Council tax – a landlords’ guide

Many private landlords will be familiar with that sinking feeling that accompanies the sight of a council-branded envelope on the doormat. But while councils can be frustrating to deal with, the truth is that owning a property in an area gives you responsibilities as well as rights – even if you don’t live there – and it’s usually not unreasonable for the local authority to remind you of this. Under some circumstances, these responsibilities might include paying the council tax on the property.

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Baby steps - Upgrading from toddler room to big boy/girl room

As your child starts to outgrow the toddler years, it can be a really exciting time as it brings with it new interests and more in-depth interaction.  It also heralds the need to upgrade your child’s room to reflect this.  Becoming a ‘big boy or girl’ is exciting for a child but can also be stressful as they leave the security of babydom behind so it’s important to try to make the transition gradually.

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Are we buying homes we end up regretting?

The UK’s housing market has proven changeable in recent years. However, securing your hold on that first, or even the next rung of the property ladder, remains as tough as ever. At a time when prices are high and choice is often limited, it’s not always easy to get the home of your dreams on the first time of trying.

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Are Rooftop Homes the Way of the Future?

London needs more homes, but it is already crowded. So where should we build all the new homes? One solution is to build upwards.

There is plenty of unused space above buildings in London that could be used to build new homes. And that’s exactly what’s going to happen this year with the construction of a number of rooftop homes in the capital.

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Mandatory Electrical Checks coming soon

In the latest part of the Government’s wider plan to improve the UK’s private rented sector, it has been confirmed that five-year electrical safety checks will soon be required for all rented homes. House of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are already subject to this rule. However, following a consultation and parliamentary debate, it has been agreed all rental homes will require official, electrical safety checks, also on a five-year basis.

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