Families, Homes and Parks

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Post No. 234

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

Renting or buying a property nearby public parks and open green spaces

This week, we will be working with renters and prospective buyers on homes located within few minutes walking distance to a local park or a common or an open green space.  Renting or buying in the vicinity of parks or green spaces could be beneficial for those looking for ways of improving their health and well-being naturally and via open spaces. 

For example, during the national  COVID-19 lockdown, many families/people had nearly exhausted all the possibilities in terms of things they could do indoor at homes.  They were looking for outdoor public open spaces to reduce the COVID-19 lockdown pressure and vicious circle.

Including public parks and open spaces in your rental/buying decision-making process

When making a choice for a home to rent or buy, it is important to think of outdoor spaces nearby where you could go without having to pay for using them.  Public parks and or open green spaces are usually free and can be a place to go to with your family and reduce some types of indoor pressure (e.g. COVID-19 lockdowns).  There are pros and cons about parks and open green spaces.  However, in this short post, we are focussing on the benefits of choosing a home near by a park.

Advantages of renting/buying near a park or open green space

What is good to have a home nearby parks and open green spaces? 

There are many published benefits about public parks and open green spaces which renters and buyers can find in print and online.  In the context of this post, we have researched and identified some of them which are as follows. 

Public parks and open green spaces can help families …

√ Meet and talk in open spaces (e.g. run a COVID-19 bubble)

√ Maintain contact with nature and recreate outdoors

√ Stay physically active and fit

√ Improve mental health

√ Improve the quality of air the family breathes

√ Provide a place for children and families to connect each other

√ Create an opportunity to practise sport and have a picnic

√ Get in touch with your local community

√ Improve the family health and wellbeing (e.g. at the time of COVID-19 lockdowns)

Etc. 

It is also argued that parks and open green spaces could be a rental/buying point when negotiating the property rent/price.

On the contrary, the downside is that your home is likely to be exposed to everything happening in the park/open green space including noise.  

No one-size-fits-all approach to renting/buying near a park or open space

The above advantages relating to properties nearby parks and open green spaces are general.  They need to be contextualised in terms of the location of the property to rent or buy.  They also need to be customised since each family is different with their own needs in terms what they can afford.

So, we will be working with both prospective family renters and buyers on helping them to decide whether or not they need to consider parks and/or open green spaces in their home rental or buying applications.

What we hope to achieve through this week’s activity

One can hope that at the end of this week’s activity potential renters and buyers will be able to achieve the following:

√ To carefully consider public parks and or open green spaces when making their applications or offers to buy or rent

√ To be aware and act upon the probable beneficial effects of public parks and or open green spaces on the property to rent or buy

√ To check the rents and prices of properties located in the vicinity of public parks and green open spaces

√ To be well informed about the public parks and open green spaces they need to know before agreeing to any tenancy or buying contract

√ To be able to interpret or understand the rental/buying impacts of homes near a park

√ To compile a basic comparative report about homes within a short distance to a local park in terms of advantages and disadvantages, etc.

Where to find information about renting or buying near a park or open green space 

For those renters and buyers buying the services of a letting or estate agent, some of the above mentioned points would normally be included in the service the agent provides in the form of a property letting or buying file.  Those who technically did some thorough searches on the property would have dealt with these matters. 

Renters and buyers can as well find some of this information via local searches (from the local authority or any environmental agency specialised in open green spaces) about the property. 

Extra help and support

For those who want to work with Home Relief and find more about renting or buying a home within a short walking distance to a local park, they are welcome to do so.

Need to know more about renting or buying nearby parks or open green  spaces, why not work with Home Relief?

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

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

 

Homes, Families and Schools

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board!

Post No. 233

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

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How families can overcome barriers and find a home to rent or buy within the catchment area schools of their children’s choice

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.

The purpose of this week’s home seeking and buying activity

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 children’s choice.  The purpose of this week’s session is NOT to find schools for their children. 

Working with home seekers and buyers to effectively run their lives

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 will be 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 and forces. 

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.  At this time of the post-coronavirus pandemic, this limitation is still constrained by the need to protect against the pandemic.

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.

How HFS Campaign can support families with limited incomes and lack of choices

The HFS campaign will help 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 the following:

√ Information

√ Advice and advocacy

√ Tips and hints

and √ Guidance on these two matters. 

The above support would help them to get the best least possible choice on the housing and educational markets. 

Expectations about this week’s campaign

Home Relief hopes that this week’s campaign will educate and enable families seeking to rent or buy homes to achieve 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

√ Include the coronavirus factor when making plans to rent or buy a property within the catchment area schools of their choice

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 help and support regarding affordable homes and school preference

For those who want to work with Home Relief and find out more about how to find affordable homes within the catchment area schools of their children’s choice, they are welcome to contact Home Relief.

Need home advice in relation to catchment area schools, please do not hesitate working with Home Relief.

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

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

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Families, Homes and Environment

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board!

Post No. 232

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

 

How to consider the non-living environment surrounding the property you want to rent or buy

 

This week, we are pursuing our campaign about affordable homes for families.  We will be doing it by inserting non-living environmental dimensions.  In particular, we will be looking at the location and positioning of the property to rent or buy in relation to non-living environments (such as weather, sun, climate, atmosphere, etc.).

The importance of property location and positioning

It is pointless to mention that the location and positioning of the property to rent or buy is important in terms of the choice to make.  What do we mean by this?  We simply want to stress that the impacts or effects of non-living environmental conditions (such as sunlight, rain, snow, etc.) are relevant things to consider when choosing a property to rent or to buy. 

These environmental conditions or factors also include things such as the surrounding environment of the property (like a property surrounded by trees, situated besides a high rise building or does not receive enough reflection from natural good weather). 

Additionally, there are other environmental factors that renters and buyers may need to consider; factors which may include: exposure to hazardous substances (in the air, water, soil, etc.), climate change, natural and technological disasters, occupational disasters, etc. 

Why non-living environments around the property matter

These non-living things matter, especially for those on low income and who are looking for affordable homes.  These non-living environments surrounding the property can help to save money and improve health naturally.  They can as well provide happiness and a good living for low income families.  There are cases that demonstrate that the lack of these natural conditions can create unhappiness for renters or buyers.

A rental case related to the lack of healthy and happy living

We came across a case in which a family rented a house that was situated next to a big office building that obstructed any potential enjoyment of natural light and sunlight except the house receiving all the negative externalities from the building.    Despite the fact that the property was centrally heated, it was constantly damp.

We received some complaints from the tenants at that time about the lack of healthy living inside the property.  We then investigated the matter with the owner of the property.  We found that in addition to above mentioned obstruction, the property was not treated from dampness. 

This raised an environmental case.  We advised the owner about the case and reached an agreement with the tenants to vacate the premises on environmental grounds.  We then requested the owner to damp proof her property, which she did after the tenants vacated the premises.

The above case highlights how relevant is the choice one can make when deciding to rent or buy a property regardless of affordability.  So, we will be working with both prospective family renters and buyers on the aspects of the environment surrounding the property they need to consider should they want to rent or buy.

What we hope to achieve through this week’s activity

One can hope that at the end of this week’s activity potential renters and buyers will be able to achieve the following:

√ To carefully consider environmental aspects related to a property to rent or buy

√ To be aware and act upon the probable adverse effects of climate on the property to rent or buy

√ To check the health elements of the property both inside and outside

√ To be informed about the environmental checks they need to know or carry out before agreeing to any tenancy or buying contract

√ To be able to interpret or understand the aspects of their contractual agreement linked to environmental impacts and findings related a property in the context of renting or buying

√ To compile and or understand a basic report about the health and environmental aspect of the property, etc.

Where to find information about environmental aspects linked to properties to rent or buy

For those renters and buyers buying the services of a letting or estate agent, some of these environmental points would normally be included in the service they provide in the form of a letting or buying file.  Those who technically surveyed the property would have dealt with these matters. 

Renters and buyers can as well find some of this information via environmental searches (from the local authority or any environmental agency specialised in the matter) about the property.  There are as well online resources and information about property and environment, which are available to any renter or buyer wanting to know more about these issues.

Need help and support regarding non-living environments surrounding properties to rent or buy

For those who want to work with Home Relief and find more about these non-living environments attached to the property, they are welcome to do so.

Need to know more about non-living environments surrounding properties, why not work with Home Relief?

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

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 ReliefFreelance e-property people dealing with affordable homes

Families, Homes and Occupations

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board!

Post No. 231

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

How to answer this simple question when seeking homes to rent: What do you do for living?

 

In this continuing episode of a series of property themes regarding our campaign about affordable homes for low income people and families, we will be dealing with occupation.

The purpose of this week’s session

The purpose of this week’s session is to work with prospective clients to find a home to rent or to buy.  The purpose of this week’s session is NOT to find a job or occupation.   Home Relief is a freelance property agent, but NOT an employment agency. 

However, as part of our extended home service to low income earners we can provide some leads to our clients or home seekers in terms of opportunities in the areas where their current or future home is or will be. 

Occupational opportunities could include the following:  paid jobs, volunteering, education and training, apprenticeship, internship etc.  These opportunities could be online, offline, paid or unpaid. 

Yet, whatever they do as occupation, they have to make sure they are able to cover their rental commitments.  In the property jargon, they need to meet the referencing criteria, which is household income should be 2.5 times the annual rent.

Supporting renters in the matter of economic occupation

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.  

One of the ways of supporting these people and families to effectively run their lives is helping them to rent or buy a home while encouraging them to be economically active through an economic occupation.

An economic occupation as a means of earning a living

When a solo renter or a family seeking home has an occupation, it means they have a means of earning a living.  This could be that they are in one or two of these following situations:

∝ They are an employee or self-employee or starting a business 

∝ They are performing a job in exchange for payment that could enable them to cover their property rental costs

∝ They could also be doing voluntary job or internship or on training and education with the expectation this would lead to paid occupation. 

In any of the above situations, it means that they are doing something that could enable them to meet the rental requirements or financial tenancy obligations. 

Link between occupation and rent payments

Occupation has to be placed here in the context of meeting contractual rent payments. 

For example, looking after your own children or caring for a family member at any time is a worthy occupation.  But, this kind of occupation may need to be supported by a financial cover (e.g. housing benefit or saving) to pay for your rental obligations from rental point of view. 

Yet, people and families on low income may have problems to meet certain levels of rents.  Particularly, at this time of the lingering economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic and its variants, many people have lost their economic occupation and thus their earning capacity.  This is why we are looking into occupation this week.

Why working with low income people and families on occupation matter?

There are several reasons for working with low income people and families around occupation matter.  One of these reasons is that occupied and economically active renters and home seekers have more chance to secure and keep their accommodation compared to others.

Low income people and families do not earn enough to meet many of the high asking rents in the property market even during the challenging time of the coronavirus pandemic.  They need to demonstrate that they can rent affordable homes.  They can only do this if they can improve their income circumstances and meet their rental obligations related to rent payments or mortgage payments for home buyers.

Occupational case studies

To illustrate this better, let’s give you two cases.

1st Case: A resident landlady complaining about a tenant’s lack of economic occupation or mobility

During the pre-COVID-19 time, we came across a case whereby a landlady complained to us and threatened to increase the tenant’s share of payments towards utility bills because the tenant was housebound.  This is what this landlady said: 

“The tenant I have stays every day in his room.  Yet, when he rented the room, the contract was made on the basis that he would be often out to fully work and only coming in the evening to sleep and stay over the weekend.  And the rent I agreed with was on this basis”. 

This landlady threatened to increase her tenant’s contribution towards the utility bills as she complained about the lack of outdoor occupation from the tenant.  However, in the context of the COVID-19 lockdown instruction to stay home, the landlady’s attitude would have been different.

2nd Case: A landlord willing to take benefit claimants with occupation

During the pre-COVID-19 time, we phoned a landlord and asked him whether or not he would consider home seekers claiming housing benefits.  This is what he replied:

“I don’t mind letting my property to people or families claiming benefits as long as they can pay deposit and rent in advance, they have suitable references and have some occupation like studying or on training or looking for work or working part time”.

The above cases are self-explanatory about the relevancy of occupation when it comes to seeking to rent or buy a home.

This week’s session is about working with home seekers to improve their applications to be eligible for rent by making their occupation stand out.

This week’s expectations

We hope that at the end of this week’s activity the following will be achieved:

√ Home seekers will be better aware of the place and role of their economic activity in their rental applications

√ The importance that landlords/ladies or their agents can attach to the economic occupation

√ Steps to take to improve home seekers’ economic activity or status

√ What landlords/ladies and their agents are looking for when selecting home seekers’ applications, particularly when it comes to the occupation section

√ The balance between the overall of costs of renting a home (plus the other costs of living) and the total annual earnings (or income) that home seekers may have; and if there is a gap between the  two, how they are prepared to address this issue for the life of the tenancy

√ Being on low income should not be considered as a low key as long as home seekers can offer other guaranties as well as can prove they are actively improving their economic status

In the end, this week’s process is about working with home seekers so that they can be able to respond to their prospective landlords/ladies and Home Relief to this simple question: What do you do for living?   

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

Need help and support about Families, Homes and Occupations

Simply need advice relating to occupation for your application to rent or buy a home, 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 occupation issues  and would like to share their experience, they can still work with us to explore areas of improvement regarding families, homes and occupations.

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