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Important Information – Grenfell Tower Fire
Posted 20.06.17

Following the Grenfell Tower fire in London, the Government are making available a facility to test aluminium cladding applied to residential buildings of 5 stories or more.  Although buildings of this type are rare in Gateshead, should you own of have an interest in one, you can contact the Private Sector Housing Team at Gateshead […]

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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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Proposed Selective Landlord Licensing
Posted 20.04.17

Gateshead Council are currently consulting on the proposal to introduce a Selective Landlord Licensing Scheme in The Avenues area and also the redesignation of a current scheme in Central Bensham. Further details can be found at www.gateshead.gov.uk/landlordlicensing where you can also complete a questionnaire giving your views on the proposed schemes.    

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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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NORTHUMBRIAN WATER
Posted 07.12.16

See below a link to a very handy tool from Northumbrian Water where you can list, view and manage the water service charges for all of your properties. https://landlords.nwl.co.uk/

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LEGIONELLA Your Duties and Legal Responsibilities as a Landlord
Posted 07.12.16

Organisations, or self-employed individuals, who provide residential accommodation or who are responsible for the water system(s) in their premises, are responsible for ensuring that the risk of exposure to legionella in those premises is properly assessed and controlled.  All water systems require an assessment of the risk which they can carry out themselves if they […]

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Landlords rights to enter their tenant’s property
Posted 07.12.16

Whether or not a landlord can enter his tenant’s property to carry out inspections, repair work etc even if the tenant is unhappy about this, is a hotly debated issue.   What the law says It is an established rule that all tenants enjoy what is called ‘the covenant for quiet enjoyment’. This means that […]

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Pre-Payment Meters
Posted 07.12.16

A pre-payment meter works on a ‘pay as you go’ basis so that tenants are in control of how much energy they are using. Once the property is empty and the tenant has left, there is a daily standing charge for maintenance, the cost of keeping you connected to the network and various operating costs. […]

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RIGHT TO RENT
Posted 07.12.16

Since 1 February 2016, landlords are required by law to check the immigration status of their tenants. From 1st December 2016, landlords who knowingly let to someone without a rent to rent, and agents who fail to notify their landlords that someone has a right to rent, will be vulnerable to criminal proceedings.  If found guilty, […]

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