4 September 2014

From: The Dispute Service

If You Don't Want To Lose Your Deposit, Now Is The Time To Act, Student Tenants Warned

Act now or risk losing your deposit next year - this was the warning given to students moving into rented accommodation by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.

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3 September 2014

From: The Dispute Service

Student Tenant Tips: Holding Deposit Or Tenancy Deposit?

Like becoming a student, becoming a tenant for the first time can be daunting, fun, hard work, and extremely confusing. Holding deposits are a cause of confusion for many tenants. Whilst they sound similar, holding deposits are completely different to the tenancy deposits which TDS protect, and the rules are different

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1 September 2014

From: Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC)

September's Inventory Insight Newsletter

Articles include:

  • - Wasps and Other Unwelcome Tenants.
  • - Photographic Evidence.

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28 August 2014

From: My Deposits

6 Top Tips For Landlords Letting To Student Tenants

Being a student landlord can be a very attractive proposition especially in an area with a high student population which has the potential for high demand and good rental yields. Whether you're welcoming back previous tenants or introducing new ones to their new surroundings there's still a few things you need to remember before they move in and start enjoying their new home.

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17 July 2014

From: The Dispute Service

Adjudication Digest - Ringing The Changes...

The monthly Adjudication Digest takes a recent decision by a TDS Adjudicator and sets out the reasoning behind it, to help you better understand how they make their adjudication decisions. In this month's case, the tenants arranged for a business telephone line to be fitted at the tenancy property. They claimed that the landlord agreed to this orally, knowing that they tenants were involved in a business at the property. The landlord denied both of these points.

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8 July 2014

From: My Deposits

Rogue Tenants Warned Over Deposit Repayments

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4 July 2014

From: My Deposits

Keep Your Property Better Maintained This Summer

While the risk of everything from leaky roofs to boiler breakdown is far more likely to happen during the colder months, summer brings with it an array of potential issues - with some carrying the potential to cause serious financial harm if left unattended.

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30 June 2014

From: My Deposits

The Adjudicator's Glossary: Mitigating Losses

Series to clarify some key legal terms commonly used by an adjudicator when they make a deposit dispute decision. So, what does mitigating losses mean and how does it relate to a deposit dispute?

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24 June 2014

From: Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC)

June's Inventory Insight Newsletter

Articles include:

  • - Big growth in rentals predicted.
  • - Fair wear & tear - new AIIC book now available.
  • - Irresponsible landlords lead to disgruntled tenants.

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24 June 2014

From: The Dispute Service

Adjudication Digest - Can A Tenant Be Responsible For A Landlord's Obligations As A Leaseholder?

The monthly Adjudication Digest takes a recent decision by a TDS Adjudicator and sets out the reasoning behind it, to help you better understand how they make their adjudication decisions. In this month's case a landlord claimed £1,750.00 for the cost of carpeting wooden floors and a further £180.00 in solicitors' fees. The landlord was the leaseholder of a flat in a block, which they in turn let to the tenant.

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19 June 2014

From: My Deposits

Time To Check-Out And Graduate

It's coming round to that time of year when students are cramming in revision time ready for those final exams or making the final preparations on that dissertation which has taken up the last eight months of their life. The next year or graduation maybe just around the corner but it's important for student tenants to remember there's still work to be done when it comes to the uni house they've lived in for the past two or three years.

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10 June 2014

From: The Dispute Service

How To Rent: Government Publishes New Guide For Tenants

A new guide for tenants in England has been published by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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5 June 2014

From: The Dispute Service

Five Easy Ways To Foster A Good Relationship With Your Tenants

A considerate landlord is far likelier to have tenants who stay longer, pay on time and take good care of the property - essentially, the tenant that every landlord wants. So with this in mind, here are five easy ways to help landlords and their tenants enjoy a good working relationship

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27 May 2014

From: Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC)

Agents Advised "Check Student Tenancies Early"

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks is advising agents and landlords to visit properties rented by students well before the end of term in a month's time in a bid to minimise disputes.

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27 May 2014

From: Letting Agent Today

Landlords Named And Shamed By HMRC

A week after an HMRC announcement that it was clamping down on landlords failing to declare rental income, four landlords have been 'named and shamed' on the Revenue's latest list of large-scale tax defaulters.

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23 May 2014

From: The Dispute Service

Monthly Adjudication Digest - Making A Transparent Case

The monthly Adjudication Digest takes a recent decision by a TDS Adjudicator and sets out the reasoning behind it, to help you better understand how they make their adjudication decisions. In this month's case a landlord claimed £327.00 for damage to his patio doors.

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23 May 2014

From: Generation Rent

7 Mistakes To Avoid When Renting A New Home

The housing market is always changing and expanding, and more people are now renting privately than ever. However, with the increase in demand comes an increase in potential problems.

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22 May 2014

From: Letting Agent Today

Half Of Tenants Unsure On Deposits

No less than 53 per cent of tenants admit they have not checked whether landlords, or their agents, hold their deposits in any of the tenancy deposit schemes - and one in six tenants are not aware that the process even exists.

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13 May 2014

From: Residential Landlords Association (RLA) News Hub

A Growing Number Of Agents And Landlords Face Filthy Properties At Check-Out

Since tenancy deposit legislation came into force in 2007, cleaning has been the top cause of disputes between tenant and landlord. Cleaning accounted for 56% of disputes in 2013 compared with 49% in 2009, meaning they are at their highest level since 2007.

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24 April 2014

From: The Dispute Service

Monthly Adjudication Digest - Falling At The Final Hurdle

The monthly Adjudication Digest takes a recent decision by a TDS Adjudicator and sets out the reasoning behind it, to help you better understand how they make their adjudication decisions. In this month's case the landlord claimed for extensive gardening work needed at the end of the tenancy.

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23 April 2014

From: Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC)

April's Inventory Insight Newsletter

Articles include:

  • - Office of Fair Trading advice on re-drafting terms in tenancy agreements to provide more clarity and all letting fees being made clear up front to tenants.
  • - Furniture purchased from various retailers found not to meet fire safety regulations meaning landlords may have unwittingly furnished properties with items which break the law.
  • - 60% of prospective tenants fail reference checks when bidding to rent properies.

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15 April 2014

From: My Deposits

The Adjudicator's Glossary: Fair Wear And Tear And Betterment

Series to clarify some key legal terms commonly used by an adjudicator when they make a deposit dispute decision. The interpretation of wear and tear is certainly a topic that can be discussed at length but what does it actually mean and how is it used in terms of a dispute?

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9 April 2014

From: Residential Landlords Association (RLA) News Hub

The Problem Of Renting With Pets

Almost half of all households in the UK have pets. Yet landlords are notoriously not keen on tenants who want accommodation to share with their best friends.

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April 2014

From: Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC)

The Fairness of Fair Wear and Tear

The AIIC advises on the big issue of 'wear and tear' in tenancies.

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April 2014

From: The Deposit Protection Service

The Deposit Protection Service - Year In Review 2013/14

Interesting points to note include:

  • - In 2013 launched an Insured scheme making them the only provider to offer both custodial and insurance based schemes at the same time.
  • - Since 2007, the average length of a tenancy has risen from 12-14 months to 22 months.
  • - Only 1.9% of all deposit returns enter the adjudication process.
  • - In cases which enter the adjudication process, the majority of the time the deposit is split between tenant and landlord. On average tenants receive 60% and landlords 40%.

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