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Training for Professionals are experts in the legislation governing the residential letting market. We aim to help and support Letting Agents and Landlords alike with advice on how best to navigate the constantly changing property management landscape. Whether it’s through training courses, consultancy, or model documentation, TFP aim to make property management safer, easier and more cost effective.Want to know more? 

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  • May 23

    Supreme Court decision on disrepair due out soon

    On the 5th May 2016, the Edwards V Kumarasamy case was heard in front of five Supreme Court judges.  This was an appeal to a Court of Appeal decision where it was held that the leasehold landlord was liable to pay compensation to their assured shorthold tenant who had tripped on a communal paving stone in disrepair which led to the bin store areas on a block of flats.  The Court of Appeal judge held that under Section 11 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985, no notice was required and the leasehold landlord became liable for disrepair as soon as it arose (on the presumption that they had the right to inspect the common arears without any notice being given to their tenant).
    The tenant was awarded the sum of £3750 for injuries suffered from the trip on the communal paving stone.  The leasehold landlord obviously felt aggrieved so has defended on the following points being; (1) did an easement in the property give the leasehold landlord sufficient interest to be liable under Section 11, (2) did the communal paving stones form part of the exterior of the property to such an extent it fell under Section 11 and finally (3) did the landlord require notice of the disrepair before becoming liable to the tenant under Section 11.  An interesting case, which can be viewed as a recording on the Supreme Court website and we understand that the decision will be released very shortly.

  • Mar 24

    Surcharge on Stamp Duty Land Tax

    From 1 April 2016, property investors will have to pay higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on the purchase of 'additional' residential property in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. The overall rates of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (applying to purchases of residential property) in Scotland are different, but the same principle of imposing a surcharge on 'additional' residential properties has been adopted. Throughout the UK, these proposals mean that purchasers face an additional charge of 3% on the purchase of most buy-to-let property or second homes.

    It was widely believed that commercial investors, with more than 15 properties, might be exempted from the new surcharge, but George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has confirmed that 'significant investors' also have to pay the added tax. The surcharge is expected to raise about a billion pounds by 2021 and some of the money will be reinvested in providing homes in areas like Cornwall and London who are said to be "priced out of home ownership". 

  • Mar 14

    The ‘Right to Rent’ experience

    The obligation to check the ‘right to rent’ status of new occupiers came into operation on the 1st February 2016.  From discussions with our clients on the helpline and at courses, it has become clear that most customers have found it relatively easy to include the obligations within their current referencing process as historically passports were already being taken.  Obviously, the onus to check any limited time to rent will not be required until at the earliest the beginning of 2017, so we will report back with any feedback on that process.
    One agent was kind enough to send us a letter from the Landlords Checking Service confirming that an applicant had NO ‘right to rent’.  The letter confirmed the date of the notice, the landlord checking reference number, guidance on other pieces of ID which could be used to prove a ‘right to rent’, along with the consequences to the landlord of allowing someone without the ‘right to rent’ into a rented property.

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— Paul Hubbard, Paul Hubbard, LOWESTOFT, Legal Update 2016 and Completing Possession Claims Online/NOR/Apr16
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— Gill Dowling, Dowling Styles Residential Lettings, EAST MOLESEY, Legal Update 2016 and Completing Possession Claims Online/HE/Apr16
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— Lisa Abella, Magnet Properties, LUTON, Legal Update 2016 and Completing Possession Claims Online/WA/May16
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— Jackie Bradshaw, Anslows Ltd, BRIDGNORTH, Deregulation Act Masterclass - New Deposit Rules and New Section 21 Rules/MA/Nov15
TFP are consistently brilliant, the courses are interesting. I always come away with more knowledge. I love the courses.
— Jacqui Courtier, Plymouth Homes, PLYMOUTH, Completing Possession Claims Online/EX/Apr16
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