Tagged: maintenance

Winter-proof your BTL property

Winter-proof your BTL property

With the first cold snap upon us it is time to think about winter-proofing your property.  Valerie Bannister, President of ARLA, says “Maintaining property in the winter is important; not only to reduce the...




Top cause of complaint for UK tenants are faulty boilers

Top cause of complaint for UK tenants are faulty boilers

A new survey conducted by online letting agent PropertyLetByUs, revealed that nearly a third of tenants suffered from a lack of hot water and/or heating at some time during their tenancy.  The second most common...




Parliamentary inquiry into retaliatory evictions

Parliamentary inquiry into retaliatory evictions

Retaliatory evictions are to be investigated by the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector. Such evictions occur when a landlord serves notice on a tenant to the leave their home as...




Official code on lettings published

Official code on lettings published

Endorsed and commissioned by the UK Government, a new code has been published for the private rented sector. While parts of the code relate to mandatory legislation, most of the code sets out a...




Green Deal shambles could result in empty properties

Green Deal shambles could result in empty properties

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has called for an extension to the deadline for rented properties to reach minimum energy efficiency standards after the difficulties experienced in introducing Green Deal finance into the sector....




Banning of rental properties with low EPC ratings moves a step closer

Banning of rental properties with low EPC ratings moves a step closer

A new consultation has been launched which states that that minimum standard for all rental properties will be an EPC rating of E. If implemented it will not be possible to rent properties that...




Good communication is key to a successful tenancy

Good communication is key to a successful tenancy

To prevent disputes arising and to raise the standard of living conditions good communication between tenants and landlords / agents is essential. This advice from Landlord Assist comes in the wake of reports that...




Call for mandatory electrical testing

Call for mandatory electrical testing

Shelter and Electrical Safety First have called for five yearly checks of wiring and other electric fittings to become mandatory. The charities reported that a third of properties fail to meet basic standards and...




Shelter ‘playing to people’s fears’

Shelter ‘playing to people’s fears’

The Residential Landlords Association has recently accused Shelter of ‘playing to people’s fears’  and warned that public policy must not be based on the opinions of problems which could be distorted. Rather than playing to...