Abandoned Properties

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Post No. 215

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

Bespoke Property Rescue Mission Service with Abandoned Properties

This week’s topic for work with landlords/ladies and home owners is abandoned properties.

My tenant abandoned my property, what should I do?

Abandonment happens when a tenant moves out of a property before the tenancy has expired, without informing their landlord/lady.  There are many causes of abandonment which could include the following:

• Outstanding rent 

• Unpaid bills

• Loss of job

• COVID-19 rent arrears

• Change of legal status

• Change of tenant’s personal circumstances

• Economic hardships caused by the coronavirus and so on.

Whatever the reason or cause (justified or unjustified), there could be a cost to beard, especially for the landlord/lady.

What could be the costs?

There could be loss of rent for landlord/lady, legal costs, maintenance costs, the costs of pressure, etc.  The situation can even be worse when tenants leave behind their belongings and or pass the keys to someone else or simply squatters get in.  What to do?

What is the legal position on the abandonment matter?

The legal position on this matter is that the tenant still has a legal right to return and take up residence at any time and it is a criminal offence for landlords/ladies to do anything to prevent the continuation of the tenancy.  It is as well a criminal offence to end a tenancy without going through the proper legal motions.

What are the options available?

The only option for a landlord/lady is to go through the legal process for regaining possession of an abandoned property which can take months.

This is why Home Relief provides Bespoke Property Rescue Mission as a rescue service for any property which is subject to disputes between the two parties, particularly where the landlord/lady lost control and would like to regain control.  

No tenancy can be perfect.   No matter the kinds of precautions you may take before it begins.  For as long as you are dealing with human beings, there is always a possibility of human error and something can happen in the future.  Abandonment is one of the problems which can happen.  Home Relief’s Bespoke Rescue Mission Service covers this problem.  If abandonment happens, then it needs to be dealt with. 

Abandonment case studies

• First case: A Single Renter

Few years ago, we come across a case whereby a landlady came to see us in tears.  She informed us that her tenant left her flat in pieces in Streatham without notice. 

This landlady let her flat by herself.  Before letting the property to the tenant, she collected one months’ deposit and one months’ rent in advance.  The tenant provided some forms of references (.i.e. employment, previous landlord, bank statements, etc.).

After one week of letting, the landlady went to flat to check if everything was alright and if the new tenant needed anything.  She found the door was damaged and open.  She entered the flat she discovered everything was in pieces and the tenant disappeared.  It was like a movie story not a reality.  She screamed and came out.  She started to look for a letting agent and came to us to explain what happened.

Without getting into details about this terrible case, this just highlights the need to carry out a proper vetting system before renting your property to anybody.  Perhaps, by involving those who take letting as their professional occupation could help.     

• Second case: A Group of Single Renters

Three professionals rented a 3 bedroomed flat in Streatham some years ago.  They signed a one year assured short hold tenancy agreement.  They agreed as well to an additional document that stated they were jointly and severally liable to the rent, which was paid on a calendar monthly basis. 

After six months of occupation, the landlord realised that one third of rent was not paid.  When he called to the property to check with them, two tenants told the landlord the other one has left without informing them and they thought he informed the landlord.  The landlord told them he was not aware of his vacation from the premises.  He also reminded them their obligation towards the rent was joint and several.  They then claimed that they were not related to the tenant who left without notice and did not have any obligations whatsoever to pay rent on his behalf.

This second case reminds us that what seems to be a straightforward situation could be indeed a very complex one as we are dealing with human beings.

Help and Support about Abandoned Properties

Anyone who has a property which has been abandoned and is wondering what to do, they can work with Home Relief to sort out the matter.  Through Home Relief’s Bespoke Property Rescue Mission Service, you can as well receive help and support in terms of online and in-print resources as well as leads to professionals dealing with abandoned properties.

Need to rent or buy affordable home, 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

 

Promoted Lets

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Post No. 214

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

Autumn Campaign with Promoted Lets

How to grow your property investment portfolio

 

This Autumn, we are offering Promoted Lets to the market for landlords/ladies who will decide to instruct us for letting and managing their properties. 

Whether you find tenants by yourselves or through us, if you decide to involve us you can have your let promoted by Home Relief.

What is a promoted let?

Promoted Lets scheme by Home Relief is an account managed service offered to landlords/ladies to boost the letting of their property (ies) through a multi-channel presentation.  It has some advantages which include the three main following ones:

(1) Helping to raise the profile of your residential property letting and management business

(2) Encouraging prospective renters and home-renting seekers to place an offer on your property

(3) Boosting the earning potentials of your property portfolio

To take into account the current health context of the coronavirus pandemic, we have included in the scheme/service coronavirus measures and restrictions while retaining its basic management principles.   

Who is eligible for a promoted let?

Any landlord/lady and home owner can be eligible for promoted lets, including beginner and seasoned prof landlords/ladies.

Even if you are only a part time landlord/lady or only have one or two properties to let, Promoted Lets can help to expand your property investment potentials if you decide to become a full time landlord/lady or a regular property-to-let investor. 

If you decide to become a regular property-to-let investor, Home Relief can create an account managed service for you to help you achieve your property and investment goals and returns.

What’s more!

Promoted Let can offer you leads or help you to tap into various segments of the letting and management property market.  

It provides you with qualitative and quantitative data about the local area in which your property to let or manage is located while reporting the state of rent and letting in the area.   

Through this scheme, there will be effective use of data in order to improve landlord’s/lady’s outcomes for letting and management purpose.

Finally, Promoted Lets is a Home Relief product designed to optimise your earning capacity so that you can steadily and surely grow your property investment portfolio over the long term.

Briefly, with Promoted Lets, you get the following benefits: 

your  Let Property Online Advertised

plus a Letting Story

plus local Data

plus rent Report

plus Savings on Future Lettings and Management Costs

plus Assistance to Build Property Portfolio 

equal Tenants and Return on your Investment Guaranteed

To the above benefits, one can add on advice against the coronavirus, so making the gains from Promoted Lets become like this:

Tenants and Return on your Investment Guaranteed

plus Advice to protect your property and its occupiers against the coronavirus

equal Tenants and Sustainable Return on your Investment Protected

To instruct Home Relief and or find more about Promoted Lets Scheme, please 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 the year.

Many thanks!

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

Settling in a New Home, New Area and New Academic Year

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Post No. 213

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

How to adapt to a new living environment

Adapting to a new living environment (like a new home, new area and new academic year) can be easier for some new home renters.  For others, it may not be easier or it may even be frustrating or simply take longer than one would have thought.  

This week, we are working together with new renters to support them in managing the settling-in process as a new home renter in a new area in a new academic year.

We will be particularly looking at the all set-up that those who are newly moving in a new home as renters can match in order to make the process easier while they will be living there and managing their tenancy as agreed with their landlords/ladies and or managing agents.  

This is about looking at property management and maintenance from the tenants’ point of view rather than from the landlords’/ladies’ perspective. 

Property management and maintenance from tenants’ perspective

To successfully manage and maintain your new home as a new renter, it is advisable to follow the terms and conditions of the tenancy agreement and any additional agreements you have made with your managing agents and or landlords/ladies. 

There are as well areas of law that new renters need be aware as the tenancy law sometimes does change.  For example, there are new legislations regarding eviction notices consisting of new versions of Section 8 (prescribed via Form 3) and Section 21 (materialised through Form 6a) Notices are now in force since the 1st of October 2021.    

If the change occurs and is going to affect their rental situation, then they need to know it.  For instance, with the enduring coronavirus, there could be areas of health and safety that renters need to know about for their own health and safety and in the interest of public health as well.  It is as well wise to follow what the law says about COVID-19 vaccines and testing programme.

Alternatively, their managing agents and or landlords/ladies would inform them of any changes in the interest of the two contractual parties and their witnesses.  To be on a safe side, it is better to ask them if there is any change that you need to be aware of.

∧ Benefits in better managing a property as a tenant

There are benefits in better managing and maintaining a property as a tenant.  Just to mention the few of them, it is useful to argue that better management and maintenance by the tenants can help…

√ To stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect tenants’ health

√ To protect tenants’ deposit and any other money paid as security

√ To stop tenants from any breach of the tenancy agreement

√ To secure their reference for future tenancies

√ To prevent conflicting situations with their managing agents and landlords/ladies

√ To safeguard their credit records history and score

√ To protect the indoor and outdoor environments, etc. 

This is so vital in the world where there is online database of bad tenants in the market.

∧ Knowing your new home and new area

This week’s process of working together with new renters in this new academic year goes further as we are going as well to touch upon the things to be aware around your new home and new area. 

Moving in a new area means that your need to know your neighbourhood and the basics about the local area.  Already when putting an offer on your property or before you move in, the letting negotiators/agents or new landlord/lady would have provided you with a profile of vital statistics and key information about the area.  If not, you would have yourself done some searches online and in print or store resources about the area. 

It is vital to learn to know the area where you will be living, shopping on daily basis, commuting, using open spaces and amenities, perhaps doing your education and working there.

Again, this knowledge of your local area can help to protect you, save money, keep you safe and secure, make you be part of the locals and keep you informed and make informed decisions. 

At this time of enduring coronavirus pandemic, it is vital to know the evolution of the epidemiological curves (“epi-curves”) of COVID-19 infection in your local area and any additional measures or restrictions locally taken to protect yourself and others.  And if you have a smart phone and able to download COVID-19 tracing app, it is wise to do it to stay informed and updated about the continuing spread of the virus.

∧ Settling in a new academic year

If you are a student or academic staff, it is also worthwhile to do some searches about what it looks like privately renting a property in a new academic year.  The home where you will be living for the entire life of your academic year can impact your goals and outcomes if you are not properly settled in.  A good settlement can positively impact your performance and state of mind and body to successfully study and or work.

Generally, many educational establishments provide information about student and staff accommodation and advisory service related to this area of educational provisioning.  In our process this week, we are only dealing with the case of those who would like to privately rent and want to understand the ins and outs so that they can make informed decisions.

Need to know more about settling-in process as a new renter in a new area in this new academic year, work with Home Relief.

Need to rent a home and or help to rent, 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