Posts Tagged: Landlords
Posted by Sam Eynon on October 3rd 2016 in Featured, Insurance
With an estimated 600,000 unoccupied homes in England and
approximately 20,000 squatters in the UK, unlawful occupation is
one of the biggest risks owners face when leaving a property empty.
Other potential risks facing your property can include theft,
vandalism and accidental damage. We examine some of these key risks
below, and what you can do to mitigate them.
In 2012, a new law was introduced, making squatting in a residential property a criminal offence, punishable by up to six months in jail or a fine of up to £5,000.
However, squatting in commercial properties is not a crime and...
Posted by Sam Eynon on August 5th 2016 in Featured, Insurance
It’s every landlord’s nightmare; your tenants have vacated the property and before doing so, left you with potentially thousands of pounds worth of damage. The windows are smashed, the doors and walls full of holes, they’ve even taken your furniture – what now?
Malicious Damage is not always included in standard insurance policies. With one of the UK’s largest insurance companies showing the average costs for such claims being in the region of £6,700, it is important to understand the cover you have in place and its adequacy to protect you in such events. Failure to do so may result in...
Posted by Sam Eynon on February 5th 2016 in General News, Insurance
From 1st February 2016, all private landlords in England will have to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property. Under the new rules, landlords who fail to check a potential tenant’s ‘Right to Rent’ will face penalties of up to £3,000 per tenant. The new law will mean that private landlords, including those who sub-let or take in lodgers, must check the right of prospective tenants to be in the country to avoid being hit with a penalty. Landlords should check identity documents for all new tenants and take copies. The...