Summer 2019 Rental Plans

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Monday 24 June 2019

by the Property  Team

Post No. 94

 

How to make Home Seekers’ Summer Property Rental Plans Work

This week’s Summer campaign aims at relieving housing needs by working with home seekers and renters to help them achieve their summer renting plans and goals.  This renters’ campaign is complementary to the Lettings campaign we relaunched last week for landlords/ladies and home owners. 

Looking for a good quality affordable accommodation (GQAA) over and after summer holidays

Home Relief can help you to find a GQAA within your budget means and earning capacity or potentials during this time.  Our rental service will work with you to match your budget constraints and earning potentials with properties available and to be available on the market.  Being on low income does not stop you to gain a GQAA from Home Relief if your other non-monetary references are good enough or outstanding to quality for a property.

Looking to choose your next home from the widest selection of properties as possible as you can

Home Relief can search for you all ranges of properties from single rooms to full houses.  Whether you are looking for a room or a bedsit or a self-contained studio or a flat or a house; Home Relief can offer you a choice to meet your summer accommodation needs and goals.  The more properties we search and you view, the best chance you have to find and choose your target property.

Looking for accommodation service where all suitable home seekers are considered and accepted

If you are wondering whether your application for accommodation would be considered or not because of your circumstances, Home Relief considers and accepts all suitable applicants.  Whether you are claiming universal credit or housing benefit or partly working and partly claiming benefit or on low wages; Home Relief would consider your rental application.

Looking for a moving-in and settling-in process that is painless as possible as one can

Home Relief’s approach to renting properties is to provide home seekers and renters with hassle-free service and secure accommodation to all of them.  We provide information and guidance on moving services and advice on settlement in a new home.  We can signpost you as well to moving home and settlement services. 

What’s more!

Where the landlord/lady does not require home seekers paying rental deposits upfront or has agreed to a zero deposit option, Home Relief will still able to secure a GQAA for you.

Whether it is about dealing with the suitability of your application or providing you with a good quality affordable accommodation or giving you a choice to make or helping you to smoothly move and settle; Home Relief can work with you to meet your rental summer plans and goals.

Planning to move out and rent a property over this Summer, Home Relief can work with you to find a suitable property for you.

To register your needs and fill a vacancy, call or email Home Relief NOW!

If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.

For more information about our property service to home buyers and tenants, please go to https://homerelief.co/tenants/

For more information about our property service to home sellers and landlords/ladies, please go to https://homerelief.co/landlord

For properties to rent and let, go to https://homerelief.co/property-search/

For weekly property news and updates, please read our weekly posts.

Thank you for reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to Home Relief website and to doing business with you throughout 2019.

Many thanks!

Home Relief – freelance e-property people dealing with affordable homes

 

 

Summer 2019 Letting Instructions

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Monday 17 June 2019

by the Property  Team

Post No. 93

 

 

HOME RELIEF HAS NOW STARTED TAKING SUMMER HOLIDAY INSTRUCTIONS!

Giving Landlords/ladies More Time To Enjoy And Relax Over Their Summer Holiday And Season!

Home Relief can help you achieve your Summer property letting and management plans and goals, and start the next Autumn season on a positive note regarding the return on your property investment.

• GET YOUR PROPERTY RENTED before you take your Summer Break!

If you are a landlord/lady and having problems or just don’t have time to let out your property before you take your Summer Break or during the Summer Holidays, Home Relief can help. You can appoint or instruct us to do it on your behalf.

• GET IT FULLY MANAGED before you take your Summer Break!

If you think that you have other better things to do or priorities before and during the Summer Holiday and or in the near future than managing your property by yourself, don’t worry!  Home Relief can do it for you.

• GET IT MAINTAINED before you take your Summer Break!

The last thing any landlord/lady would like to hear is this.  While they are having their long waiting holidays with relatives and or friends (having their preferred drink, meal and chat in their dream location at home or away), tenants try to contact them to deal with some property maintenance issues.

If there is any reason you can’t maintain it by yourself, Home Relief can take care of your property while you are having your dream holidays and or Summer recess.

• GET IT FINANCIALLY MANAGED before you take your Summer Break!

If you are busier than managing the finances linked to your rented or managed property (e.g. chasing your tenants for rent over the Summer time, monitoring rent payment into your bank account), then Home Relief can organise online or digital payment of your rent, arrange this to be paid into your bank account, collect your rent and financially administer it as well as other financial aspects related to your property.

• APPOINT HOME RELIEF TO ACT AS YOUR SUMMER CONTACT before you take your Summer Break!

If you are contemplating to be abroad or away for a little while during the Summer time or even just somewhere away from your property, and you don’t want to leave your tenants without any third party contact, why not instruct Home Relief to act as your holidays contact should there be any problem or an emergency.  Home Relief can fully act on your behalf while you are away.

Whether it is about Letting Only, Property Management and Maintenance, Rent Collection and Administration or just a Property Contact/Liaison, you can instruct Home Relief to do so for all these matters.

By taking the decision to appoint us in this way, this will enable you to have a relaxing, hassle-free, peaceful and less costly Summer Holidays and season with your property rental business.

JUST INSTRUCT US NOW FOR A HOLIDAY PEACE OF MIND AND SECURITY OF YOUR INVESTMENT!

WE ARE READY TO TAKE YOUR SUMMER LETTING AND MANAGEMENT INSTRUCTIONS.  Just contact Home Relief for your Holidays Lettings and Management. 

Wishing you a good preparation for your Summer Lettings and Management plans!

If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.

For more information about our property service to home buyers and tenants, please go to https://homerelief.co/tenants/

For more information about our property service to home sellers and landlords/ladies, please go to https://homerelief.co/landlord

For properties to rent and let, go to https://homerelief.co/property-search/

For weekly property news and updates, please read our weekly posts.

Thank you for reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to Home Relief website and to doing business with you throughout 2019.

Many thanks!

Home Relief – freelance e-property people dealing with affordable homes

 

 

Checks & Inventories: Tenants’ Participation

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Monday 10 June 2019

by the Property  Team

Post No. 92

 

Taking Photos, Running a Video, Recording a Short Film before Moving into a New Accommodation

This week, we are working with prospective tenants and home seekers to highlight the importance of their participation in property checks and inventories.  In particular, we are focusing on building hard evidence by taking photos, running a video and recording a short film before taking occupancy of property they are renting.

Before giving possession of any rental property, the landlord/lady or letting agents or even an inventory company will conduct with the incoming tenants a check-in inventory which will then be translated into an inventory report. 

What is an inventory report?

This report documents the property by detailing its current state and conditions including contents, descriptions, age, conditions of fixtures, fittings and furnishing.  The document may or may not be accompanied by digital media.

Both parties (incoming tenants and landlords/ladies or their representatives) would sign this document and their third-parties would witness it.

The relevancy of inventory report

This document, which is the third important document related to any tenancy (the other imperative documents being tenancy agreement and rent payment receipts), can  

√ help the tenants to claim back their deposit

√ be used as a reference for dispute over damages

√ safeguard tenants’ interests against unfair deductions from rent deposit

etc.

Tenants’ active and full engagement to the inventories

Because of its importance, the rental practice advises tenants to take active participation in the inventories (both check-in and check-out).

Today with the digital and mobile technologies, it is possible and advisable to build hard evidence by adding to the print or online inventory report images, pictures and voices, without forgetting to date and name those evidences as well as inserting important notes.  You can use rich text media or visuals (such as videos, PDFs etc.) to strengthen your evidence.

Tenants can do the same documentation by having digital check-in and check-out inventories using a mobile phone, a camera, a tablet, an iPhone, or any digital devise etc. 

The reason for digital check-in is beyond convenience, effectiveness and efficiency.  It is to avoid the problems we mentioned above to occur such as future major disputes over the state and conditions of the property, particularly over any damages which may be already in the fittings, furnishing and fixtures, or which may occur later.

To illustrate the importance of paying attention to details and building hard evidence, we are going to share with you the following tenant’s story which we recently came across.  The story provider has chosen to stay anonymous.  Because of his/her choice, we are not going to mention their personal details.    

Story title: Crack in the staircase

I moved into a self-contained one bedroom flat few years ago after signing a shorthold tenancy agreement for one year, contract renewable if the two parties agree to do so.  The time I moved in, the stairs were covered by carpets.

As the stairs were covered with a thick carpet, I did not realise that one of the stair cases had a crack.  Every time I climb the stairs, I kept noticing a funny tiny noise.  I thought it was coming from the neighbours.  When some friends came to visit me one day, they noticed the same noise.  We started to investigate the matter, we found one the stairs under the carpet had a long and deep crack. 

I spoke to my landlord about it; he said why I did not mention it before.  He did not record such damages when he gave me possession of the property.  This stair case became a matter of dispute between my landlord and I.   

Home Relief’s advice for future tenancies

In the light of the above story, attention to details is not a fault but a gift.  When viewing and taking possession of any property, it is always better to check it carefully before moving in rather than relying on a snap piece of information like a quick tick-box format check-in inventory on some sheets of paper.  

As a tenant, you need to fully and actively engage in the preparation and checking of the inventory report to avoid any controversy later.  With low-cost digital technologies in today’s market, it is even cost effective to just use an average mobile phone to take pictures, run a video or record a short film.

The advantages of using a mobile phone in these circumstances are:

√ to capture any key moments of life (such as moving in a new property)

√ to mitigate potential conflicts with the landlord over any damages

√ to create the desirable impact and effect for your security, peace of mind and hassle-free tenancy. 

Don’t forget to insert a short summary or description and date your photos, videos, films and voices!    

Today, there are lots of online resources and sources of information on the matter.  you can go online find them.

If anyone has some comments to make or technical support about the above story, let us know. 

If anyone needs any check-in or check-out inventory or would like to involve Home Relief in checking their property to rent or rented property, contact Home Relief.

If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.

For more information about our property service to home buyers and tenants, please go to https://homerelief.co/tenants/

For more information about our property service to home sellers and landlords/ladies, please go to https://homerelief.co/landlord

For properties to rent and let, go to https://homerelief.co/property-search/

For weekly property news and updates, please read our weekly posts.

Thank you for reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to Home Relief website and to doing business with you throughout 2019.

Many thanks!

Home Relief – freelance e-property people dealing with affordable homes

 

 

Rental Data

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Monday 03 June 2019

by the Property  Team

Post No. 91

 

Key Rental Information

How to Understand and Use the Key Rental Statistics

The week starting on the 3rd of June 2019, we are continuing our work with home seekers and prospective tenants about rental information. 

Last week, it was about mis-renting information.  This week is about the key rental information (both qualitative and quantitative) that can be translated into statistics making the rental indicators.  In particular, we will together try to analyse and understand them, as well as provide individual support to make an informed decision and choice about renting.

• Checking that rental data work for you as home seekers

Before agreeing any tenancy agreement, it is always a good idea to check key rental information which sometimes is given in terms of statistics or quantitative data.  These information or indicators are related to the area in which the property one wants to rent is located.  It is even wise to double check them prior to any renting.

Most landlords/ladies and letting agents acting professionally would provide this information to their prospective tenants or home seekers as part of their letting process and property filing.   However, if they do not, it is important to ask them.  Alternatively, you can do your own searches on papers and online.

This information matters and if it is given in the form of statistics or numbers, they count as well.  There is a saying that statistics or numbers speak for themselves.  In reality, statistics or numbers do not speak for themselves unless you or they explain the reality behind them.  Thus, home seekers or prospective tenants have to check if rental data (expressed in words or numbers or both) work for or against them.

What are these key rental data or statistics we are talking about? 

• Rental indicators and data

They are those related to the following:

hr) Council tax: how much you have to pay if this tax not included in the rent

hr) Commute time: how much time will take you from your targeted property to rent to a work place?

hr) Transport choice: What the area says about travelling by car, bus, trains, trams, cycling etc. How long it will take for each them from your new home and place of work or study.

hr) Travel cost: how much (for example weekly or monthly) will it cost you to travel from your targeed property to a work place?

hr) Local amenities: read the reviews about them (how many stars in the review?)

hr) Crime: check if the number of crime is below average nationally or within the borough

hr) Schools: check Ofsted reports if children involved in your property rental application

hr) Local resident and neighbourhood: who are the local residents?

hr) Public persons:  can you find any public faces, how many?

hr) Working families: are they working families like you?

hr) Rent reports: what others are saying in terms of numbers about renting in that area and about the levels of rent charged in the area.

hr) Health: how miles do you have to travel to the local GP, dentist, optician, hospital?

hr) Pollution: what is said about the level of air pollution, recycling schemes, rubbish collection in the area.

hr) Trusted sources of information: check what different print and online sources of information (such as local press, social media, property letting websites, property search engines, local radio and local TV networks) are saying about the area in terms of statistics.

Compare and contrast what everybody is saying about the same area and determine how these data (both qualitative and quantitative or stats/numbers) speak for or against your choice of property to rent. 

Just like any other home seekers, average income earning families are looking for properties in a local area where these above the types of information or statistics speak for them.

If you are one of them, you can do the homework by checking the key rental information or stats before you agree anything.  You can check them in the print and online press, via social media networks or any other rental platforms.  Likewise, you can ask your prospective lettings or landlords/ladies.

If you cannot do it by yourself, Home Relief can work with you to check that they are working for you in the area you are contemplating to rent.

Need a property to rent and need to check the key rental information or stats first, contact Home Relief NOW. 

If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.

For more information about our property service to home buyers and tenants, please go to https://homerelief.co/tenants/

For more information about our property service to home sellers and landlords/ladies, please go to https://homerelief.co/landlord

For properties to rent and let, go to https://homerelief.co/property-search/

For weekly property news and updates, please read our weekly posts.

Thank you for reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to Home Relief website and to doing business with you throughout 2019.

Many thanks!

Home Relief – freelance e-property people dealing with affordable homes