Legal/Regulatory

What is a Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme?

04 Apr 2016

As a landlord, it is essential to know about your Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP) obligations.

What is ‘right to rent’?

11 Mar 2016

From 1st February landlords will be responsible for checking their prospective tenant’s right to rent. Find out more here.

What are the Tax implications for my Rental Properties?

13 Jul 2015

Paying tax is one of the inescapable costs for any business, and this includes your let property. However, there are many exemptions and allowances that could be applicable to your business that could make your investment all the more worthwhile.

How do I register for self assessment?

19 Jun 2015

In the third part of our series on landlord tax, RITA4Rent explain how to register for self assessment with HM Revenue and Customs.

What do I report on my self assessment tax return?

09 Jun 2015

In the second of our 7 part series on landlord tax, RITA4Rent explore the different types of information which need to be reported to HM Revenue and Customs.

Landlords & the Law Part 1: Tenancies and the different types of ownership of property

30 Apr 2015

In the first of a new series on the legal responsibilities of landlords, Tessa Shepperson, founder of the Landlord Law Blog, explains tenancies and the different types of property ownership.

Introduction to Tax Part 1: What is a self assessment tax return?

28 Apr 2015

In the first of a new 7 part series on landlord tax, RITA4Rent begin by explaining what exactly is a self assessment tax return.

Do you need to act on the Deregulation Act?

22 Apr 2015

The Deregulation Act came into force on 26 March 2015 to clarify tenancy deposit protection requirements. Read a summary by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme for a summary of the key changes, so you can check your situation and whether you need to take action.

Using an illegal gas fitter could cost you thousands or even a life

24 Feb 2015

Are you about to have your cooker, boiler or gas fire fixed, fitted or serviced? Don’t get caught out.

New independent report calls for all agents to offer consumers financial protection

13 Feb 2015

An independent report on the private rented sector (PRS) was released last week by Kate Faulkner called ‘Designs On Property’, which looks at the PRS from all perspectives.

Have you completed your self-assessment tax return?

19 Jan 2015

The deadline for landlords to file their tax return is 31 January. Failure to submit in time could prove costly.

Government announces new powers to accelerate eviction of nightmare tenants

30 Oct 2014

Landlords could be rid of troublesome tenants within two weeks, according to new measures announced by the Government this week.

New 'Right to rent' checks come into force in December

29 Oct 2014

From 1 December, landlords in the West Midlands area will be required to carry out new checks on their tenants to ensure they have the right to live in the UK.

Government issues guidance on new redress schemes

08 Oct 2014

The Department for Communities and Local Government has released new guidelines on how letting agents and property managers can adhere to new legislation brought in this month.

New letting agent redress scheme comes into force in October

30 Sep 2014

From the 1st October 2014, all lettings and property management agents must be registered with a government authorised consumer redress scheme.

Deposits and the Localism Act: the duties of the modern private landlord

25 Jun 2014

There is now more legislation and regulation than ever for private landlords. Here's some more information on the Localism Act and your roles and responsibilities.

Gas Safety – your responsibilities

30 Apr 2014

Landlords have specific legal responsibilities to their tenants when it comes to gas safety. Here’s some more information to make sure you’re in the know.

Universal Credit

29 Apr 2014

Introduced in October 2013, Universal Credit is a new benefit that has started to replace the 6 existing benefits with a single monthly payment for people who are looking for work, or who are on a low income. Find out more.

Deposits and tenancy deposit schemes

28 Apr 2014

In England and Wales, landlords are obliged to place any deposit they receive (up to the value of £100,000 a year) in to a Government-authorised tenancy deposit scheme.

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