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Tenants stranded upstairs after landlord removes stairs

7 06 2017

The residents of an apartment complex in the US state of Georgia were shocked this week when they tried to leave home – only to find they were stuck, as their stairs had been removed.

The emergency services were eventually summoned to help free residents of Maple Walk Apartments in Decatur who lived above the ground floor.

Tenants had found notices on their doors saying they would have no access to the stairs until this Thursday.


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“They gave us no notice. No nothing. They were already taking the stairs down when we got the notice this morning,” resident Shawnta Tiller told WSB-TV.

“This is crazy. How can you cut off access to the stairs and everybody’s in their apartments?” added neighbour Andre Williams.

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Some residents had received a letter last week saying that the stairs needed emergency repairs, and that tenants would be reimbursed for hotel costs for the time they’d be required to move out.

However, they say that the stairs were abruptly removed on Monday morning, with no prior warning having been given.


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The stranded residents were eventually freed when local reporter Sophia Choi called in firefighters to help.

Workmen told Choi that work on the stairs will be completed before the end of the week.


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2 06 2017

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Quality properties required for rental or to sell…

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For Tenants, we offer tidy, clean properties of the highest standard and with us, there are no hidden fees.

For LandLords, we offer piece of mind at every stage of the property management solution we provide.

We always require quality properties to let or to sell , whether it be 1 bed or 5 bed, we have tenants waiting.

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Tenants, be officially young (foolish?) and happy!

7 03 2017

Tenants, be officially young (foolish?) and happy!

Tenants, be officially young (foolish?) and happy!

Happy, and increasingly younger, tenants are paying less and staying longer in their homes. Those are today’s findings from the English Housing Survey (EHS), conducted by the independent Office of National Statistics (ONS), which will come as music to landlords ears.

In 2015-16, the private rented sector accounted for 4.5 million or 20% of households. Of these a large portion of are aged between 25-34 years old. In 2005-06, 24% of those aged 25-34 lived in the private rented sector. By 2015- 16 this had increased to 46%.  Over the same period, the proportion of 25-34 year olds buying with a mortgage decreased from 53% to 35%.

Despite on-going calls for new legislation imposing mandatory 3-5 year tenancies, the survey also finds the current average time a tenant lives in their home to be over 4 years.  There is a saying that comes to mind: If it ain’t broke…

The ONS also find that, by every metric they measure it, that rents as a proportion of household income has actually gone down over the last year. On average households spent 35% of their total income on rent.  This backs up evidence from the (also independent) National Audit Office, which found that, with the exception of London, rents rose slower than the rise in median incomes.

Energy efficiency in the PRS is also continuing to improve.  Properties in the F&G efficiency bands are down from 10.6% in 2013-14, to just 6.3% in 2015-16.  From April 2018 landlords must ensure that properties they rent in England and Wales reach at least an EPC rating of E before granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants.

It is therefore not surprising that satisfaction amongst renters is found to be high (7.5), higher than those that rent socially.  The EHS also found in previous surveys that satisfaction with their landlords was in the high 70% bracket.

These official figures are welcome news but they don’t mean more can’t be done. Of course there are issues within the PRS which demand improvement. Our message however has not changed. In a well intentioned rush to do something, law makers should not forget that the market is generally working well for the vast majority of tenants.

The vast majority of the sector is professional and business-like. For too long it has been tarnished by criminals who use it to make a quick buck at the expense of vulnerable tenants, knowing local councils are under-resourced and ill-equipped to prosecute them.

The best way to speed up improvements in the sector will not be through more legislation and the demonisation of landlords, but through funding proper enforcement of existing laws and recognition in the tax system of the vital role landlords play.

It is often said the facts speak for themselves.  However, it’s clear that in this case they may need a little help.  We will keep cutting through the urban myths surrounding the PRS leaving tenants to be young, to be foolish but (crucially) be happy.


written by the National Landlords association


1 03 2017

belvoirletProperty news over the last few months has been dominated by stories heralding the death of buy-to-let. The whole concept of buying a second (or third, or fourth) property and renting it out to provide a supplementary income or a nest egg for retirement was, said the press, an antiquated model that no longer made sense.

While such stories may not be dominating the press at present (though I don’t doubt most of us wish they were – we’ll take a bit of landlord bashing over the insanity the world finds itself in at the moment) the view that buy-to-let is over still stands. So should we believe it? Is property investment over? The polite side of me would put it this way: don’t believe everything you read in the paper. The other side? It’s a load of rubbish.

Investing in property may have become a little more complex, with changes to tax relief rules and increases in Stamp Duty Land Tax now in play but property remains the safest form of investment and it is absolutely still possible to prosper from it.

Know your starting point

It sounds obvious but before you even think about viewing investment properties you need to get to grips with the funds available to you. Do you have money in ISAs or savings? If you don’t have a standard savings pot look at other options. You may have equity in your home and have not realised it, remortgaging could free up this cash. With mortgage rates still pretty low now would be a good time to do so. Be clear on your starting point and the funds available to you.

Be clear about what you want to get from this

Buy-to-let is not over; buy-to-let as a get-rich-quick scheme is, for the time being at least. When property prices were soaring it was easy to buy a property, rent it out for a couple of years and sell at a huge profit. The economic crash put a stop to all that. But if you’re in it for the long term buy-to-let can be hugely lucrative. Decide what your plan for the property is and think about your reason for getting involved in property investment. Set your goals. If you want to be successful, you need to have a clear goal in mind.

Use your goals to help you form a strategy

Once you know what you want from your property devise a strategy to achieve that. There are lots of ways to make your investment go further – Houses in Multiple Occupation (at least three tenants forming more than one household), conversions, property funds etc. By understanding your long-term goals, you can build a strategy around this. If the idea is to add an extra income each month a HMO can be very profitable – however managing a HMO takes time and effort. If your reason for getting into property investment is to reduce your work hours and spend more time with the family, spending all your time looking after tenants in a HMO counteracts that.

Work with experts

This is crucial. Many things can and do go wrong in property purchases and the best way to safeguard yourself is to use trusted experts. Find a mortgage broker who specialises in buy-to-let rather than one who dabbles in it from time to time. Use a solicitor who’s used to property investors. Research your experts well. Check reviews and speak to other investors.

Get to understand how property works

It’s a massive misconception that the sale of a property is the key to making a profit. The profits are made in the buying rather than the selling. Buy well. Remember, one of the great things about property is that prices aren’t fixed. You can’t negotiate on rate of ISAs or share prices, but you can on property. And that negotiation is crucial. Once you’ve completed steps one to four, you’ve built your team and have your strategy in place – then you need to get the best deal possible.

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Written by Rob Bence, co-founder and co-presenter of The Property Hub..

17% of UK rental properties could be unfit by 2018

15 02 2017

17% of properties on the private rental market could become unrentable by 2018, should Government plans for new legislation go ahead.

New research from Urban.co.uk suggests that the Energy Efficiency Regulations passed in 2015 could lead to a number of properties being unfit. This is a concern given the existing supply/demand imbalance.

Energy Efficiency Regulations

The 2015 Energy Efficiency Regulations set out minimum energy efficiency standards for England and Wales. The legislation makes it unlawful for landlords to offer a new tenancy agreement on properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below E from the 1st April.

Urban’s Landlord Knowledge Survey Report questioned around 4,000 UK landlords on a number of issues relating to the UK market. It suggests that many current private landlords are unaware that a large chunk of homes available in the rental market are currently below the minimum energy efficiency standards proposed.

Adam Male, co-founder of Urban.co.uk, said: ‘One reason to explain the lack of industry knowledge could be due to the recent influx in new regulations, which have flooded the rental market. With landlords facing more changes than ever over the past couple of years, it is no surprise that many find it tricky to keep up-unfortunately that’s no defence should it all go disastrously wrong.’[1]

17% of UK rental properties could be unfit by 2018


Planning and preparation will be needed in order to mitigate the impact of the new legislation. Landlords are being urged to act now to make sure their properties come up to at least an E standard.

Danny Luke, managing director at Quick Move Now, observed: ‘It is commendable that the government is keen to improve the quality of rental property, but for the proposed new legislation to be workable, a great deal of thought will need to go into how landlords can be supported to make the necessary changes. This is especially true in light of the government’s decision to stop funding Green Deal improvements.’

‘If significant energy efficiency improvement work is likely to be required, landlords will need support if we want to ensure a vibrant and efficient private rental market in the coming years,’ Luke added.


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Buy-to-let landlords undeterred by stamp duty surcharge

1 02 2017

Buy-to-let landlords undeterred by stamp duty surcharge

The number of second homes liable to pay stamp duty increased to 62,800 in the final quarter of last year, up from 56,200 in Q3 and 30,400 in Q2, suggesting that many people believe that investment in buy-to-let property is still worth pursuing.

The introduction of the 3% levy on stamp duty in April 2016 was expected to sound a death knell for buy-to-let property. But the fact is that many investors remain attracted by the high yields, low void periods and potential for capital appreciation that buy-to-let offers to be deterred by the introduction of the surcharge.

Instead of steering clear of the market, many buy-to-let landlords continue to add to their property portfolios, as reflected by the significant increase in the amount buy-to-let investors borrowed to invest in property towards the end of last year.

Landlords borrowed £3.2bn in November 2016, up 10% month-on-month, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said, which was the highest monthly level since the stamp duty changes on second properties were introduced last April.

The government has made £519m from the 3% surcharge on second homes in Q4 2016 – and £1.19m since Q2 2016.

As well as buy-to-let investors, the second home 3% stamp duty tax can apply to those purchasing holiday homes and parents buying for children, for example.

Commenting on the HMRC’s latest quarterly stamp duty statistics, Nick Leeming, Jackson-Stops & Staff chairman, said: “So far £1.19m worth of stamp duty receipts are estimated to be attributable to the additional 3% element payable on second homes, a significant windfall for Treasury coffers.

“Between Q2 and Q3 the number of second homes liable for the 3% surcharge nearly doubled. This increase is understandable as many buy-to-let investors would likely have rushed to make purchases before April 1st, but the number of liable second home transactions is up again in Q4 to 62,800.

“The data suggests that buy-to-let investors are not being deterred by the new tax which is supposed to be dampening demand from this group to the benefit of first-time buyers. We will see the true impact of this policy in time, but my fear is that additional costs will be passed on to tenants.

“The better solution is a real concerted drive to build more homes, rather than targeting buy-to-let investors – I hope the upcoming Housing White Paper contains a real blueprint for change in this regard.”

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from landlordtoday.co.uk