Action needed against ‘needless repossession’

Landlords may see more people looking for homes after being repossessed, according to three agencies.Shelter, Citizens Advice and AdviceUK say that the government must join lenders and regulators to take action on the number of homeowners being needlessly repossessed.Turning the tide?, published by the agencies, looked at 452 people who had sought advice from court [...]

Website launched to campaign for landlords’rights

A private landlord from Cleethorpes has launched a new website that aims to increase landlords' rights.Dubbed Property Watch, the portal encourages those who rent out residences to sign up to a petition calling for more landlord protection from rogue tenants.Commenting to the Grimsby Telegraph, the man behind the initiative - Ashley Gregory - said: "I [...]

Tenant referencing ‘essential for private landlords’

The "most important"issue for private landlords to be aware of is good tenant referencing, according to an industry expert.Malcolm Harrison, spokesman for Let Insurance Services, suggested that this is the case because of the "big increase in the level of unemployment"recently.Other things private landlords should consider include taking out rental insurance, because this [...]

Landlord advice issued on tenant credit checks

It is important private landlords undertake tenant credit checks and chase references, according to one letting expert.Writing in the Liverpool Echo, Kate McLoughlin from property website Zoomf said that this should be done before tenancy agreements are signed."It's good practice to carry out thorough background checks - including asking for references from their employer and [...]

Landlords urged to make tenant reference checks

Private landlords in the UK have been urged to make the relevant tenant reference checks prior to agreeing tenancy agreements.Detective Constable John Cairns, investigations officer at Thames Valley Police, told Get Bracknell that conducting this research on tenants can be beneficial and regularly checking up on their properties is advised.This landlord advice followed news that [...]

Private landlords can join new Wigan scheme

Private landlords in Wigan have been calling for a locally-managed accreditation scheme for some time - and now they have one.Wigan council has established the programme, which the Visitor newspaper reveals includes a number of benefits.Some of the perks of being part of the scheme - which costs nothing to join - include free tenant [...]

Problem tenant failed to follow tenancy agreement

A tenant of rental property in Bristol failed to adhere to a special tenancy agreement made between him and the local council, it has emerged.Michael Mullen was made to sign a contract that called for him to behave in his home, but did not follow the guidelines and has been evicted, reports the Bristol Evening [...]

Tenants dumping unwanted items ‘an annual problem’

Rubbish left by tenants departing from rented properties has been described as a regular occurrence.Marcia Greenwood, neighbourhood manager for Selly Oak, told the Birmingham Mail that students dumping items when they clear out their homes at the end of the academic year is an "annual problem".The University of Birmingham Housing Services and Guild and the [...]

Cannabis factories ‘wreck private landlords’homes’

The importance of vetting would-be tenants by conducting thorough tenancy credit checks and following up references is an important factor for private landlords, it would seem.According to the BBC, many rented properties in north Wales have been used by tenants for growing cannabis - and the homes have been damaged severely as a result.Private landlords [...]

Landlord discovers drugs factory on premises

Some 500 cannabis plants worth a potential £250,000 have been discovered at a rental property in Gateshead.David Scott, the father of the private landlord who owns the property, found the drugs factory during a routine inspection of the premises, reports the Evening Chronicle.Three Chinese tenants have been living in the residence in Chester Place since [...]