The old saying goes that death and taxes are the only two certainties in this world. You’ll pay some form of tax on most things you buy and do, and renting or owning a home is no exception. The majority of people have to pay council tax, though how much will depend on the size of the property, the number of people who live there, and your own circumstances.
Living costs and energy bills are often a hot topic of conversation for both homeowners and renters. In November 2018, Ofgem announced an energy price cap of £1,137 for typical households, which would take effect from 1 January 2019. Depending on what tariff you’re on, this price cap could help you save money. However, they also announced this will be reviewed twice a year until 2020 and is due to increase to £1,254 for customers paying by direct debit in April 2019.
It’s always frustrating when something goes wrong in your rented accommodation and you need to get it fixed. But it’s ten times worse when your landlord refuses to fix it even when it is their responsibility.
When tenants enter into an agreement to rent a property for a fixed term – usually anywhere from 6-to-18 months, they typically do so with 100% intention to remain in that property for that period of time, at the least. However, life happens and circumstances can change which sometimes means a tenant can no longer honour the original fixed term agreement.
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.