As a self-managing landlord, managing your properties can be a complex and demanding task that requires a significant amount of time and effort. From rent collection to maintenance requests, tenant screening, and more, it is imperative to have a system in place that can help simplify these processes and make your life easier. This is where property management software comes into play.
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The subject of Build to Rent, otherwise known as BTR, B2R or co-living, is growing in all areas of the UK. It started predominantly in London as a way for new professionals to be able to afford rents without the need to move into HMOs. It started back in 2012 and was used as part of the legacy program for the Olympic developments to change to private rented accommodation. Since then it has grown in momentum with 38,000 properties being built in the year Aug 2021-2022 which was backed by an investment of £4.7bn.
It is now practically impossible to drive anywhere without seeing a registration place without the little green rectangle on the left hand side. According to SMMT 1.1% of new vehicles were plug-in, which grew to 3.2% in 2019, but accelerated to 18.6% by the end of 2021. The electric vehicle trend is now common practice when considering a new car and with the government policy that all new vehicles from 2030 need to be electric, this is something which cannot be ignored and will soon be a must for tenanted properties.
It’s a dread for many, a ‘To Let’ board goes up next door and a new neighbour will be moving in. Will they be the perfect neighbour, or will they immediately start with late night loud music? Anti-social behaviour is all around and takes many forms, and can be addressed in a number of ways, but where a letting agent is involved it’s often the agent who receives the brunt of the complaint. It is very rare to receive a report from your tenant of the people next door!
Social housing has long been a critical component of the UK's housing market, providing affordable homes to those in need. However, the sector has faced numerous challenges over the years, ranging from limited funding to outdated technology. In recent years, proptech (property technology) has emerged as a solution to these problems and is changing the face of social housing in the UK.
Unless you have been under a rock for a very long time, you will know about the main social media platforms out there. This has been a way for people to connect, share their thoughts or what’s going on in their lives, but are agents utilising its potential?
Social housing policy has a significant impact on communities, as it affects the quality of life and access to affordable housing for millions of people. Community engagement is therefore crucial in shaping this policy to ensure that it meets the needs and expectations of residents. Here are the key ways in which community engagement can influence social housing policy:
Decorating and maintaining rental properties is crucial for ensuring that your tenants are happy, your property is in good condition, you are able to attract new tenants and to attain the best possible rent. There are several best practices for decorating and maintaining rental properties that landlords should be aware of which we’re going to touch on today.
Social housing is an important part of the housing market, providing affordable and secure housing options to those in need. Different types of tenures offer different benefits and drawbacks, and it is important to understand these in order to make an informed decision about the best option for your circumstances.
Rent control is a subject which is raised frequently by politicians, usually when they have something to gain from courting generation rent, however is it beneficial or could it be catastrophic to the market?