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Tenants are being evicted so landlords gain a profit during the Olympics

May 8, 2012

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Some landlords with tenants in East London are evicting people to cash in on the Olympics. Other landlords are even raising rent prices for the duration of the games this summer.

These are illegal practices which housing charity Shelter fear will get worse in the run up to the games which start in July.

Landlords are giving people between one week to three weeks to move out of their properties and some private rentals are rising to £6,000 per week!

The NLA (National Landlords Association) are encouraging landlords to keep their loyal tenants as they may pay a price in the future with bad ones.

Here are some guidelines for landlords with property in East London who would like to rent during the Olympics from the NLA…

1)    Ensure the accommodation is properly furnished and includes beds, sheets, towels and appliances – a Wi-Fi connection will be an advantage

2)    Keep the property to a high standard, tenants visiting during the Olympics will expect good quality accommodation

3)    Check the terms and conditions if using a letting agency to find a tenant; typically, they charge a commission of up to 25%

4)    Use a letting agent that is registered with a professional body such as the UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA) or the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA)

5)    Issue a contract for a Holiday Let or Licence. This can be downloaded from a reputable service that supplies such legal forms such as www.oyezforms.co.uk 

6)    Be aware that this type of tenancy contract does not fall within the legislation requiring a tenancy deposit to be protected in a government-authorized tenancy deposit protection scheme

7)    Take an inventory detailing the contents of the property

8)    Ensure that rent for the whole tenancy is obtained upfront

9)    Supply enough sets of keys for the number of people renting the property

10)    Provide information about the area, such as maps, an events calendar and transport advice.

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Rights and obligations- a tenancy agreement

October 4, 2011

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What is a tenancy?

  • A tenancy is a contract between a landlord and a tenant what allows the tenant to live in a property as long as they pay rent and follow the rules.
  • A tenancy agreement is the document agreed between a landlord and tenant which sets out the legal terms and conditions of the rent contract. A tenancy agreement should be prepared before anyone rents the property.
  • Tenancy agreement can be either written or verbal, but you should use a written tenancy agreement where possible. This will avoid any disputes at a later date as all the tenancy information will be in writing. Check you understand any terms before agreeing to them!
  • Whether or not a tenancy agreement is in place, landlords and tenants still have certain rights and obligations under the housing legislation.

    Tenancy Agreement...

Rights and obligations under a tenancy agreement

Your rights and obligations as a tenant…

  • You should have the freedom to live in the property undisturbed.
  • The property should also be kept in a good state of repair which your landlord should keep an eye on. They need to maintain the property as you have the right to live in a well maintained place.
  • You should always have the right to access any information about your tenancy at anytime.
  • You should be protected from unfair eviction, unfair rent and you have the right to challenge excessively high charges.
  • The deposit you paid should be returned to you when your tenancy ends.

If you moved into the property before 15th January 1989 you may have a regulated tenancy and additional rights.

Tenants who breach their agreement for example failing to pay rent, you have failed to comply to the terms and conditions and loose your legal rights as a tenant.

Your rights and obligations as a landlord…

  • When the tenancy ends, you have the right to repossess the property.
  • Take back the property if it gets damaged.
  • By giving 24 hours’ notice you can enter the property.
  • Take legal action to evict the tenant, in some cases this is used if the tenant is not paying their rent.
There may be other rights and responsibilities included in your tenancy agreement.

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Energy – Deficient properties may face ban…

September 29, 2011

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Landlords may have five years to upgrade their properties to a minimum energy standard or risk having them banned from the market. If the rental property has an EPC rating of less than E, they would face criminal prosecution if they put the property on the market.

The Minimum energy efficiency standard could be in action for all privately rented homes in 2016, around 30 organisations have tried to action this and are demanding the new law to be introduced. Over 180 MPs have so far supported this overwhelming demand by and early day motion. It is not clear at this time what penalties landlords may face if prosecuted.

The Energy Bill, which includes the Green Deal, has a new clause that outlaws colder rental properties by 2018. Campaigners are not happy with this, they think this may be too late and the Green Deal leaves too much to chance. The campaigners (including environmental campaigners and a child action poverty group) are arguing that the green deal has loopholes, which means that landlords will be given a life line if they undertake the nessessary improvements with finance being made avialable under the green deal. With this they would be able to continue letting the unacceptable, cold properties because the property may not have been improved to the E branding on an EPC.

Another argument  is that tenants could be evicted because improvements have been asked to be made. Campaigners are arguing for a new law to have basic standards of insulation and heating in every private rented property.

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