News, Tips and Advice from Mistoria Estate Agents

What’s the difference between leasehold and freehold?

Purchasing a house is one of the most complicated and stressful events most people will go through in their life. In the mix of all the legalities, mortgages and just hoping the purchasing chain won’t fall through often really important details get overlooked....

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Tenant Fees Act

One June 1st 2019 the Tenant Fees Act will come into force prohibiting landlords and agents from charging any fees to tenants other than those that have been permitted by the act. Any contract that is signed after June 1 must adhere to the new regulations including...

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New Homes Fitness for Human Habitation Act 2018

On 20 March 2019, the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 came into force to make sure that rented houses and flats are ‘fit for human habitation’. With this new act, tenants are given the right to sue landlords who fail to adequately maintain their...

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Pet-friendly rental property

In the UK, an estimated 12 million households own together around 51 million pets. Recent research carried out by Zoopla discovered that there’s a growing trend in the search for “pet-friendly” rental property. The term ‘pets’ ranked as the third most searched keyword...

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Tenant Fees Bill

It has been announced that the Tenant Fees Bill is set to come into force on 1st June 2019. The Bill will ban letting fees paid by tenants in the private rented sector and cap tenancy deposits in England. The ban will apply to all tenancies signed after 1st June. The...

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‘Right to Rent’ breaches human rights

The High Court has ruled that the current ‘Right to Rent’ checks breach human rights. The scheme requires landlords and letting agents to check the immigration status of tenants by checking their passport or visas and has been in force across England since 2016....

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How to avoid pest infestation problems

A recent study carried out by a manufacturer and retailer of blinds, shutters, carpets and curtains showed that 64% of Brits who have experienced a pest infestation in their property were renting at the time. Of the 2,000-people surveyed, 57% responded that they had...

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Buy to let changes for 2019

As 2018 draws to an end, there has been much to reflect upon in the buy to let market. There is plenty for landlords to ponder heading into 2019, as Andrew Turner, chief executive at specialist buy to let broker, Commercial Trust, explores. The past couple of years...

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