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How to find a tenant quickly to prevent a void period.

No one wants an empty house. One of the main worries that many landlords experience is the possibility that a month or more will pass between lets without any rental income. It is crucial to minimise void periods where possible by acting fast and making sure you get the next tenant for your property. It is inevitable that circumstances will change and people will move on but there are quick and easy steps to reduce void periods.

What do proposed changes to Section 21 mean for landlords and tenants?

On Sunday 21 July this year, the Government announced that they had launched their consultation on the abolition of Section 21. The consultation, which will only cover England, will be open for 12 weeks closing on Saturday 12 October.

In the consultation, the Government proposes to remove Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) from the Housing Act 1988, essentially making assured tenancies the only type of tenancy available to landlords.

In the proposal that the Government has put forward, tenants will have the option of agreeing to a fixed-term assured tenancy, which means both parties are committed to a predetermined time or a periodic assured tenancy. In the case where a fixed-term tenancy has not been terminated by the tenant or the landlord using the Section 8 Notice process, it is possible for it to be renewed to a new fixed term. If this doesn’t happen, it will automatically revert to an assured periodic tenancy.

Northgate Estate Agents wins 7 awards at The ESTAS, the most prestigious awards in the UK property industry.

The Darlington, Newton Aycliffe & Billingham based agency received: North East Gold Letting Agent Award, North East Gold Sales Agent Award, Sales Best In County Durham Award, Lettings Best In County Durham Award, Best Local Agency Group In The North East, Silver Best Local Agency Group In The UK & Billingham Office Won Silver for best office in the UK at the prestigious ESTAS Customer Service Awards for 2019, the biggest awards in the UK property industry. The winners were announced by Phil Spencer, the TV property expert at a lavish luncheon & ceremony at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane London attended by 1,000 of the UK’s top property professionals.

TOP TIPS TO SELL YOUR HOME FASTER Moving home is a complicated process, and so getting it right is crucial. Whether you are a first-time buyer, or an experienced home owner, here are our top five tips to help you sell and move in as quickly as possible:

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