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Landlords: Your Guide to Becoming a Landlord

When is there a better time to become a landlord? Landlords have the upper hand in today’s climate. With a fragile economy, ever-growing population but a shortage in affordable housing, landlords would certainly benefit from offering rented accommodation. Become a Landlord Becoming a landlord is not as simple as finding a tenant and renting it out. There are few things that need to be carried out and certified first. Ensure safety of gas supply: It is the landlords’ responsibility to ensure the property is Gas Safe. You must ensure a Gas Safe Engineer checks the property and provides a satisfactory Gas Safety Certificate. You must also, by law organise an annual check up, to guarantee it is always safe. Energy Performance Certificate (EPC): It is a legal requirement to provide ... »

Rent flexibility urged for small retailers

Rent flexibility urged for small retailers

Retailers warn of toughest quarter day since last recession This could be the toughest quarterly rents payments day for at least 18 years warned the British Retail Consortium (BRC), as it urged landlords to show more flexibility on retail rents. Today (Wednesday) is the first quarter day of 2009. Hard-pressed retailers face rent bills totalling hundreds of millions of pounds*. The first few months of the year usually see the lowest levels of consumer spending. This year has been compounded by recession and follows the worst December sales performance the BRC’s Retail Sales Monitor has recorded in the fourteen years it has been running. Traditionally commercial landlords demand rents be paid in advance, four times a year, on the quarter days. It is an anachronism dating back hundreds ... »