Tenants’ Rental Accounts Closure

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Post No. 252

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

How to successfully close your rental accounts as an outgoing tenant 

This week, as part of Summer Help to Rent, we are working with home seekers and outgoing tenants on the best possible way of closing their end-of-tenancy or rental accounts. This Help to Rent will also include those tenants who have decided to move out or terminate their agreement for other legally acceptable reasons.

~ End-of-tenancy rental accounting responsibility by tenants

Often, when a tenant signs up for a long-term rental agreement (such as a 6 months to 18 months assured short hold tenancy), they will be responsible for the payment of bills (e.g. gas, electricity, water rates, council tax, TV licence, phone. internet broadband, etc.) as well as the organisation of the way those bills are paid. If these bills are inclusive of rent; then they are paid when the rent is honoured.  

Depending on who is their landlord/lady or letting agent, tenants may or may not get help to close their rental accounts at the end of the tenancy or if both sides of the rental process (landlords/ladies and tenants) decide to end their agreement early. There are resources on how a tenant can terminate their tenancy. These resources mostly cover the legal side of the contract in matters such as notice to vacate than putting emphasis on accounting aspects of accounts closure.

~ The financial side of closing a rental agreement from the tenants’ perspective

In this week’s Help to Rent, we are going to deal with the financial side of terminating or closing a contract from the tenants’ perspective. 

If you have already been a tenant and you have experience on closing your rental accounts; that is fine. However, if you do not have experience in doing it, this could be a new area of learning. 

Some tenants can easily handle their rental accounts from the opening to the closure, while others may find it difficult, especially in the rental environment where there is constant change. That is why we are organising this activity to support them, particularly during this challenging time of the rising costs of living to the extent that asking someone else to audit your end-of-tenancy accounts could be an extra expense to bear.

For those who have not been in the process of closing their rental accounts before and those who are finding it hard to close their rental accounts, we are working this week to support them in this area of rental accounting responsibility.

~ Help to successfully close your rental accounts

Working together with renters to close the rental accounts they first set up at the start of their contract will include the following activities:

√ Listing all the rental accounts that made their tenancy period

√ Identification of rental payments related to utility and telecoms suppliers (including internet broadband), community charge (council tax), TV licence, etc.

√ Establishing all your real incomes to cover your rental commitment for the tenancy period, using the referencing criteria

√ Tracking of rental expenses including rent payments and inflation-adjusted expenses because of the rising costs of living

√ Close all the balances on these accounts

√ Checking if there are in credit (someone else owes you) or in debit (you owe someone else)

√ Verifying if there are any missing outstanding amounts or debts from you part

√ Analysing your rental accounts if there is any surplus or deficit

√ Dealing with rental accounts online and offline

√ Finding out any accounting and financial mistakes done in handling your accounts

√ Reviewing rental budget including money puts aside for potential damages and repairs

√ Looking at any evidence in the form of receipts, bills, invoices, financial statements, videos, text messages, voice records, films, inside and outside property pictures, rental guides and tools that helped tenants to effectively and efficiently manage their rental accounts.

~ Benefits for a good rental accounts closure

There are benefits for properly closing your rental accounts; benefits which include:

√ Reduction and avoidance of potential conflicts with your landlord/lady or their agents

√ Saving money with companies supplying services to your next rental

√ Protection for your deposit

√ Safeguarding your reference and credentials

√ Keeping secure your credit scores and check file and profile

√ Avoiding frictional and confrontational moving out

√Above all, enjoying a hassle-free tenancy closure and peace of mind.

~ Need help to close your rental accounts

Need help to close your rental accounts, please e-work Home Relief this week.

Need to check about rental accounts already set up, please also e-work Home Relief this week.

~ 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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Landlords’/ladies’ Identity

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Post No. 251

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

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How to check your landlord’s/lady’s identity

This week, we are going to work with renters/tenants on identity matter so that they can know or be able to check who is their real landlord/lady or the person they are contracting with. 

Δ Renters’ and prospective tenants’ proof of identity

Often, renters and prospective tenants have to prove who they are before taking possession of a property. They need to provide some forms of identification (such as passport, biometric residence permit, etc.) to their prospective landlords/ladies or their agents. The Section 22 of the Immigration Act 2014 even gives landlords/ladies authority to check incoming tenants’ identity.

If landlords/ladies have such authority, renters/tenants are entitled to know the identity of their landlord/lady.

Δ Finding out your landlord’s/lady’s identity

Tenants have a right, by law, to know the name and address of their landlord/lady. They can find their landlord’s/lady’s contact details in the official tenancy documents such as tenancy agreement (if the tenancy agreement mentions these details), gas safety certificate, etc. They can as well search for their landlord/lady in the local council (i.e. the council tax department or private rented housing team) and land registry (where they may have to pay a small fee).

Δ The importance of identifying your landlord/lady

In order to ensure that the property is legitimately let, it is important for renters/tenants to know who is their real landlord/lady or their representative. Knowing the real identity of your landlord/lady or their representative has its basis and merit since there are many activities going on when renting a property; activities such as paying rent, asking for repairs, dealing with tradesmen, handling neighbourhood matter, etc.  

The following can perhaps summarise the importance of identifying your landlord/lady or their agents:

• In the course of a tenancy and or at the end of it, tenants can sometimes discover that they have been dealing with the wrong person or they have been paying rent to the wrong person

• When the time comes to collect the deposit, tenants should know who to ask for their deposit or which scheme holds their deposit

• Where there is a chain of landlords/ladies like in a leasehold situation, it makes sense to know who is your real landlord/lady to avoid any disputes regarding the management and maintenance of the property

• Identifying landlords/ladies will help protect renters’ interests, save their money and give them peace of mind and extra security

Etc.

The above reasons can explain why renters/tenants need to identify their landlord/lady or their representative. There could be more reasons which our work with renters/tenants will try to unveil. 

Δ Need to know more 

Need to know more about checking your landlord’s/lady’s ID, why not work with Home Relief.

Δ 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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Tenants’ Participation in the Inventories

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Post No. 250

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

 

Taking Photos, Running a Video, Recording a Short Film before Moving into a New Accommodation

This week we are working with prospective tenants and home seekers to highlight the importance of their participation in property checks and inventories.  In particular, we are focusing on building hard evidence by taking photos, running a video and recording a short film before taking occupancy of property they are renting.

~ Check-in inventory and inventory report

Before giving possession of any rental property, the landlord/lady or letting agents or even an inventory company will conduct with the incoming tenants a check-in inventory which will then be translated into an inventory report. 

This report documents the property by detailing its current state and conditions including contents, descriptions, age, conditions of fixtures, fittings and furnishing.  The document may or may not be accompanied by digital media.

Both parties (incoming tenants and landlords/ladies or their representatives) would sign this document and their third-parties would witness it.

This document, which is the third important document related to any tenancy (the other imperative documents being tenancy agreement and rent payment receipts), can  

• help the tenants to claim back their deposit

• be used as a reference for dispute over damages

• safeguard tenants’ interests against unfair deductions from rent deposit

etc.

~ Tenants’ active and full engagement to the inventories

Because of the importance of inventory and related report, the rental practice advises tenants to take active participation in the inventories (both check-in and check-out).

Today with the digital and mobile technologies, it is possible and advisable to build hard evidence by adding to the print or online inventory report images, pictures and voices, without forgetting to date and name those evidences.  

Tenants can do the same documentation by having digital check-in and check-out inventories using a mobile phone, a camera, a tablet, an iPhone, or any digital devise, etc. 

The reason for digital check-in is beyond convenience, effectiveness and efficiency.  It is to avoid the problems we mentioned above to occur such as future major disputes over the state and conditions of the property, particularly over any damages which may be already in the fittings, furnishing and fixtures, or which may occur later.

To illustrate the importance of paying attention to details and building hard evidence, we are going to share with you the following tenant’s story which we recently came across.  The story provider has chosen to stay anonymous.  Because of his/her choice, we are not going to reveal their personal details.    

~ Story title: Bathroom tiles are tenants’ responsibility, not mine

I moved into a self-contained one bedroom flat few years ago after signing a shorthold tenancy agreement for one year, contract renewable if the two parties agree to do so.  The time I moved in, I was in a hurry to move in as I was afraid to end up homeless. 

I did not realise the importance of being a bit careful about little details and imperfections in the property. In particular, I did not check the integrity of the walls and tiles in the bathroom.  When I moved in there was some few cracks on the bathroom tiles.  I did not identify the problem.

After months of using the bathroom, one of the cracks loosened.  This led to water leak in the property.  I contacted my landlord to report the leak, ask him to come over for check and consider the possibility of arranging for repair to be done. 

My landlord told me that bathroom tiles are tenants’ responsibility.  That in accordance to the terms of the contract, the responsibility of the tiles lies on me as a tenant. 

Given that the tiles were already cracked before I moved in and that crack deepened and led to water leak, I wonder if the cracked tiles are well and truly the landlord’s responsibility.

~ Home Relief’s advice for future tenancies

In the light of the above story, attention to details is not a fault but a gift.  When viewing and taking possession of any property, it is always better to check it carefully before moving in rather than relying on a snap piece of information like a quick tick-box format check-in inventory on some sheets of paper.  

As a tenant, you need to fully and actively engage in the preparation and checking of the inventory report to avoid any controversy later.  With low-cost digital technologies in today’s market, it is even cost effective to just use an average mobile phone to take pictures, run a video or record a short film.

The advantages of using a mobile phone in these circumstances are:

√ to capture any key moments of life (such as moving in a new property)

√ to mitigate potential conflicts with the landlord over any damages

√ to create the desirable impact and effect for your security, peace of mind and hassle-free tenancy. 

Don’t forget to insert a short summary or description and date your photos, videos, films and voices!    

Today, there are lots of online resources and sources of information on the matter.  You can go online find them.

~ Have some comments to make or need inventory

If anyone has some comments to make or technical support about the above story, let us know.

If anyone needs any check-in or check-out inventory or would like to involve Home Relief in checking their property to rent or rented property, contact 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

 

Managing Rental Arrears

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Post No. 249

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

How to deal with rental arrears

There has been an increase in rental arrears or accumulated delay in rental payments as some renters are still struggling with side effects of the coronavirus and the consequences of the current cost-of-living crisis. 

Rental arrears are a painful situation for both landlords/ladies and tenants.  They are painful for landlords/ladies because tenants falling behind with their rent payments to private landlords/ladies or their letting agents can jeopardise landlords’/ladies’ plans.  They are also distressful situation for tenants as they could be taken as evidence that tenants are failing to keep their rental commitment.

~ Managing rental arrears at this time of the cost-of-living crisis

Some landlords/ladies who have experience in the private residential home rental matter know how to manage the rental arrears situation.  Likewise, some tenants are skilful enough to deal with the situation.  However, there is still a substantial bunch of landlords/ladies and tenants who may not exactly know how to handle the situation; despite the wealth of resources (both in print and online) which are available and can be freely and easily accessed.  We will be working with these unaware and undecided landlords/ladies and tenants on this matter of rental arrears.

~ What Home Relief’s work with them will be about

Together with them, we will cover various areas of rental arrears.

Our work with landlords/ladies will be on the following:

Δ General principles of good rent management

Δ Rental planning or conducting activities to deal with any rental arrears

Δ Rental control which will involve monitoring of the evolution or progress of rent payments and arrears while comparing them against standards as laid down and recommended in the property industry

Δ Rental coordination which will be about putting together all the tasks needed in order to deal with tenants’ rent arrears

Δ Rental payment motivation which will consist of engaging and encouraging tenants to effectively work with you as a landlord/lady or your managing agents to resolve the matter and pay rent

Δ Measures to help tenants with rent arrears

Δ Handling of notices about rent arrears

Δ Communication which will be intending to keep talking with the tenants and get them engaged in order to resolve the matter

Etc.

Our work with tenants will cover these areas:

Δ Checking evidence relating to rent payments (such as rent records, statements, bank statements, receipts, rent book or card, online and digital payments, etc.)

Δ  Acknowledging rental arrears 

Δ Making agreement on arrears repayments

Δ Rent budgeting tools

Δ Carrying out activities to resolve rent arrears

Δ Working with tenants to regain control of rent payments

Δ Tackling factors that cause and exacerbate rent arrears

Δ Finding out the statutory provision regarding any rental arrears in the private rental sector

Δ Motivating tenants to improve their sources of income or earning capacities

Δ Searching and finding out available services that help and deal with rental arrears or difficulties to pay rent

Δ Communicating with tenants to resolve the matter 

Etc.

From what we have planned as work with both sides of the rental agreement, communication between them will supersede any activities to manage any rental arrears.  This is because without communication, there will not be solutions to the problem of rental arrears.  

~ What is expected from this week’s work 

Without anticipating any immediate changes, one can hope that landlords/ladies will become

√ Better planners of the activities surrounding rent arrears

√ Better monitors of rent progress and performance

√ Better coordinators of various tasks determining rent payments

√ Better ‘influencers’ and motivators of their tenants in resolving rent arrears

√ Better communicators from the point of view of rental arrears 

√ Better protectors of their own investment and rental interest

Etc.

One can also expect tenants who will participate to this work will become

√ Problem-solvers rather than problem-makers of rent arrears

√ More responsible for rent payments than before

√ Respectful of the terms and conditions of their tenancy agreement

Committed persons who honour rent payments 

√ Self-confident in improving their earning potentials 

√ Better executors of their rental agreement

√ Better managers of rent payments

Etc.

~ Extra help and support

There will be both online and print resources to complement what will be discussed through this week’s work.  For those who want, some guidance and signposting will be given regarding professionals involving in handling rental arrears.  Landlords/ladies and tenants can present or discuss their personal cases about rent arrears.  However, this week’s work is not designed to replace legal expertise on the matter.  

~ Need to resolve rental arrears

Need to resolve rental arrears, why not 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

Disputes over Rent Deposit

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Post No. 248

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

Can they be avoided?

This week, we will be working with both landlords/ladies and tenants on ways of avoiding disputes over rent deposit.

What we will deal with

We shall try to deal with the following two questions:

Why is the return of rent deposit by landlords/ladies to tenants still a matter of disagreement whereas there is a number of tenancy deposit protection schemes?

What can both landlords and tenants do to avoid these disputes to happen in the future?

What our work will cover

Our work with them will cover the following areas:

Δ Meaning of rent deposit and its implications

Δ Tenancy deposit protect schemes (both custodial and insurance-backed)

Δ How tenants can check the protection of their tenancy deposit

Δ Areas of disagreement over the return of deposit to tenants

Δ How to amicably resolve these disputes without resorting to a court of justice

Etc.

What one can hope through this week’s work

At the end of this week’s process, one can hope that landlords/ladies will re-evaluate the responsibility that lies on them when asking for and keeping a deposit.

One will also hope that tenants will seriously take their responsibility when they are holding possession of someone else property in exchange of rental commitment and deposit

What it is expected from this week’s work

No one will be expecting the change of landlords’ and tenants’ attitude and behaviour towards rent deposit over night. However, it is possible that after this week’s work both parties can do better in the process of scaling down their disputes over the matter.

Extra help and support

There will be both online and print resources to complement what will be discussed through this week’s work.  For those who want, some guidance and signposting will be given regarding professionals involving in handling disputes over rent deposit.  Landlords/ladies and tenants can present or discuss their personal cases about rent deposit.  However, this week’s work is not designed to replace legal expertise on the matter.  

Need avoiding disputes over rent deposit

Need to avoid unneedful disputes over rent deposit, why not 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

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Convenient New-builds

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Post No. 247

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

How new build-to-rent developments are convenient

The convenience of new build-to-rent developments is liked by most of home seekers/renters.  Their demand is expressed by most home seekers/renters from different income brackets including working families on low income. 

Why new build-to-rent developments are convenient

Like any prospective renters, low income earning families are looking for these types of development at affordable rents.  They are searching for developments featuring benefits that tick every box for them as follows:

  • √ Views of water or landscape

  • √ Balance between the nature and home to rent

  • √ Stateside feel

  • √ Suitable to raise a family

  • √ Peaceful feeling

  • √ Space inside and outside the property to rent

  • √ Location fitting with jobs, family and school

  • √ Flexibility in living

  • √ A fair balance between transport systems and connections (bus, rail networks and trams)

  • √ Good maintenance

  • √ Eco-friendly environment

  • √ Decent architectural style of the property to rent

  • √ Space for entertaining

  • √ Etc

They would like to enjoy the convenience of new-builds just like any other renters.  They are looking for developments that tick every box for them.

Have a new-build

If you have one of these developments and you are prepared to rent it to average income earning families, please let Home Relief know.

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

 

Home Staging

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Post No. 246

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

How to improve your property’s appeal to prospective tenants

This week, we will be working with landlords/ladies on aspects of private residential property dressing and preparation for lettings in the marketplace.  We will be doing it while taking into consideration changes or new dimensions in the property market.  One of these mutations or dimensions is the coronavirus.

COVID-19 as a new mutating factor in home staging

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way in which we live and prepare homes for lettings purpose.  Even after the lifting of all coronavirus restrictions, property fittings and furniture need to be done in a way that takes into account protection against COVID-19.   As a result, there could be some adjustments that landlords/ladies may still need to do with regard to the dressing and preparation of their properties for lettings and management purposes. 

Some landlords/ladies may find easier to include these changes in their home staging.  Others may be wondering where to start.  For those landlords/ladies who will be willing to learn something about home staging, we will be working with them on this matter.

Working with landlords/ladies on home staging matter

Our work with landlords/ladies on home staging will include the general aspects or principles relating to home staging.  In our work with them, we shall consider the following:

√ home staging ideas, tips and hints

√ home staging theories, techniques and practices

√ how to make your home/property appeal to the highest number of prospective tenants

√ what makes a home attractive from the lettings and management point of view

√ painting and decorating aspects in the context of home staging

Etc.

Additionally, our work will consider specific areas of property preparation depending on the property features, weather conditions and the season of the year.   It will be about dressing and preparing a property to fit the level of ambition for landlords’/ladies’ rent expectations under the current and near future circumstances of the market.  For instance, we shall look at what makes a property attractive in Spring compared to Summer.

Sharing home staging ideas

We shall as well share the array of sources in both print and online formats relating to the home staging matter.  Landlords/ladies and home owners who are experienced in home staging will have the opportunity to exchange with others.

Considering mutating factors in home staging 

By taking into account both the pre-COVID-19 and COVID-19 related principles in the dressing and preparation of properties, this will not only attract renters and or potential tenants; but it will also help landlords/ladies to understand how they could adapt their home staging practice and principles with the evolution of the property market.  This adaptation will also add some peace of mind and protect the return on their investment. 

Interested in home staging

Interested in home staging or need to know more about the dressing and preparation of your property prior to lettings and management, please 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

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Co-living Homes and the Cost-of-living Crisis

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Post No. 245

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

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How to minimise the detrimental impacts of the cost-of-living crisis on co-housing setup

This week starting 16 May 2022, we will be working with those renters who have been forced to take the co-living path/option in the property market. We are as well going to work with private landlords/ladies who provide or may want to provide co-living accommodation. There are reasons why the two sides of co-living agreement may want this sort of arrangement.

Why do renters co-live and landlords/ladies provide co-living properties?

Not everybody can afford to rent outright the full house or flat by themselves. Those living on low income may be forced to share with others. They could as well have serious other reasons pushing them to go co-living. Amongst the co-living renters, there are young people, students, families, older generation, etc.

Landlords/ladies may too have their own motive that leads them to provide this sort of accommodation. It is could more convenient or cost-effective for them to invest in this sort of co-living properties than to letting and managing other types of properties. 

Whatever the reason both landlords/ladies and renters may have, they need to understand this rental model before embracing it.

What is a co-living home?

Within the property jargon or literature, co-living home is on average defined as a residential home living model that accommodates two or more biologically unrelated people or individuals. It is part of sharing economy and can have some benefits such as access to locations (or areas) and properties that a co-living renter may otherwise not afford. However, like any other products or services in the housing market, the co-living rental model has not been exempted from the damaging effects of the current cost-of-living crisis.

Cost-of-living crisis as a challenge or opportunity to co-living setup

The cost-of-living crisis could be a challenge or an opportunity for the two sides of the rental agreement.

~ Landlords/ladies and the cost-of-living crisis

The cost-of-living crisis could be an opportunity for landlords/ladies to raise rent and services related to their property to match up the current level of inflation. On the contrary, it could be a challenge if they are not able to meet the cost of running their property or upgrade it.

~ Co-living renters and the cost-of-living crisis

The cost-of-living crisis can be a challenge for renters who may have to face rising rent, utility bills, council tax and other services linked to the property they rent or may rent. On the other hand, it could be an opportunity for them if they receive support towards their rising rental costs.

So, a co-living rental model could have some challenges to address and opportunities to take for both landlords/ladies and co-living renters.

Navigating way out the challenges posed by the cost-of-living crisis

This week, we are going to work with both landlords/ladies and renters to find out ways of minimising the impacts of the cost-of-living crisis on co-living homes. 

After working together with them, one can hope that each party will be able to navigate their own way out any negative impacts from the cost-of-living crisis on the co-living rental setup. 

Interested in the topic of Co-living Homes

Those landlords/ladies and renters who would be interested in this week’s topic of co-living homes, they are free to contact Home Relief.

Need help and support about Co-living Homes this Spring

Those landlords/ladies and renters who would need some help and support about Co-living Homes, they are also free to contact Home Relief.

Need us to visit your property and advise you on co-living matters, please 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

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Compliance in Rental Homes

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board!

Post No. 244

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

How to manage compliance issues

This week’s planned work with landlords/ladies will be on property compliance issues, on landlords’/ladies’ obedience in terms of the overall condition of the property and its contents. This week’s work builds on the Safe Rental Homes which we dealt with last week.

Standards and regulatory obligations regarding rental properties

There are standards and regulatory obligations as far as rental properties are concerned. Most professional landlords/ladies would make sure that their rental properties comply with these legislation and regulatory standards.

However, since the coronavirus broke out, there have been two phenomena. On one hand, many rental properties have been made COVID-19 compliant. On the other, there are still properties on the market that are failing the compliance test for the pre-coronavirus compliance area.

At this current level of market knowledge and information, it is difficult to assert that this lack of compliance has been the result of the pressure that the coronavirus or the current cost of living crisis has put on the rental sector and landlords/ladies in particular. Whether the coronavirus or the cost of living crisis has brought enormous pressure to everything and body, this should not be an excuse for not to comply with rental legislation and regulatory standards.

As part of the process of supporting landlords/ladies, but not to punish them, Home Relief will be working with those of them who are experiencing some difficulties in this area of compliance.

Working with landlords/ladies having compliance difficulties

Our work with them will cover such areas as

∝ Safe rental properties

∝ Habitable condition (to check for potential compliance issues and hazards such as damp, smoke alarms, poor living conditions, etc.)

∝ Sector regulation on compliance issues

∝ Serious versus minor compliance issues

∝ Property inspections and reports

∝ Evidence about the overall condition of the property and its contents

∝ Permitted or legal tenants

∝ In-person versus virtual property visits

∝ Records of inspections and reports

∝ A comprehensive inventory

Etc.

Extra help and support

Additionally, we shall share with landlords/ladies the mosaic of both print and online resources on the matter of compliance.

What this week’s work with landlords/ladies will achieve

One can hope that at the end of this week’s process, landlords/ladies will know where they stand on the compliance matter.

Need help about compliance in rental homes this Spring

Those landlords/ladies who would be interested in this week’s topic of compliance, they are free to contact Home Relief.

Need us to inspect your property and advise you on ways of fixing issues relating to compliance, please 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

 

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Safe Rental Homes

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board!

Post No. 243

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

How to make your private rental homes safe

This week, we are going to work with landlords/ladies on their contractual obligations to keep their rental properties safe.

COVID-19 and cost-of-living crises should not be an excuse for unsafe properties

It is possible that the current cost-of-living crisis, which has followed the COVID-19 disaster, may not make things easy for everybody including landlords/ladies. However, this should not be an excuse to have unsafe properties or not carry out life-saving repairs. Saying that is not about blaming anybody. It is just about responding to some demands from renters for safe conditions of living.

Ways of responding to renters’ request for safe living

There are many ways in which landlords/ladies can respond to renters’ demand for safe conditions of living.  Our response is about working with private landlords/ladies who are interested and experiencing safety issues with their rental properties so that these issues can be fixed.

In fact, most landlords/ladies and/or their letting/managing agents would be aware of the Health and Safety Standards for Rented Homes (HHSRS) and the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2008. 

The Act states that landlords/ladies should keep their properties safe, healthy and free from things that could cause serious harm. However, being aware of something is not the same as taking action to deal with problems if there are any safety issues that arise.

Areas of safety or concern by tenants/renters

As part of work with landlords/ladies, we shall discuss together the following areas of safety or concern by tenants at this challenging time of the cost-of-living crisis:

σ Hazards in a rental property that can affect renters’ health and well-being

σ Property improvements and repairs

σ Consequences of failing to fix unsafe properties

σ Remedial actions to be taken

σ Consequences of avoiding fixing the safety problem

σ Fine related to unsafe rental properties

Etc.

Extra help and support

During our work with landlords/ladies, they will as well have the opportunity to revisit or regain access to both print and online resources relating to safe rental properties. Support will be given in terms of the understanding of these materials and implications for safe rental properties.

Those landlords/ladies who would like to dip into the issue of safe rental homes, they are free to contact Home Relief.

Need help about safe rental homes this Spring

If you are a landlord/lady and needs some help about the safety issues of your rental properties, why not work with Home Relief?

Need us to inspect your property and advise you on ways of fixing issues relating to safety, please 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