gas boilers!

The government is introducing the Clean Heat Market Mechanism (CHMM) from 1 January 2024. Don’t you just love the catchy title? This means that gas boiler manufacturers will be fined by the government if insufficient heat pumps are installed in the UK. The manufacturers say the targets for heat pumps are unachievable so a number […]

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Bristol landlord jailed for 8 weeks!!

Filed in Landlords by on 24th October, 2023 0 Comments
Bristol landlord jailed for 8 weeks!!

According to ‘Landlord Today’, Bristol landlord Kevin de Carteret handed his tenant an illegal eviction notice. Bristol City council prosecuted him under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. Despite employing legislation that is nearly 50 years old, a Council spokesman was pleased with the outcome and said “This is why we are currently running a […]

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BREAKING NEWS!!! S21 proposed changes and student tenancies

Filed in Landlords by on 20th October, 2023 0 Comments
BREAKING NEWS!!!  S21 proposed changes and student tenancies

Breaking news ref Tenant Reform Bill proposal to abolish the section 21 reported by Landlord Today Responding to a report from the House of Commons Housing Select Committee ahead of MPs debating the Renters Reform Bill on Monday, the government has confirmed that implementation of the new system for repossessing properties “will not take place […]

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Renters Reform Bill – second reading passes but there’s trouble ahead!

Filed in Landlords by on 18th October, 2023 0 Comments
Renters Reform Bill – second reading passes but there’s trouble ahead!

The bill’s second reading passed on 23 October without a vote. Labour obviously want it to progress as quickly as possible but the government is facing some opposition from back bench MPs that happen to be landlords. In further news, Michael Gove has said there will be no change in the tax situation for landlords […]

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Bristol City Council own goal!!

Filed in Landlords by on 12th October, 2023 0 Comments
Bristol City Council own goal!!

As if tenants didn’t have enough to put up with, Bristol City Council’s actions are likely to result in the eviction of between 60 and 80 tenants by 1 December. Instead of using a Special Interim Management Order to deal with a landlord who was, in their opinion, problematic, they issued a banning order instead. […]

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BANES decides not to renew licensing scheme!!

Filed in Landlords by on 7th October, 2023 0 Comments
BANES decides not to renew licensing scheme!!

BANES has decided not to renew the additional licensing scheme that covers the whole of Bath and expires on 31 December 2023. That’s good news for the landlords of more than 1,000 HMOs, some of which have been in the scheme since January 2014. In truth, there could be little justification for continuing the scheme […]

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Tax evasion or tax avoidance schemes?

Filed in Landlords by on 7th October, 2023 0 Comments
Tax evasion or tax avoidance schemes?

To be clear, tax evasion is illegal but tax avoidance is lawful. In other words, organising your financial affairs to reduce the amount of tax you pay is perfectly legal. There has been a lot of correspondence recently on the landlord forum Property118 about the legality of certain schemes and ‘Landlord Today’ has just reported […]

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NEW!! How to Rent Guide issued October 2023.

Filed in Landlords by on 7th October, 2023 0 Comments
NEW!!  How to Rent Guide issued October 2023.

Don’t forget to issue the latest guide to your tenants when you create an AST to avoid problems down the road. How to rent – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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