Families, Homes and Health

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Monday  17 February  2020

by the Property  Team

Post No. 128

 

 

Families, Homes and Health

Home Relief campaign for low income families and their homes to rent or to buy continues this week with a focus on health issues.

• What FHH (Families, Homes and Heath) will be about

We will be dealing with both indoor health within a home to rent or to buy, and outdoor health outside in the area where your future home will be located and the health facilities or amenities.

• How Home Relief helps low income renters/buyers

As you probably know, Home Relief provides all-round residential property services principled by social goals with the aim of reducing housing deprivation for low income people and families.  

Our property relief service does not only provide home seekers and buyers with advice to access a home to live, but also help them to help themselves in effectively running their lives.  

Among the ways of supporting these people and families to effectively run their lives is helping them to rent or buy a home which is healthy and in healthy area with health facilities or amenities.

As part of working with low income earners/families to find homes that meet their health needs; Families, Homes and Health (FHH) will be the topic for discussion with home seekers and buyers this week.

• Why FHH is the focus for this week

The reason for this FHH campaign is that people and families with low income earning capacity are often forced to take or choose budget properties in a budget area.  This could raise some concerns about the health conditions inside these properties as well as the health facilities or amenities in this budget (sometimes deprived) area.  This is despite the fact that most sensible landlords/ladies and professional letting/estate agents would cover the health element in the property service they would offer.

The health issue in a home rental and buying market is very relevant than what one could imagine.  We came across a couple owning a property and discovered after many years of living in that property they bought sometimes ago that it was built on a dangerous site and unsafe land; land subject to a collapse in the future.  The property developers who sold them the land and built the property were no longer on the market.  This is just one of the many health examples to consider.    

• Right to a decent home

Regardless of income sizes, all human beings are entitled to live in decent conditions.  The issue of health becomes even a matter of concern where the home seekers and or buyers have health conditions and require a particular property to meet those conditions but cannot afford it.  It is further important in the case of children when they are part of the occupancy of the property to rent or to buy.

This week’s activity with home seekers and buyers will help them to get some insights about the areas of health they need to be fully aware before renting or buying a home.

• What is included in this week’s session?

The session will consider the following

√ Areas of health to check when viewing a property to rent or to buy

√ Health questions and hazards to raise when viewing a property

√ Health history of the property and area (e.g. environmental site)

√ Health infrastructures and amenities in the local area

√ Environmental health in the local area (for example an area where there is or used to be a recycling site or with high level of pollution)

Etc.

As part of this week’s session, we will look at the areas of law related to health, safety and standards for properties to rent and to buy.  We will as well deal with some aspects of health insurance related to properties to rent and to buy.

• Expected outcomes

We hope that at the end of this week’s health learning process, home seekers and buyers will be become

√ Health-aware regarding homes to rent or to buy

√ Better informed than they were about health and environmental laws and their implications for the home buying and rental world

√ Capable of matching their budget with their health demand in their property searches and enquiries

√ More able than before to choose healthy environmental life and lifestyle for themselves and their children

√ Keen in doing some health and environmental searches before renting or buying a property

√ Knowledgeable in protecting their families

√ Aware of health insurance and protection related to property injuries and issues

√ Familiar with areas of law regarding health issues linked to properties to rent or to buy

√ Confident in integrating health considerations in their home seeking and buying plans

To find out how this week’s activity may work for you, please contact Home Relief.

Simply need health advice related to homes to rent or to buy, work with 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 the year.

Many thanks!

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

 

 

Homes, Families and Schools

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Monday  10 February  2020

by the Property  Team

Post No. 127

 

 

Homes, Families and Schools

This week, we will be going out of our way by working together with families to help them search affordable homes in the area where they would like to find schools for their children.

As you probably know, Home Relief provides all-round residential property services principled by social goals with the aim of reducing housing deprivation for low income people and families.   Our property relief service does not only provide home seekers and buyers with  homes to live, but also help them to help themselves in effectively running their lives such as meeting educational needs for families with children.

As part of working with low income earners/families to find homes that meet their children needs; Homes, Families and Schools (HFS) as a topic will be discussed with home seekers and buyers this week.

What HFS is about

HFS is progressive session of home advice given by Home Relief to ordinary families looking to rent or to buy a property in the catchment area schools that are closer to their choices. 

The advice, which uses a holistic approach, will be about working with them to consider all the circumstances about them (including their children), properties and schools that are on the market as well as market factors. 

The session is run in such as a way that they can have a fair balance between their family circumstances, the type of homes and schools they are looking for; in doing so this will enable them to make an informed decision.  

Forced home choices and average schools for ordinary families?

Often, ordinary families and low income earners have a very limited choice for both affordable homes to rent (or to buy) and preferred schools of their choices for their children.  This type of home seekers and buyers, when they are looking for affordable homes within the catchment area schools at the top of the class, may often settle with a forced choice of getting homes closer to the national average grade schools only.

Because these families have very limited incomes, it does not mean that the academic potentials and ambitions of their children have to be limited to unaffordable homes and forced choices of schools.

The HFS campaign helps these families to alleviate these two barriers or constraints (i.e. unaffordable homes and not-preferred schools) by supporting them as much as possible with information, advice, tips and guidance on these two matters.  This would help them to get the best least possible choice on the housing and educational markets. 

Attention readers!

The purpose of this week’s activity is to work with home seekers and buyers to reduce barriers in finding homes to rent or buy within the catchment area schools of their choice.  The purpose of this week’s session is NOT to find schools for their children. 

Expectations about this week’s campaign

Home Relief hopes that this week’s campaign will enable families seeking to rent or buy homes to the following

√ Get as much as information they need and make informed decisions and choices for homes to rent or buy while taking into account the educational needs of their children

√ Boost their own home renting and buying search skills (skills to find a home to rent or buy and skills to find preferred schools for kids)

√ Better use of property finder, catchment area checker and school finder online services

√ Make better home renting and buying planning (including budgeting)

√ Discuss ways of improving their status (their earning capacities and references) as home renters and buyers

√ Enhance their home seeking and buying applications in order to be within the catchment area schools of their choices or their children’s choices

√ Get informed on how the current changing and exiting economic climate will affect property rental and buying conditions for ordinary families as well as the right to choose schools

This week’s campaign is therefore about giving a choice to low income families.

In the end, the all process of this week’s campaign is for them to generate a property rental or a property buy that includes both affordability and school preference.

Need home advice in relation to catchment area schools, work with 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 the year.

Many thanks!

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

 

 

Sections 13 & 22

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Monday  03 February  2020

by the Property  Team

Post No. 126

 

 

Sections 13 and 22 of the Housing Act 1988

Last week, we discussed rent changes (meaning rent increases and reductions) through a landlady case.  This week, we are going further in our discussion in bringing in together Section 13 for rent increases and section 22 for rent reduction under an assured shorthold tenancy.  In doing so, we will be involving both contractual parties (landlords/ladies and tenants) in our discussion. 

Section 13 concerns landlords/ladies who may want to increase rent while section 22 deals with tenants who would like to apply for a rent assessment.  Often, the two contractual parties have competing ends.  On one hand, landlords/ladies want to increase rent while tenants would like the rent to be reduced on the other.  In each of the two cases, there are limitations, criteria, legal procedures and notices to consider and follow to make their individual case succeed. 

This week’s work with the two parties will give the opportunity to grasp some of the complicated matters, practicals and technicalities of an assured shorthold tenancy regarding rent changes. 

There are unlimited resources online and in print related to rent changes; resources that each of the parties can find and access.  There are also professional bodies and legal support services that better explain this area of tenancy and can assist both parties.

For those who may find difficult to understand these resources and area of tenancy or who could just access available services on this rent changes matters, they can work with Home Relief to make it easily understandable for them.  Our work with them is free of charge.

At the end of this week’s work, one can hope that both parties will better master this area of an assured shorthold tenancy.  One can as well hope that the two parties will find a negotiable path to reconcile their competing ends over rent changes.  This will finally help to prevent any potential disputes and misunderstandings over rent changes.

If you are a landlord/lady who would like to increase the rent in your rented property but do not much know what to do, you can work with Home Relief to sort out the practical route to your rent increase.

If you are a tenant who think that the rent you have been charged is excessive and would like to negotiate for a rent reduction but do not know what to do, you can as well work with Home Relief to sort out the practical route to your rent reduction.

Want to know more about rent changes, why not work with 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 2020.

Many thanks!

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