Rental Advice For Students

Rental Advice For Students

Tenant Advice

If you’re a student and planning to move away from home as part of your studies, or you already live in a different city with accommodation provided by your university, it’s time to start think about your accommodation next year. Are you going to have to move out of where you are now and find yourself a private landlord? If so, there is some advice you should bear in mind when renting properly for the first time.

Specialist letting agents for students do exist, so wherever you’re studying it’s best to try and identify a local expert as soon as you can, and go to them for some guidance and a place to start looking. They usually service a particular region, and often assist students from several universities. For example, Varsity Lets provides Loughbrough University student accommodation primarily, but they do service the wider Leicestershire area. On the subject of student lettings, they explain the challenges students tend to face: “Students face a unique set of problems when renting for the first time, which can be pretty confusing. We do see a lot of people who are panicking slightly about being away from home or taking on the responsibility that comes with being in charge of a property. It’s just about good planning and having an understanding of what both parties need to do.” Continue reading “Rental Advice For Students”

Using Stainless Steel In Interior Design

Using Stainless Steel In Interior Design

Landlord Advice, Property Development

When you’re developing a property there are lots of design considerations to be made throughout the process. Using different materials is always hugely important in interior design, as there are often lots of different functions to one particular element in a room. For example, objects you choose to include in your room have to look attractive as well as being appropriate for what they’re going to be used for. This is especially true in kitchens, and that’s why using stainless steel kitchen worktops, splash backs and more features may be a perfect choice.

Stainless steel is obviously a variation on steel, a fantastically versatile metal made from iron with carbon and other elements added in through chemical processes to produce different characteristics. Mild steel is a standard type this is often used internally for construction, as well as for frames, brackets, supports and other small elements in pieces of furniture. Continue reading “Using Stainless Steel In Interior Design”

Emergency Repairs On Your Rental Property

Emergency Repairs On Your Rental Property

Landlord Advice, Property Maintenance

As a landlord, there are plenty of potential headaches that are easily avoidable regardless of who your tenants are. If you are a landlord it is your responsibility to ensure your property is always kept up to a high enough standard for people to live in comfortably and according to what you have agreed. Emergency repairs may be necessary from time to time, although it can be tricky to judge what counts as an emergency if you’re inexperienced. Here are some examples of times when it would be the responsibility of the landlord to implement a fix as soon as possible.

1) Emergency plumbing and heating

“As we all know, the weather can take a toll on a property and its occupants. When it’s freezing cold and your property’s boiler needs servicing, this can be classed as an emergency for your tenants,” advised Jerry from Fast Action, emergency plumbers in Edinburgh. “Ensure you have the number of an emergency plumber and heating engineer so you can get this fixed quickly should you need to.”

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Who’s Going To Fix This Mess?

Who’s Going To Fix This Mess?

Landlord Advice, Property Maintenance, Tenant Advice

Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, nobody wants to end up fighting over whose responsibility it is to fix a particular problem with their rental property. However, in many cases it can be inevitable because things have not been decided clearly enough in advance. In all cases, the best thing to do is ensure you have a written agreement that both parties sign, meaning that in future you can refer back to your document and establish who needs to deal with a particular issues as and when it crops up.

However, it can be tricky to know where to start when drawing up your agreement. Here are a few ideas of where the responsibility lies for a few specific examples.

The landlord is normally responsible for…

– Emergency plumbing and heating repairs, such as when there is no hot water or the heating doesn’t work properly in the winter
– Safe and functional electric wiring
– Security of the property, including locks and all exterior doors
– Serious leaks of any kind, whether water or gas, in the roof or the floor
– Damage to the property from a storm, a fire or other accidents
– Failure of essential appliances in the property that the landlord provided
– Reimbursing tenants if they had to pay for any of these emergency services

Landlords are also generally responsible for smaller repairs and anything that goes wrong with something they have provided. However, not all of these things have to be dealt with immediately, only within a “reasonable” amount of time. For this reason it’s a good idea for tenants to request everything in writing, so there is evidence that the landlord was informed of what needed doing and had the appropriate amount of time to ensure it was completed.

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Hire A Plumber Or Do It Yourself?

Hire A Plumber Or Do It Yourself?

Property Maintenance

You might find yourself taking on a lot of odd jobs yourself if you’re maintaining your own property to rent out or sell on. Depending on your experience, sometimes it’s faster and cheaper to simply put your mind to a task and get it done without the hassle of hiring a professional. However, when it comes to plumbing, you might want to reconsider getting the job done by a plumber who knows their trade best.

On the one hand, you can indeed save time by getting the job done yourself. When you factor in the time spent looking up ideas of who to call, following up references, negotiating a deal, finding a time that suits both parties to complete the work, waiting for payment to go through, not even accounting for any possible delays, it can take much longer to have professionals tradesmen come in to do the work for you.

Sometimes this is made worse by the fact that professionals might be paid by the hour, so they may not be in a rush to finish the work to your tight schedule. You might find it’s much more cost effective to spend that money ensuring you have the best quality materials and tools, meaning you can make sure the plumbing work you do is up to the same standard as the rest of your own work. You also get the added benefit of adding a new skill to your repertoire, and once you’ve learned something once you can save money in future by never hiring an expensive professional again! Continue reading “Hire A Plumber Or Do It Yourself?”