Families, Homes and Popular New-build Flats

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Post No. 235

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

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How popular are new-build flats amongst low income families?

This week, we are continuing our Winter campaign about affordable homes for low income families with new-build flats, particularly whether they are popular or not amongst this type of families.  To that end, we are working and conducting a survey about the popularity of new-build flats amongst low income families.  The information that we will receive from this survey will help us to help these families help themselves in search for affordable new-build flats to rent or buy.

Pros and cons arguments about new-build flats

There are arguments for and against new-build flats.  New-build flats could be popular amongst young families.  This could be obvious for young families who have just started life with small children and wishing to live in a newly built property. 

However, is this popularity of this type of accommodation the same for low income families with teenage children (being between the ages of 13 and 19)?  The answer could be difficult to give since there are low income families of different categories.  There are young, middle and old families. 

For families with grown up or teenage children, the popularity of new-build flats depends on many factors such as affordability, spaces, size of rooms, structure of the building , location, character of the building, features, garden, quality and specification of the new developments, busy traffic, the community feel, etc.

For some families, they may prefer the character and features of older properties. Flats in older properties can as well have more spaces and offer convenience, especially when they are Victorian-like.

For others, they may like a brand-new property since they think this type of property can help to save money on running costs and provide the kind of homes they would like to live in.

For those with teenage children, it will depend on whether teenagers have enough space in their bedrooms or the balcony is fit for teenage purpose or there is any playground for teenagers nearby or the teenagers have to travel miles to play in the park.

Mixed stories about new-build flats

Often, we receive mix stories about the new-build flats when these families approach us for accommodation.  Some are happy while others speak about the small size of bedrooms in some of the new-build flats as there could be a tendency from the builders and developers to economise spaces and save the natural environment.

Have your say

Want to say what you feel, as a low-income family, about new-build flats; please do not hesitate to work with Home relief.

Extra help and support

For those who want to work with Home Relief and find more about renting or buying a new-build flat, they are welcome to do so.

Need to know more about renting or buying a new-build flat, why not work with Home Relief?

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

Looking for an affordable location and home

If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.

For more information about our property service to home buyers and tenants, please go to https://homerelief.co/tenants/

For more information about our property service to home sellers and landlords/ladies, please go to https://homerelief.co/landlord

For properties to rent and let, please go to https://homerelief.co/property-search/

For weekly property news and updates, please read our weekly posts.

Thank you for reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to Home Relief website and to doing business with you throughout the year.

Many thanks!

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

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Families, Homes and Parks

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board!

Post No. 234

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Public parks and open green spaces can help families …

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

√ Maintain contact with nature and recreate outdoors

√ Stay physically active and fit

√ Improve mental health

√ Improve the quality of air the family breathes

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

√ Create an opportunity to practise sport and have a picnic

√ Get in touch with your local community

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

Etc. 

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

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

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

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

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

What we hope to achieve through this week’s activity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extra help and support

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

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

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

Looking for an affordable location and home

If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.

For more information about our property service to home buyers and tenants, please go to https://homerelief.co/tenants/

For more information about our property service to home sellers and landlords/ladies, please go to https://homerelief.co/landlord

For properties to rent and let, please go to https://homerelief.co/property-search/

For weekly property news and updates, please read our weekly posts.

Thank you for reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to Home Relief website and to doing business with you throughout the year.

Many thanks!

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

 

Homes, Families and Schools

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board!

Post No. 233

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

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

This week, we will be going out of our way by working together with families to help them search affordable homes in the area where they would like to find schools for their children.

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

The purpose of this week’s activity is to work with home seekers and buyers to reduce barriers in finding homes to rent or buy within the catchment area schools of their children’s choice.  The purpose of this week’s session is NOT to find schools for their children. 

Working with home seekers and buyers to effectively run their lives

As you probably know, Home Relief provides all-round residential property services principled by social goals with the aim of reducing housing deprivation for low income people and families.   Our property relief service does not only provide home seekers and buyers with  homes to live, but also help them to help themselves in effectively running their lives, such as meeting educational needs for families with children.

As part of working with low income earners/families to find homes that meet their children needs; Homes, Families and Schools (HFS) as a topic will be discussed with home seekers and buyers this week.

What HFS will be about

HFS is progressive session of home advice given by Home Relief to ordinary families looking to rent or to buy a property in the catchment area schools that are closer to their choices. 

The advice, which uses a holistic approach, will be about working with them to consider all the circumstances about them (including their children), properties and schools that are on the market as well as market factors and forces. 

The session is run in such as a way that they can have a fair balance between their family circumstances, the type of homes and schools they are looking for; in doing so this will enable them to make an informed decision.  

Forced home choices and average schools for ordinary families?

Often, ordinary families and low income earners have a very limited choice for both affordable homes to rent (or to buy) and preferred schools of their choices for their children.  This type of home seekers and buyers, when they are looking for affordable homes within the catchment area schools at the top of the class, may often settle with a forced choice of getting homes closer to the national average grade schools only.  At this time of the post-coronavirus pandemic, this limitation is still constrained by the need to protect against the pandemic.

Because these families have very limited incomes, it does not mean that the academic potentials and ambitions of their children have to be limited to unaffordable homes and forced choices of schools.

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

The HFS campaign will help these families to alleviate these two barriers or constraints (i.e. unaffordable homes and not-preferred schools) by supporting them as much as possible with the following:

√ Information

√ Advice and advocacy

√ Tips and hints

and √ Guidance on these two matters. 

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

Expectations about this week’s campaign

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

√ Get as much as information they need and make informed decisions and choices for homes to rent or buy while taking into account the educational needs of their children

√ Boost their own home renting and buying search skills (skills to find a home to rent or buy and skills to find preferred schools for kids)

√ Better use of property finder, catchment area checker and school finder online services

√ Make better home renting and buying planning (including budgeting)

√ Discuss ways of improving their status (their earning capacities and references) as home renters and buyers

√ Enhance their home seeking and buying applications in order to be within the catchment area schools of their choices or their children’s choices

√ Get informed on how the current changing and exiting economic climate will affect property rental and buying conditions for ordinary families as well as the right to choose schools

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

This week’s campaign is therefore about giving a choice to low income families.

In the end, the all process of this week’s campaign is for them to generate a property rental or a property buy that includes both affordability and school preference.

Need help and support regarding affordable homes and school preference

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

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

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

Looking for an affordable location and home

If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.

For more information about our property service to home buyers and tenants, please go to https://homerelief.co/tenants/

For more information about our property service to home sellers and landlords/ladies, please go to https://homerelief.co/landlord

For properties to rent and let, please go to https://homerelief.co/property-search/

For weekly property news and updates, please read our weekly posts.

Thank you for reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to Home Relief website and to doing business with you throughout the year.

Many thanks!

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

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Families, Homes and Environment

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board!

Post No. 232

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

 

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

 

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

The importance of property location and positioning

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

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

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

Why non-living environments around the property matter

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

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

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

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

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

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

What we hope to achieve through this week’s activity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking for an affordable location and home

If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.

For more information about our property service to home buyers and tenants, please go to https://homerelief.co/tenants/

For more information about our property service to home sellers and landlords/ladies, please go to https://homerelief.co/landlord

For properties to rent and let, please go to https://homerelief.co/property-search/

For weekly property news and updates, please read our weekly posts.

Thank you for reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to Home Relief website and to doing business with you throughout the year.

Many thanks!

Home ReliefFreelance e-property people dealing with affordable homes

Families, Homes and Occupations

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board!

Post No. 231

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

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

 

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

The purpose of this week’s session

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

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

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

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

Supporting renters in the matter of economic occupation

As you probably know, Home Relief provides all-round residential property services principled by social goals with the aim of reducing housing deprivation for low income people and families.  

Our property relief service does not only provide home seekers and buyers with advice to access a home to live, but also help them to help themselves in effectively running their lives.  

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

An economic occupation as a means of earning a living

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

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

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

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

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

Link between occupation and rent payments

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

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

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

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

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

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

Occupational case studies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week’s expectations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Need help and support about Families, Homes and Occupations

Simply need advice relating to occupation for your application to rent or buy a home, work with Home Relief.

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

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

Looking for an affordable location and home

If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.

For more information about our property service to home buyers and tenants, please go to https://homerelief.co/tenants/

For more information about our property service to home sellers and landlords/ladies, please go to https://homerelief.co/landlord

For properties to rent and let, please go to https://homerelief.co/property-search/

For weekly property news and updates, please read our weekly posts.

Thank you for reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to Home Relief website and to doing business with you throughout the year.

Many thanks!

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

Families, Homes and Health

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board!

Post No. 230

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

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

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

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

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

1) Choice of budget properties in a budget area

People and families with low income earning capacity are often forced to take or choose budget properties in a budget area.  This could raise some concerns about the health conditions inside these properties as well as the health facilities or amenities in this budget (sometimes deprived) area.  This is despite the fact that most sensible landlords/ladies and professional letting/estate agents would cover the health element (by following the professional and legal requirements) in the property service they would offer.

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

2) Health as determinant in this choice

The health issue (like the coronavirus pandemic) in a home rental and buying market is very relevant than what one could imagine.  We came across a couple owning a property and discovered after many years of living in that property they bought sometimes ago that it was built on a dangerous site and unsafe land; land subject to a collapse in the future.  The property developers who sold them the land and built the property were no longer on the market.  This is both an environmental and health issue, and it is just one of the many health examples to consider.  

• What FHH will be about

We will be dealing with both indoor health within a home to rent or to buy, and outdoor health outside in the area where renters’ and potential buyers’ future home will be located and the health facilities or amenities with that area.

• How Home Relief can help low income renters/buyers

As you probably know, Home Relief provides all-round residential property services principled by social goals with the aim of reducing housing deprivation for low income people and families.  

Our property relief service does not only provide home seekers and buyers with advice to access a home to live, but also help them to help themselves in effectively running their lives.  

Among the ways of supporting these people and families to effectively run their lives is helping them to rent or buy a home which is healthy and in healthy area with health facilities or amenities.

As part of working with low income earners/families to find homes that meet their health needs; Families, Homes and Health (FHH) will be the topic for discussion with home seekers and buyers this week. 

• Right to a decent home

Regardless of income sizes, all human beings are entitled to live in decent conditions.  The issue of health becomes even a matter of concern when home seekers and or buyers have health conditions and require a particular property to meet those conditions, but cannot afford it.  It is further important in the case of children when they are part of the occupancy of the property to rent or to buy.  Furthermore, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way in which we perceive health matter in the context of home decency as well as in the public life.

This week’s activity with home seekers and buyers will help them to get some insightful tips and hints about the areas of health they need to be fully aware before renting or buying a home.

• What is included in this week’s session?

The session will consider the following issues:

√ Areas of health to check when viewing a property to rent or to buy

√ Health questions and hazards to raise when viewing a property

√ Health history of the property and area (e.g. environmental site)

√ Health infrastructures and amenities in the local area

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

√ Environmental health in the local area (for example, an area where there is or used to be a recycling site or with high level of air pollution)

Etc.

As part of this week’s session, we will look at the areas of law related to health, safety and standards for properties to rent and to buy.  We will as well deal with some aspects of health insurance related to properties to rent and to buy.  Since we are in the continuing context of the coronavirus pandemic, we will as well check what the law and the housing sector say about the coronavirus pandemic as far as property rental and buying are concerned.

• Expected outcomes

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

√ Health-aware regarding homes to rent or to buy

√ Well informed than they were about health and environmental laws, and their implications for the home buying and rental world

√ Capable of matching their budget with their health demand in their property searches and enquiries

√ More able than before to choose healthy environmental life and lifestyle for themselves and their children

√ Keen in doing some health and environmental searches before renting or buying a property

√ Knowledgeable in protecting their families regarding healthy homes/living

√ Aware of health insurance and protection related to property injuries and issues

√ Familiar with areas of law regarding health issues linked to properties to rent or to buy

√ Confident in integrating health considerations (including the coronavirus pandemic) in their home seeking and buying plans

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

Need help and support about Families, Homes and Heath

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

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

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

Looking for an affordable location and home

If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.

For more information about our property service to home buyers and tenants, please go to https://homerelief.co/tenants/

For more information about our property service to home sellers and landlords/ladies, please go to https://homerelief.co/landlord

For properties to rent and let, please go to https://homerelief.co/property-search/

For weekly property news and updates, please read our weekly posts.

Thank you for reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to Home Relief website and to doing business with you throughout the year.

Many thanks!

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

 

Rent Changes

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Post No. 229

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

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How to increase or reduce rent

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

Rent change as a two-way street

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

Rules and practices to change rent

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

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

Factors that may lead to rent changes

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

What we are hoping to achieve this week

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

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

σ Avoid void periods because of rent changes

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

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

Etc.

Outcomes that may result from this week’s work

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

σ Ensure stability and integrity of tenancy

σ Create security of their investment

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

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

Etc.  

Need help and support about rent changes

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

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

Looking for an affordable location and home 

If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.

For more information about our property service to home buyers and tenants, please go to https://homerelief.co/tenants/

For more information about our property service to home sellers and landlords/ladies, please go to https://homerelief.co/landlord

For properties to rent and let, please go to https://homerelief.co/property-search/

For weekly property news and updates, please read our weekly posts.


Thank you for reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to Home Relief website and to doing business with you throughout the year.

Many thanks!

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

Adaptable Rented Homes for Working-from-home Tenants

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Post No. 228

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

 

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

This coming March 2022 starting from March 2020, it will be almost two years  since the first lockdown was initiated as a result of COVID-19 disaster and adversity.  During this time, some people including renters are working from home as part of COVID-19 requirements and advice by the Government or their employers.  Even now, COVID-19 restrictions and arrangements (including working from home) have been re-introduced in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 variants (e.g. Delta and Omicron).

What seems to be a temporary situation of a couple of months has become a medium-term solution to new normal working habits.  In these circumstances, homes whether rented or not where tenants are working from (because of the coronavirus and related restrictions) could be adapted for work. 

It is much easier to adapt a home for work if you are the owner of this home than if you are a tenant as you may need a permission from your landlord/lady to do certain things.  This is why we are holding this week’s activity with landlords/ladies and tenants to explore ways of doing it without upsetting any of the parties who may be involved in this adaptation.

The purpose of this week’s e-work

We will be e-working with landlords/ladies and tenants on how to make homes adaptable for work.  This e-work with them will be carry out with the assumption that many of rented properties are not designed for such purpose.  Some types of work may not be suitable to be carried out within a rented property. 

Under the special circumstances of COVID-19 situation, landlords/ladies can re-organise their properties to make them fit for work.  They can make their property fit for home-working by tenants who pay them rent but who do not have any other alternative means except to work from home (because of the COVID-19 variants and related restrictions).

What we will be dealing with this week

As part of this week’s e-work, we will be looking at the following:

√ What are the types of work that may be suitable or unsuitable to be carried out in a rented property?

√ What are the minor alterations or changes that landlords/ladies can do inside their property in order to make it fit for home-working purpose?  This is bearing in mind that any major alterations of the property or change of use of the property would be subject to a planning permission from the local authority.

√ Where does the law sit on this matter?

√ How to create space or dedicate workspace for home-working tenants without touching fixtures and fittings, and without affecting the use of property which is primarily a residential home not a home for work?

√ Under which circumstances tenants can work from their rented home without affecting the integrity of their tenancy and the feature of the property primarily designed as a property-to-live in not to work in?

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

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

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

√ How to manage tenancy relationships between landlords/ladies and tenants when tenants are working from their rented home because of the current health crisis

√ How to reduce conflicts or tensions in a landlord/lady resident property setting when a tenant is working from their room or bedsit or studio flat

√ Should the rent be increased or decreased or stayed the same because the tenant is working from their rented home due to COVID-19 and related restrictions?

The above are the questions and issues we will try to explore answers with landlords/ladies and renters this week.

Additionally, we shall provide any relevant resources (both online and print) to complete the e-working session of the week.

Need help and support about working from rented home

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

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

Looking for an affordable location and home 

If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.

For more information about our property service to home buyers and tenants, please go to https://homerelief.co/tenants/

For more information about our property service to home sellers and landlords/ladies, please go to https://homerelief.co/landlord

For properties to rent and let, please go to https://homerelief.co/property-search/

For weekly property news and updates, please read our weekly posts.
Thank you for reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to Home Relief website and to doing business with you throughout the year.

Many thanks!

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

 

Peace of Mind for Renters

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Post No. 227

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

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

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

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

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

1) Trust

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

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

2) Patience

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

3) Approach to complaints

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

4) Mind your contractual obligations

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

5) Property care

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

6) Skilful and peaceful dispute resolution

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

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

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

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

Looking for an affordable location and home 

If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.

For more information about our property service to home buyers and tenants, please go to https://homerelief.co/tenants/

For more information about our property service to home sellers and landlords/ladies, please go to https://homerelief.co/landlord

For properties to rent and let, please go to https://homerelief.co/property-search/

For weekly property news and updates, please read our weekly posts.

Thank you for reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to Home Relief website and to doing business with you throughout the year.

Many thanks!

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

 

Landlords’/ladies’ Peace of Mind

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

Post No. 226

by Your Freelance e-Property Letting Agency

 

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

We hope that everybody had a relaxed festive break.

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

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

Creating peace of mind with renters

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

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

Contributors to peace of mind in 2022

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

1) Acceptance and trust of renters

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

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

2) Tolerance 

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

3) Think before acting

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

4) Respond to your tenants’ calls and emails

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

5) Resolve dispute skilfully

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

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

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

The above contributors to peace of mind are not the only that can be useful for landlords/ladies.  They could be more.  What is important is that they give some indication on what can bring peace of mind for landlords/ladies as far as property letting and management are concerned.

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

For those landlords/ladies who are looking for peace of mind as far as property letting and management are concerned, they can work with Home Relief so that we could together find ways of creating peace of mind in relation to them with their current or future property investment.

Looking for an affordable location and home 

If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.

For more information about our property service to home buyers and tenants, please go to https://homerelief.co/tenants/

For more information about our property service to home sellers and landlords/ladies, please go to https://homerelief.co/landlord

For properties to rent and let, please go to https://homerelief.co/property-search/

For weekly property news and updates, please read our weekly posts.

Thank you for reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to Home Relief website and to doing business with you throughout the year.

Many thanks!

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