Renting definitely has its fair share of 'perks'; not having to worry about the cost of a new boiler for a start! But while it can be the perfect solution for those who aren’t quite ready to commit to an area, or those that simply can’t afford to get on the property ladder, those wanting to add some personal touches to make it feel more like ‘home’ often feel at a loss.

 

1. Removable wallpaper

Who knew removable wallpaper was a thing!

Easy to apply, remove, reposition, and reuse without leaving damage or residue, contact paper is a top tool for any renter wanting to jazz up their home. Available in a never-ending selection of colours, styles and patterns. Either use it to cover entire walls, or get creative and use it to add simple accents.

If you’re fed up of your housemates conveniently forgetting whose turn it is to do the washing up this week, chalkboard versions are also available!

 

2. Washi tape

This little Japanese gem is a must-have tool for every creative renter out there.

Super cheap and available in all the colours of the rainbow, it’s easy to remove and re-apply without leaving adhesive residue or destroying the surface it has been applied to.

 

3. Wall Stickers/Decals

Add movement with a tree, or show off your playful side with a wall decal. Unlike some of the other rental-friendly decorating ideas out there, these are a great option if creativity isn’t your strong point as all you need to do is figure out where you want to position your sticker.

 

4. Fabric

If you’re fond of texture, you could also try using fabric as an alternative wall covering that will also be super hard wearing. There are endless step-by-step tutorials out there explaining how you can create this look yourself, otherwise you can also purchase pre-adhesed version as well.

 

5. Command hooks

Last but by no means least, Command hooks are an item every renter should have at hand.

Easy to put up and take down, use these nifty hooks to hang your towels, bathrobes, coats and bags without the need for nails or screws. Genius!

 

See the full blog here:

 

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/articles/dream-properties/top-5-deposit-friendly-decorating-tips-for-renters

 

 

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New research shows that 43% of tenants renting from private landlords are unsure with whom responsibility lies for a number of aspects of their tenancy – either with their landlord or with themselves.

The findings, from MakeItCheaper.com, also suggest that only 11% of tenants think they know more about division of responsibilities than their landlords, while 48% say landlords know better.

This perhaps suggests that a number of the disputes that do arise between private landlords and tenants could be caused by a lack of knowledge on the tenant’s part.

The most common areas in which responsibility has been disputed within the past year were:
1. Furniture and Appliances = 14%
2. Fixtures and Fittings = 13%
3. Mould = 12%
4. Energy Efficiency = 6%
5. Utility Bills = 2%

The distinction between ‘damage’ and ‘fair wear & tear’ was voted one of the most ambiguous issues, with 25% of renters saying they would welcome clarification on this topic. However, different age groups are concerned about different aspects of tenancy:

• 18-24 year olds are most unsure of the rules around internal décor
• 25-34 year olds are most confused about whether they should pay for insurance or not
• Over 35s particularly want clarification around rights of access

When questioned about the most important qualities for a landlord to have, over 65% say they most value honest landlords who fix the issues they’re responsible for. It would seem that many landlords do in fact display these qualities, as over 85% of tenants rate their landlord’s management of their tenancy as ‘average’ or better – with 60% giving a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ rating.

This – combined with the fact that only 15% of respondents saying they have had an unresolved dispute in the past 12 months – indicates that tenants’ attitudes towards private landlords are largely positive – contrary to popular belief. This is further supported by the fact that less than 1:5 tenants asked admitted that they have been too afraid to bring up issues with their landlord in the past.

 

Article from propertyreporter.co.uk

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the government’s controversial Deregulation Act, which is now in force, is creating critical new tenancy deposit deadlines which agents must take into account.

In 2007, the government introduced compulsory deposit protection schemes as part of the Housing Act 2004. But it was unclear whether or not existing tenants, who had moved in and paid a deposit prior to 2007, would be affected. 

The confusion was built upon following the ruling in the Superstrike v Rodrigues 2013 case, extensively reported on Letting Agent Today.

This case ruled that tenancies which became statutory periodic tenancies but that had started before April 6 2007, were considered to be new tenancies and therefore the deposit was required to be protected again at that time. ARLA says this was of serious detriment to landlords and agents, who were suddenly subjected to the vexatious claims of a minority of tenants who took issue with the unprotected deposits.

“Now, under the Deregulation Act 2015, this confusion has been addressed. All deposits received before April 6 2007, that have since been renewed or become statutory periodic tenancies on or after April 6 2007, must be protected under one of the government approved protection schemes” says ARLA managing director David Cox.

“Landlords have until June 23 2015 to comply with this new provision” he says, urging letting agents to check with their clients whether their existing tenancy agreements will be affected. 

“If landlords fail to comply they could be liable for sanctions which include a potential claim by the tenant for compensation of up to three times the amount of the deposit paid or find themselves unable to bring a tenancy to an end through a Section 21 notice” says Cox.

 

 

http://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2015/6/letting-agents-warned-over-new-tenancy-deposit-deadline

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We are desperately seeking properties in the Taverham, Thorpe Marriott and Dussindale areas.

We recently let a property in Taverham in less than 2 days! A gorgeous bungalow set in some beautifully maintained gardens in a quiet cul-de-sac. As a result of this we have a number of applicants on our books looking for properties in this area.

In 2001, Taverham had a population of 10,233. It has seen recent population growth with the building of Thorpe Marriott, a new residential development that straddles the boundary with the neighbouring village of Drayton. By 2013, the area of Taverham had an approximate population of 14,121. So you can see, just how much the expansion is affecting the property market!

Taverham has 2 infant schools, 1 primary school and 1 high school. It also has a village hall, library, park, church, scout and guide, several takeaway shops and two pubs.

Do you know anyone who has properties in this area to let? Could you recommend them to us? If you can, you should call us about our new referral scheme which could earn you 1 months free management fees!

 

 

 

Are you thinking about becoming a Landlord? Now would be the perfect time to build your property portfolio. Property prices in the UK have taken a little swim into the ocean of spending, so you may be able to pick up a bargain and rental properties are moving the fastest they have in years, with them spending hardly any time on the market at all. Building a good portfolio takes time and resources, so get in there early while you can!

There are lots of things to think about when looking at buy-to-let properties. The location is one of the most important factors for you to consider. Properties closer to the railways and public transport are desirable for prospective tenants, people need to commute to work and so on.

 

How large the property is also very important. It will be one of the factors which determine your purchase price and your rental amount. Speak to a property expert like Mike at Norfolk Property Management to see out what type of property is highly demanded in your area. Some areas may have lots of 2 bed houses on the market, but not very many 1 bed apartments. The area you choose may appeal more to young single people, so smaller housing may be in demand. Researching rental amounts online will give you a good idea of the sort of income you can expect.

 

When you rent a house, it needs to be in a good and liveable condition and meet local regulations and UK laws. Buying a house that needs work, will mean you need to consider the cost of rising it up to those standards so it can be let out, otherwise you can end up with extremely unhappy tenants, and long periods on the market. Properties that need to be modernized, often sell for less money than those that don’t, so if you have good contacts in the building trade, or you enjoy DIY, this could be a good way to bring you return on investment up as high as it can be, a little bit of extra work can go a long way. The key to success in this area is to view any potential purchase thoroughly.

 

Time is money. Don’t spend too long getting your property ready to let. The mortgage will still be payable, regardless of whether the property in empty or not. Get the work done quickly to avoid making a loss on your investment, though don’t rush it in quality. Don’t cheap out, hire a contractor to take care of the renovations if it’s not something you are familiar with. Most properties will need a lick of paint before you let them out, so think about taking a course on decorating to save time and money, or again, use a contractor.

 

When your property is ready, you will want to get tenants in as quickly as possible, so your mortgage is covered, and you have piece of mind. Using a letting agent saves you time, money and hassle. They often have a pipeline of tenants waiting for properties. They are also experts in marketing and advertising to attract the best tenant for you. While they manage your tenant for you, it frees you up to find the next property for your growing portfolio.

 

And it’s as easy as that!

Moving house is easysaid no one ever! There are so many things to consider when you move, and expenses are not to be forgotten. 

 

How much can you afford? 

You need to first of all make a list of all your current incoming and outgoings, including current bills, food and drink, going out and any creditors you owe money too. Once you’ve worked all this out, you’ll have a rough figure of what you have left to spend each month. 

 

When you move, there will be lots of things that will change, including your payments. You may have accounted for petrol money in the above, that you won’t need because you’re closer/on a bus route etc. Here is a list of some of the payments which could change, though it’s best you do a little research also!

 

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