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Estates IT: An Independent Software Company

If you have been looking at property software in the last couple of years, you will no doubt have concluded that very few of them actually listen to what you need and what you want.

Jacqueline Stow


Written by Jacqueline Stow
Source Estates IT Ltd

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HM Revenue & Customs

Estate Agents And Money Laundering Checks

The property market has long been recognised as an effective way through which criminals may launder the proceeds of their criminal activity.

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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New Build EPCs

EPC Ratings Over 100

Zoopla have recently introduced a change to their Real-time system where SAP and EPC ratings are no longer capped at 100

Jacqueline Stow


Written by Jacqueline Stow
Source Estates IT Ltd

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EPC Survey

Happy 10th Birthday EPCs

EPCs came into force in the UK on 1st August 2007, so are now celebrating their 10th Birthday.

Jacqueline Stow


Written by Jacqueline Stow
Source Estates IT Ltd

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What Is A Rent Repayment Order?

Rent Repayment Orders are a means by which a tenant or local authority can seek to have up to 12 months of Rent, Housing Benefit, or Universal Credit repaid.

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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EPC Bands

MEES: Act Now Before April 2018 Deadline

From 1st April 2018, it will be illegal for landlords to grant new leases to new or existing tenants for properties in England and Wales that do not meet the Government's Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards MEES

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Right To Rent

Right To Rent: Are you Breaking The Law?

Are you compliant with the Right to Rent Rules

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Rent Smart Wales

Rent Smart Wales

All landlords, who have property in Wales will need to be registered by 23rd November or leave themselves open to prosecution

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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GOV.UK

The 30 Day Rule

If, as a landlord, you do not place a tenants deposit in a government backed scheme within 30 days of receiving it, you will be subject to penalties!

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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GOV.UK

New Possession & Rent Rise Forms Introduced Today.

Section 8 and Section 13 form updates for England come into effect from today, Wednesday April 6th 2016

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Right to Rent

Right To Rent Checks, Today's The Day

From today, landlords/letting agents must check that a prospective tenant has the right to reside within this Country before allowing them to sign a lease.

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Deregulation Act 2015

October 1st Deadline Looming For New Section 21 Legislation.

All change in just two weeks with the new Section 21 legislation, comply or you will be breaking the law and subject to prosecution!

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Installation of smoke alarms

Landlords And Letting Agents: Urgent Action Required

New regulations regarding the fitting of smoke alarms in rental properties is hanging in the balance

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Trading Standards Institute

Letting Agents, Still Not Compliant With The Law On Displaying Fees?

Under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, the legal duty to show fees has been in force since May 27th but still some letting agents are non-compliant.

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Jail Awaits

Rocky Road Ahead For Landlords And Letting Agents!

Landlords and letting agents are in for a tough time with two body blows coming from David Cameron's government yesterday.

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Duty

Duty - WHAT Duty?! Agent Fees Challenged

Many will have seen the media coverage in June about a landlord's unhappiness with the service provided by Foxtons Estate Agents. The landlord in question

Training For Professionals


Written by Training For Professionals
Source TFPonline.co.uk

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The Residential Landlords Association

Safe And Secure With The Residential Landlords Association

The Residential Landlords Association has introduced a new 'tool kit' guide for landlords, to make rented homes safe, legal and secure.

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Deregulation Act 2015

Another Deadline Looms For Landlords And Letting Agents!

Another deadline for landlords & letting agents will be here in just a few days! Are you aware?

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Foxtons Estate & Lettings Agent

Foxtons In Battle With London Law Firm Over Commision Charges!

Foxtons could face a massive legal bill if a group claim against them, being brought by London law firm Leigh Day this week, is successful.

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Competition & Markets Authority

Open Letter From The CMA, Determined To Root Out Those Flouting Competition Law.

Last month the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) handed out a fine totalling £750,000 to an association of estate and lettings agents, 3 of its members & a newspaper publisher

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Letting agents must display fees

Letting Agents, Are You Ready To Display All Your Fees?

The legal requirement for letting agents to display details of all charges comes in to force on May 27th

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Immigration checks to determine the 'right to rent'!

Immigration Checks To Determine The 'Right To Rent'

Immigration checks are already being undertaken in the West Midlands to determine if a prospective tenant has "The Right to Rent". How soon will it be rolled out to the rest of the Country?

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Landlord in Court

First Landlord Prosecuted Under Brent Council's Additional Licensing Scheme

A landlord who evaded the need for a licence under Brent Council's new additional licensing scheme has found himself before the courts.

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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The Residential Landlords Association

Communal Heating Systems In Rental Properties

The Residential Landlords Association says some agents and landlords may be required to notify the National Measurement and Regulation Office regarding their property heating systems by the end of 2015.

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Selective Landlord Licensing On The Increase

Selective Landlord Licensing On The Increase

Although HMO's have been with us for a while with regard to property lets of 5 or more persons sharing facilities in a property of over 2 storeys, more and more Councils seem to be introducing mandatory licensing for landlords on all their rental properties.

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Letting agents are you compliant with Tenant Fee Rules?

Letting Agents, Are You Compliant With Tenant Fee Rules?

It has come to our attention that Councils and Trading Standards are cracking down on letting agents that are not compliant

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Tenant Repair Issues and Landlord Liability

Tenant Repair Issues And Landlord Liability

A new Court of Appeal decision that will seriously affect landlords & letting agents was reported by David Smith of Anthony Gold solicitors this week.

Deb Roberts


Written by Deb Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Letting Agent Tenants Fees Rules 2014. Estates IT has it covered.

Letting Agent Tenants Fees Rules 2014

Estate Agent and Letting Agents can handle fees entry for the new 2014 Fees Rules, Regulations and Requirements in PCHomes Letting Agent Software for compliant portals uploads to Rightmove and Zoopla.

John Roberts


Written by John Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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New 2013 Fees regulations and rules. Estates IT has it covered.

Letting Agents Who Charge Tenants Fees Must Display Them Next To The Rental Price

Estate Agent and Letting Agents can handle the new 2013 Fees Rules, Regulations and Requirements in PCHomes Letting Agent Software with tools for entering, linking and displaying fees to Tenants. Letting Agents who charge Tenants fees must display them next to the rent price.

John Roberts


Written by John Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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Cookies

Does Your Estate Agent Website Comply With New European Legislation?

Is your website compliant to new European Law that was passed in May 2012. Find out more...

Nick Hubbard


Written by Nick Hubbard
Source Estates IT Ltd

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New 2012 EPC regulations and rules. Property particulars, PCHomes has it covered.

New 2012 EPC Regulations And Rules. Property Particulars, PCHomes Has It Covered

Estate Agent and Letting Agents can handle the new 2012 EPC Rules, Regulations and Requirements in PCHomes Estate Agent Software with tools for linking too, merging and extracting EPC information.

John Roberts


Written by John Roberts
Source Estates IT Ltd

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