London Borough Takes 4 Years to Shutdown Rogue Landlord
A landlord who flouted the law, has been ordered to pay a £280k fine for ignoring orders to demolish an outbuilding. The building was deemed as not fit for housing and was built without any planning permission. The landlord turned an outbuilding of his property…
Friday, 28 November 2014 11:14

Updated Website

Updated Website
Welcome to the new PDPLA website - with live newsfeed and updated information.
HMO Licensing - Are Landlords Or Lettings Agents Liable?
Many letting agents who manage properties in Portsmouth are asking landlords to apply for HMO licenses for their houses as the agents don't want to be named on the licence as the responsible party should there be a problem. At this month's meeting of the…
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:34
November
Welcome to the November newsletter – lots of news this month covering all of the usual topics plus some new ones. One interesting item we saw this month was a report from 'PropertyLetByUs' highlighting the unrealistic expectations of some tenants, so instead of jokes this…
Monday, 10 November 2014 13:25

60% of Leaseholders Overcharged

60% of Leaseholders Overcharged
A recent article in Property Week highlights claims by a London property manager that up to 60% of leaseholders and this includes residential landlords, are being 'ripped off' and are paying inflated building insurance premiums. Chainbow, which manages sites across the south-east, said building insurance…
Monday, 10 November 2014 13:20

Stamp Out Hidden Mortgage Fees

Stamp Out Hidden Mortgage Fees
Which magazine are campaigning for more transparency in the mortgage market. They ask that the Chancellor to use his Autumn Statement on in December to give consumers a better deal by..
Monday, 10 November 2014 13:11

Tips to Avoid Condensation and Mould

Tips to Avoid Condensation and Mould
These are courtesy of Julian but paraphrased for publication.
Top 3 Self-Assessment Expense Claims That Landlords Get Wrong
Repairs and renewals versus improvement The HMRC makes a clear distinction between 'repairs and renewals' for a property and capital expenditure or 'improvement' and many landlords find this an area of confusion. "I think a lot of landlords don't realise the difference between the two…
Monday, 10 November 2014 12:58

New Powers of Eviction

New Powers of Eviction
Landlords can now use a new mandatory ground for possession that allows previous convictions for anti-social behaviour to trigger eviction proceedings. This applies to social and private landlords.
Monday, 10 November 2014 12:55

Health & Safety for Landlords

Health & Safety for Landlords
What may seem trivial can easily become critical. A blown light bulb one week could be a multi-million pound law suit the next. A loose bannister could lose you your savings. Keeping your properties safe and free from health hazards may sound obvious but the…

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