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Maintaining The Garden?

12/05/2021 Question: Neighbours have alerted me that the garden of my rental property is beginning to get a bit overgrown and may need tidying up. I want to get this sorted as soon as possible – who is responsible for this? Response: It is important to make sure you know where you stand when it comes to the garden to avoid potential disputes over its maintenance and upkeep. Therefore, the question of whose responsibility it is should be included in your tenancy agreement. Your agreement may require your tenant to carry out basic maintenance of the garden such as mowing
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Signing Of A Lease – Witness Required?

5/05/2021 Question: I am just about to rent out my first property. Do I need the lease agreement to be witnessed when signing by both parties? Is it still valid if there is no witness? Response: There is no legal requirement for the signing of the lease to be witnessed. However, IPOA suggest as best practice that signatures are witnessed if possible. As a landlord your lease (tenancy) agreement is probably one of the most important documents you will use. It is the legal agreement between you and each tenant occupying your property. It outlines the rights and obligations of
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Condensation In My Property?

29th March, 2021 Question: My tenant is currently working from home due to Covid-19, and due to being in the property a lot more has noticed/advised me of condensation in different rooms. This has never occurred in previous tenancies; how should I resolve this problem?   Response: Condensation in properties needs checking out. Condensation is not a hazard itself and is unlikely to be a serious defect in the property. However, condensation may lead to issues relating to damp and mould growth, both of which could be considered a problem for the property and tenant. To avoid this, we suggest it should
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Does A Rent Book Need To Be In Hard Copy?

22nd March, 2021 Question: It is my first time letting a property – I know under legislation I must provide my tenants with a rent book, does this have to be a physical rent book, can this be a digital document? I do not live in the same county as the property and will not be collecting rent in person.   Response: Yes, we understand this can be a digital document. The requirement to provide a rent book is set down in legislation since 1993. A rent book is a document that records details about a tenancy and notes all
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My Tenant Has Not Paid Rent For 10 Months Now

29th January 2021 Question My Tenant has not paid any rent since the first Covid-19 Lockdown in March 2020.  As of the 25th of January 2021, I have received no rent in 10 months. During this period, I have not received any self-declaration from the Tenant, and I believe them to be working full-time from my property. Are the tenants protected or can I terminate this tenancy?   Response: From the information provided, the tenants are not protected and yes, you can terminate this tenancy. The new protections do not apply to a tenant who, on the 10th of January
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I Need My Property For My Own Use?

12th January 2021 Question: I served notice on my tenants as I unexpectedly had to return from abroad.    The tenants were in the property 3 months and I served notice on the 3rd December with a vacation date of the 29th January 2021.  The tenants have told me that they can stay in the property.  Is this true? Response: Level 5 restrictions recommenced on the 30th December 2020.  This pauses your notice of termination.  The duration of any Emergency Period will not count as part of any termination notice period given.  A revised termination date will apply and shall factor
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Can I Increase The Rent?

17th November, 2020 Question A rent review on my property was due to occur during the Covid-19 emergency period (27th March to 1st August 2020). I did not conduct this review. Can I increase the rent now – Is the tenant now required to pay the new rent? Response Rent increases were not permitted to come into effect during the emergency period (27th March to 1st August 2020). However, from 2 August 2020, rent reviews/increases can take effect as normal for tenants who have not been financially impacted by COVID-19. You must follow the usual rent setting and review rules
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