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GDPR 2018

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Sunday, June 10, 2018,
Our website has been updated to include the information surrounding the GDPR 2018. We have included details of how the data controller and the data processor will aim to adhere to the regulation.
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Review

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Monday, January 23, 2017, In : Into the New Year...... 
Constantly being given a professional, faultless service and always at the end of a phone if there are queries .. Always on hand to help out and solve (rapidly) any problems that arise and are always friendly and extremely efficient ! The family share years of valuable experience which has always shone through whenever dealing with them. After years of renting my property out they are the BEST agent I've ever used. My only regret is not having found them earlier after being ripped off and lie...
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Important Changes to Benefit Entitelment

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, In : Benefit Entitelment 2017 onwards 
https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators

Local housing allowance - LHA - shelter.org.uk‎


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2013 Council Tax Changes

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Tuesday, April 2, 2013,

Changes to Council Tax Discounts for Empty Properties and Second Homes

Changes to Council Tax Discounts & Exemptions

The Government is allowing councils to introduce changes to Council Tax discounts and exemptions in respect of second homes and certain empty properties. Thereis also a new power to charge an additional amount of Council Tax on properties that have been continuously empty for more than two years. These changes in legislation start on April 1 2013.

Summary of Changes

The C...


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Tenant Beware!

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Thursday, January 17, 2013,
Tenants are strongly advised to ensure that they register all the utilities as soon as they have signed up for thier tenancy, and retain receipts for furniture purchased for thier new home....http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2005/sep/03/consumernews.jobsandmoney2

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Cannabis factory awareness

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Sunday, October 21, 2012,

A Burton landlord who allowed one of his tenants to continue cultivating a cannabis factory narrowly escaped going straight to jail.
  As part of our service a member of our team attended a Cannabis Factory Awareness Semiar. The Seminar looked at "Spot Signs" and will be used as part of Periodical Inspection Visits. 


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Cleaning Deposit Dispute on the Rise...

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Sunday, October 21, 2012,
According to the Association of Independant Inventory Clerks (AIIC), landlords and agents are increasingly faced with dirty properties at the end of the tenancy agreement, which has ledto cleaning being the commonest disagreement in cases brought in disputes and arise in around half the cases.

AIIC have put together the most common cleaning problems at check out...

* Stained and marked carpets
* Dirty ovens
* Heavy lime scale to kitchens and bathrooms
* Grease deposits in the kitchen
* Dirty window...
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Electrical Risk Warning

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Sunday, October 21, 2012,
The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) says that whilst landlords are legally obliged to provide an annual gas safety certificate, there is no equivilant legal obligation for electrical installations. ESC recommends that agent and landlords should have a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) carried out by a registered electrician at least every 5 years, or on a change of tenancy.

Points to consider:
* warn tenants not to overload sockets and put adaptors into adaptors
* don't attempt electrical repair...
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Web Portal targets benefit tenants

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Sunday, October 21, 2012,
The first dedicated property web portal that connects letting agents and landlords with people claiming housing benefit was launched in September 2012. Click on link below to visit the website.

http://www.dssmove.co.uk/
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SAFETY First!

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Saturday, June 23, 2012,

A Wigan Landlord has been prosecuted for putting the life of a tenant at risk by falsifying a gas safety document.

A Middlesex Landlord has been fined after a self-employed builder died while replacing a roof.

.....the HSE are requesting Landlords to become conversant with H&S and to contact them if they have any doubts about safety.


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Achievements .......

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Sunday, May 20, 2012,
http://www.arla.co.uk/qualifications/arla-qualifications-news/nfopp-awarding-body-qualifications-update-week-18/
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A valid point....

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Tuesday, May 15, 2012,
“Nobody books a holiday with a travel agent who is not properly accredited and registered – but, as ever-increasing numbers are finding to their cost, this isn’t always the case in the rental market where the stakes are far higher.”
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NFOPP Qualified Letting Agent 2012

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Tuesday, May 1, 2012,
We are now a NFOPP Qualified Letting Agent!
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Mortgage interest tax bombshell

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Sunday, April 22, 2012,

Mortgage interest tax bombshell

The biggest tax deduction for landlords against their buy-to-let rental income is undoubtedly the mortgage interest paid by most landlords with a buy-to-let mortgage.

Landlords should be aware that they can only claim tax relief against the interest and not any capital repayments made against their buy-to-let mortgage.
Currently this tax relief is unlimited so that portfolio landlords are able to offset all the interest payments on loans used to finance the pu...


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Another busy week...

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Sunday, April 22, 2012,

Just a little warm welcome to our new landlords and tenants. Happy to have you on board.


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Home Electrical Safety Check

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Sunday, March 25, 2012, In : Home electrics 

Guidance for landlords

As the number of people becoming landlords soars, research from the Electrical Safety Council has found that misunderstandings between landlords and tenants over responsibilities for safety are exposing many people to life-threatening electrical dangers.

The ESC is concerned that the rise in inexperienced landlords - many of whom are finding it easier to rent out their property than sell it - will further compromise safety.

The consequences for not understanding ...


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Safety First....as a guide

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Tuesday, March 13, 2012,
Smoke Alarms
All properties built since June 1992 must have been fitted with mains powered smoke detector alarms from new. Although there is no legislation requiring smoke alarms to be fitted in other ordinary tenanted properties, it is generally considered that the common law 'duty of care' means that Landlords and their Agents could be liable should a fire cause injury or damage in a tenanted property where smoke alarms are not fitted. We therefore strongly recommend that the Landlord fit at...
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Useful site for landlords and tenants

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Monday, March 12, 2012,
http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/
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DPS Changes from 12th April 2012

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Monday, March 12, 2012,

Amendments to the Tenancy Deposit Protection Rules

9th March 2012

Amendments to the Tenancy Deposit Protection Rules will come into force soon.

Under the auspices of the Localism Act 2011 the government, following much controversy and several court cases over the Tenancy Deposit Protection rules in the Housing Act 2004, have introduced several proposed rule changes.

One of the main changes proposed is the extension of the 14 days allowed to protect a deposit and serve the prescribed notic...


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EPC Changes April 2012

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Thursday, March 8, 2012, In : EPC April 2012 
New Energy Performance Certificate ('EPC') Legislation has been introduced and will become law on the 6th April 2012.
Our EPC Surveyor has been busy up-skilling and we are one of the first letting agents to offer the new service in house. The new style EPC now takes into consideration the Green Deal and is an in depth assessment of the Energy Performance of the property. 

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Welcome to our new landlords

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Thursday, March 8, 2012,
Just a little welcome note to our new landlords, we are really happy to have you on board.
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The Internet...the largest shop front window

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, In : The World Wide Web 
The governments Office for National Statistics (ONS) has issued its latest '2011 Internet Access - Households and Individuals' report, which reveals that 19 million UK households (77%) now have an internet connection (up from 73% in 2010) and a total of 41.26 million adults (82.3%) have used the internet.

That's good news for www.justletssouthport.co.uk as it means we are accessable to millions with just a simple click ........

Having a shop front on a busy street is the traditional approach to...
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Protect your income...

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Tuesday, February 28, 2012,
Simple Rent Guarantee offers you the financial protection you need as a Landlord as well as the reassurance of valuable Legal Expenses cover and a 24hr Legal Helpline.
http://www.simplerentguarantee.co.uk/price-and-cover-levels


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iammoving.com

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, In : Moving house services 

The only online change of address service

iammoving.com is the UK’s only online change of address service. You can save time, money and stress by notifying up to 1500 organisations about your new address details online.


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Welcome to all our new tenants

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Friday, February 3, 2012,
Another busy week for the JustLets Team......new tenants on board. A big welcome to our new tenants and should you encounter any of those little "moving-in" glitches, just give us a call and we will be only too happy to assist.
Utility and CTax registration forms, meter readings or just a bit of advise about plumbing in the washing machine.....always here to help.
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Partnership for EPC

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, In : Teaming Up 
    We are pleased to announce that we have now teamed up with www.KewGreenSurveys.co.uk
This means that we can now guarantee a smooth service with regards to arranging your EPC.
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Housing Benefit Changes 2012 and how it affects you.....

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Saturday, January 7, 2012,

Important changes were made to Housing Benefit on 1 April 2011

If you rent from a private landlord and you are already claiming Housing Benefit, the changes are likely to affect you at some time during the 21 months after 1 April 2011.

To find out more information, go to the Directgov website at (New window) www.direct.gov.uk.

In England, a leaflet explaining the changes is available on the National Homelessness Advice Service (NHAS) website at website at (New window) www.nhas.org.uk.

If you rent from a private ...


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Christmas wishes to all

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Monday, December 19, 2011,
All of us at Justlets would like to thank our valued clients for their support during 2011. Each and every one of you make our jobs a pleasure, and without you we wouldn't have the successful business we do.

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Roll up, Roll up....

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Monday, December 19, 2011,

We have had a bumper couple of weeks, and have signed up a number of landlords with great properties available to let.


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Children in Need

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Sunday, November 20, 2011,
Absolutely wonderfull.........£26, million raised! Human kindness should never be under-estimated.

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In quiet remembrance.....

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Thursday, November 10, 2011,

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http://www.thenec.co.uk/whatson/landlord-and-letting-show

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Thursday, November 10, 2011,

We're off to the show......3 of us are off to the NEC next week to catch up on all the latest updates and trends for the Letting Industry.


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Catching up.....

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Sunday, November 6, 2011,
Tenant requests never surprise us here at Justlets......one request was for a coal store to be converted into a utilty area, another was for us to find a missing wheelie bin. The wheelie bin sadly was unrecoverable, but the utility area did get the thumbs up! Happy ending though as a brand new wheelie bin is on its way to the tenant.  
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Another busy week for us....

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Saturday, October 22, 2011,
Its a big welcome to our new tenants, hope the move in process goes smoothly.  Its always a pleasure to hand the keys over and watch the smiles on faces just grow.
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Justlets increases web power.....

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Wednesday, October 12, 2011,

As part of our commitment to provide the best service to our clients, we have now joined forces with Zoopla! We now have even greater Web presence. We are now supported by Yola, Vivastreet, Globrix, Craig's Place and now Zoopla.


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Take-on's

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Sunday, October 9, 2011,

A big welcome to the landlords who have signed up with us this week. We are really pleased to have them on board. Their properties will soon be ready for viewings, so its watch this space.


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Property of the week.....

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Monday, September 26, 2011, In : Property of the week..... 
Lovely bungalow available to let, 2bed 2 reception/3bed 1 reception......Churchill Ave, Southport. Totally refurbished to  high standard........viewing a must.......
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Tenants waiting...

Posted by Lisa Trainor on Wednesday, August 3, 2011,
We have tenants waiting ....
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Just good sound advice for landlords.....

Posted by Lsa Trainor on Saturday, June 25, 2011,
Understand Your Responsibilities

The list of rules and regulations with which landlords must comply is lengthy, and ever growing, and the risks you run by not complying are serious.  So before you welcome your new tenant, make sure you have covered the following:

  • Have you told your lender? If you don’t you could be in breach of contract and they could recall the loan.
  • Have you told the freeholder? If you lease the property you will need the lessor's permission.
  • Are you covered? Talk...


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