Tenants

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Make your home Santa-friendly: What can renters do to decorate that won’t risk their deposit

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – but how can renters bring that festive feeling into their home without risking their deposit? It’s almost time to dust off your baubles, pick out a tree and pop the mince pies in the oven for Santa! But whether your Christmases are tasteful, silver lametta affairs, …

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Subletting: What you need to know

Subletting is when a tenant who is renting a property then rents part, or all, of that property to another person. Whether you are a tenant looking to let out a room in your rented house, a landlord navigating the legalities of the comings and goings in the student flat share you rent out, or …

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The Ins and Outs of Breathing Space

What is ‘Breathing Space’? Breathing Space is the informal name for the Debt Respite Scheme, which was introduced by the government in England and Wales during the pandemic when many people found themselves suddenly in tough financial situations and unable to keep up with rent, mortgage payments or bills.  The scheme gives people a minimum …

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The Private Rental Sector vs. Social Housing

Are private property rentals really of a higher standard than social housing? The quality of social housing and renting a house in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) has been in the news over the last few months, after Prince Charles delivered the Queen’s speech in parliament in May and revealed plans to overhaul the government’s …

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Property Prices Falling: Is now the time to invest?

So, is now the right time to invest in property, or should you wait for prices to fall? According to Rightmove, the average asking price is up 0.4% to £369,968. In London, the average has risen to £692,828. Yet property expert Tim Bannister says that while the market remains ‘hot’ right now, it is ‘moving …

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7 Ways to Prepare for the Next Energy Price Hike

The energy price crisis is far from over and is going to hit us all, so how can we prepare? Bills are set to rise again in October 2022 and January 2023 against the backdrop of the cost-of-living-crisis, our bank balances are really feeling the sting. But these seven actions could help you save a …

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Is Your Own Workspace the Key to a Happy Work From Home Life?

Thanks to Covid, millions of us began working from home in March 2020 – but has this affected an otherwise happy home life? Almost overnight homes had to adapt to become workspaces, and partners and housemates became co-workers. The hourly commute was swapped for a few seconds’ walk to the home desk; train fare and …

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Tenants Contents Insurance: Why don’t renters get it?

We write a lot about all the rights and responsibilities of landlords, but not everything falls on the owner of a property – tenants’ contents insurance is the responsibility of the renters. While tenants’ contents insurance is the responsibility of the renter, your landlord has some legal responsibilities to ensure the property they are letting …

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Which Laws Should Tenants Know About?

There’s actually quite a lot more legal protection for tenants than most people renting property realise. Over the last few months, the government has announced several measures and plans to try and improve the sector for tenants. Often people are worried about renting after reading horror stories about things going wrong – a leaking washing …

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How Can I Prepare for the Cost-of-Living Crisis?

The cost-of-living crisis will hit everyone – landlords and tenants alike. So how can you prepare for it? It has been a long few years and it seems it’s just one crisis after another, with the cost-of-living crisis following swiftly on the heels of the pandemic and multiple lockdowns. But what exactly is causing the …