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Has your property been vacant for a few days – Legionnaires – Landlords’ Responsibilities

August 15, 2017

With many landlords renting to students and possibly renting to new tenants after a period of vacancy you may need to brush up on your responsibilities as landlords and those with the responsibility for the control of premises in relation to the topic of legionella… Employers and those with responsibility for the control of premises,…

Reminder of e-learning guide “Letting out Property” now with News Section

August 11, 2017

Reminder of e-learning guide “Letting out Property” now with News Section HMRC have updated their e-learning guide, ‘Letting out a property’. This guide will benefit both new and experienced landlords, and it now has a ‘News’ section with the latest information from HMRC on property letting, to help keep you up to date.…

Update on Making Tax Digital for Business (MTDfB)

August 9, 2017

The Government has confirmed that the Finance Bill will be introduced to Parliament as soon as possible after the parliamentary summer recess. This will include some changes to the previously announced policy on Making Tax Digital for Business (MTDfB). The new MTDfB timetable  Businesses agree that digitising the tax system is the right direction of…

Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin January – March 2017, Publication Released Today.

August 8, 2017

Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin January – March 2017, Publication Released Today. The Bulletin and previous editions can be found on the Analytical Services Unit website, at the link below https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/topics/housing-statistics The next edition of the bulletin will be available October/November 2017.…

Survey revealed that landlords are shying away from renting to younger tenants.

August 7, 2017

Survey revealed that landlords are shying away from renting to younger tenants. New research commissioned) undertaken by Sheffield Hallam University and commissioned by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) that involved nearly 2,000 private landlords found that 79 per cent of landlords considered younger tenants as high risk of rental arrears. These landlords prefer to rent…

‘Built-to-rent’ apartment block for Belfast announced

August 3, 2017

‘Built-to-rent’ apartment block for Belfast announced Lacuna Developments and Watkin Jones has announced plans for Belfast’s first large scale “build-to-rent” housing scheme. The company is planning to develop a 19-storey block of flats on Academy Street, close to the Ulster University campus. ‘The Built to Rent’ model is one in which flats are built purely…

Letting Fees Case

July 6, 2017

Letting Fees Case Currently at court is the legal case concerning letting fees taken by a Queens University Students Union Officer. This case is supported by Housing Rights Service. Connected to this case the Court has also been asked for a declaration that any fees, charges and expenses levied by letting agents on tenants in…