How to Improve Your EPC Rating

Wondering how to improve your EPC rating? In 2018 EPC regulations changed, making it a legal requirement for rental properties to meet a certain standard of energy efficiency. Read on to learn more about the changes, and find out how to improve your EPC rating. What is an EPC rating? EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. An EPC states the energy efficiency rating of a property, taking into account a number of factors: The size of the property The type of construction The property’s heating system, including the type of boiler and how it’s controlled How the wall and loft/roof More ›

The End of the Section 21 Eviction Notice: How will it Affect Landlords?

Landlords are currently able to regain possession of a property without giving a reason using a Section 21 eviction notice. In April the Government announced plans to change this. What is a Section 21 eviction notice? Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 enables landlords to evict tenants at any time after the fixed term of their contract has ended. Landlords can do this by serving the tenant with a Section 21 eviction notice, which gives the tenant two months’ notice to leave. The landlord doesn’t need to provide a reason for the eviction. What are the proposed changes? The More ›

Should You Let Your Tenants Keep Pets? 5 Pros and Cons

Letting tenants keep pets has become a sticking point for landlords concerned about upsetting the neighbours and protecting their property from avoidable wear and tear. But with an estimated 78% of pet owners reportedly having difficulty finding properties which allow their fluffy friends, permitting pets brings a raft of benefits too. This includes happier tenants, longer leases, and more revenue due to fewer renting gaps and the ability to charge higher rent. So with 46% of UK renters owning a pet, can you afford to exclude almost half the market? Here’s a list of pros and cons to consider before More ›

How to Improve Your Credit Score for a Mortgage

Getting a mortgage can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be difficult – especially if you know how to improve your credit score in advance. Your credit score not only affects your chance of being accepted for a mortgage, but may also affect the size of your monthly repayments. Luckily, there are steps you can take to get ahead. In this blog we’ll explain how to improve your credit score in preparation for a mortgage application. How do credit scores work? Your credit score is based on information held in your credit file, or credit report. When you apply More ›

A Guide for Landlords Letting to Students

It’s no secret that student tenants get a bad rap. Complaints about loud parties, destroyed furniture and week-old pizza boxes abound. So much so that apparently seven out of 10 landlords won’t rent to students for fear of damages to their properties. But by shunning the student rental market, the majority are landlords are losing out on a lucrative market. For starters, the stereotype of the irresponsible and lazy student isn’t really fair; with rising tuition fees and living costs taking a hearty chunk out of their wallets, today’s students are more conscientious than ever. Buy-to-let properties in university towns More ›

Brexit and the Right to Rent

With just weeks to go until Britain officially leaves the European Union, landlords across England will be considering the impact of Brexit on the right to rent. Since its implementation in 2016, right to rent legislation means landlords in England are now responsible for ensuring that prospective tenants applying to live in their property have the legal right to do so – and they face harsh penalties should they fail to carry out the right checks. The uncertainty over Brexit means its impact on right to rent regulations remains unclear, but we’ve put together the below to help clarify what More ›

Predictions for the 2019 London Property Market

The London property market is a tough one to predict at the best of times. However, in this sustained period of political and economic uncertainty, it’s now particularly difficult to anticipate what the 2019 market will look like. The Brexit outcome will, undoubtedly, have a significant impact, although we won’t know how that will pan out until the UK officially leaves the European Union. Despite the political ambiguity, however, there are some forecasts we can make for the 2019 London property market. Uncertainty will continue into 2019 The London housing market has been subjected to a significant period of uncertainty More ›

New development: Spotlight on the Macpherson Apartments

Nestled in the heart of East London, Bethnal Green has long been an affordable and exciting part of the city for first-time buyers. This trend is continuing with the Macpherson Apartments, a new development of 14 luxury apartments in E2’s Heritage Quarter. The new apartment building is helping carry on the work started by Annie Macpherson way back in the 1860s. Here we delve into what makes this building so special. What are the Macpherson Apartments? The Macpherson Apartments is a collaboration between property developer Thornsett and Bethnal Green Mission Church, resulting in a mixed-use build that provides both brand More ›

Decorating a rented property: what can and can’t you do?

Decorating a rented property can always run the risk of causing friction between a landlord and tenant. While many tenants are desperate to personalise their home without losing their deposit, landlords worry about any permanent changes that may occur to their property. It’s important therefore, for both landlords and tenants, to know what can and can’t be done when decorating a rented property: Decorating a rented property starts with the contract It is important to stress that tenants must adhere to the terms of the tenancy agreement and seek permission for changes to anything they do not own. The tenancy More ›

Energy Saving Tips: How to Reduce Utility Bills at Home

Reducing the amount of energy you use is not only good for the environment but can also help you save a significant amount of money. A few simple changes can make a big difference, so we’ve put together our top energy saving tips to help you get started.   1. Turn it down With summer coming to an end, it won’t be long before the cold weather strikes and we start doing all we can to keep warm. Heating your house efficiently is extremely important when it comes to saving money – turning down your thermostat by just one degree More ›