Did you know that just 7% of landlords allow pets in their rental properties? In our experience landlords are restricting the interest in their rental property, especially a family home with a garden by around 50%, and potentially missing out on the ideal tenants to rent their property and maximizing the monthly rent price.
We have noticed that pets being permitted in a rental property is one of the main talking points we have with potential tenants when making an internet enquiry on our advertised rental properties. Landlords tend not to be keen on having pets in their property due to possible risks around cleanliness, pet odours lingering, flee infestation and noise complaints. Also landlords reluctance for pets has been impacted as well since the Tenant Fee Act 2019 came into force as neither landlords or letting agents are any longer able to increase the security deposit to compensate for allowing a pet as under the Tenant Fee Act the maximum deposit that can be taken is upto five weeks rent (unless the annual rent exceeds £50,000 in which case security deposit is capped at 6 weeks rent).
However, landlords did you know that the rent can be increased to replace a pet special clause deposit as long as the property listing advert outlines this clearly to be the case? In addition, special clauses can be added to the tenancy agreement relating to the permitted pet, like making sure the dog does not go upstairs, making sure the cat does not claw the carpet etc.
Home Partnership are a member of ARLA Propertymark therefore get in touch with one of our professional staff with any questions relating to allowing pets and to hear more about the proposed new pet Bill being considered in Government
We had our first Facebook Live Q&A where we answered your questions on buying with a 5% DEPOSIT and advice on getting onto the property ladder.
Check out the full video on our Facebook page.
Following the Government announcement of the UK going in to a national lockdown we would like to reassure you that the property market remains very much open. However, there are a few small changes we need to let you know about.
We’ve checked out Government guidelines to ensure we’re keeping you our clients, and our wonderful team and as safe as possible.
The latest lockdown will see some of the team reverting back to remote working from home in order to reduce the amount of people we have coming in to each of our offices. However, due to the investment made in our technology and phone system last year you will not experience any change.
The small few changes to viewing our properties will be:
- You will be asked to watch a video tour of the property you would like to view before a face to face viewing can be confirmed
- We will no longer be handing out paper property brochures during viewings, instead will receive an e-brochure prior to your viewing
- We will be requesting that you wait safely in your vehicles upon arriving at a viewing, we will then call you to confirm the property is ready for your viewing
Onwards and upwards in getting you into your new home in 2021.
Scott, Jo & Merrick.
We have a few TOP TIPS for those who are looking to buy a property, now, or after the Government measures are lifted.
1. Get Advice.
Speak to our mortgage advisor now to find out what your options are and what your budget is. Nothing is worse than finding the property of your dreams only for them to be crushed once you realise you can’t afford it.
Register your interest ready for when the Government measures have been lifted, that way we can reach out to you before properties go live on Rightmove & OnTheMarket.
3. Go Virtual.
View online anything and everything that meets your basic criteria. You think you want a 3-bed 1930s semi in suburbia but the 4-bed townhouse closer to the station might just be the one! We now have property videos available to help you narrow down your ‘to view’ list.
4. Do your research.
This can include checking out the street scene and surrounding area using Google Maps, checking out the local council planning portal website, Environment Agency website for flood risks, the Valuation Office Agency website to check the council tax band and amount.
Did you know that we can get you quotes and costs for moving? This includes solicitors’ fees, survey fees, mortgage broker fees, removal costs and any Stamp Duty that may be payable.
Give us a call, or drop us an email, to see how we can help you buy your dream property.
Are you getting ready to sell during lockdown?
We have a few TOP TIPS for those who are looking to place their property on the market, now, or after the Government measures are lifted.
1. Get Advice.
Speak to our mortgage advisors to find out if you have an early repayment charge and if your current mortgage is the best one for your next house.
Use the lockdown to finish off and/or repair all those niggly bits you have been putting off. Such as tightening loose door handles, finishing off paint patches, and filling in any holes in walls etc.
3. First Impressions.
Make sure your kerb appeal is as good as it can be. There is nothing worse than a seeing an unloved garden gate, an overgrown lawn, flowerbed of weeds, and an unpainted front door.
4. Green Fingers.
We aren’t saying re-landscape but now is the time to make the most of this weather. Perhaps de-weed, wash down patios, mow the lawn and dismantle unused Children’s play equipment.
Deep clean your home including cupboards, lofts, sheds and garages, and store away any unnecessary items. You want to show as much space and give as much access to the property to potential buyers as possible. It also gives you a head start on your packing once you’ve sold.
Once you have completed your 'To-Do' list, why not arrange a video call valuation with us? We can give you further market advice and help create your selling plan.