Frost's Blog - Local News & Events

July 26th 2021
Over the last month, we have spent time training our staff on the new Right to Rent checks that we need to carry out on behalf of our landlords, following the UK’s departure from the EU.
July 19th 2021
Running our busy property management department is no easy task.  With ever changing legislation, having to work around the various restrictions of the last year whilst protecting the interest of our landlords, our Head of Property Management; Melanie Hughes is a busy lady!
July 12th 2021
The English Housing Survey is a national survey of housing conditions and energy efficiency in England.   New data, just released, provides the findings from the 2019-20 survey which shows a dramatic rise in the energy efficiency of private rental property.   Some 38 per cent of homes in the private rented sector and 36 per cent of owner occupied homes were in EPC bands A to C in 2019 - that’s up from 13 per cent and eight per cent respectively in 2009.  
July 5th 2021
Whilst there is no legal requirement for landlords to take out a dedicated insurance policy, (although most buy-to-let mortgages come with the condition that you have to have it) a conventional home insurance policy will not cover you for rental activities.  Furthermore, if you have a mortgage on your property, it is more than likely your mortgage lender will require you to take out insurance before you take on tenants.
June 24th 2021
The Landlords safety pack will include 3 risk assessments covering the key issues of:  Legionella Risk Assesment HHSRS (Housing Health & Safety Rating System) and Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Testing.  Detailed reports on each risk assessment will be provided upon completion, together with any identified works required.
June 14th 2021
From this September, the Government will ban the sale of halogen light bulbs and from September 2023, legislation will also include the removal of fluorescent lights from shelves in a bid to tackle climate change.  
June 14th 2021
The Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017 claimed 72 lives, and exposed the dangers of inflammable cladding on residential tower blocks, and has become known as 'The Cladding Scandal'.  This triggered calls for changes to UK building regulations and the strengthening of fire safety measures.  
June 1st 2021
On the 12th May, the Government announced a shortening of the extended notice periods brought in during 2020 to protect tenants from eviction during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.  From 1st June 2021, notice periods in England that are currently six months, will now be reduced to four months.
May 29th 2021
Meet Cherry Maddern, our move in progressor.  Cherry joined us in November last year, bringing a wealth of experience and superb customer focused approach from a career within the lettings market. 
May 12th 2021
Great News for Landlords!  If you are an existing Landlord with Frost's and have additional properties within your portfolio which are not managed by our team, we are offering a 3 month management fee free period, if you bring the additional property to us to look after*.
May 6th 2021
Covid-19 may have left some tenants struggling to pay their rent, and this new law will ensure they have some "breathing space", giving them time to find a way to pay off their debts.  The Debt Respite Scheme came into effect from 4 May 2021. 
May 6th 2021
This month we wanted to highlight Sophie Hutchinson, our newly appointed Lettings Manager for St Albans.  Sophie lives locally in the area and has worked within the property industry for over 9 years, been with Frosts for almost 6 years, and  gained a huge wealth of property knowledge during this time.