The London Property Licence Checker

The London Property Licence Checker The Mayor of London has launched the London Property Licence Checker. This is an online tool for private renters. Tenants can now check whether their rental property has a correct licence in place. Licencing schemes are used by local authorities to enforce appropriate living standards in private rented properties. As […]

Gas Safety Check – What is it?

As landlords have duty of care to their tenants, they must make sure that properties they rent are safe to live in. That is to say, all gas appliances, fittings, chimneys and flues must be safe and working efficiently. This is done by means of a Gas Safety check. Three main legal responsibilities When it […]

Mortgage Holiday Extension Scheme Accessible to Landlords

It has been announced that buy-to-let mortgage borrowers will now be able to access the mortgage holiday extension scheme as well. The Ministry of Housing and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have both confirmed that landlords are eligible to benefit form the scheme. Who is eligible? It is strongly advised that only those landlords who […]

Check Your Tenant’s Right to Rent

Landlords are legally obliged to check their tenants right to rent. Letting agents can do that for landlords if there is an appropriate agreement in place. Moreover, landlords must check all new tenants, including British citizens. It is against the law to only check potential tenants who are not British as this is classed as […]

Pets in Rented Homes – A No-No or A Go-Go

A new bill has been launched in parliament to allow tenants to move into rented homes with their pets. The bill is due for a second reading in January 2021. If the new legislation is accepted, it will complicate not only tenancy contracts but also landlord insurance. On the other hand, if the new legislation […]

Semi-Independent Accommodation for Care Leavers – How Can Letting Agents Help?

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The number of children and young people in care is growing. As research shows, it has gone up by 28% in the past decade. Once children in care pass the age of 16, they move into a semi-independent accommodation with a number of outreach support hours. There are many private care companies, so called providers, […]

Is Your Home Winter Ready?

Winter is fast approaching. We are already experiencing a drop in temperature. From now on it will only be colder and colder… Strong wind, ice, sleet, gales, they all can cause damage to your property. Get your home winter ready now so you don’t regret it later. Indoors There are a few things worth checking […]

Mice Infestation – Tell Tale Signs

Mice are unwelcome guests at any home. Not only are they pests but they also carry and spread potentially dangerous diseases, bacteria, and viruses. They can be responsible for damages to personal property and crops. Mice infestation is an issue that can be proved difficult to deal with. However, there are steps you can take […]

Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) – Who Needs It and Why

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What is an EICR? An EICR is a full inspection of an electrical installation in a property. An EICR provides a thorough summary of an electrical system. Moreover, it will assess whether your system complies with the law. There are 3 codes that indicate the overall condition of the electrical installation. You can find those […]

Property Inventory – Why do You Need One?

What is a Property Inventory? In simple words, a property inventory is an exhaustive list of all items within a property. You can create an inventory for any space, be it residential or commercial, furnished, part furnished or even unfurnished. Additionally, it can be created for a plot of land. An inventory report lists all […]