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

2021 Year-in-Review Recap

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Post No. 225

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

How the year 2021 has gone for Home Relief, Landlords/ladies, Home Buyers and Renters

The current post, which is the 52nd of 2021, is a look back at what has happened in 2021 before entering the New Year.  In order to look back at it, we are going give a brief summary of the year together with the themes and campaigns that made it, as well as the main takeaway from it.

∗ The Year’s Brief Summary

During this ending year, most landlords/ladies and renters (the ones we know), have been preoccupied by the need to get back to normal in-person lettings and rentals, as well as how they can recover from losses incurred because of the COVID-19 and its severe hit on the property letting and rental market.  They also had concern about the way of successfully integrating COVID-19 protection rules into future lettings and rentals as well as how to adapt or transition to virtual lettings and rentals since the coronavirus has not shown any signs of abating.  

During this post-pandemic year, we have engaged with landlords/ladies, home buyers and renters with support and advice in the process of recovery from COVID-19.  There have been mixed stories in terms of outcomes stemming from this engagement as follows:

∝ Some landlords/ladies, home buyers and renters have succeeded in turning things to where they were before COVID-19 started

∝ Others are still struggling to get back on their feet on the property ladder

∝ Still others are showing some signs of recovery

∝ Others even more are displaying the total lack of recovery as COVID-19 has far reaching ramifications in the letting or rental lives.

∗ The Year’s Themes and Campaigns

In order to review the year 2021, we have selected and listed 22 property themes and campaigns for review.  These themes and campaigns, which shaped Home Relief’s work with landlords/ladies and renters during the year 2021, are related to the post-coronavirus recovery.

The 22 property themes and campaigns making our 2021 Year-in-Review Recapping include the following:

1) Making Renters Happy in 2021

2) What Can Bring Happiness to Landlords/ladies?

3) Adaptable Homes for Working-from-home Tenants

4) Private Property Portfolio and Coronavirus Lockdowns

5) Online Property Services

6) Moving Home Safely

7) Lowering the Upfront Costs for Tenants

8) Co-living Home

9) Home Stagging in the Age of COVID-19

10) Re-aligning with Rental Income Growth

11) Landlords/ladies Identity

12) Disputes over Rent Deposit

13) Managing COVID-19 Rental Arrears

14) Rental Accounting Responsibility: Accounts Closure

15) Conversion of Rental Enquiries

16) ‘Mis-renting’ Terms

17) Balanced Appended Terms and Conditions

18) Property Checks and Inventories

19) Response to Maintenance Issues

20) Abandoned Properties

21) Change of Tenant’s Income Circumstances

22) Rent Change 

If you are a Home Relief’s blog reader or follower, you will remember these themes or campaigns.  Otherwise, you can still contact Home Relief for any details regarding them and/or the full story of the year 2021 on how landlords/ladies, home buyers and renters have done.

∗ Main Takeaway from the Year

Most of the points developed in these themes and campaigns are the reflection about concern and problems expressed by landlords/ladies, home buyers and renters regarding the post-pandemic recovery.  Their concern was/has been how to build back and forward from the coronavirus pandemic.  As a result of their concern and expression, we developed the above themes and campaigns (including the ones that have not been listed here) to work with them so that they could mitigate these problems while helping them protect their investments and have a peace of mind.

∗ Looking forward to 2022

With all our best wishes of happy ending year 2021, we hope that 2022 will be a promising year for all landlords/ladies, home buyers and renters.

We thank you for your clientele over 2021 and expect you will renew your loyalty and support in the New Year.

With best wishes of the season!

* 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

 

Season’s Greetings and Property Services

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Post No. 224

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

 

 

What festive messages do we have for both landlords/ladies and renters?

 

We have the following messages for the festive period.

* Queries and Enquiries

During the Festive holidays and the time of restrictions relating to new COVID variant (Omicron variant), we will only handle online queries and enquiries. 

Most of our property services are scaled down around this period until the New Year.   This scaling down is even pronounced now since restrictions have been toughened in England to slow down the spread of COVID-19 and its Omicron variant.  People should expect delay from us in returning their calls or e-mails or even texts.

* Opening days and times

Following the new COVID-19 restrictions, we are only open online 24 hours and 7 days a week.

* Home seeking applications

Home seeking applicants should be aware the following: COVID-19 restrictions have been toughened; the wearing of masks are now mandatory for certain parts of the non-essential economy; and home working is part of extra COVID-19 rules.   

For those looking for homes to rent, please do not hesitate to text or email Home Relief your home seeking applications.  We are aware that not everybody has got a home to live this festive time and at this challenging time of the new COVID-19 restrictions.  If you are one of them and looking for accommodation, do not hesitate to contact Home Relief.

* Letting instructions

For those landlords/ladies and home owners who would like to instruct us over this festive time, please do not hesitate to text or email Home Relief your intentions to instruct.  However, you should be aware that there are new restrictions to slow down the spread of COVID-19 and its Omicron variant. 

We shall add your property details to our property-to-let book.  We will proceed to lettings safely and healthily.  

Likewise, landlords/ladies and home owners who would like to recommend Home Relief to their friends and families for letting instructions this festive time, they can do so.  Home Relief would be pleased to take their instructions and proceed further.

* Home-buying advice

As mentioned above, our advice service to home buyers is as well scaled down this time of the year.  Those who are looking to buy a home in the New Year, they can still text or email the areas of home buying process they would like to seek advice.  Depending on the matter and individual case, we shall get back to them as soon as we can. 

Potential home buyers should as well be informed that there are new restrictions to slow down the spread of COVID-19 and its Omicron variant.

* Maintenance over the festive break

If you have any maintenance problems, please do not hesitate to contact us.  However, we would like to stress to you that most of our maintenance service providers are already on holidays.  Only a few of them will be available.  Also, due to the new COVID-19 restrictions; it is better to check first with us about the kinds of maintenance eligible or permissible within the context of new COVID variant restrictions.  

In case of emergency or exceptional circumstances, please do not hesitate to text or phone or e-mail us; we will respond to your message as soon as we can. 

We would like to apologize for any inconvenience or upset this may cause and hope business will be as usual in the New Year.

We thank you for your clientele over 2021 and wish you a Very Happy, Healthy and Safe Festive season!

* 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

 

Year-end Tenant Finding Service

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Post No. 223

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

How to find good tenants in a more efficient and cost-effective way by the end of 2021

The current post is about a year-end tenant finding service that we are offering to landlords/ladies. 

If you are a landlord/lady hasn’t still found a tenant up to now and or before heading away for your festive break-up or holidays, you don’t need to rush or worry.  Home Relief can take care of your property to ensure you get good tenants and the right letting deal by the end of this year.

We can undertake a number of steps to let your property before the festive celebrations or provide you with an undertaking so that your vacant property is filled with suitable tenants when you return after the festive break.

Year-end steps to market and let your property

The steps we can take include the following:

√ Inspect your property and do some suggestions, if required, regarding its overall rentability and marketability

√ Provide you a current and realistic rent valuation of your property if you can’t do it by yourself

√ Agree with you whether you want to let now or to wait at the start of the New Year

√ Re-profile the types of prospective tenants you are looking for

√ Reference tenants

√ Reassess all the marketing channels and steps you have so far taken to try to let your property

√ Create a lettings advert, review and publish it to the property listings on our property portal and locally

√ Re-market your property through revised marketing channels (both print and online) and portals

√ Organise festive accompanied viewing appointments on your behalf

√ Provide you a brief at the end of this process and let you to decide.

The above generic steps will maximise your chances of generating rental enquiries from prospective tenants.  However, we can customise them depending on your situation and the conditions of your property.

Postponing the need of having tenants 

Alternatively, if you decide to postpone the need of having tenants by the end of 2021 and want somebody else to take care of your property until you are ready for letting it in the New Year, Home Relief can still look after it. 

We can take care of a property that is tenanted or vacant or even under refurbishment.

Need a property care 

If interested in Home Relief taking care of your property over this festive season, please contact us.

Looking for a tenant before the end of 2021

JUST CONTACT US NOW FOR A FESTIVE PEACE OF MIND AND SECURITY OF YOUR INVESTMENT!  WE ARE READY TO TAKE YOUR FESTIVE INSTRUCTIONS FURTHER.   

Just Work with Home Relief’s Festive Lettings and Gifts Negotiator.

Extra help and support

Additionally, we can share with landlords/ladies the available resources (both in print and online) on the topic of finding tenants by the end of the year 2021. 

 

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

 

Rental Offer Backup

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Post No. 222

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

 

Backing your rental offer up

How to get your rental offer accepted

This week, we are looking at with renters how to back up their offer and get it accepted by the end of home seeking process.  However, before finding out how to get their rental offer accepted, let us start by clarifying the meaning of offer and issues surrounding it.

What is an offer?

An offer is simply what you as a renter are prepared to pay for the property in order for you to rent it.

How do you make this offer?

You can make this offer verbally or in-person or by phone or by e-mail.

What do you need to be aware of before and after making an offer?

You need to know the following:

∝ There are other renters who are looking for a property to rent and some of them can make a higher offer (e.g. gazumping) compared to yours, even after you have already made an offer

∝ Offers can be subject to contract and or to survey

∝ Your need to define your budget ceiling before making any offer.

Etc.

Backing your rental offer up

We see so many home seekers viewing properties and showing interest or making an offer on a property.  For some of them, their offers end up accepted.   For others, their offers fail short to go through or simply do not reach the completion stage.

It is known that any rental offer on a property would compete with other existing and potential offers in any ends (high, medium and low) of the market.  Therefore, renters need to try to back up their offer with something tangible (like additional security) so that they can maximise their chance or succeed in their bit to rent their ideal property. 

In particular time like of festive season, this back up is even crucial in a property market where every home seeker, let alone those with ordinary or modest incomes, is hunting for the best possible festive deal to make their housing ends and needs meet before the end of the year if they are planning to move by this time.

Monitoring the progress of your rental offer

It is not enough to make an offer, although the practice is that once an offer made on a property is accepted, this property is labelled as under offer and eventually withdrawn from the market until final completion. 

Home seekers need to back up their offer to increase the chance for their rental applications to reach the final stage.  They need additional security for their rental offer to be converted into a buy.  They need to closely monitor their offer made and follow its progress and development. 

For some landlords/ladies, once an offer is made, the property is put under offer (or on hold) and they are not open to listen to other offers.  For other landlords/ladies, it is not the case.  They can still open their minds to other counter-offers until they get the best possible deal.  They may as well think that renters can still change their minds.

A learning week for renters

This week, renters can learn or relearn the way of backing up their rental offer so that their offer reaches the conversion stage.  They will also have the opportunity to understand the rental selection process and criteria in order for their rental applications to be considered instead of that of their competitors.

Extra help and support

Additionally, we shall share the available resources both in print and online on the topic of rental offer and the way of backing it up. 

Planning to make a festive rental offer

If you are planning to make a festive rental offer or has already made it and need to back it, this week’s session is the right one for you through Home Relief.  

 

Just contact us NOW to work with you and help you to secure the best possible accommodation deal!  We are ready to TAKE your FESTIVE PLANS or APPLICATIONS FURTHER.   

Just Work with Home Relief’s Festive Rentals and Gifts Negotiator.

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

Festive Rentals Campaign

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Post No. 221

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

We have Festive Offers for Renters and Home Seekers.

Rent Before the End of Year and Save Money!

 

Our festive property campaign continues this week with Festive Rentals.  If you are planning to pass your New Year’s Eve and New Year in a new home, Home Relief can help you to achieve your festive dream.

We could help you save money and put everything together in place in advance.

What does putting everything together include?

Putting everything together in place in advance for Renting-before-the-New-Year offer includes:

1) Discuss and conduct your home needs assessment

2) Work a rental plan and timetable with you

3) Market your application and research a property that suits your need and budget

4) Arrange COVID-19 Secure viewing appointments at mutually convenient times and days

5) Liaising with landlords/ladies and negotiate letting and renting terms with you

6) Sort out deposit, rent in advance and any other payments relating to rentals 

7) Initiate and organise referencing process on time

8) Follow the rentals progress and report to all parties involved

9) Once your offer has been accepted, finalise the rental agreement and pack

 

Saving money on your festive rental

Saving money means that the early home seekers contact us this month for rent, the better rental deal in terms both home quality and discount they can get.  In December of every year, prices tend to go up everywhere without exception of the properties to let. 

For those with ordinary incomes and means of living, it is advisable to get in touch soon to find out affordable accommodation before the end of year.

Getting the best festive deal also means we are offering fantastic savings for up to 20% off the market price on our letting and management services. 

Festive Savings are on the following:

a) Rent for properties of any sizes (ranging from single rooms to full houses)

b) Charges for any main services offered (such as lettings, financial or full management and maintenance)

c) Tenancy agreement, tenant administration, guarantor, check out at the end of the tenancy, tenancy agreement renewal, change of occupation, etc.

We can work with you to find your new home this Festive Season and help you start 2022 in relief and joy.

Have an application to make for a property to rent

JUST CONTACT US NOW FOR A FESTIVE PEACE OF MIND AND SECURITY OF YOUR ACCOMMODATION!  WE ARE READY TO TAKE YOUR FESTIVE APPLICATIONS FURTHER.   

Just Work with Home Relief’s Festive Rentals and Gifts Negotiator.

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

 

Festive Lettings Campaign

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Post No. 220

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

How to let your property, get it fully managed, financially managed, maintained and monitored before the end of 2021

 

Festive Time Starts with Home Relief!

Home Relief’s Festive Letting campaign kicks off today, with Happy Festive Season.  We have Special Festive Period offers which start from today the 22nd of November 2021.

A Happy Festive Season starts with a home that relieves you; your own home where you live as a landlord/lady, the ones your tenants live in and the other ones you want to let. 

Before thinking of any other presents or gifts, it is worth giving yourself a Festive Gift by letting your property if you are planning to let it.  Home Relief is ready to take your letting instructions and make your letting as the Season’s Gift.  

Home Relief can help you achieve your festive property letting and management plans and goals, and start the New Year on a positive note regarding the return on your property investment.

LET IT before the end of 2021

If you are a landlord/lady and having problems or just don’t have time to let your property during the festive period, Home Relief can help in marketing your instructions. You can appoint or instruct us to do it on your behalf.   

For example, Home Relief can find tenants for you, initiate tenant referencing process and vet tenants on your behalf.

GET IT FULLY MANAGED before the end of 2021 

If you think that you have other better things to do or priorities during the festive time and or in the near future than self-managing your property, don’t worry!  Home Relief can fully manage it for you. 

For example, Home Relief can arrange check-in and check-out inventories as well as the registration of utilities on your behalf.  Home Relief can also produce tenancy extensions or renewals or any updates on your behalf.

GET IT MAINTAINED before the end of 2021 

The last thing any landlord/lady would like to hear is while they are having their festive holidays with friends and / or relatives (having their preferred drink, meal and chat), tenants try to contact them (via phone or email or even text messages) to deal with some property maintenance issues. 

If for any reason you can’t maintain it by yourself, Home Relief can take care of your property while you are having your festive break. 

For example, Home relief can organise on your behalf the following services: gas safety certificates, electrical certificates, EPCs, smoke alarms or carbon monoxide checks and legionella assessments.

GET IT FINANCIALLY MANAGED before the end of 2021

If you are busier than chasing your tenants for rent or making some payments linked to your property account over the festive time, then Home Relief can collect your rent and administered it for you and other financial matters linked to your property investment.  Home Relief can as well organise any online payments or receipts on your behalf. 

For example, Home relief can chase late rent payments and charge tenants accordingly.

GET IT MONITORED before the end of 2021

If you are undertaking some building work to your property and want this to continue over the festive time while you will be away over this period, you can instruct Home Relief to monitor your contractors and supervise your building work until completion or you return. 

Home Relief can monitor your building work on your behalf and report back to you as the work progresses until full completion.

GET IT SORTED ONLINE before the end of 2021

If you think that you won’t be able to in-person meet your tenants for any aspects of your rented property and you want to go online or remote, but you don’t want to do it by yourself; you can still appoint Home Relief to sort it online for you.  

Home Relief can organise any aspects of your lettings on your behalf, whether it is online or offline service.

GET IT LOOKED AFTER before the end of 2021 if you worry about COVID-19

As you try to protect yourself against COVID-19, care as well about your property investment.  If you won’t be available or in a position to deal with your rented property as you may have some concerns about the COVID-19 situation by the end of 2021, Home Relief can take charge of your property so that you have more time and space to deal with those concerns.

APPOINT HOME RELIEF TO ACT AS YOUR FESTIVE CONTACT before the end of 2021

If you are contemplating to be abroad or away for a little while during the festive time and you don’t want to leave your tenants without any third party contact or with uninterested or even unqualified party, why not instruct Home Relief to act as your festive contact should there be any problem or an emergency.  Home Relief can act on your behalf while you are away.

Whether it is about Lettings Only, Financial or Full Management and Maintenance or Monitoring or just a Property Contact/Liaison or COVID-19 Concern; you can instruct Home Relief to act on your behalf. 

If you require a quotation or estimate, please do not hesitate to contact Home Relief. 

By taking the decision to appoint Home Relief in this way, this will enable you to have a relaxing, hassle-free, peaceful and less costly festive season with your property rental business and with your love ones. 

Want to instruct Home Relief

JUST INSTRUCT US NOW FOR A FESTIVE PEACE OF MIND AND SECURITY OF YOUR INVESTMENT!  WE ARE READY TO TAKE YOUR FESTIVE INSTRUCTIONS.   

Just Work with Home Relief’s Festive Lettings & Gifts Negotiator.

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 Change

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Post No. 219

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

Rent Increase versus Rent Decrease

Our work about the relationships between landlords/ladies and tenants continue this week with rent change.  Rent change does not need to go always in the direction of increase.  It can be decreased depending on the circumstances. 

For example, during the COVID-19 lockdowns, some landlords/ladies reduced their rent to reflect the financial hardships their tenants were experiencing.

Having said that we will be dealing with an area of the relationships between the desire of a landlord/lady to increase the rent and tenants’ dispute about the justification of a rent increase; tenants instead asking for rent reduction. 

Disagreement over rent change

Rent increase  is an issue which can result in tenancy crisis between the two contractual parties whereby landlords/ladies want to increase the rent of their rented property while the tenants living in that property argue that there is no justification for rent increase since the conditions of the property have not changed or been improved.  Tenants can even seize this opportunity to request rent reduction.

Case studies

Home Relief came across a case of landlord who complained and told us this:

“It is now three years since these tenants moved in my property and they are still paying the same level of rent.  Yet, the market rent has gone up for similar properties in the local area according to a recent rent valuation.  I am still receiving the same amount of rent since they moved in”.

We mediated in discussing the matter with the tenants informing them the landlord’s intention to increase rent.  They argued this:

“We do not see why he wants to increase the rent.  Since, we moved in his property, it is still in the same conditions.  He has never improved the conditions of his property and whenever we have maintenance issues, he barely responds.  All he does collecting his rent and now he wants more money”.

As the above example shows, one side wants to increase the rent while the other side does not want to pay for the increase without any sound justification.

Legal channel for rent increase

Depending on the type of tenancy, if the landlord/lady wants to increase the rent there are rules.  The tenant can disagree with the landlord’s/lady’s decision to increase the rent.  Where there is disagreement, there is also an opening for negotiation to reach an agreement.  If the two parties fail to reach an agreement on this matter, then they can explore other means to resolve their disputes.

Working with landlords/ladies over rent change

This week, we are working with both parties on the rent change.  With regard to landlords/ladies, we will be working with them on the following matters:

√ The rules for rent increase/decrease

√ Rent increase/decrease policy

√ Landlords/ladies’ contractual obligations which will include maintenance of their property

√ Rent review policy and practices

√ How to fix the rent in a changing rental market or how to reflect the change of rental market conditions into the rent determination   

Etc.

Working with tenants/renters over rent change

With the tenants, we will work on the following:

What to do about rent increase/decrease

√ Tenants’ contractual obligations as provided by the tenancy agreement

√ How to reach an agreement with a landlord/lady on the rent increase/decrease issue

Etc.

Rent change surgery

In this matter of rent increase, there is no one size fits all.  We will be dealing with individual cases.  We will discuss each case of rent change individually.  Every case will be treated on their own merits.   

Extra help and support 

We shall work with both landlords/ladies on available support on rent change issue, which could include: support such as Citizen Advice Bureau, where to get help to pay rent for tenants, appeal to a tribunal for a rent complaints, housing help from the local council, etc.

We shall as well share resources (both in print and online) concerning rent change.

Have some problems about rent change 

If you are a landlord/lady and have some problems in changing the rent of your rented property, please work with Home Relief to sort out the matter. 

If you are a tenant and disagrees with the rent increase asked by your landlord/lady and do not know what to do, 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