As you should already be aware, new ‘Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards’ are coming into force shortly, requiring rented properties to have an EPC rating of E or above. From 1st April, you will not be able to let or renew the tenancy on a property rated F or G and for existing tenancies, the property must meet the standards by 1st April 2020.
Utilities, otherwise known as electricity, gas, water and sewerage. Something we all need and pay for monthly, and that’s before even mentioning the utilities of this millenium phones, internet and TV subscriptions! However, most also seem to think that as these goods and services are considered necessities this therefore means there is no way of getting away from paying through the nose for them. You couldn’t be more wrong and I’m going to explain why.
You might be tempted to think that it is easy to save money on bills in the summer, especially during the heatwave we are enjoying this time. Too hot for heating. Too hot to cook so lots of salad etc.
But the reality is that we still use utilities, and sometimes more than in winter.
Once you’ve attended a viewing, it’s sometimes difficult to know what the next step is; do you make an offer immediately, or should you wait? You’ll find conflicting advice all over the internet, so we’ve put together this short, easy-to-understand guide for following up after a property viewing.
It is an attractive thought to be the first person ever to live in a property. Imagine not living in past tenants spoils. Is it, however, better than renting an existing home? New housing offers great practical benefits but choosing this over the intangible character of an existing house may have you split. Let's delve deeper into the pros and cons of a new property to help you choose with a clearer mind.
Letting out your property for shorter terms of up to six months can be a lucrative way to operate. If you’re prepared to deal with the increased administration associated with a higher turnover of tenants, it might suit your lifestyle and prove to be a beneficial business model.
Many households in the UK are trying to keep monthly bills to a minimum. While clever services such as Look After My Bills can help keep costs down by finding you a cheaper rate, real savings can be achieved by investing in smart home technology. In this guide we’ll explore some of the best ways to cut down your energy bill using modern smart technology such as Nest thermometers, the Hive app and light-detecting light bulbs. Read on to discover which smart technology can reduce your energy bills.
Going onto further education is an exciting and yet sometimes daunting time. To make sure it goes without any hiccups, preparing for the experience will stand you in good stead for the journey ahead. If you’re looking forward to gaining some independence and are moving away from home for the first time or are a student that has enjoyed the comfort of halls for the first year, knowing how to prepare for private renting is vital in getting the best accommodation for your budget.
With the increase in people renting in the UK, the costs of moving aren’t the only thing that needs to be considered before choosing a new home. There is a host of things to think about including living costs and energy bills to ensuring your deposit is secure during your tenancy. If you’re planning on moving into a rented property, take a look at some of the ways to prepare to reduce unnecessary stress.