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Trade body still hopeful for mandatory independent inventories

The UK’s only membership association for independent inventory clerks says it is still hopeful that the government will introduce some form of mandatory inventory reporting legislation in the near future. Since 2016, the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has been campaigning for the introduction of mandatory independent...
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Landlords must be wary of rising tenant arrears

Challenging conditions for landlords and letting agents could cause rent arrears to rise and this scenario is something landlords should be wary of, according to RentalStep. The PropTech startup says that if rents continue to rise and wage growth remains stagnant, some tenants may find it more difficult...
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Housing Bill should also include rogue tenants list, says AIIC

The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants, according to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC). Included in the Bill are proposals to ban and fine criminal landlords and letting agents, introduce...
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Section 21 possession cases at 15 year high

Commenting on quarterly landlord possession statistics released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Paul Shamplina, Founder of Landlord Action, a firm which specialises in dealing with problem tenants, says that despite an overall 5% fall in possession claims issued at county courts in 2014 versus 2013, he believes...
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Tenants behaving badly insurer warns

The nation’s landlords are leaving themselves exposed to the country’s worst tenants by failing to carry out basic checks, insurer AXA has warned. With the rental market’s peak season about to start, AXA reveals just how many of the UK’s estimated 8.3 million tenants are behaving badly and...
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Two thirds of landlord notices are incorrect

A new study by ‘landlords champion’ Landlord Action of the last 200 instructions received from landlords and letting agents that have served their own legal notices on tenants (Section 8 and Section 21) has revealed that 62% of these notices were deemed incorrect, which meant they were invalid or posed...
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25% of home deals fall through due to poor communication

Over the last five years, consumers  believe that almost a quarter (23%) of all home purchases or sales have fallen through due to delays caused by poor communication between lawyers lenders and estate agents, according to a survey by OnePoll, commissioned by the Conveyancing Association. The results show...
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