Landlords, did you know you could be liable for unpaid utility bills or reconnection fees?

Landlords should be aware that they could be liable for any unpaid utility bills, and even reconnection fees if they don’t correctly manage the end of tenancy process with regards to utilities. We've put together a ‘best practice' guide regarding tenants’ utility services to help you have a successful tenancy, without facing any unexpected fees.  Who is responsible...

A guide to retirement living

If you're considering retirement living, this is a good place to start. We've put together a helpful guide to explain what exactly a retirement village is and we've included a list which highlights a range of benefits. What is a retirement village? A retirement village is a housing development built specifically for older buyers, featuring a range of different property types, including houses,...

What is a sales progressor?

In this blog, you will find an in-depth look at the role of a sales progressor, and why they are so important. We've written this blog to shine a spotlight on this vital, yet sometimes forgotten, role and to explain why our team of dedicated sales progressors are so paramount to property sales here at Richard James. So, what is a sales progressor? In short, a sales progressor is someone who takes...

Completion tips for sellers and buyers!

When the property market rebooted after the first lockdown, the subsequent increase in demand has led to an unprecedented level of property transactions. At the same time, the capacity of property service providers has been compromised by the challenges of operating in a COVID safe environment.  Agents, lenders, surveyors and solicitors have all been inundated and are struggling to cope. Reports suggest...

A Guide to Becoming a Landlord

Whether you’ve deliberately made the decision to invest in a buy-to-let property or you’re one of the country’s rising number of ‘accidental landlords’ and you’ve found yourself in a position where, for whatever reason, you need to rent out a home, you must understand your responsibilities before you welcome your first tenants. There are a lot of rules in place that apply to landlords and...

April 2020: Changes in regulations for low-rated Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s)

A lot of landlords are still unaware of the regulations for MEES (minimum energy efficiency standard) and what it entails. So, we thought we'd break it down for you: The previous changes that came about in 2018, meant that landlords of low scoring properties were required to conduct repairs or changes to their properties to upgrade them to band E or higher, once their current tenant had vacated....

Top Letting Tip #1 – Calculating Rental Yields

This is first in a series of 'Top Letting Tips' and it is all about calculating your rental yields. Rental yields are one of the most important considerations for any new or current landlords. Rental yield helps you decide whether or not a property is a sound investment and it is also used as a factor when considering the affordability of buy-to-let mortgages.  SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS RENTAL...

What are the benefits of a pet-friendly property?

Deciding whether to allow pets in your rental property can be a difficult decision to make. A simple 'no' may be the easiest option in most cases, but is it the best one? Allowing tenants to have pets widens your prospective pool of paying tenants, and you can easily protect your property with a carefully worded tenancy agreement. Since so many landlords do not allow pets, you could ask for a slightly but...

Void Periods: How to avoid them?

Landlords naturally panic at the thought of their properties being empty for any length of time. So, if you are dreading long void periods and want to avoid them at all costs, then review our top ten tips: 1. MAINTAIN YOUR PROPERTY TO A HIGH STANDARD It is a competitive market, so tenants expect rental properties to be kept in good decorative order, with up-to-date kitchens and bathrooms.  2. REMEMBER...

Top 5 things to do pre-tenancy

Did you know we can take the burden out of preparing your property from you? At Richard James, we are happy to prepare everything needed to ensure that your tenants are moved in safely and legally. We cross all of the T's and dot all of the I's and let you relax, by keeping it simple!  We have listed the top 5 steps below... 1. MAKE SURE YOUR PROPERTY IS SAFE: You, as the Landlord, have a duty to...

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