Haydar Sehri's blog

Haydar Sehri's blog

Another new Regulation; The Homes (Fit for Human Habitation) Act 2018

Yet another set of new legislation is under way targeted at raising the standards for rented accommodation. The Homes (Fit for Human Habitation) Act 2018 came into force on the 20th March 2019. It is designed to ensure that all rented accommodation is fit for human habitation, strengthening tenants’ means of redress against the minority of landlords who do not fulfil their obligations to keep their properties safe.

Thinking about broadband speeds in London?

Thinking about broadband speeds in London? Need faster broadband, or moving home and concerned about the internet speed in your new home?

Broadband speeds across the capital vary considerably, with some areas among the lowest in the UK. However, there's no need to put up with low speeds, wherever you live. Just make sure you're aware of the options and find the deal that works for you.

Superfast Speeds Across the UK...But Not in London

Rental Trends

 

 

Well, if you’re a landlord outside London, it’s good news according to Sam Mitchell of Rightmove. Rental prices in the UK have seen an average rise of 2.8% in quarter 2 (April-June) this year. London has not fared so well with a modest fall of -0.2%.

 

The annual picture doesn’t offer a much better outlook with rent decreasing in London by -3.2% over the past year as opposed to a 1.9% increase across the UK.

 

How much is your property really worth?

As much as you love your home, it’s time to move so you have an estate agent over to value your property. They come in, tell you how lovely it is and much to your surprise value it for a hefty chunk over what you expected for it. You’re delighted. A few months later after agreeing to their high fees and you still haven’t sold with the few viewings you have only generating one offer for well below asking price.  What has happened to that hefty chunk the estate agent promised and why won’t they let you leave your contract to go with another agent that has buyers waiting?

 

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

In the right hands, gas is safe, however if things go wrong gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous substance produced by the incomplete burning of carbon-based products, such as natural gas and liquid petroleum gas (LPG). This happens when a gas appliance has been incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained. It can also occur if flues, chimneys or vents are blocked.

Dalston Property Market News

 

Prices in Dalston could be up by as much as £126,000 by 2020

Dalston has shown its mettle in the last few years and remains a particularly buoyant and robust part of the UK property market. In the aftermath of the credit crunch, some parts of the UK saw prices fall by as much as 8% (2007 vs 2009), but here in E8, prices held steady and have risen consistently since 2000.

Rogue Landlords

It’s getting harder by the year to be a bad landlord and rightly so. From the day of Charles Dickens and the age of reform where landlords could get away with murder (quite literally) to today where increasing regulation helps weed out the worst of us.

 

The most recent tool against rogue landlords and agents is from the Housing and Planning Act 2016, in particular, rent repayment orders.   As with most punitive action this hits landlords where it hurts; in the pocket.  A landlord may be forced to repay up to a year’s worth of rent to tenants if they:

 

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