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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Council tax – a tenants’ guide

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.

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How to help your tenants protect your property

Home security is always a high priority, but when you’re renting privately it can be hard to feel protected. Many “how-to” guides advise improving security by installing new locks, repairing damaged windows and taking other precautions that most tenants simply aren’t able to. As a landlord there are a few sensible things you can do to improve the security of your property on behalf of your tenants.

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Moving home – Don’t forget to shop around for your utilities

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.

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