On the 12th February 2019 the Ministry of Housing announced the date that the Tenant Fees Act 2019 would become law on the 1st June 2019. Whilst drafts of what the Act would include had been published, the guidance was highly anticipated in order for Landlords, Letting Agents, Property Managers and Tenants to be aware of exactly what this new piece of Legislation would include.Read More
#BalanceforBetter is the hashtag for International Women’s Day and so as a woman or a man what impact with this day have on you? There has been a lot of emphasis on the role of Women in societies across the World, countries where women do not have the same rights as men.Read More
Remember being a child and imagining that when you grew up you’d be an Astronaut, a Ballet Dancer, a Teacher, an Athlete, the owner of a Post Office, a Crane Driver, a Fire Fighter …. so many dreams, so much possibility, so many opportunities. Being in the same job for life was something that was the norm. The profession of choice would be where you would stay until retirement. Unless you moved up the ranks and moved to a new company in the same field, your path was set. And often if a “dramatic” change in your personal life occurred, usually a life-changing situation, then and only then, would a drastic change of career take place.Read More
Property industry insurance and redress giant Hamilton Fraser has become the first company in the UK to gain official approval to operate a client money protection (CMP) scheme.
Hamilton Fraser, which has been operating the scheme since 2014, is now ready for April 1st when it becomes mandatory for all letting agents and property managers to sign up to CMP or face fines and sanctions for non-compliance.Read More
On the 20th March 2019 the long waited Fitness for Human Habitation Bill comes into law, shining a new spotlight on conditions in tenanted properties. As most agents will know, the Bill leans heavily on the Human Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and the 29 hazards it lists to illuminate what makes a property fit or unfit to live in – one of which is lighting.Read More
The spotlight is well and truly on the Private Rented Sector; discussions in abundance about the value of a Letting Agent towards their consumers. We are very well aware of the struggle that so many experience when trying to find a place to live, and more so a home that is fit for purpose. Yet, given the continuous introduction lion of Legislation, we felt an overview of what Letting Agents are dealing with on a daily basis would be interesting.Read More