Landlords ‘must be realistic with property damage’

Private landlords cannot expect their accommodation to be left in perfect condition at the end of tenancy agreements, it has been suggested.According to Penny Anderson, writing in an article for the Guardian, vacating a home at the end of tenancy agreements can take the form of a tug-of-war.Tenants hope to receive their deposit in full, [...]

Take court action over deposits if necessary, students told

Students have been urged to be aware of a private landlord's legal responsibilities on tenant-deposit solutions.Chris Neuss, advice co-ordinator at Swansea University student's union advice centre, told online university publication the Waterfront that landlords are required by law to inform prospective tenants in writing where they have placed their deposit within 14 days.He added that [...]

Private-rented sector ‘more diverse’

More Britons have been able to access housing solutions in the private-rented sector thanks to support made available through rent deposit schemes and social letting agents, says the Joseph Rowntree Association.Julia Unwin, chief executive of the social research charity, told the Guardian that such options are a positive benefit to private landlords, the rented accommodation [...]

Photos ‘key’in property marketing

Private landlords who advertise their homes to rent online could attract more interest from potential tenants if they display photos of their properties, it has been suggested. Mark Milner, chief executive of online estate agents, has advised estate agents looking to sell in the current climate that people expect to see photos of a [...]

South-east is top location for tenancy disputes

Private landlords letting out their properties to tenants in the south-east of England are most likely to find their homes being mistreated, it has emerged.According to analysis from the Deposit Protection Service (DPS), tenants in this part of the country have been involved in more disputes with landlords than those in other regions.Commenting on the [...]

Landlords ‘must offer proof’in deposit disputes

An increasing number of landlords are having to dig into their own pockets because they are unable to provide "sufficient evidence"to justify withholding tenancy deposits, it has emerged.Tenancy deposit protection organisation warned that landlords must be able to offer proof of damage inflicted on their properties by tenants.If they cannot, then protection schemes [...]