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Housing associations have called for £42bn from the government to build new social housing.

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Once a tenant moves into your property it's tempting to think you're in for a carefree six months. The tenant will be as a nice a person as they seem and will respect and look after their new home. Above all you hope the rent money will arrive in full and on schedule.

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Most assured shorthold tenancies have a fixed term of six or twelve months. There are always exceptions of course but most tenancies will fit into that bracket. The tenancy agreement will specify the length of the fixed term. What happens at the end of that fixed term depends on whether the tenant moves out or remains in the property.

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The Westminster rumour mill is rife with speculation that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, will offer a concession to landlords in the form of tax breaks for those agreeing to longer tenancies.

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As a private landlord, your property must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The EPC measures energy efficiency. Ratings run from A (the highest) to G (the lowest). A numerical value is also attached to the grade. This will be between 0-100. The higher the number the more efficient the property and the lower the fuel bills.

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Repairs and maintenance can be a big expense for any landlord. Reducing those expenses can play a big part in keeping your head above water. Of course, not everyone is comfortable with a hammer and saw in hand. But there are plenty of tasks landlords with some degree of hand-eye coordination can confidently take on. And every repair or maintenance task you can do yourself is money saved.

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Finding a buy to let property in London isn't easy. Property is expensive but with prices increasing private landlords with an eye on capital gains could find plenty of opportunities. But most buy to let landlords will have an eye on rental yields. And there are still some areas of the capital which can provide a good return on investment.

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No private landlord wants to evict a tenant. If you have to evict anyone it means there have been some serious issues. Which no landlord wants. Especially as the whole eviction process can be stressful and expensive.

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The Prime Minister Theresa May has heralded a new era in the housing market by announcing an end to the borrowing rules that have prevented local councils funding the development of new council properties.

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Many dentists consider property investment and if increasing your financial stability, improving your pension options or just doing something more in your spare time sounds interesting, then property investing is the one for you. We've teamed up with 360 Dental Care to give you and other dentists advice about what is a must-know when it comes to property investments.

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