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Pre-action Protocol for Debt Claims
Posted 17.10.17

From 1st October 2017 there is a new pre-action protocol which applies to all businesses, including sole traders, wanting to make a claim against an individual for an outstanding debt. This will therefore apply to a landlord or agent taking a tenant to the small claims court in respect of claiming monies for arrears of […]

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Great Value Landlord Insurance
Posted 14.10.17

For many years, Gateshead Private Landlords Association has worked in partnership with Alan Boswell Insurance Brokers.  Many of our members have used Alan Boswells over the years and reported not only great savings on their insurance rates but also an excellent service when it counts and they need to make a claim. Remember standard home […]

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Get Prepared for Winter
Posted 13.09.17

There are many forecasts around at the moment predicting a harsh winter this year.  Landlords not only have the worry of protecting their own property but also those of their tenants as well.  In view of this, one of our members, who is well versed in Risk Assessment produced a document called Operation Icicle which […]

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Vetting of a Tenant
Posted 13.09.17

The Association in conjunction with Val Mildert has a vetting service set up for members of Gateshead Private Landlords Association.  This service can be used to vet potential tenants for members for their properties both in and outside the Gateshead Borough.  It is an extensive vetting which includes: Credit Check  – They will check if […]

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Important Information on Energy Performance in Private Rented Properties
Posted 01.08.17

From April 2018 changes to the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rules will come into play meaning all private rented homes must have a minimum EPC rating of E or it will be illegal for a landlord to rent them out. The rule will only apply to new tenancies and renewals to start off with but […]

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Chance to take part in a TV Production
Posted 31.07.17

Boundless Productions are currently looking to speak to successful landlords for a documentary series for BBC One called The Week the Landlords Moved In.   In a time where Britain is increasingly a nation of renters, the series aims to help bring landlords and tenants together to better understand each others expectations and explore the […]

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Safeguarding Adults & Children
Posted 28.06.17

If you have any concerns about an adult or child or if you would like to know more about the work of Gateshead Safeguarding Adults Board and Gateshead Local Safeguarding Children Board please use the links below. You can also report concerns direct to Adult Social Care Direct on 0191 433 7033 (24 hours a […]

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COUNCIL TAX LIABILITY
Posted 18.05.17

Historically the tenant is responsible for the Council tax during the fixed term of a tenancy.  However, should they leave the property once the tenancy has rolled into periodic , then liability for the payment of the council tax fell on the landlord as soon as the tenant informed the Council Tax Department that they had left the […]

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Guarantors
Posted 10.05.17

  Guarantors Many landlords now ask for a guarantor if they are not asking for a bond, the tenant is in a low paid job or if they feel that the tenant may have problems paying the rent. Where a guarantor has entered into an agreement, this means that in the event of a tenant […]

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Depreciation of Goods
Posted 19.12.16

  DEPRECIATION In most cases the replacement cost should then be subject to a Depreciation Deduction.  The Landlord cannot claim “new for old”.  In other words the Landlord cannot charge the full cost of replacing damaged/missing items unless they were stated as “brand new” at the start of the tenancy.  This is not allowed in […]

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