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Archive for the ‘Furnishing’ Category
Landlords aren’t just renting out a roof over their tenants’ heads, they’re also selling their prospective tenants a lifestyle says Ben Hall managing director of LOFT Interiors, the property management furnishings specialists. Whether your target tenant is a student, young professional or family, help them to envisage a stylish, comfortable and stress-free life in your property. Here... Read more
Every landlord wants their properties to come back to them after a tenancy has expired, with as little damage as possible. It’s not just the issue of money, it’s hassle too. It takes time to put the damage right, so it’s hardly surprising that many landlords don’t want lets with pets. But by refusing tenants with furry, scaly or feathered friends, landlords could be looking a gift horse... Read more
First impressions count for everything. It is vital your property looks its best for prospective tenants. Making sure your property looks great before viewings will help find you a new tenant fast. A recent survey found that 38% of tenants felt the quality of fixtures and fittings in a property was the most important feature to them when choosing a property to rent. The same survey also found... Read more
Furnishing a property can be a frustrating process. Choosing the right furniture for your property, and arranging delivery, assembly and installation can be long-winded and a hassle, especially if you're not working on your property business full-time. It's worth spending some time thinking about the right furnishings for your property. The furniture must be "in tune" with your target... Read more
Q: I rent a flat to a couple and the freezer broke down. I have replaced the appliance but the tenants have asked for £20 to replace food that perished when it broke down. Must I pay them? I think it’s a bit of a cheek because I have replaced the freezer with a brand spanking new model. A: There’s an easy legal answer. You are not obliged to pay for the food. So your decision will be a... Read more
Whether you're obliged to fit smoke alarms or not depends on the status of the property you're letting. If your property is a registered HMO (home in multiple occupation), you are required to take all manner of fire safety precautions - including fitting smoke alarms and marking emergency exit routes. You're best advised to consult your local authority on what exactly they require for HMO... Read more
Our answer to this question depends on the context and you should also ask yourself a few questions before giving them a decision. But in basic terms, you have the right to say no. If this is a discussion underway before the tenancy has started and contracts have yet to be signed, then you’ll need to weigh up whether it’s a deal-breaker for the prospective tenants. If it is, you’ll need... Read more
In football they call it “narrowing the angle”, where the goalkeeper moves towards the striker to increase your chance of preventing a goal. And a mathematician would understand it as the “lowest common denominator.” For landlords, it’s magnolia. When it comes to decorating a property for let, the best idea is to provide a neutral space that the tenants feel that they can... Read more
Dan, who helps us out with marketing and writing here at Upad, gives his perspective as a tenant of 10 years standing at properties in Brighton and London about inventories and getting your deposit back. “Apart from a few minor deductions, I’ve never had any major issue getting my deposits back in full. But, as most tenants will attest, it can be a bit nerve wracking waiting to check out... Read more
We wrote last week about the potential for providing broadband to tenants. We saw it as a potential selling point. Broadband was front of mind for us at Upad because Sue, who does our marketing, has just moved into a new flat and had to wait more than a month before her internet connection was up and running. We think that’s way too long. She’s now all connected but her experience of... Read more
Yesterday a tenant asked us a question that we're expecting to hear more and more often. Did we have, she asked, any flats with a room suitable for a home office? She's a single professional web designer who mostly works from home: she wants a reception room to relax, plus of course a bedroom - and another room that's just for work. We started wondering how a landlord would advertise that sort of... Read more