NO Compromise on Cleanliness

According to the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), cleaning accounts for 56% of deposit disputes and there has recently been a sharp rise in the number of properties that require professional cleaning services at check-out. Pat Barber, Chair of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks commented that “there is a general lack of respect for property…

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Working with Tradespeople

When you buy a property that needs work, you usually hope to be able to recoup the cost of renovation by adding significantly to the future selling price. That’s the theory anyway! But getting the builders in can be stressful, and we have all heard stories of extortionate costs, unforeseen extras, no-shows, and poor, even…

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Animal Welfare Policy

The Labour Party recently unveiled a draft animal welfare policy, including the legal right for tenants to keep a pet in their rented property. With over 12 million pet owners in the UK, this is possibly an opportunity that landlords should have grasped sooner, as there are several benefits to letting a property to a…

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Tips for landlords in Chelmsford as new electrical testing rules kick in

As if landlords don’t have enough to contend with, new rules on Electrical Inspection Condition Reports (EICR) kick in next month. Final guidance from the government on this legislation is expected any day now, but here’s an overview. Every fixed electrical installation in a private rental property must be inspected and comply with the 18th Edition…

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