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Landlords- No hidden Fees

Here at Beacons we are committed to keeping prices down for you which is why we recently made the bold decision to move off the 'high street' and move online What does Beacons charge a Landlord? At Beacons we charge you a percentage of your renta....

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Tenant Fee Ban

New Law means Landlords and Agents can no longer charge fees to new and existing tenants From the 1st of June landlords and letting agents will be unable to charge new and existing tenants a fee for a tenancy. This means that landlords and lettin....

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We have moved online

Local online agent - saving you money! Changing with the times From experience we know that most people will now search for a property on their phone or PC. The high street isn't what it used to be as more and more businesses moves online. To run....

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Beacons Tenant Applicant Privacy Notice

GDPR Compliance   Beacons Tenant Applicant Privacy Notice Beacons Estate Agents is committed to protecting and processing your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations and the Data Protection Act 2018 (the legislat....

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GDPR Beacons Tenant Enquirer Privacy Notice

GDPR Compliance Beacons Tenant Enquirer Privacy Notice Beacons Estate Agentsis committed to protecting and processing your personal data in accordance with The General Data Protection Regulations and the Data Protection Act 2018 (the legislation)....

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Landlords GDPR applies to you - Find out more

  What is the General Data Protection Regulation? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union (EU) wide set of standardised rules for the handling and storage of personal information within the EU. This will apply to anyone ....

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Understanding Holiday Lets

The difference between Holidays Lets and Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST’s) The term ‘holiday let’ is often used loosely, however this can be a dangerous mistake for landlords. All landlords are aware of the definition of an AST: -          The ....

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Landlords Response to Tax changes

Tax and regulatory changes are beginning to ‘bite’ It is expected that many landlords will sell part or all of their portfolios over the next few years. Tax increases, more stringent regulations, the cost of the tenant fee ban and trying to avoid....

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Buy To Let Update

Buy-to-let and Changing Markets The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association reported on 6 February that buy-to-let investment has seen a reduction in mortgage lending of 80% from 2015 (£25 billion) to 2017 (£5 billion). The main reason for this....

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New HMO Regluations

The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation Order 2018 Under the Housing Act 2004 some houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) fall into Mandatory Licensing. Mandatory Licensing is a scheme where the local authority has to administer this type of....

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New Gas Regulations

The Gas Safety Regulations 2018 This amendment to the 1998 regulation changes the schedule on which gas safety checks are carried out. The 1998 previous regulations required the checks for safety within 12 months of installation and then within 1....

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Top 10 Autumn Home Tips

Check for drafts. Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lighted candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draft. If necessary, replace seals and repair any gaps around windows and door frames....

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Deposit Protection for Landlords

  Government Guidelines for Deposit protection schemes and landlords   1/ Overview  You must place your tenants’ deposit in a tenancy deposit protection (TDP) scheme if you rent out your home on an assured shorthold tenancy that started after 6 A....

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Tenants Know your rights- Government Guidelines

General  Government Guidelines to Tenants who are Private Renting 1/ Your rights and responsibilities  You have certain rights and responsibilities if you’re a tenant in privately rented property.  Your rights  As a tenant, you have the right to:....

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Tenants- Safeguarding your Deposit with Beacons

  1/ Overview  Here at Beacons Estate Agents acting on behalf of your landlord and in accordance with the Government Guidelines we put your deposit in a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme (TDP) if you rent your home on an assured shorthold ....

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Guidance on Buying or Selling your home

  1/ Overview Buying or selling a home normally takes 2 to 3 months. The process can take longer if you’re part of a chain of buyers and sellers. There are several steps you’ll need to follow: Sellers must provide an Energy Performance Certifica....

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Tenants advice- Tenancy Agreements

   1/ Overview A tenancy agreement is an agreement that is a contract between you and a landlord. It lets you live in a property as long as you pay rent and follow the rules set out in the contract. It also sets out the legal terms and conditions....

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10 Ways to prepare your home for Summer

  1/ Clear out winter Up date your interiors by removing evidence of winter like logs and heavy rugs and replace with light furnishings and throws and get your vases ready for fresh cut flowers   2/ Get the paint out Now's a great time to get pai....

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Electrical Safety Regulations & Landlords duties under the regulations

1/ Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 commencement The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 commenced on 8th December 2016 and apply to any electrical equipment first placed on the market on or after commencement. Any electr....

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EPC- Legal changes 6 things you need to know

Energy Performance Certificates are required when a property is: - built - sold - rented An EPC must be ordered before a property is let or sold.  An EPC contains: - information about a property's energy use and typical energy costs - recommendat....

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