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Rental demand at it's highest since last year

Good news for the Lettings industry in the form of a report from ARLA stating that rental demand is at it's highest since last September.

Good news figures from the Private Rental Sector

Figures coming from a recent Government, English Housing Survey, show that 1 in 5 people in the UK live in private rented accommodation and 84% of those are happy.

Taking care of your rental property this Winter

The colder months present a series of significant risks to rental properties, all of which could lead to costly problems. If you have an empty property then you need to look at your heating first; do you need to drain the system down or just get the heating on? By taking some time to check over your property now, you can help to ensure a relaxing, disaster-free winter. We’ve a handy checklist here for you and please contact us for help and advice on 01903 744166

Can your tenant rent your property?

Did you know your obligations as a landlord include checking if your tenant can legally rent your property? This new requirement introduced by the Government is coming into force for all new tenancies starting from 1st February.

Is your rental energy efficient?

The Government has recently passed legislation called the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015. This is aimed at making it easier for tenants to rent more energy efficient properties. With effect from 1 October 2016 all private rented properties must have a minimum EPC of Band E. If the property does not meet this minimum requirement then landlords cannot start a new tenancy without making energy improvements.

Alarming news for Landlords

Do you know your obligations as a landlord? The world is currently a fast changing one if you are a UK landlord with new legislation and regulations being introduced by the Government thick and fast. The most recent change, confirmed this month relates to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations have finally been passed in Parliament. 

Right to Rent

Hot on the heels of the legislation regarding Section 21 changes and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rental properties is the Immigration Act 2014. This sets out requirements for landlords to check their tenants and people occupying their properties have a ‘right to rent’.

The devil's in the detail

Inventories are a key part of any lettings procedure. With one, you have a documented schedule of condition of your property before any tenant moves in. Without, you could have a hard time justifying any deductions from the deposit if damage occurs. In the current lettings market, the list of reasons for having an inventory are endless.

Back to School for the Horsham Rental Market

Back to school for the Horsham rental market - Traditionally the property market quietens down over the summer period whilst the children are off school and families take their summer holidays. Despite this, during August a total of 46 rental properties became available in the Horsham area, and here at Guy Leonard & Co we saw the demand for 2 - 3 bedroom rental properties at its highest since the month of February this year.

Engagements, Weddings and Anniversaries

Wedding fever has truly hit GL&Co with engagements, weddings and anniversaries! Read all about it in our diary blog this week.