Home phone providers are ‘stumbling’

Many tenants and homeowners may not be satisfied with their home phone providers, it has been claimed.This is according to the first annual Homephonechoices.co.uk Customer Satisfaction Awards.Product director at the company Michael Phillips said: "There are still some stumbling blocks that home phone providers need to address if they are going to retain their customers [...]

Tenants and homeowners may profit from £1 billion scheme

Tenants who rent property in rural communities and regions which do not currently have access to next generation broadband, such as hard to reach areas, may benefit from government investment.Business secretary Lord Mandelson announced yesterday (January 7th) that £1 billion of government investment will go towards upgrading the country's digital infrastructure.Some 90 per cent of [...]

Advice on key trends for 2010

Landlords may consider making property look much more inventive and personalised, following advice from House Beautiful.Editor of the magazine Julia Goodwin said 2010 will be a year when fewer people get rid of everything in properties and more will consider ways to make a house interesting.Keeping furniture that does not necessarily match rather than buying [...]

Super speed broadband ‘available by 2012 Olympics’

Landlords may be able to offer tenants broadband services at speeds of up to 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) from 2012.BT has announced that its fibre-optic network costing £1.5 billion should be ready by the time the Olympic Games begin.Some of the company's five million customers will have access to the fastest speeds, but it [...]

NLA: Private landlords confused by digital switchover

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has teamed up with Sky to help landlords during the digital switchover.Many confused landlords have admitted that they are not prepared for the switchover, the association reported.Now part of the NLA Recognised Supplier Scheme, Sky can provide digital services to landlords and advise them on what needs to be done [...]

Landlords ‘should keep on top of maintenance’

Television presenter Phil Spencer has suggested that "prevention is better than cure"when it comes to home maintenance.Speaking ahead of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings' (SPAB) National Maintenance Week, which runs from today (November 20th) until November 27th, the Location Location Location host offered his top ten tips for taking care of [...]

Landlords ‘risk financial problems’by forgetting inventories

Private landlords can end up footing the bill for cleaning and the cost of replacing furniture and fittings if they do not provide an inventory at the start of a tenancy agreement.That is the message from the National Landlords Association (NLA), which has stated that "inventories are not an optional extra"- they are important [...]

Tips offered on property development

Private landlords looking to add value to their properties may find the latest home renovation advice from industry expert Michael Holmes of interest.The presenter of Five's I Own Britain's Best Home show said that just changing the appearance of a property can add around three to five per cent to the overall value of a [...]

Good inventories ‘crucial for private landlords’

It is vital that private landlords have good inventories when setting up tenancy agreements, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA).And this area of the private rented sector will be covered during one of the so-called break-out sessions at this month's NLA National Conference.Malcom Pither, portfolio landlord and NLA trainer and regional representative, will be [...]

Interactive sessions for private landlords

Private landlords attending this year's National Landlords Association National Conference will be able to take part in interactive sessions on a whole host of topics that concern their everyday work.Chairman of the association David Salusbury has told those who are planning to attend that they can expect to participate in practical forums led by lettings [...]