Adaptable Homes for Working-from-home Tenants

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Monday  18 January  2021

by the Property  Team

Post No. 176

How to make rented homes fit for working in during the COVID-19 lockdown

It will be almost one year this March 2021 starting from March 2020 since the first lockdown was initiated as a result of COVID-19 disaster and adversity.  During this time, some people including renters are working from home as part of the lockdown requirements and request by their employers.  What seems to be a temporary situation of a couple of months has become a medium-term solution to new normal working habits. 

In these circumstances, homes whether rented or not where tenants are working from (because of the coronavirus and lockdown restrictions) could be adapted for work.  It is much easier to adapt a home for work if you are the owner of this home than if you are a tenant as you may need a permission from your landlord/lady to do certain things.  This is why we are holding this week’s activity with landlords/ladies and tenants to explore ways of doing it without upsetting any of the parties who may be involved in this adaptation.

The purpose of this week’s e-work

We will be e-working with landlords/ladies and tenants on how to make homes adaptable for work.  This e-work with them will be carry out with the assumption that many of rented properties are not designed for such purpose.  Some types of work may not be suitable to be carried out within a rented property. 

Under the special circumstances of COVID-19 crisis, landlords/ladies can re-organise their properties to make them fit for work.  They can make their property fit for home-working by tenants who pay them rent but who do not have any other alternative means except to work from home (because of the COVID-19 and national lockdown restrictions).

What we will be dealing with this week

As part of this week’s e-work, we will be looking at the following:

√ What are the types of work that may be suitable or unsuitable to be carried out in a rented property?

√ What are the minor alterations or changes that landlords/ladies can do inside their property in order to make it fit for home-working purpose?  This is bearing in mind that any major alterations of the property or change of use of the property would be subject to a planning permission from the local authority.

√ Where does the law sit on this matter?

√ How to create space for home-working tenants without touching fixtures and fittings, and without affecting the use of property which is primarily a residential home not a home for work?

√ Under which circumstances tenants can work from their rented home without affecting the integrity of their tenancy and the feature of the property primarily designed as a property-to-live in not to work in?

√ How to manage tenancy relationships between landlords/ladies and tenants when tenants are working from their rented home because of the current health crisis

√ How to reduce conflicts or tensions in a landlord/lady resident property setting when a tenant is working from their room or bedsit or studio flat

√ Should the rent be increased or decreased or stayed the same because the tenant is working from their rented home because of the COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions?

The above are the questions and issues we will try to explore answers with landlords/ladies and renters this week.

Additionally, we shall provide any relevant resources (both online and print) to complete the e-working session of the week.

Need to find out what to do when tenants are working from their rented home, please e-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

What can bring happiness to landlords/ladies?

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Monday  11 January  2021

by the Property  Team

Post No. 175

Our campaign for happiness in 2021 continues this week by looking at what can make landlords/ladies happy in 2021.

In 2020, we had many COVID-19 related situations that made landlords/ladies unhappy.  Because of the restrictions and rules relating to COVID-19 and lockdown, we had for example the following situations:

• Landlords/ladies could not rent their properties as they wish

• Landlords/ladies could not maintain or refurbish their properties the way they wanted

• Landlords/ladies could not easily sell or regain possession of their properties.

One would have thought in 2021, these situations will disappear.  With the rebound of COVID-19 and a new national lockdown, they could still experience the same situation.  Like any body else, landlords/ladies need some happiness in 2021.  But, what can make them happy?

Happiness for landlords/ladies could mean a variety of things.  In the context of this campaign, we have identified six areas we think that can bring happiness to them.  They are as follows:

(1) Rental income

Not losing income from rental payments from tenants and or rental valuation can keep landlords/ladies happy from the property lettings and management perspective.

(2) Property maintenance

Landlords/ladies would also be happy if their tenants are well looking after their property by keeping it in a good healthy and safe condition.

(3) Support

At this challenging time of the new COVID-19 variant and second lockdown, landlords/ladies would be more than happier if they can count on their letting or managing agents or someone else should they need any help.

(4) Generous treatment

Given what is happening with the economy as a result of the COVID-19 and lockdowns, it could be cost-effective for landlords/ladies like any investor to be entitled to some sort of reduced fees or staggered payments for any letting and/or management services they may seek.   

(5) Freedom

No matter the economic circumstances we are in, landlords/ladies should be free to let their property to the kind of tenants or renters they want.

(6) Confidence

Happy landlords/ladies will have trusted or confident relationships with their tenants and those working for their property.

The above indicators of happiness are not the only that can be useful for landlords/ladies.  They could be more.  What is important is that they give some indication on what can bring happiness for landlords/ladies as far as property letting and management are concerned.

For those landlords/ladies who would like to dip into them with us or who have any query, please do not hesitate to contact Home Relief.

For those landlords/ladies who are looking for happiness as far as property letting and management are concerned, they can work with Home Relief so that we could together find ways of bringing happiness into their current or future property investment. 

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

Making Renters Happy in 2021

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Monday  04 January  2021

by the Property  Team

Post No. 174

Welcome back to all our property supporters, followers, blog readers and web visitors.  We hope that you had a relaxing festive break and wish you Happy New Year again!

After careful consideration of the issues that renters faced in 2020 and of those highlighted in our 2020 Review, we would like to start 2021 property campaign with the theme of happiness and joy for renters.

Making Renters Happy in 2021

The letting and rental stories of 2020 were all about COVID-19 outbreak and its ramifications in the economy, particularly but not exclusively in the housing economy.  2021 could be of a different story, of a story of happiness for renters while still fighting the coronavirus effects and managing the current lockdown.

Experiencing lockdowns twice could make renters unhappy.  Yet, it is a general and global situation.  2021 could be the year of no one is  left behind whether they are private or social renters in the rental ladder and market.  There are little things that can be done to recreate happiness and joy for renters in 2021.

What are those contributors to renters’ happiness in 2021?

These few contributors to renters’ happiness could include the following:

(1) Renters’ money

Making renters happy could mean ensuring that renters do not lose their deposit without sound reasons while receiving rental service that is value for the rent they pay.

It could also mean providing them leads on funding information covering items such as: deposit schemes, rent shortfall, insurance cover for low income renters, etc.

(2) Healthy property

Maintaining a rented property that is healthy, safe and COVID-19 secure can contribute to renters’ happiness and joy.

(3) Support

Renters can count on Home Relief, their landlords/ladies and the rental sector in times of crisis like of the COVID-19 outbreak and surge in terms of advice and guidance in what to do to stay healthy and safe.

For example: supporting the improvement of renters’ knowledge and skills in the area of property rental can bring happiness in the way they understand rental literature, as well as supporting their social mobility so that they can change their status from low to medium and high income earners to avoid rent payment issues.

(4) Kindness and consideration

Removing any non-essential costs to the service provided to renters at this challenging time of COVID-19 could bring some happiness and send a message of kindness and consideration to renters. 

For example: when recycling items as a landlord/lady, you could alternatively think of your rented property if these items could be used in your rented property.

(5) Freedom

Renters should always have the freedom to stay where they want to live without forcing them to stay in the property because it is convenient for the landlord/lady or their letting/managing agents.

For example: providing easily available and accessible information about renters’ rights and obligations can reinforce this freedom while helping them to understand legal terms and jargon.

(6) Creditworthiness

Keeping a trusted relationship between renters and Home Relief, between renters and their landlords/ladies can boost their confidence and happiness.

All the above contributors to renters’ happiness could be designed to make renters happy.  One could make assumption that the more they are happier, the more they become self-confident and can meet their rental requirements.    

So, Making Renters Happy in 2021 is what we have on the menu for this week to start off 2021 rental campaign. 

For those renters who have any issue about happy relationships with their landlord/lady in their rented property, they are free to contact Home Relief to discuss this matter. 

For those renters who are looking for happiness as far as property rental is concerned, they can work with Home Relief so that we could together find ways of bringing happiness into their current or future tenancy. 

For those who want just to go in depth about how to be a happy renter in 2021, they are as well welcome to work with Home Relief should they wish to do so.

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