Fire Safety in Rental Property for landlords and agents

Did you know that it is a recommendation under the LACORS fire safety guidance provisions, that all landlords should carry out a fire risk assessment on their property before letting to ensure that their property is safe? Many don’t, and very few people do, so you are...

If HMO property is the Future, letting agents are we ready?

The HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) and the property investor are having a love affair at the moment, the opportunity to by one property and create 6 units out of it and therefore than trebling your rent is too much for many landlords to resist, and it’s almost...

Property Management – How much training is enough?

Earlier this year I had a bit of a wakeup call, when my two most experienced property managers both went on maternity leave at pretty much the same time. I felt secure because I knew that the other remainder of the team of 4 (plus 2 client account managers) had been...

Using Contractor to carry out works on behalf of landlords

In property management, organising works is a hugely misunderstood area of any lettings agency. There are many viewpoints from all parties involved and in many cases, all coming in from different angles and opposing directions which conflict and can cause issues if...

Avoid falling prey to rogue agents

ARLA advice on the warning signs tenants should look out for...   Many are falling foul of Rogue agents, top tips from ARLA on how to avoid falling prey to Rogue Agents, and only deal with the best in the industry As more and more people turn to renting, the...

Is it better to rent or buy your home?

          Are we changing as a nation, to “generation rent”? Should we separate our idea of property as an investment, from our desire to live somewhere? Is it better to rent or buy your home? Should we help our kids secure themselves an...

What’s it like to work in a letting Agency Part 3

So 8 weeks into the new job and the world of lettings, and reality has hit. I feel I have learnt so much one minute and then on the reverse so little. I was quick to realise I have a lot of catching up to do with the other members of the team, (good job I’m a fast...

What’s it like to work in a letting agency? part 2

Well I have now completed week 4 of my marketing plan and 6 weeks with Concentric. (all I can say is that times fly’s when you are having fun).  I can say with confidence that the concentric way of thinking really works. Although the response was a bit slow in the...

Whats it like to work in a letting agency? part 1

My name is Rebecca Crowther and i recently joined Dawn Bennett to work alongside her in aiding her to develop her own Concentric Letting Agency branch for Wolverhampton and Sandwell as her Lettings Co-ordinator. Well what a whirl wind first month in my new job has...

Safety checks required on rental property and how often?

A large section of my job role involves gas and electric safety checks and their annual renewals.  This is obviously imperative to ensure tenant safety and Landlord compliance. On a weekly basis, I inform tenants and landlords of due dates for safety checks, arrange...

Against a tenants Human Rights to be evicted?

A social tenant Rebecca Powell, has just won her case against Hounslow Council, in a ruling by the supreme court, that she cannot be evicted as it is against Article 8 in the European Convention on Human Rights, to be evicted, even though she was in £3500 worth of...

Ensure you buy a property that suits your long term objectives

Karen Mills, Property Acquisitions Specialist On a daily basis I get enquiries from landlords asking ‘what should I buy?’ and ‘where should I buy it?’ ‘What is going to give me the best return/ appreciation?’  There is no simple answer to this question. There are many...

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