Articles

  • Protecting your property over Christmas

    December 23, 2021

    With the festive season now well and truly upon us and friends and families hopefully able to keep their plans to see each other, we know that homes may be more vulnerable as they are left empty...

  • Realistic EPC targets must be set for PRS

    December 17, 2021

    In August the government introduced the Minimum Energy Efficiency of Buildings Bill, as part of its strategy to target poorly performing housing stock in the fight against climate change. The private rented sector obviously falls into the plans, but now from the latest analysis into what this means in terms of cost and responsibilities many are asking if the targets are realistic...

  • Taking the stress out of rental inspections

    December 13, 2021

    Last week I wrote about the importance of inspections during a tenancy, albeit adhering to any covid restrictions, and how these can be the difference between picking up on a small job that needs fixing and what can, over time, then become a costly and more complicated repair...

  • The importance of rental inspections

    December 8, 2021

    When you rent out your property, of course you want the peace of mind that it is being kept in good order by your tenants and inspections are the way to keep on top of that. This is an area that surprisingly though, landlords who manage their property themselves often fail to do.  If rent is being paid on time and the tenants aren’t raising any issues around repairs or problems, the landlord...

  • The Silent Killer – What a Landlord Needs to Know

    November 30, 2021

    This week is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide and ensure that people know what they need to do to protect themselves from this potentially deadly gas...

  • Industry regulation to deliver consumer confidence

    November 22, 2021

    At a recent event, industry experts discussed various ways confidence can be built in the private rented sector (PRS) and what needs to be done to achieve that...

  • PRS could lag behind in energy efficiency

    November 15, 2021

    With COP26 well underway climate change is dominating many headlines and thinking, and as an estimated 14% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from the way we heat our homes, energy efficiency in property is high on the agenda...

  • Further delays to Renters’ Reform Bill

    November 8, 2021

    I wrote earlier in the year how the Renters’ Reform Bill had been delayed until later this year and now it has been announced that the White Paper will be delayed further, until 2022...

  • Smart meters in the private rented sector

    November 3, 2021

    Last week was the first Smart Meter Awareness Week and it was particularly timely with the recent rise in fuel prices which is affecting millions of households. Smart meters constantly monitor energy use and show on a display the use and the cost, helping with energy awareness and therefore energy efficiency. They also mean more accurate bills, without the need for manual readings so should...

  • Preparing your rental property for winter

    October 25, 2021

    As the weather starts to turn colder it is important to avoid any related issues with your rental property that could cause problems and lead to costly repairs. There are some checks your tenants can do themselves and others that landlords will need to make sure are all in place. If, as landlord, you do need access, remember to keep an eye on any changing restrictions to ensure that visiting the...