Families, Homes and Health

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Post No. 230

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

How to integrate health elements in your home seeking and buying plans

This is a campaign designed to work with low income families and those who are planning to rent or buy homes.  The focus of this campaign is on health issues, particularly the coronavirus pandemic.

• Why FHH (Families, Homes and Health) is the focus for this week

There are two reasons for this week’s focus in this FHH campaign, which are: choice of budget properties in a budget area by low income earners and health as determinant in this choice.

1) Choice of budget properties in a budget area

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 (by following the professional and legal requirements) in the property service they would offer.

At this time of the continuing lingering effects of health crisis brought by the coronavirus, most of them would include COVID-19 issues in the product/service they are offering in order to protect their customers and the general public.

2) Health as determinant in this choice

The health issue (like the coronavirus pandemic) 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 both an environmental and health issue, and it is just one of the many health examples to consider.  

• What FHH 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 renters’ and potential buyers’ future home will be located and the health facilities or amenities with that area.

• How Home Relief can help 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. 

• 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 when 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.  Furthermore, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way in which we perceive health matter in the context of home decency as well as in the public life.

This week’s activity with home seekers and buyers will help them to get some insightful tips and hints 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 issues:

√ 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

√ Areas of health you should tick the box for protection against the coronavirus pandemic

√ 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 air 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.  Since we are in the continuing context of the coronavirus pandemic, we will as well check what the law and the housing sector say about the coronavirus pandemic as far as property rental and buying are concerned.

• Expected outcomes

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

√ Health-aware regarding homes to rent or to buy

√ Well 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 regarding healthy homes/living

√ 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 (including the coronavirus pandemic) in their home seeking and buying plans

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

Need help and support about Families, Homes and Heath

Simply need health advice related to homes to rent or to buy, work with Home Relief.

Want to know more about this week’s activity, why not work with Home Relief?

For renters/buyers who have already been in the rental/buying process that involved health issues  and would like to share their experience, they can still work with us to explore areas of improvement regarding families, homes and health.

Looking for an affordable location and home

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, please 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

 

Rent Changes

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Post No. 229

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

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How to increase or reduce rent

This week, we will be working with landlords/ladies on the factors that can lead to rent changes (increases or decreases).

Rent change as a two-way street

Rent can increase or decrease depending on the conditions of the property, market, economic circumstances, property location, etc.  The change of rent is not a one-way traffic or direction.  It is a two-way and opposite direction.  Often, it is seen only in the direction of increases even in the most difficult time like of economic recession.  It can increase; just as it can decrease.  However, there are rules or legal steps in order to set up a new rent or increase rent.

Rules and practices to change rent

There are rules and practices for setting up and increasing rent for any rented property.  Most professional landlords/ladies should know these rules and legal practices.  Amongst them are the rent change notice (or section 13 notice of a rent increase) and rent review clause. 

If some landlords/ladies do not know or forget, there is a wealth of information on this subject they can tap into.  This information can be found online and via print (e.g. papers, books, magazines, etc).  Letting and managing agents as well as the local rent officer or authority can as well provide it. 

Factors that may lead to rent changes

Rent should not always increase.  Rent can decrease depending on the conditions of the property, market, economic circumstances, property location, etc.  Landlords/ladies should as well consider the economic circumstances of their tenants if they really want to keep them.  Most landlords/ladies would love to increase their rent; however they should prepare to reduce it when the market conditions and the value of their property do not recommend or commend such an increase.

What we are hoping to achieve this week

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

σ Make the right decision as far as rent increases or decreases are concerned, so that their property could commend the right changing rent and value

σ Avoid void periods because of rent changes

σ Prevent rent disputes with tenants as a reaction to rent changes

σ Take recommended legal steps and all relevant care before changing rents

Etc.

Outcomes that may result from this week’s work

Without overlooking or pre-empting the outcomes of this week’s work, let us briefly argue that it will enable landlords/ladies to realise the following:

σ Ensure stability and integrity of tenancy

σ Create security of their investment

σ Maintain trouble-free tenancy for any rent changes over the entire agreed tenancy period

σ Prepare landlords/ladies to psychologically cope with both increases and decreases in rent

Etc.  

Need help and support about rent changes

Want to know more about rent changes, why not work with Home Relief?

For landlords/ladies who have already been in the process of changing rents and would like to share their experience, they can still work with us to explore areas of improvement regarding rent changes.

Looking for an affordable location and home 

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, please 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

Adaptable Rented Homes for Working-from-home Tenants

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Post No. 228

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

 

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

This coming March 2022 starting from March 2020, it will be almost two years  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 COVID-19 requirements and advice by the Government or their employers.  Even now, COVID-19 restrictions and arrangements (including working from home) have been re-introduced in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 variants (e.g. Delta and Omicron).

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 related 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 situation, 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 variants and related 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 or dedicate workspace 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?

√ What are the practicalities and differences between working from home as an employee and working from home as a self-employed person? 

√ What are the work-from-home furniture, equipment and accessories to consider?

√ What are aspects of net zero greenhouse gas emissions to be aware of when working from home?

√ 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 due to COVID-19 and related 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 help and support about working from rented home

Need to find out what to do when tenants are working from their rented home, please e-work with Home Relief.

For landlords/ladies who have already re-organised their rented properties for working-in purpose, they can still work with us to explore areas of improvement regarding working-from-home matter.

Looking for an affordable location and home 

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, please 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

 

Peace of Mind for Renters

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Post No. 227

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

Our campaign about peace of mind for the two sides of the tenancy agreement (i.e. landlords/ladies and tenants) continues this week by looking at what can create and maintain peace of mind for renters in 2022.

Indeed, it is known that COVID-19 and its current variants (like Delta and Omicron) do not make things easy to have peace of mind for everybody, including renters or tenants.  However, there are small things that renters can do to feel safe and protected in their rented properties.

Little things that can create and maintain peace of mind for renters

Peace of mind could mean a variety of things.  In the context of this campaign, we have identified six elements we believe they can create and maintain peace of mind for renters in 2022.  These elements or creators of peace of mind include the following: trust, patience, approach to complaints, execution of contractual obligations, property care and dispute resolution.

1) Trust

The first creator of peace of mind is renters to develop the mind of trust or trusted mind with their new or existing landlords/ladies.  To feel safe and protected in landlords’/ladies’ property, renters need to have a trusted mind.

It is difficult to trust somebody in new relationship (like a property rental one), but as renters you need to develop this relationship of trust if you want to have peace of mind in somebody’s property.  This relationship of trust can have some consequences or implications later when renters need a reference from their current or previous landlords/ladies to move to another property or to take up a new job from potential employers.  Renters may want their current or previous landlords/ladies to confirm that they are trustworthy persons.

2) Patience

Learning to be patient can sometimes help you earn a good prize for your peace of mind.  For example, if your landlords/ladies tell you they will carry out some work in the property you are living in order to improve your living conditions, there is no need to rush them unless the work is life-saving.  Being patience could sometimes help in some ways (e.g. Landlords/ladies could do the work at the time that suits both of you, with the right professionals and during the right weather or season of the year).   

3) Approach to complaints

It could easy to complain regarding the issues of safety and protection in any property.  However, before making any complaint about the conditions of the property, it is always good to check the facts and the contents of your complaint for your peace of mind.  You could be asking more than what it has been agreed or provided by the terms and conditions of your rental contract.  If your complaint sits on unfounded facts or elements or unjustified demands, your peace of mind could be negatively affected.

4) Mind your contractual obligations

It is not enough to sign a tenancy agreement or just to say you know what to do as a tenant.  You need to keep your side of the bargain or agreement as a tenant or renter in terms of contractual obligations.  In practical terms, you need to apply those contractual obligations for your peace of mind.  Otherwise, if you fail your obligations, this could be a matter of breaching a tenancy agreement.  It means that you fail to deliver in a binding tenancy agreement.  

5) Property care

Peace of mind is also about looking after your rental property as you would like someone else cares for your assets.  It is all about showing responsibility by maintaining and caring about your rental home, landlords’/ladies’ property.  If you were a landlord/lady would not like renters to mistreat your property.  You would want them to show some responsibility on this matter.

6) Skilful and peaceful dispute resolution

It is advisable to use soft skills to peacefully resolve difficult matters with your landlords/ladies as soft skills can soften relationships with your landlords/ladies.  Likewise, it is better to choose a peaceful drive to deal with problems with landlords/ladies rather than using aggressive or conflicting approaches.  Resolving disputes skilfully, peacefully and legally is the best way to nurture peace of mind as renters.

The above creators of peace of mind are not the only that can be useful for renters.  They could be more.  What is important is that they give some indication on what can create and maintain peace of mind for renters as far as property rental and management are concerned.

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

For those renters who are looking for peace of mind as far as property rental and management are concerned, they can work with Home Relief so that they can navigate their way of finding peace of mind in their current or future rental home. 

Looking for an affordable location and home 

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, please 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

 

Landlords’/ladies’ Peace of Mind

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to Home Relief Bulletin Board!

Post No. 226

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

 

What can bring peace of mind to landlords/ladies in 2022

We hope that everybody had a relaxed festive break.

We would like to start 2022 property campaign with the theme of peace of mind.  In this first post of the year, the focus will be on landlords’/ladies’ mind and how they can create peace of mind. 

Peace of mind is an expression that often comes as part of lettings assurance from many letting agents.  However, what is peace of mind for landlords/ladies in relation to their renters in 2022?

Creating peace of mind with renters

There are actions that landlords/ladies can take to keep peace with renters and in mind.  These actions are related to immaterial or intangible aspects of lettings that can help achieve material objectives such as rent paid on time,  well maintained property by tenants, etc.

They are personal efforts that any landlord/lady can do in their power of thinking and understanding in order to create and maintain peace with themselves as well as between them and tenants.  Peace of mind does not come accidentally, it is the result of what landlord/lady can do in order to create and maintain it.  This is significantly important whether they are letting their property by themselves or using the service of a lettings agency.  However, what are these efforts that landlords/ladies can do to create peace of mind?

Contributors to peace of mind in 2022

We have identified six contributors or ways of creating peace of mind, which are as follows.

1) Acceptance and trust of renters

The first way of creating peace with renters is to accept them after the selection process has been completed.  It will be unwise for landlords/ladies to give a possession of their property to someone they would not accept or trust. 

This first principle of creating peace of mind applies even if renters are paying them a lot of money.  Their property is such a valued investment that they can only give a tenancy to a person they can accept and trust they will look after it.  

2) Tolerance 

Renters or tenants are human beings.  Like any humans, they can do mistakes.  To keep a healthy working relationship with them, you need to have a certain level of tolerance if there are unwittingly mistakes or human error.  For example, tenants can forget the rent due date or to pay rent.  However, mistakes should not be repetitive or become the operational mode of any tenancy agreed.

3) Think before acting

Before landlords/ladies take action for or against their tenants, they need to carefully think how this decision is going to affect their relationships with tenants or other players (e.g. mortgagee, insurers, etc.).  For example, to increase rent, there could be a need to carefully think. 

4) Respond to your tenants’ calls and emails

Tenants do not call or email their landlords/ladies for the fun of it.  They will call or email because they have a genuine need linked to their rented property.  Landlords/ladies may have or know the history of their property.  Once their property is rented, their tenants are the ones who are experiencing the problems or conditions in the property.  Because of that, peace-minded or attentive landlords/ladies will courteously respond to their tenants’ calls or emails without ignoring them.

5) Resolve dispute skilfully

No matter the types of precautions taken from the onset, any tenancy can lead to disputes since we are dealing with humans.   When disputes occur, using good skills and techniques to resolve them are crucial to create and maintain peace of mind with tenants/renters.

6) Make renters’ health and well-being a top priority

None would like to live in a property that is unhealthy and unfitted for human health.  If the conditions change while tenants are living in, it is in the interest of landlords’/ladies’ peace of mind to fix the problem where the responsibility lies on them.

The above contributors to peace of mind 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 peace of mind 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 peace of mind as far as property letting and management are concerned, they can work with Home Relief so that we could together find ways of creating peace of mind in relation to them with their current or future property investment.

Looking for an affordable location and home 

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, please 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