Tag Archives: rental properties

Furnished or unfurnished?

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Posted on 30th December 2015


Furnished or unfurnished? As a landlord, one of the first decisions you need to make is whether or not to furnish the property. Furnished means that you can add value on to the rent that you charge, but you have to supply the furniture in the first place. Unfurnished means less effort on your part, […]

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What are you responsible for as a tenant?

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Posted on 26th November 2015



Before you sign on the dotted line to agree your property for the next year, it’s important to know what you are responsible for as a tenant. Landlords have certain responsibilities to look after the property you will be living in, but you have to also remember that you have a duty to keep the […]

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Energy efficient properties – what do landlords need to know?

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Posted on 2nd November 2015


The Department for Energy and Climate Change have developed regulations which mean that landlords will have to rent energy efficient homes from 2018. The regulations, known as Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) will be brought into force from April 2018, and they prohibit landlords from renting out properties and other non-domestic buildings which don’t meet […]

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Mould and condensation – a guide for tenants

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Posted on 30th October 2015



Mould and condensation can be a big problem for tenants. Too much moisture in your home can lead to damp and mould conditions, and it’s often due to condensation. As the weather gets colder, you’re more likely to see condensation within your property. It forms where warm moist air or steam is produced and it […]

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How to reduce your tax bill

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Posted on 22nd October 2015



Changes announced in the Budget this year were a big shock to landlords. They’re facing a significant increase on the amount of tax they are paying, as mortgage interest is no longer deductible – or in other words, tax calculated on the rent received, rather than what’s left after the mortgage interest has already been […]

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Landlords and legionella – what are the rules?

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Posted on 20th October 2015



Letting agents and landlords are required to carry out risk assessments for legionnaire’s disease. What is it and why should I be concerned? Legionnaires is an illness caused by the Legionella bacteria and it can be fatal. Legionella bacteria are widespread in rivers, lakes and water systems where the temperature of the water is fairly […]

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The lowdown on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide requirements for landlords

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Posted on 1st June 2015



Recently, changes were announced by the Government which mean that from 1 October 2015, landlords will be required by law, to ensure that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are installed in rented residential accommodation. Failure to comply will lead to a penalty being imposed of up to £5,000. (Note: these regulations may change with […]

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