Efficient Fixtures and Fittings

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Post No. 212

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

Why to invest in fixtures and fittings that produce good results with less efforts and less waste

As part of tenant retention policy, we are going to e-discuss with landlords/ladies fixtures and fittings they provide in the context of the letting and management of furnished residential properties.  This discussion will follow our last week’s work on response to maintenance issues.  To start, let us summarise the following key points of this week’s work.

The aim of this week’s work

The work on efficient fixtures and fittings aims at protecting landlords’/ladies’ interest and investment through the provision of efficient fixtures and fittings, particularly in the context of residential letting and management done under the agreement between the two sides of the tenancy agreement (landlord/lady and tenant) that the property will be furnished.  What do we mean by efficient fixtures and fittings?

Efficient fixtures and fittings

Within the residential property lettings and management literature, fixtures are permanent items affixed or attached or fixed.  Examples of fixtures include: cupboards, door handles, electrical sockets, light switches, satellite dishes, television aerials, security alarms, door bells, boilers, toilets, showers, fireplaces, etc.

Fittings are any things not attached.  Examples of fittings are: carpets, curtains, poles, blinds, tables, chairs, mirrors, fridges, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers, etc.

Both fixtures and fittings need to be efficient, that is they should produce good results with less efforts and less waste.  However, in real life it is not always the case.  Sometimes, it happens that landlords/ladies do not provide efficient fixtures and fittings as the following case shows.

Case study of inefficient fitting: A second hand washing machine

This is a story of a landlord who wanted to provide a washing machine as part of agreed tenancy terms.  He purchased a second hand washing machine without guarantee from a second hand shop. 

One day after this machine was delivered to the tenant/rental property, the washing machine stopped working.  The tenant called the landlord to inform him about the situation as the property was managed by the landlord.  The landlord called to the property to check the washing machine and arranged for a repairer to come down to look at it. 

The washing machine repairer called to the property while the landlord was there.  He looked at it and tested it.  The machine did not work at all.  The repairer told the landlord that it was not worth repairing it since the machine was too hold and the model was discontinuous. 

The landlord spent £70 to purchase this machine and £25 for a call charge paid to the repairer.  In total, he wasted £95.  This is let alone his own time, transport and pressure. 

This example is just of the many telling why it is better to invest in efficient fixtures and fittings, not way around or cutting corners.

Points to consider during this week’s discussion

The discussion will revolve around the following points:

∝ reason behind efficient fixtures and fittings

consequences of purchasing inefficient fixtures and fittings

cost-efficiency of fixtures and fittings

∝ calculation of saving that one could make via efficient fixtures and fittings 

∝ efficiency, health, safety and the environment

∝ energy efficient and saving fixtures and fittings

Etc.

Anticipated results or changes

At the end of this week’s process or in the near future, one could expect that landlords/ladies will

√ be better aware of efficient fixtures and fittings

√ make better decision and choice when investing in fixtures and fittings

√ avoid conflicts with their tenants as result of inefficient fixtures and fittings

√ able to better allocate their resources to fixtures and fittings

√ and above all save money, time and pressure

Extra help and support

We shall share resources (both in print and online) relating to fixtures and fittings matter.  Landlords/ladies will be provided additional leads in terms of professionals dealing with fixtures and fittings in the context of residential property lettings and management.

Need to know more about efficient fixtures and fittings, please 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

 

Response to Maintenance Issues

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Post No. 211

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

How to effectively respond to maintenance issues

Property maintenance is one of the important areas of any tenancy survival.  It is also an area of controversy or dispute between the two sides of tenancy agreement (landlord/lady and tenant) when it is not properly handled, particularly when maintenance calls are not well responded or simply ignored.

As part of our work on better relationships between landlords and tenants, we will be working with landlords/ladies to explore ways of improving responses to maintenance issues.  In this search for improvement in responding to maintenance calls or issues, we shall look at the following points:

The reasons that push some landlords/ladies not to respond or delay maintenance calls/issues

∧ Why some landlords/ladies do not properly maintain their properties

∧ Types and levels of maintenance issues and how to prioritise them

∧ The consequences of not responding to maintenance issues

∧ Ways of improving responses to maintenance issues

The benefits of responding to maintenance calls and issues

Etc.

 

One can hope that at the end of this week’s work, landlords/ladies will be able to

develop a smart maintenance plan

√ prioritise maintenance issues from minor to moderate to severe ones

√ better listen to their tenants’ maintenance requests

√ positively act on maintenance issues 

√ improve the average time it takes them to respond to maintenance issues 

√ reduce delay in responding to their tenants’ calls

√ above all, carry out maintenance work that their property requires.

Need to know more about how to respond to maintenance issues, 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

 

Help to Rent in the New Academic Year

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Post No. 210

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

Helping renters to find accommodation this new academic year

 

Our campaign for home rentals and lets in the new academic year continues this week with Help to Rent as the main feature and part of our rental brand.  It continues because there is still some unmet demand of accommodation for certain types of home seekers. 

Who make this unmet demand?

The types of renters making it include the following:

• Home seekers (such as students, academics, families relocating to start a new school term, etc.) who are still looking for accommodation

• Those who are resuming their economic activity after lockdowns or self-isolation because of the coronavirus

• Ordinary people and families who are struggling to find affordable locations and constantly looking for cheap places to rent

• Those who do not earn enough to buy their own homes

• Those who are looking for budget areas and properties to rent

For most of them, they may face a long rental journey to travel and need some help to rent before they can effectively rent a property.

We are offering to all these prospective tenants and home seekers Help-to-Rent service to shorten and smooth their rental journey. 

What is Help to Rent from Home Relief’s perspective?

Help to Rent is a scheme run by Home Relief, scheme aiming at helping ordinary renters get in the property rental market. 

It is an extra service designed by Home Relief as part of its rental brand to help reduce home deprivation by working with those who are looking for affordable homes and finding it difficult because of their conditions of life, circumstances of work, employment and income status or budget limitations.

This Help to Rent has to be contextualised and customised according to renters’ needs and landlords’/ladies’ requirements. 

What is included in Help to Rent by Home Relief?

As part of this week’s Help-to-Rent, our home-renting campaign will include two areas of focus: raising awareness about Help to Rent support and products from Home Relief, and home-finding solutions for those who are finding it hard to rent.

(1) Raising awareness about Home Relief’s Help-to-Rent support service and products

Home Relief Tenant’s Help-To-Rent support includes the following:

Rental file and profiling, Review of tenants’ social media accounts, Property searches, Applications advice, Forms filling surgeries, Reference package and profiling, Digital forms filling, Video previews of properties to let before visits, Deposit and rent in advance schemes, Building credit records history, Mediation and advocacy, Rental legislation clinics, Protection advice against the coronavirus, and Property rental in the era of COVID-19.

For further details about the contents of each these areas of support or products, contact Home Relief.

(2) Providing home-renting solutions to ordinary home seekers

Raising awareness about Home Relief’s Help-to-Rent products and knowing them is not enough unless one applies or uses this Help-to-Rent.

Their use is what would make a helpful difference in the lives of those ordinary people and families in need of accommodation.  Help to Rent can make rental life easier, less stressful and cost effective.

So, our feature for this week is the types of Help-to-Rent one can get when renting through Home Relief.

Need help before renting a property, 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

 

New Academic Year, New Rentals & New Lets

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Post No. 209

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

How we can e-work with renters to find homes and landlords/ladies to get tenants in the new academic year

This September, the new school or academic year is starting for many pupils and students.  One of September needs to be met is accommodation.  There could be people and families who are still looking for home rental or letting services either as home seekers or landlords/ladies.  If you are one of them, Home Relief would like to inform you that we are the specialised people for affordable home rental and letting services.

Home Relief can find either affordable accommodation for you if you are home seekers or suitable tenants for you if you are landlords/ladies.  Home Relief can as well advise on home rental and letting matters to enable you to achieve your home goals and plans for this new academic year.

A relief property service helping ordinary people and families with ordinary means of living to help themselves

We particularly, but not exclusively, work with ordinary people and families earning ordinary incomes.  We also work with parts of the community that is virtually excluded from the mainstream property rental market. 

We seriously take social goals and deprivation issues in the area of housing.  Our property service is designed to satisfy our customers’ and clients’ demands; to meet landlords’ requirements and to relieve home seekers’ needs. 

A home service for a safe and healthy life at the time of enduring coronavirus pandemic

At this daunting time of the continuing fight against the coronavirus pandemic, every landlord/lady or renter is looking for a safe and healthy service to protect themselves, their families and other members of the public.  To match their request our rental and letting service has been Covid-19 tested and secure against the pandemic. 

We follow and apply to letter the social distancing rules and restrictions while using appropriate personal protective equipment to keep life safe and healthy.  We prefer to e-work with landlords/ladies and renters, or run physical contact-free service (via online and virtual technologies) to protect everybody.  

A home service for peace of mind and secure financial return

Our home service benefits home owners and landlords/ladies who are looking for peace of mind and security in letting their properties.  We provide them with suitable renters and ensure that they receive a good and reliable return on their investment over the long term period.  We provide all-round residential property services (from letting to maintenance) and take on our books any size of properties (ranging from a single room to large houses), tenures and leases.

A home service that suits home seekers’ needs and budgets 

We provide to home seekers and renters with the types of accommodation service that suit their needs and budgets.  Our relief service will not only provide them with a home to live, but will also help them to help themselves in effectively running the other aspects of their life such as…

finding occupational opportunities, meeting educational needs for families with children, actively integrating into local life, finding local childcare services, improving their access to local healthcare and other amenities, re-engaging with unlocking economy after COVID-19 lockdowns, etc.

Need a home (as a prospective tenant) or a tenant (as a landlord/lady) this September or at the start of the new academic year, why not 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