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  1. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/sep/08/rents-outside-london-soaring-at-fastest-rate-on-record-agencies-say Private rents outside London are rising at their fastest rate for 13 years, research suggests, as tenants making plans for life post-pandemic compete for properties. The property website Zoopla said average rents across the UK outside the capital rose by 5% over the 12 months to the end of July – adding more than £450 to a typical annual rent bill – the biggest increase since its index began in 2008.
  2. So, I had my first 6 month inspection this morning on a property I see as my long-term home. I am utterly in love with the property which I share with my young toddler and partner, but I have been left feeling awful after the inspection. I have always been teased for my OCD-like cleanliness and wanting things in order and precision. I am very house proud and try my best to keep the house in tip-top shape considering I have a young child. The letting agent visited my home and immediately told me my parents car that was parked outside of my drive had to be moved and couldn’t be parked there. (Isn’t blocking any drives, if any, only mine by a small margin) as we only have another 2 neighbours and isn’t on a main road. (Basically live on land/farm type property) She continued with her inspection and upon leaving, with disgust she pointed to my window which had a very small sticky handprint. (super easy to clean) Being a working mother I didn’t feel the need to have the house in a show-home like state. (More fool me I suppose!) she wrote some notes and told me when she next comes back to inspect she would be keeping an eye on this particular area. Also sent an email to confirm the “state” of the window. I was absolutely mortified and couldn’t believe how invasive and unprofessional she had been. I totally understand if it would cause damage to the property, but I thought this was totally unfair. Let’s not forget - we informed the EA 3 days ago a piece of slate had fallen from our roof due to the weather which is a serious H&S hazard and had anyone been outside when this happened, could have been a serious if not fatal injury. She brushed passed this and said she’d take a picture and let the LL know. We cannot exit our property from the back or side door and this is still on-going and nobody has been in contact! Surely this is more an issue than my LO handprint on a window! Am I being unreasonable for feeling the way I do with regards to the “window” comment. Is this normal for an inspection? How strict are EA usually? I dont wsnt to rock rock the boat but she made me feel awful and I really want to formally complain. Advice wanted and welcome ☹️
  3. Got a letter through the door with details of the new(ish) landlord licensing scheme for Nottingham. Complete with a section explaining exactly why this WON'T lead to rent rises and the benefits for tenants. Here's the letter: Side 1 Side 2 Interestingly (or maybe not) my landlord used this as an excuse to put my rent up for the first time in three years- by about 5%. He reckoned it would cost him thousands per year. Hmm...
  4. I don't vist too often nowadays but I see that dead links are still a thing on the home page! https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/feb/12/uk-tenants-paid-record-50bn-in-rents-in-2017 for anyone who was interested in reading this article!
  5. https://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2017/jul/25/no-fault-evictions-landlords-tenants Maybe not the end, but at least it's being acknowledged in the mainstream press.
  6. Hello. We are making a documentary series about the rental market and are interested in hearing tenants’ and landlords’ experiences – good and bad. We are looking for people who are interested in taking part in a social experiment where landlords and tenants experience renting through each other’s eyes. Please email us on [email protected] or 07393 554846
  7. So I'm currently looking for a new flat to rent in Jan, having talked to a couple of estate agents recently they are all increasingly worried about the upcoming ban on agency letting fees, they consider that it could well put them out business. As far as I can see its only a good thing! I am in a situation now where I have to choose between some flats, moving in January, some directly through landlord, some through agency. My question, as I can't seem to find an answer is WHEN is the ban taking place. This affects me as currently the direct option is more expensive on pure rent but I save on fees. But should the ban start from 1st of Jan then I have a lot more options (although the rent is probably more expensive with fees taken into account anway)
  8. Mods, feel free to move to all about renting after some exposure. So I'm on the rental search trail again. As a contractor, it's part of my yearly routine. My current rental last until December (it's rolling contract but I'm not moving without securing another place as last move was a fiasco) It seems most rentals now dont have neither fridge nor wshing machine. From what I've been told by a local, since white goods are no longer accepted as fittings, they are no longer deductible. I will keep looking around but I'm not renting without white goods included. I move too often to faf around with fridges and washing machines. The only thing many of these places include within their kitchens are hobs, becuase they require gas installation, otherwise I'm sure these tossers would even try to avoid that. How tight are these buy toileter that can't even put a ******ing fridge in their properties? What kind of margins do these people have?
  9. My partner and I are in the process of referencing for a property we absolutely love. Unfortunately the letting agent has been incredibly difficult and rude throughout the whole process (to the point where I had to download the energy certificates to find out what the address was for viewing!!) and she is not very good at answering my questions. For example, we have previously rented a property with an excellent LA who provided us with a complete list of the process from start to finish and all the fees included. They were friendly and helpful and answered all of our questions and I felt I could call on them whenever I needed to. This LA stood awkwardly at the viewing, very quiet, not explaining much and answering our questions in as little detail as possible. She gave us nothing but a "booklet" with pictures in it, and listed off verbally what I had to email to her after the viewing if we wanted to apply. Despite this we loved the place too much to worry about an awkward, unorganised woman getting in the way of it. However, we have been put through a bank referencing process instead of a credit check, which I had no idea even existed and it took me 3 days and 6 emails to actually understand what the document was that we were told (in an email) to "print, sign and return posted to the letting agents" - no further explanation. Then the actual process is taking forever, it's been nearly three weeks and I'm losing my patience as we really want to move and the LA has basically said (although in better words) to leave her alone until the process is complete. I understand the referencing takes time, but she won't answer any of my other questions until this is done. If we get it (there is no reason at all why we shouldn't) we've been told there is a gardener that comes every two weeks, though the garden and front garden were quite scruffy when we viewed and I'm concerned about how he gets into the garden as the only routes are through the garage or the house - neither of which I'm comfortable with. Should I get it in writing that this gardener is responsible for the maintenance? We've also been told that the property allows pets (one cat) and I've got it in an email that the only additional cost is if there is damage to the property - i.e. having a pet will not add more to the deposit. Will this stand as "in writing" if she tells me we have to pay more to have the cat? She told me at the viewing I could get another if I wanted (I asked) so I assumed the LL was quite relaxed, though they're redecorating before the new tenants move in, so can she charge us on the grounds that the property is newly decorated? Can I have some advice as to what I need to ask for in writing - as well as the contract - without having such a long list and whilst dealing with such an awkward LA that I end up putting her off us and she won't offer us the property? (can she do that?) Our last property was just so relaxed and easy and simple, that this time around it feels like we've never rented before! The property has a history of long term tenants (last rented in 2012) which is why we're going for it despite the LA, if they all stayed so long then they can't be that bad? Sorry for the long post, I know the LA doesn't owe me anything so I shouldn't really expect her to be nice as long as she's getting us through it, and I've been super sweet to try and get her to help me out a bit more but she seems to just have a really bad attitude. It's a small, local LA so we can't switch who's dealing with our application - you'd think that'd make them nicer!
  10. So, I have been offered a flat to rent! It is a friend of my family and I didn't know this before but their offspring had a council flat that he didn't use very much (they played the system), he stayed there 1 or 2 times a week. In any case, when the time came that this person was eligible for the Right to Buy, their parents bought it. That's fine, as I said they played the system, it is wrong but within the rules (I believe family members are allowed to help you Right to Buy). Now I have been offered this flat to rent and it seems that they have been renting the place out to someone since they took up the Right to Buy (in their offsprings name of course) some years ago. Was this allowed? It doesn't seem right but is it within the rules? I've tried looking on the .gov website but can't find anything on this. Does anyone here know what the rules are?
  11. I wanted to ask the members why [in the UK] do we need EA's. After 10 years of privately renting, all through EA's, I do not actually know what t entails to be an estate agent. Do they need a degree or qualification? Are there standards for them to follow? What amount of legal paperwork do they have to do for a sale, or rental? What are they being paid by owners who want to rent or sell? Some EA's I've come across have been alight, but most have been awful. Entitled and arrogant, they think they are making you a favour when showing you a properteeh. I've started to suspect, being an EA is not too complicated, and with HPI+++, it may be seen as a quick way to get rich. If so, wouldn't there be a massive boom in Estate Agents chasing an ever decreasing pool of customers? Every town or city in the UK has rows and rows of EA's with fancy names, on what used to be little shops run by families. This can't be sustainable, surely. Looking at these streets makes me sad, it looks horrible. Another question. Why can't owners, deal directly with tenants or buyers? This happens in every other country in Europe I've been in. It's cheaper to cut the middle man, so why is it that in the UK, the Vast majority of sales and rents are done through EA's? I was going over the classics sections when I came across this http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/forum/index.php?/topic/6386-the-future-of-estate-agents/ The OP, wondered the internet would put EA's out of business. It certainly hasn't happened.
  12. The Deposit Protection Service has sent out the following press release: I've asked the DPS via Twitter to clarify whether or not they also asked tenants if they would prefer secure tenancies with the opportunity to remain but not the obligation. Somehow I suspect not, given however the DPS is fund it is likely to increase with the churn of tenants.
  13. I was talking to a family friend who was entering second year of university. She was moving from campus accommodation to sharing a rental with three other friends about a mile away from campus for her second year at university. I don't know if she is naive or if this practice is now standard operating procedure. All four of them were required to pay admin fees of 240 pounds each, cool 960 pounds for pretty much no work. then they also had to pay 2 months rent during this summer vacation when the property would be empty. They will move into the property at the beginning of next academic year. The rent is about 320 pounds per month per student without utilities and other expenses. So they are collecting 2560 pounds rent even when the property is empty. So in total they have collected 3520 pounds from the students before they have even moved in. Is this common practice all over the country? I nearly didn't believe it but she assured me that it was very real. She feels a bit railroaded into it as the EAs were very rude when she questioned the admin fees. her friends were not too keen to kick up a fuss as they felt they did not have many other choices as they were a bit late searching compared to other students. Even so, it strikes me as sheer exploitation.
  14. “We don’t want a situation like in London or Paris!" Capital pioneers law prohibiting landlords from charging new tenants more than 10% above local average Guardian article here...
  15. It has taken 67 days for my letting agent to get my damage deposit protected under a Tenancy Deposit Scheme! They should have done so within 30 days. I started my tenancy on 6th of March. Failure to do so could result in a fine to the landlord or letting agent of up to three times the value of the deposit. Furthermore, until a deposit is protected, the landlord is unable to serve me notice to leave under s21 of the Housing Act 2004. Never mind, it only took a trip to the Citizen's Advice Bureau and 2 'recorded delivery' letters to get the deposit protected! First letter to the letting agent reminding them of their obligation. Second letter to a Property Ombubsman explaining the situation (+ enclosed copy of letter to LA). I didn't realise that from October 2014, all lettings agents must be registered with one of three redress schemes. This is a another example of the ineptitude of lettings agents, who are very much fair game on HPC. Power to the People!
  16. Another petition by Generation Rent. It may not make a difference but it only takes 2 secs to sign so what the heck, sign it anyway! And while you are at it, write to all of your possible MP's about renting in your area as well!
  17. Good afternoon All, First post so go easy. I am seriously considering the possibility of buying a property to let - as an investments for the future. I have absolutely no experience in this area. I have done plenty of reading up on the subject but what I would really like to hear are the experiences and tips etc of people who have done it before. Anything you wish to share, no matter how big or small would be great. Thank you!!
  18. --Banning agent fees to tenants-- Anyone who hasn't sent a letter to their MP about this, do it now! It will only take 30 secs! http://act.generationrent.org/lobby/letfees
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