September 28th 2021
Last week was Gas Safety week, and served as a timely reminder that as a landlord letting a residential property, you have a legal duty to ensure it is safe for your tenants. According to figures by Gas Safe Register, one in four homes in the UK has a potentially dangerous gas appliance.
September 27th 2021
An inventory/schedule of condition is one of the best ways you can protect yourself as a responsible landlord. By recording the conditions of the property from the outset of the tenancy, you can show tenants in what condition the property should be returned to you, show any deterioration at the end of the tenancy, and evidence damage to the deposit scheme if there is a dispute.
September 25th 2021
Kitty started her property management journey in 2014, following completion of her degree in music.After joining Frosts property management team in November 2018, Kitty has achieved a level 3 ARLA certification and has since achieved a promotion to Senior Property Manager.
September 25th 2021
If you are looking to serve a notice on your tenant, you should wait until 1 October 2021 to serve your notice as the expiry date will then be sooner.Under Coronavirus legislation Section 21 notices currently have a notice period of 4 months whereas from 1 October it will go back to being 2 months.
August 26th 2021
With a 120% rise in demand for pet friendly rental properties compared to last summer, according to new data from Rightmove, should landlords welcome pet owners and potentially a greater pool of tenants to choose from?
August 23rd 2021
The UK rental sector has become more and more competitive in the past decade, with people’s tastes, needs and preferences changing over time.By setting your rental property up to cater towards a specific target audience, you could be able to attract tenants who are willing to pay a little more rent to enjoy the lifestyle they desire.
August 23rd 2021
Melanie Hughes, Head of Property Management at Frost’s Estate and Letting Agents in St Albans, has achieved the Propertymark Qualifications Level 4 Certificate in Residential Letting and Property Management.
August 10th 2021
Richard is a Senior Mortgage Consultant for Embrace Financial Services (EFS). Richard started his career as an Estate Agent. He became a Financial Adviser in 2011 in Eastbourne and started providing advice at Frost’s in 2014. After just 12 months Richard was promoted to Senior Financial Consultant recognising his commitment to excellent customer service.
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.