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Mary has been a self-managing landlord since 1972 and until July 2018 she was the West Midlands Regional Representative for the NLA. Over the years Mary has been consulted by government, local authorities and other groups within the housing industry and is well known for her in-depth knowledge of legislation and regulation. She continues to run regular landlord accreditation seminars on behalf of local authorities. Mary regularly contributes to the Landlord Vision newsletter and blog providing our readers with valuable, down to earth and realistic insights into the key issues that keep landlords awake at night.

Problems Caused by Poor Communication Between Landlord and Tenants

I was sent a link to a video. The person who sent the link is not a landlord, but he knows that I am and that I also do Airbnb. He couldn’t understand why I didn’t find it amusing and having watched it again I realised that often there is a complete mismatch between the […]

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Leaseholders: When Landlords Are Also Tenants

Official Statistics Leasehold dwellings, 2020 to 2021 Published 7 July 2022 According to the government’s official statistics, there were an estimated 4.86 million leasehold dwellings in England in 2020-21.

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Some Positive Changes for Private Landlords to Look Forward to

There is so much happening which has a negative impact on private landlords at the moment and so much in the pipeline. But it is important to keep an eye on the whole picture and balance the negative aspects of our business with the positive changes which will be good for the whole PRS.

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Renters Reform Bill – Where Are We Now?

No one was more surprised than me when the announcement came to say that the Renters Reform Bill would get its second reading on Monday 23rd October.  Between the party conferences and the recess periods, it was very unlikely that it would be added to the list for debate before the new year and yet […]

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October and Time to Think About Winter Issues

Whether we offer “all-inclusive” rent (usually HMO rooms) or our tenants pay for their own heating we need to recognise that winter energy bills will have an impact on our rentals. The dreaded damp and mould season is about to begin and it’s important that we do our best to avoid the health risks and […]

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Evictions are Becoming More Difficult for Landlords

Housing Loss Preventing Advice Service “From Tuesday 1 August 2023, the new Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service (HLPAS) commences across England and Wales.

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Two Recent Eviction Cases: Lessons for Landlords in the UK

Now that the House of Commons is in summer recess until 4th September, there will be no updates on outstanding Bills or introductions of new Bills. It’s time to check if any changes or updates to our administration are necessary.

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Surviving Inflation, Can You Rethink Your Property Investment Strategy?

I am writing this the day following the shock announcement that interests rates are rising again, the 13th rise in a row, to 5%.

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Landlords Struggle with Rent Increases and Rent Tribunal System

As we know, the government is under pressure from tenant support groups. Following a “disappointing result” in the recent local elections, we have seen the government cancel the proposed changes to Leasehold legislation and hold back on the publication of the Renters Reform Bill. The truth is, that these have the potential to decide the […]

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The Renters Reform Bill Finally Published

And some of our worst fears have been realised. Michael Gove, when he announced that the Renters Reform Bill would be published this week said; “We are introducing new legislation and it will change the way in which the relationship between landlords and tenants work, providing tenants with new protection which should ensure that they […]

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Latest Maintenance and Scam Warnings for Landlords and Property Investors 

There a few things that I have learned recently which I want to share with you. I am sharing with the permission of the people who revealed this information, one of whom I will name and credit and the others prefer that I don’t. The first is for those who own older properties: 

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Be Prepared to Regain Possession of Your Property at any Time

Unfortunately, there are at the moment a lot more landlords beginning or planning to sell up than is usual. There are several reasons for this but mainly it’s the loss of the tax allowance for mortgage costs, the increase in interest rates, and the concern that we will need to spend a lot of money […]

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5 Years to Reach C – EPCs in Existing Rented Properties and Two More Pieces of Good News

Amid some very worrying changes for landlords, there have been three announcements which will help us.

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Moves Begin Towards the Publication of the Renters Reform Bill

I want to begin by asking you to please respond to this government consultation because it addresses a huge issue for many HMO landlords. Please do it now because it closes on 31st March 2023.

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