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New legislation to restrict landlords' ability to request large deposits

Michelle Moore
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On 12 February, the Tenant Fees Bill 2017-2019 received royal assent and became the Tenant Fees Act 2019 . This legislation, when it comes into force on 1 June 2019, will apply to tenants and prospective tenants of Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements and...

Timely service of Gas Safety Certificates essential for new ASTs

Sarah Whitehurst
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Since the introduction of new legislation and regulations in respect of Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements (ASTs) in England as of 1 October 2015, landlords have had to comply with a series of prescribed requirements which must be satisfied at the...

Six lessons from a first time buyer

Faith Horne
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People always talk about how stressful buying a property is, particularly so if you’re going it alone as I am. Like many first time buyers the rose tinted spectacles were firmly attached to my nose before that first viewing … Lesson 1: remove...

Christmas comes early for first-time buyers

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In last week’s Autumn Budget, Chancellor Phillip Hammond pulled out an early Christmas present from Santa’s sack, by removing and reducing Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for first-time buyers with immediate effect. First-time buyers now purchasing...