Change ahead

Making Right to Rent checks easier – we hope

Since the end of March, landlords have got used to a few changes to the way Right to Rent checks are carried out. These include using video calls and scanned documents rather than originals.  Right to Rent is mandatory. Landlords have to ensure that all new tenants h...

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Rent out to help out!

We’re all used to hearing about the myriad ways that build to rent providers are coming up with to entice renters to sign up. Everything from laundry services, dog walking and yoga classes is on offer somewhere if you’re happy to pay the right provider. But here’s so...

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Energy rating

Now your EPC is just a click away

A new digital service to help homeowners improve the energy performance of their homes and cut their energy bills has just been launched by the Housing Minister Christopher Pincher.The idea is to make it easier for landlords and homeowners wanting to buy or sell thei...

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What do you think about our suburbs?

Are you interested in the future of our suburbs? If so, you could get involved in shaping how they change over time. In March a cross-party suburban taskforce was set up to look at ways to make our suburban areas sustainable and to support the long term future of the...

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How to spot the signs of subsidence

Subsidence is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of property owners. And we are reliably informed by subsidence specialist Sedwick that weather conditions in 2020 could point to increasing levels of subsidence in properties around the country.Subsidence is caus...

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Energy efficiency: let's see more carrot and less stick

This week the Government has outlined new proposals to increase the energy efficiency of rented homes. The plans are set out in a consultation document produced by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and  it is asking for comments by the end of...

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Protect your home from floods this autumn

Last week it was still summer. This week we’re firmly into Autumn, and already we’re facing extreme weather warnings. Some areas are even on notice of localised flooding. Earlier this year during Storm Dennis, flooding affected homes across the country from Yorkshire...

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Homes for rent

Will rents recover more slowly than sales?

Following the spring lockdown, the lettings market started to bounce back after two months of inactivity. But according to the latest research from Hamptons International, rentals are recovering more slowly than the sales market. To the disappointment of lettings age...

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How could the Towns Fund boost your local area?

From St Ives in Cornwall to St Helen’s in Merseyside, the Government has announced £80 million in funding as part of its pledge to ‘level up’ 101 towns around the country. The cash is the first part of the £3.6 billion that was promised during the summer to be used t...

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Deposit passporting

What do you think about landlord licensing?

An increasing number of local authorities around the country are now introducing licensing schemes for private landlords. This is a growing trend and is something that anyone who rents out property is likely to have strong views on.Several local authorities are curre...

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