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Energy Performance Certificates (known as EPCs) are a way of grading properties for energy efficiency that allows someone (a landlord, tenant or potential purchaser for example) to quickly get a grasp of how much a property will cost to run.
Visum can now offer private landlords' buildings insurance. We've partnered up with big name insurers such as Barbon and Endsleigh, to put together buildings insurance policies for landlords and homeowners. They can deliver the cover you need at a price you won't believe.
Thanks to our partnership with large insurers like Barbon and Endsleigh (and their financial clout their size gives them with the big underwriters) Visum can offer unbeatable quotes on both and private landlord specific contents insurance.
This article applies to England and Wales only. f you're interested in becoming a landlord and making money from property, then renting a room in your home to a lodger is a good place to start.
Landlords (and their letting agents should they employ one) have a general duty of care to ensure that the accommodation they offer for rent does not have a detrimental effect on the health, safety and welfare of their tenants. All dwellings should also provide a safe and healthy environment for occupants and visitors. The aim of this series of articles is to help landlords to understand what they need to do to meet these obligations, and to provide a guide in plain English to the minimum standards considered acceptable in the private rented sector as set out in the Housing Act 2004.
The Government has set targets for both social housing providers and private sector landlords to improve their properties so that there are increased numbers of 'Decent Homes' in the UK housing stock. The target focuses on vulnerable households, including families with children, and deprived areas. Although this guide incorporates the Decent Homes standard as a baseline for good practice, there is currently no statutory requirement for private sector landlords to meet the standard. However, by meeting the HHSRS statutory requirement landlords will be achieving one element of the Decent Homes standard.
You might hear a lot of unfamiliar words when selling or buying a property, especially if it's for the first time. Thanks to our handy glossary you can brush up on the jargon and hold your own the next time a solicitor or estate agent lays on the gobbledygook, instead of staring like a rabbit in the headlights.
Housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS) enforcement guidance: housing inspections and assessment of hazards
What happens if a rented property fails to meet the Decent Homes Standard?
Rented properties are considered to be single family houses where the occupants are all members of one family (as defined in housing benefit legislation). Unrelated sharers come under the HMO standard discussed in a separate article.
We want you to be a satisfied customer and to get the most out of your advert. Your ad should tell prospective tenants the things they need to know in order to make them interested in enquiring. Accordingly we've prepared some simple tips and instructions to help you to write a good advert and so maximise the return for your investment. We are always on hand as well to assist at any point to ensure success from start to finish.
If you’re looking to sell your house, and you are considering the best route to take to get the best deal possible then your at the right place – The world of estate agency and house sales in the UK is changing fast and for the better. Visum-Sales online estate agents are at the fore front of the estate agency revolution enabling you to sell your property for just £34.00+VAT, no other fees, commissions or strings.
Visum can help with all aspects of tenant eviction. Getting the eviction process or eviction notices wrong in any way will be one of the most costly mistakes you can make. We can help with completion of Section 8 notices, Section 21 notices and court paperwork, and we can also advise on all aspects of the eviction process. Our eviction notices are solicitor checked and court tested. We have compiled the most commonly asked question and answers in relation to tenant eviction below.
Rent guarantee insurance for landlords is essential in today's letting environment where the law strongly favours the tenant. With so many people losing livelihoods because of the uncertain economic situation the country (and the world) has been in over the last few years, even the best, most decent tenants can suddenly become a huge liability.