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 ›

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 ›

Moving Out Checklist for Tenants: The Essentials

Moving out of a rental property can be stressful. On top of all the packing, cleaning and heavy lifting, there’s the threat of having money deducted from your deposit if you miss anything. To help make the process as smooth as possible, we’ve come up with this handy moving out checklist to work through. Pay your rent First things first – make sure your rent is paid up to and including the last day of your tenancy. Check your inventory Give your inventory a thorough check and make sure all the items listed are still present and in their original More ›

Can Landlords Send Tenant Notices by Email?

Can Landlords Send Tenant Notices by Email? If you’re in the business of renting property, you’re well aware of the formalities involved: creating a valid lease, securing deposits with deposit protection companies, providing prescribed information to your tenants, keeping up to date with safety checks … the list goes on. It’s usually a legal requirement to provide such information to your tenants in writing, which seems fairly clear, but is it? Are you within your rights to send notices and information to tenants via email? Emailing tenants In general, email is not usually considered a sure way to go unless More ›

Six Tips to Make Packing Up Your Home Easier

Six Tips to Make Packing Up Your Home Easier Moving home is one of the most stressful things in life. From the point of completion your mind will be focused on the logistics of the move; how to move things from one place to another, avoiding your beloved possessions being broken in the interim and the additional stress of having to systematically pack it all up. We’ve compiled six packing tips to help make the move less stressful… Cardboard Boxes A time old tradition – cardboard boxes – are still going strong and are likely to be the easiest way More ›

8 Rights and Responsibilities Every Tenant Needs to Know

8 Rights and Responsibilities Every Tenant Needs to Know Over the last thirty years, tenants’ legal rights of have been expanded significantly, and landlord and tenant responsibilities are now well defined in law. Renting a home may be the perfect mortgage-free, responsibility-free alternative to jumping on the property ladder, but tenant life can quickly turn from carefree to careworn if you aren’t fully aware of your rights and responsibilities. So here we have set out eight need-to-know legal rights that should be kept in mind to ensure a problem-free tenancy. 1. Document checks: the new ‘right to rent’ If you More ›