With a booming generation of renters, more and more of us feel the everyday frustration of not being able to make our house truly our home.
Love your rented property but wish it was a bit more ‘green’? We don’t mean in terms of colour, but rather eco-wise. Granted because the property belongs to someone else you won’t be looking to install expensive measures such as a wood burner or upgrade the heating system.
You might have seen that infographic about the UK rental situation doing the rounds on social media the other week. The authors of the book it was taken from have a very definite stance on what they see as the inequality of the private rental market, but whether or not you agree with them, there are some alarming figures in there.
Most tenancies these days are assured shorthold tenancies, which come with various rights and responsibilities for both the landlord and the tenant. Another form of agreement, however, is an assured tenancy. These are less common, and tend to have been entered into back in the 90s before assured shorthold tenancies were the norm.
Landlords are gearing up for changes to energy efficiency laws for rented properties which should see their tenants’ utility bills cut.
As most landlords know, the regulations regarding Smoke Alarms changed in October 2015.
Buy-to-let property investment has always been a popular choice for those who would rather have tangible-real world assets that they can control and preserve themselves than shares in an unpredictable stock market. However, no investment is fool-proof, and you need to work to build and protect your buy-to-let nest egg. The following tips may help you do just that.
The New Year often brings lots of exciting changes and resolutions including looking for your perfect home. After the Christmas rush, January can be a great time to snap up a rented property. However, there are lots of things to consider before leaping in feet first.
It’s a time of year most of us look forward to with great glee – we’re off work after all and we’ll get to spend more time with friends and family (or even just in front of our favourite box set).
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were introduced in October 2008, and since then they have been an essential document for landlords and tenants.
After purchasing your buy-to-let property, there’s still the issue of turning that investment into profit.
In relation to domestic gas a Landlord is anyone who rents out a property that they own under a lease that is shorter than 7 years or under a licence (Gas Safety Regulations 1998)
What does Gas Safety Mean?
Gas Safety means that every appliance in rented accommodation must be checked by a registered and qualified engineer to ensure the appliance is safe for the Tenant to use.
The key to keeping minor disputes between landlords and tenants form becoming real problems is knowing what the law demands of each, and what the exact terms of the contact that binds them are.
When it comes to renting a home, as a tenant there’s quite a lot to think about. Of course, you need to consider the property itself, where its located, its size and state of repair. However, in order to ensure you’re in the best position to secure the right rental home when it comes along, another key detail to be on top of is your credit rating.
Gah, there is nothing worse than a terrible flatmate. From unpaid bills, to toenail clippings all over the place, fridge thieves and bad body odour, who you live with can make a real impact.
Tenants should always read, review & sign an inventory renting a property from a Landlord or Agent. The inventory should be conducted before & after each tenant moves in/out of the property.
One of the most important things that a Landlord should do, outside of what is legally required, is to ensure a full inventory of the property is conducted before and after each tenant moves in/out of the property.
Tenants with pets are finding themselves increasingly disadvantaged in the rental market. A recent article from the Guardian found that many landlords are now charging ‘pet rent’ of up to £50 per month – sometimes for each individual pet. This can make it much more expensive to rent a home, but why has it started happening, and what are the alternatives?
The Chancellor, in the Budget, announced changes to the Rent-a-Room tax relief system. According to the Treasury, “This measure will increase the level of Rent a Room relief, which provides for tax-free income that can be received from renting out a room or rooms in an individual’s only or main residential property, from £4,250 to £7,500 per year.