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Call of the week - the criminal agent - 31 August 2016

Prevention is better than cure in most things, and it’s certainly true in many areas of property law. Good, solid advice and performing background checks before the landlord decides on their tenant or their agent will stop most problems with tenancies occurring.  Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen and this week’s case is an excellent example of what can go wrong. A new ... more

Stay vigilant over knotweed threat - 31 August 2016

With the nightmare tale of a family unable to sell their home due to Japanese Knotweed hitting the headlines this week, the RLA is reminding members to be vigilant. According to reports a family in the Midlands are unable to sell their property due to an extensive outbreak in a neighbour's garden - with potential buyers warned by surveyors and shunned ... more

Is Airbnb compounding the housing crisis? - 31 August 2016

London listings on Airbnb have rocketed by more than a quarter in just four months - sparking fears the popularity of the holiday letting site is depriving the city of vital homes to rent. In the four months from February to June this year listings were up 27% from 33,715 to 42,646 and new research from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) shows that the ... more

RLA calls for clarification on CGT Amendments - 26 August 2016

We are calling on the Government to clarify the amendments recently tabled to the Finance Bill 2016. These amendments appear to blur the distinction between trading profits from the purchase and resale of property, and investment in property to let. In a letter to the Rt Hon Phillip Hammond MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, we have asked for clarification on the implications ... more

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