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2021 Legal update calendar

2021 Legal update calendar

The lettings industry is constantly changing, our previous legal roadmap at the beginning of the year highlighted the legislation changes for the first half of the year, this new updated calendar will hopefully help you understand future changes to the lettings industry.

1st August – Changes to Section 8 notice periods...

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Complete Guide to Buying a House

Complete Guide to Buying a House

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Buying a house can be a complex business, especially if it's your first time. Having an overview of what you need to do throughout the process will h...

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What is Rent to Rent (R2R) and how could it change your approach to property investment?

What is Rent to Rent (R2R) and how could it change your approach to property investment?

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What is it? Rent toRent – a strategy commonly overlooked by investors, solicitors & agents. Rent to Rent is the process of renting a prope...

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Evictions ban extended AGAIN until the 31st May!

Evictions ban extended AGAIN until the 31st May!

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The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. The ban on bailiff-enfo...

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Stamp duty holiday to be extended until the end of June.

Stamp duty holiday to be extended until the end of June.

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Rishi Sunak is preparing to extend the stamp duty holiday until the end of June meaning that it will be extended for another 3 months. This is being ...

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LANDLORDS did you know you can get Universal Credit paid directly to you?

LANDLORDS did you know you can get Universal Credit paid directly to you?

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Are you a landlord and your tenant receives Universal Credit you will start to realise how quickly things can spiral out of control. Universal Credit...

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Eviction ban extended until the end of March.

Eviction ban extended until the end of March.

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The government has announced that the eviction ban in England will be extended until the end of March 2021. It now means that eviction notices whi...

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Want to let your property quickly? Here are 10 steps to conducting the perfect viewing

Want to let your property quickly? Here are 10 steps to conducting the perfect viewing

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Firstly, get there in good time, make sure you know where you are going and have the correct keys, there's nothing worse than not being able to ga...

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Breathing space – Can I chase my tenants for overdue rent?

Breathing space – Can I chase my tenants for overdue rent?

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A new scheme being brought in to play starting from the 4th May 2021, will ban landlords from chasing tenants for rental arrears, by offering them a ...

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Government call for pet-friendly tenancies

Government call for pet-friendly tenancies

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The new standard tenancy agreement issued by the government will make it easier for tenants with pets to find rented accommodation. Landlords n...

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Is Buy-To-Let property still a good investment?

Is Buy-To-Let property still a good investment?

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Is buy-to-let property still a good investment? Well the answer to that is yes. The lettings market within the North East and North Yorkshire is like...

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The North provides highest growth across the private rental sector

The North provides highest growth across the private rental sector

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Across England, the number of people residing within the rental sector has increased by three per cent from 16.4 a decade ago, to 19.4 per cent today...

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Landlord Lockdown 3.0 Update

Landlord Lockdown 3.0 Update

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The lettings industry is experiencing continual change, however with having the added impact of Coronavirus things are changing on an even more regul...

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Property market remains OPEN amid national lockdown

Property market remains OPEN amid national lockdown

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We hope that you managed to make the most of Christmas and New Year and that you and your loved ones are fit and well. After last night's announce...

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Property Market Update – November 2020

Property Market Update – November 2020

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Marie Wilmot, Letting Director – My Property Box There has not been a massive amount that's changed since last month, the lettings market is sti...

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New lockdown measures cause evictions to be off-limits for months

New lockdown measures cause evictions to be off-limits for months

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It is likely that the new lockdown restrictions in England coming into effect on Thursday will make evictions more difficult to enforce for months to...

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Which Street in Darlington has seen the most homeowners moving in the last 3 years?

Which Street in Darlington has seen the most homeowners moving in the last 3 years?

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Lots of people say moving home is one of the top ten most stressful events in your life. Fortunately, there is a way to mitigate your stress. In a nu...

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The Darlington Monopoly Board

The Darlington Monopoly Board

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Board games seem a thing of the past for youngsters nowadays with their consoles and mobile phones yet a family favourite in our household that will ...

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How many Darlington property owners have paid off their mortgage?

How many Darlington property owners have paid off their mortgage?

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The Government's Annual Housing Survey is 50 years old this year. It has taken a snap shot of the UK's property market every year since 1969 and in t...

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Is Darlington too densely populated?

Is Darlington too densely populated?

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Has England's green and pleasant land all of a sudden become England's green and overcrowded land? With the nation's ever-increasing population an...

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Over 70% of Darlington’s OAPs own their own home, with a combined worth of £1.2bn

Over 70% of Darlington’s OAPs own their own home, with a combined worth of £1.2bn

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Yes, that number is staggering isn't it. Of the 10,660 households in Darlington where the head of the household is 65 years or older, an astoundin...

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Are Darlington’s builder’s constructing the wrong type of property?

Are Darlington’s builder’s constructing the wrong type of property?

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The British housing market has never been so newsworthy. Every other day, there is an article in the newspaper or online about impending house price ...

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Darlington landlords’ £11.4m tax bill

Darlington landlords’ £11.4m tax bill

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I am asking Peter Gibson the Conservative MP for Darlington to remind the Chancellor Sajid Javid and Prime Minster Boris Johnson to use their persua...

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New Electrical Safety Regulations could cost each Darlington landlord £350+ in the next 13 months

New Electrical Safety Regulations could cost each Darlington landlord £350+ in the next 13 months

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Darlington Electricians are going to very busy in the next 13 months as they will have to test the electrics of every private rented property in Darl...

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What will be the effects of Covid-19 on the Darlington property market?

What will be the effects of Covid-19 on the Darlington property market?

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So now we are only a matter of a couple of weeks into lockdown, yet can you believe it I am still speaking with agents from all over, and I do not je...

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The rights, obligations & responsibilities of the 3,156 Darlington landlords and 7,796 tenants during the Coronavirus pandemic

The rights, obligations & responsibilities of the 3,156 Darlington landlords and 7,796 tenants during the Coronavirus pandemic

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The last three or four weeks, unquestionably, have been one of the most life-changing times we have seen since WW2. The imminent threat of the Corona...

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335 Darlington families in ‘limbo’ due to the Coronavirus pandemic

335 Darlington families in ‘limbo’ due to the Coronavirus pandemic

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An immediate fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic is that it has placed many Darlington families house moves on hold. Government guidelines state all ...

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7.7% of Darlington workers worked from home before Covid-19: wonder how many more do now?

7.7% of Darlington workers worked from home before Covid-19: wonder how many more do now?

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Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, 3,254 Darlington people worked mainly from home, or about 7.7% of Darlington's 42,401 workforce (compared to the na...

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Is this a good time to buy your first home in Darlington?

Is this a good time to buy your first home in Darlington?

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Should you wait to buy your first home in Darlington or buy now? What sort of mortgages are available? What sort of deposit is required? How expensiv...

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Are buy-to-let landlords to blame for Darlington’s housing crisis?

Are buy-to-let landlords to blame for Darlington’s housing crisis?

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Isn't it funny that nobody boasts they are a buy to let landlord anymore? Roll the clock back to the early millennium and you couldn't go to the loca...

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Is this the beginning of the end for buy-to-let in Darlington?

Is this the beginning of the end for buy-to-let in Darlington?

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In 2019, the private rented sector accounted for just over four and a half million households or 19.9% of UK households, no change from the year befo...

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The Darlington post-lockdown property market

The Darlington post-lockdown property market

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From talking to most of the Darlington estate and letting agents and our own findings, it might surprise many of you that new enquiries from homebuye...

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Darlington’s property market – the last decade

Darlington’s property market – the last decade

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One of my Darlington landlords contacted me last week from Cockerton, after he had spoken to a landlord friend of his from Firthmoor. He told me they...

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Darlington homeowners to receive up to £5,000 grant

Darlington homeowners to receive up to £5,000 grant

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The Chancellor announced on Wednesday 8th July in his mini Budget some interesting news for Darlington homeowners and Darlington landlords. Rishi Sun...

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What’s next for the Darlington property market?

What’s next for the Darlington property market?

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There is no doubt that Coronavirus will affect the Darlington Property Market, but just how? The ensuing economic challenges are going to impact t...

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Darlington OAP homeowners to face £10,041 Coronavirus tax bill

Darlington OAP homeowners to face £10,041 Coronavirus tax bill

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The Government is on track to borrow 400bn because of Coronavirus and that needs to be paid back at some stage. Last year alone, before Coronavirus, ...

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Is this the beginning of the end for buy-to-let in Sawbridgeworth and Bishops Stortford?

Is this the beginning of the end for buy-to-let in Sawbridgeworth and Bishops Stortford?

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And should Sawbridgeworth and Bishops Stortford landlords & Sawbridgeworth and Bishops Stortford homeowners be worried? In 2019, the private r...

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9.2% of all Properties Sold in Darlington are New Builds

9.2% of all Properties Sold in Darlington are New Builds

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How do you get planning permission? How many different materials will you need to order? Is a  4/12 roof pitch  suitable? How long will the project...

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