The government recently announced that it will be allocating £8 million to help assist with the construction of up to 200,000 new homes across England.
Here we take a look at what’s involved in the new funding and what it hopes to achieve.
If you are a landlord, there's a good chance that you carry out detailed checks on potential tenants before you sign the tenancy agreement.
This is the last in our series looking at targeting specific types of tenants for your property. We've looked at young professionals, tenants on LHA, students and families, and the last group we'll consider is single tenants. So here is what you need to know when targeting singletons.
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.
Recent research suggests that housing benefit claimants are being discriminated against by private landlords. The National Housing Federation and homeless charity Shelter, have found that ‘at least’ one-in-ten properties advertised for rent online, specifically state that those in receipt of Government housing benefit will not be considered.
Rent controls have been introduced in many countries over the years. But are they actually a good thing?
The logic is that they prevent landlords from charging too much to tenants, but this isn’t how it often works out. In fact, according to new research, rent controls can actually hurt tenants.
The current global outbreak of Coronavirus is a serious danger to health – and even life – but it’s also hit many people’s finances incredibly hard. Huge numbers of businesses have been forced to shut their doors in efforts to contain the spread of the virus, and while this is hopefully just a temporary measure, it does mean a lot of employers can’t afford to pay wages at the moment (sometimes including their own).
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.
With Disabled Access Day coming up on 16 March, we’re examining disabled access to rental properties. This week we’ll look at things from a tenant’s point of view, and next week we’ll have some information for landlords.
Over three quarters of the 4.5 million people in the UK who live in the private rental sector (PRS) are happy, according to the latest update from the 2017-18 English Housing Survey (EHS). Published annually, the Government’s EHS gives a comprehensive picture of the UK’s housing situation, including tenure and financial situation.
As a landlord, it can be difficult to understand exactly what your tenants want from your property. While you may have a very clear idea of what a comfortable and secure home looks like, some elements of your view could differ quite widely from that of your tenants.
In September, the government confirmed various measures that will be in place over the winter months to support renters. While much of what was announced was simply extending or amending existing measures, the announcement will still have provided some relief for nervous tenants.
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.
During the last few weeks of lockdown, I’m sure yourself, amongst many other tenants are getting fed up at looking at the same four walls. You don’t own the property and therefore feel you’re not allowed to make any changes to the property.
In all rental properties, ensuring your tenant has a reasonable standard of living during their tenancy offers both you and individuals peace of mind. There are set regulations for the safety of your property and its inhabitants, but to make the space welcoming and homely for current and future tenants there are a few things you can do to offer the best place to live for families. Whether your tenants have tiny tots or teenagers, take a look at some of the ways to make your property perfect for all types of households.
Every landlord needs to repaint their properties from time to time. Those who rent to students may find that they need to paint every year, but for most properties you can go 4 to 5 years between paintings.
The growing number of landlords unwilling to accept tenants who are in receipt of Government housing benefit is on the rise. But, while some landlords are all too ready to give you their reasons why tenants known as DSS are no go for them, there are actually some excellent reasons why you should accept housing benefit tenants.
As a landlord, you should ensure you look after your property all year round to prevent problems occurring.