Coronavirus and Residential Property Management

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Monday  30 March  2020

by the Property  Team

Post No. 134

 

Coronavirus and Residential Property Management

How to put in place alternative arrangements for property management in the critical context of life-threatening impacts of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak

 

This week, we will be virtually working on essential and non-essential aspects of residential property management within the context of decontamination in non-clinical settings and social distancing requirements for managed properties in order to slow down and contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

As the coronavirus pandemic crisis continues, there are renters and landlords/ladies who maybe having to rethink any issues or works related to the property management, particularly they have to think between essential and non-essential issues or works, between emergency and non-emergency ones. 

At this time of national emergency, everybody including renters and landlords/ladies should follow the government’s guidance and the NHS advice.  The UK government guidance is clear: STAY HOME, PROTECT THE NHS AND SAVE LIVES.   We will apply as much as we can this guidance within the context of residential property management.

Within the contexts of self-isolation and social distancing requirements, both landlords/ladies and tenants are required to only communicate via phone, text and email.  If landlords/ladies follow the government’s guidance and the NHS advice, they should not arrange any inspections or non-essential works during this period unless it cannot be avoided.  The same, tenants are advised against having visitors in the property. 

However, where for example a tenant has a mental health issue or is classified as a vulnerable person, there are different provisions from the government; provisions which both landlords/ladies and tenants need to explore and to be aware.

The current time is a difficult one as tenants may have maintenance issues, but cannot ask their landlords/ladies or managing agents to deal with these issues.  To help both contractual parties to manage management issues during this exceptional time of the coronavirus, we will be discussing with them how to go about them. 

For example, we will be looking at together what is essential and non-essential repair or visit or cleaning at managed properties at this time of the coronavirus pandemic.     

This week, we are working with them via ONLY phone, text, email and contact form to try to find alternative arrangements for property management in the critical context of life-threatening impacts of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

Like many of us, renters and landlords/ladies are searching ways of adapting to this new difficult situation.

Need to discuss your property management issue while taking into account the Covid-19 risk factor, please do not hesitate to work with Home Relief. 

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, 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

 

 

Coronavirus, Creativity and Adaptable Homes

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Monday  23 March  2020

by the Property  Team

Post No. 133

 

Making your HOME a Place of RELIEF from Coronavirus

How to create an adaptable indoor living environment during the time of Coronavirus Pandemic

As many renters and landlords/ladies may be home bound during the coronavirus pandemic, we are exchanging ideas with them on the best possible way of making their home, whether it is rented with or without landlord/lady resident, a place of relief during this difficult time.

We are all following the news, reviews and updates as they unfold about the cases and numbers related to the coronavirus.  We are as well continuing to listen to the hygiene and health security measures as we have been recommended to apply them in the interest of everybody. 

In this unique situation, we are also trying to support those with the most basic need of having a home.  Amongst them are: those who may have fallen behind their rent payments, those who lost their jobs and businesses, those who are living in unaffordable home, those who may become homeless, etc.    

The good news is that the UK government has promised that private and social renters affected by coronavirus will be protected from eviction for three months in a new emergency legislation. 

On our part, we are discussing with renters and landlords/ladies the following issues during the coronavirus period: viewings, rent payments and arrears, repairs and maintenance issues, etc. 

We are as well looking at various ways of adapting their homes to make a better indoor living during this worrying time.

For example, the following issues have been raised: how to apply social distancing indoor between landlords/ladies and tenants or between tenants themselves, how to self-isolate without bumping into each other, etc.

From a rental perspective, we may have during this time different types of home bound people like the following ones:

√ Renters in multiple-rented accommodation who may be confined in the same property at the same time

√ Landlord/lady residents who may be self-isolating in the same property with their tenants

√ Landlords/ladies or renters who are quarantining in their homes

√ Landlords/ladies and renters may be working from home while looking after kids, etc.

Since pubs, restaurants and places of entertainment are closed, there is a need for landlords/ladies and renters to try to make their HOME a place of RELIEF from the coronavirus pandemic. 

This week, we are working with them via phone, text, email and contact form to try to find ways of creating an adaptable indoor environment while this coronavirus crisis lasts.  Like many of us, renters and landlords/ladies are searching ways of adapting to this new difficult situation.

Need to discuss ways of adapting your indoor living environment while taking into account the Covid-19 risk factor, do not hesitate to work with Home Relief. 

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, 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

 

 

Coronavirus, Lettings and Rentals

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Monday  16 March  2020

by the Property  Team

Post No. 132

 

 

Coronavirus, Residential Property Letting and Renting Plans

As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis keeps on growing, many landlords/ladies and renters would be rethinking their letting and rental plans.  They may reconsider either to take a tenant (for landlords/ladies) or to rent (for renters) now or to postpone or simply to abandon their respective plans. 

This is a difficult time for everybody to make any decisions.  In some parts of the world where Covid-19 has been dramatically impacting people’s and communities’ lives, non- essential activities or businesses have been advised to temporary close or operate only online in order to manage the crisis.  Here, in the UK we continue to follow the government’s advice and guidance while listening to the industry (the property industry’s advice) on the subject.

For those landlords/ladies who want to let out their properties, they may want know more about what they should do in terms of property letting and management guidance in relation to the Covid-19 issue.  Likewise, for renters who desperately need somewhere to live, they may be willing to be informed on what to do to secure a safe place at this time.

As we all are aware, there are already general and special measures (publicized by the government and many health and protection agencies) that need to be taken seriously by everybody to protect themselves and others in order to slow down the pace and speed of Covid-19. 

On top these already-in-place measures and advice, we are going both to customise them in the areas of residential property letting and management, as well as add new ones which are relevant to the property industry itself.  

So, during this week we are going to go extra miles in exchanging views and knowledge with landlords/ladies and renters on the possible healthiest and safest way of letting and renting a property during this critical time of Covid-19.

Because of the health and protection advice and guidance we need to follow all of us, this week’s activity will only be run via phone conversations, text messages, emails and web contact forms.  In practical terms, it means that those landlords/ladies and renters who would like to proceed with their respective letting and rental plans during this period of Covid-19 outbreak and crisis, they are welcome to remotely discuss their plans with Home Relief.   And, if there is any specific piece of information from the sector (property sector), it is a good idea to share it so that any lettings and rentals can be done in a healthy and safe environment. 

Need to discuss your letting or rental plans while taking into account the Covid-19 risk factor, do not hesitate to work with Home Relief. 

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, 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 Occupations

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Monday  09 March  2020

by the Property  Team

Post No. 131

 

Homes, Families & Occupations

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

 

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.

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 follwoing 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 is an occupation.  But, this kind of occupation may need to be covered 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.  This is why we are looking into occupation this week.

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.

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

There are some 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.  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

We came across a case whereby a landlady complained to us and threatened to increase the tenant’s share of payments for 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”. 

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.

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

Sometimes ago, 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.

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

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, 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 Popular New-build Flats

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Monday  02 March  2020

by the Property  Team

Post No. 130

 

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

Our Winter campaign about affordable homes for low income families continues this week with the new-build flats, particularly whether they are popular or not amongst this type of families.

Indeed, there are some arguments that new-build flats are 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.

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.

So, this week 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.

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

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, 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 Environment

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Monday  24 February  2020

by the Property  Team

Post No. 129

 

Families, Homes and Environment

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.).

It is pointless to argue 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 say 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 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).  

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 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 environmental impacts and findings related a property in the context of renting or buying

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

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. 

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.

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, 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

Monday  17 February  2020

by the Property  Team

Post No. 128

 

 

Families, Homes and Health

Home Relief campaign for low income families and their homes to rent or to buy continues this week with a focus on health issues.

• What FHH (Families, Homes and Heath) 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 your future home will be located and the health facilities or amenities.

• How Home Relief helps 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.

• Why FHH is the focus for this week

The reason for this FHH campaign is that 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 in the property service they would offer.

The health issue 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 just one of the many health examples to consider.    

• 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 where the 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.

This week’s activity with home seekers and buyers will help them to get some insights 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

√ 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

√ 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 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.

• Expected outcomes

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

√ Health-aware regarding homes to rent or to buy

√ Better 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

√ 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 in their home seeking and buying plans

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

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

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, 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

Monday  10 February  2020

by the Property  Team

Post No. 127

 

 

Homes, Families and Schools

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.

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 is 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. 

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.

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.

The HFS campaign helps 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 information, advice, tips and guidance on these two matters.  This would help them to get the best least possible choice on the housing and educational markets. 

Attention readers!

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

Expectations about this week’s campaign

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

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 home advice in relation to catchment area schools, work with Home Relief!

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, 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

 

 

Sections 13 & 22

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Monday  03 February  2020

by the Property  Team

Post No. 126

 

 

Sections 13 and 22 of the Housing Act 1988

Last week, we discussed rent changes (meaning rent increases and reductions) through a landlady case.  This week, we are going further in our discussion in bringing in together Section 13 for rent increases and section 22 for rent reduction under an assured shorthold tenancy.  In doing so, we will be involving both contractual parties (landlords/ladies and tenants) in our discussion. 

Section 13 concerns landlords/ladies who may want to increase rent while section 22 deals with tenants who would like to apply for a rent assessment.  Often, the two contractual parties have competing ends.  On one hand, landlords/ladies want to increase rent while tenants would like the rent to be reduced on the other.  In each of the two cases, there are limitations, criteria, legal procedures and notices to consider and follow to make their individual case succeed. 

This week’s work with the two parties will give the opportunity to grasp some of the complicated matters, practicals and technicalities of an assured shorthold tenancy regarding rent changes. 

There are unlimited resources online and in print related to rent changes; resources that each of the parties can find and access.  There are also professional bodies and legal support services that better explain this area of tenancy and can assist both parties.

For those who may find difficult to understand these resources and area of tenancy or who could just access available services on this rent changes matters, they can work with Home Relief to make it easily understandable for them.  Our work with them is free of charge.

At the end of this week’s work, one can hope that both parties will better master this area of an assured shorthold tenancy.  One can as well hope that the two parties will find a negotiable path to reconcile their competing ends over rent changes.  This will finally help to prevent any potential disputes and misunderstandings over rent changes.

If you are a landlord/lady who would like to increase the rent in your rented property but do not much know what to do, you can work with Home Relief to sort out the practical route to your rent increase.

If you are a tenant who think that the rent you have been charged is excessive and would like to negotiate for a rent reduction but do not know what to do, you can as well work with Home Relief to sort out the practical route to your rent reduction.

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

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, 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 2020.

Many thanks!

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

 

 

Rent Changes

Welcome to Home Relief Bulletin Board

Monday  27 January  2020

by the Property  Team

Post No. 125

 

 

Rent Changes

How to increase or reduce rent

“There has been some news that in some places landlords/ladies are making the biggest rent increases”, a landlady told Home Relief.  The same landlady continued by saying this: “I want to increase the rent for my rented property”.

It might be true that rent is increasing in some places.  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 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. 

Additionally, 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.

So, this week we will be working with landlords/ladies to look at the factors that lead to rent changes (increases or decreases).  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.

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 make the right decision as far as rent increases or decreases is concerned, so that their property could commend the right changing rent and value.  This right decision would as well help them avoid void periods, rent disputes with tenants; take recommended legal steps to change rent, etc.

Without overlooking or pre-empting the outcomes of this week’s work, let us briefly argue that it will enable landlords/ladies to ensure stability of tenancy, security of their investment, trouble-free tenancy over the entire agreed tenancy period, psychological preparation to cope with both increases and decreases in rent, etc.  

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

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, 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 2020.

Many thanks!

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