Tenants demanding ‘green’property, landlords advised

Tenants are increasingly looking at a property's green credentials before signing any agreements, according to an industry expert.Clive Bull, partner of Cushman and Wakefield real estate advisors, said that changes to make a property more environmentally friendly "will be driven more by the tenants."Landlords also want to make commercial property greener but they are ultimately [...]

Top-selling household appliances ‘not performing’says Defra

Landlords are informed in a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) report that domestic appliances are not reaching standards they claim to meet on their labels.The department examined labels highlighting qualities such as energy use and efficiency. Items were tested in accordance with these declarations - which some failed to meet.The report, released [...]

Energy efficiency in rented property

It is up to tenants of rented property to decide whether the energy performance certificate (EPC) is to their liking before moving in, according to an expert in the private rented sector.Malcolm Harrison from Harrison Communications has said that before tenancy agreements are signed, private landlords will show their would-be customers a copy of the [...]

Landlords ‘shouldn’t let energy inefficient property’

Energy inefficient property should not be permitted on the rental market, according to the Energy Saving Trust (EST).Private landlords with homes rated in the F to G energy efficiency bracket must be prevented from letting out these properties, the group advises.These are some of the rules that the EST is calling on the government to [...]

Tenancy agreements ‘do not hinge on EPCs’

When it comes to signing tenancy agreements, many people are unconcerned about energy performance certificates (EPCs).That is the latest landlord advice to be issued by the National Landlords Association (NLA), which has claimed that many tenants do not view EPCs as a priority when moving into a property.Many potential residents are unaware, the NLA suggested, [...]

New homes planned for private rental in south-east

"Millions of pounds"from private investors have been pledged towards the construction of new homes for private rental in the south-east of England.The Times reported that Aviva Investors has lent its support to the planned project, which would see the construction of purpose-built rental developments for those who cannot afford to purchase their own homes.Large-scale [...]

Landlords reminded of EPC need

Rental laws are on the agenda for the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) which wants to remind landlords that they may need to get an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).If landlords have tenancies that pre-date October 2008 and are to end soon then they should ensure that they have a certificate.The RLA reminds landlords that a certificate [...]

Small home improvements ‘can boost property value’

Private landlords and general homeowners alike have been advised on which property improvements can boost the value of bricks and mortar.According to the latest instalment of the Halifax Home Improvement Survey, it is often the low-cost and smaller changes that can make all the difference regarding the price of a home.With the environment a topical [...]

Brogan happy to have helped private landlords

Elizabeth Brogan steps down from her role as senior policy officer at the National Landlords Association (NLA) tomorrow and her parting message indicates that she is happy with the work she has done to help the private rented sector.Both private landlords and the tenants they call their customers will have benefited from Ms Brogan's five [...]

Hips used ‘in 95% of property deals’

There is "strong statistical evidence"to suggest that 95 per cent of property transactions are conducted using home information packs (Hips).At least that is the view of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (Ahipp), which has moved to refute claims that around half of housing sales occur without the Hip in place.In a statement, [...]