Property Management Guide: Winter Tips

Property Management Guide: Winter Tips

Property Management Guide: Winter Tips

As the mercury begins to drop, signalling the start of Winter proper, it’s a perfect opportunity to remind renters that the cold weather can cause all manner of issues in your home, especially if no action is taken to counter the effects of the adverse weather.

To provide a lending hand the Young London Property Management team put our heads together and came up with some top tips that can help renters protect their home as the cold winter months close in.

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Supporting Gas Safety Week 2014

Gas Safety Week 2014

Gas Safety Week 2014

Yesterday the Gas Safe Register kicked off their annual ‘Gas Safety Week’, a nationwide campaign designed to raise awareness of gas safety for the UK’s 23 million gas fuelled homes.

Gas Safety Week 2014 will be backed up with national advertising and media coverage as well as various events throughout the week.

The campaign hopes to get across its gas safety message as September is the time when many people will be turning on their boilers for the first time in preparation for winter.

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The Importance of an Inventory

The Importance of an Inventory

The Importance of an Inventory

As an award-winning property management agency we realise how important it is to compile a comprehensive and clear inventory at the start of every tenancy.

A detailed inventory will make sure the resident is aware of the condition that the property is expected to be in when they vacate (after taking into account fair wear and tear incurred during the tenancy).

What goes in to an inventory?

An inventory is a full and detailed report which outlines the contents of a property including all furniture, fixtures and fittings, crockery and kitchenware. There will also be a record of the condition of each room that will detail the location and extent of any visible knocks, marks, chips, stains, scratches or damage.

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Young London’s tips for a perfect spring clean

Young London’s tips for a perfect spring clean

Young London’s tips for a perfect spring clean

Spring has sprung and that means it is time to get the cleaning equipment out.

The Young London Property Management team have gathered some of the top tips we provide to our residents throughout the year to help them in their obligation to look after their home.

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The importance of a professional inventory & check-in report

Some landlords feel that the cost of instructing a professional inventory provider, to compile an inventory and check-in report, is not worth the cost. Some feel that they are better off drawing up a list of items in the property themselves and leaving it at that.

It is to these landlords that I urge to rethink as the benefits of having a professional inventory and check-in far outweigh the nominal cost involved.

Inventory

This itemises and details the property (fixtures, fittings, furnishings, etc.) and therefore, the inventory should not change much from tenancy to tenancy, unless the property has been refurbished/re-decorated.

Check-in report

This details the condition of the property, fixtures, fittings and furnishing on the date that a tenancy starts. It will include a schedule of condition that provides the landlord with a general overview of the property i.e. cleanliness, decorative condition etc.
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Property Management Guide: General tips for maintaining your home all year round!

Property Management Guide

Property Management Guide

Everyone at Young London wants our residents to enjoy their home, which is why I like to produce handy guides.

This entry of my Property Management Guide series (which includes Proactive Home Care & Basic Fault Finding) will provide you with a host of general tips to help maintain your home all year round.

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Property Management Guide: Proactive home care

Sometimes it is the simplest of things that we forget to do that can lead to larger issues later on.

So, as head of Young London’s Property Management team, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a proactive home care guide. This is a list of things that sometimes get overlooked when people live in a property.

Even if there is only one new piece of information from this list, it will still have been a success.

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Property Management Guide: Spring Clean 2013

Spring Clean 2013

Spring Clean 2013

At some point in the coming months the majority of people will partake in the annual ritual known as the “Spring Clean”. This, for the uninitiated, is the time of year when a property is cleaned from top to toe.

There are many tasks that should be completed regularly all year round to ensure that your home stays in tip top condition such as vacuuming, cleaning the facilities and other minor things. During a spring clean you should clean things that you normally overlook or put off due to time constraints.

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Property Management Guide: Basic fault finding

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Property Management Guide

The Young London Property Management team are there to help our residents when the need arises and we believe that the fantastic service they provide gives our residents, and landlords,  peace of mind.

In the post are some hints and pointers to help assist residents in identifying potential faults which assist the Property Management department in being able to help effectively resolve any issues. Effective fault finding at this stage can help a tenant remedy issues.

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New deposit scheme launching

DPS launch new deposit scheme

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A new deposit scheme, being launched by the Deposit Protection Service, claims to have the cheapest tenancy deposit rates in the market

The new insurance-backed scheme will be in addition to the DPS’s custodial service, and will go head to head with the ARLA’s TDS and the NLA’s Mydeposits.
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How to Clean Grout and Remove Mold

In this blog we will look at grout, which is a material that seals things like tiles together. Grout is not something you want to remove – it is an essential tool! However it is often used in bathrooms which means it can go black and moldy – which is not pleasant and rather unsightly. So I am going to show you how to prevent that moldy mildew that can grow on grout, and I will also give you some tips on cleaning it if it gets into a bad state. Read more of this post

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Why Young London carries out its own inventories

Inventories

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A warning to landlords, from The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC), has been issued saying that they are potentially exposing themselves to a greater risk of deposit disputes if they carry out their own inventories.

Recent research shows that half of landlords have experienced a dispute in regards to the return of a deposit, with 88% saying the most common grievance that they had was with cleanliness.

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The importance of gas safety

Gas Safety Week

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As part of Gas Safety Week, Young London is helping to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of why gas appliances should be well maintained and tested by an authorised Gas Safe engineer on an annual basis.

Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which can be caused by unsafe central heating systems, gas cookers or gas fires.  The consequences can be fatal.  Read more of this post

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Summer Time Property Maintenance Tips

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Chris Everett - Ant

Summer is a great time of year, especially when the sun is out!

Summer gives us a legitimate excuse to eat ice cream, break out our summer clothes and hopefully relax outdoors, basking in the sun. But just because it is summer it does not mean we should slack when it comes to looking after our homes, especially for anyone renting who would like to get their deposit back.

So to continue our series on Property Maintenance we look to provide you with some top tips for looking after your home during the summer months:
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Property Maintenance Top Tips

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Clean House Worksheet

If you have read our PRSupdate blog before, you may have come across the spring cleaning tips that we posted last month. Hopefully you found it an easy way to break up your cleaning into manageable (and possibly even enjoyable?!) chunks.

That said, there were plenty of one-off incidents not mentioned in that post. From children drawing on walls to spillages, unexpected accidents need to be cleaned up – and usually right away. Today we hope to let you in on a few tips and tricks to keep your home in tip top condition. Read more of this post

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