Why Universal Credit claimants are likely to fall into rent arrears?
Studies have found that universal credit is still causing many tenants to fall into rent arrears. According to the Independent, if your tenant claims universal credit, they are six times more likely to fall into arrears with their rent than other benefit claimants. Research by the Residential Landlords Association also found that 54% of landlords had…Read more
Signs of insolvency: Is your commercial tenant is heading for insolvency?
Landlords must be able to recognise the signs that a commercial tenant is in financial distress to help them to minimise their losses. The number of UK companies going into administration hit a five year peak. There’s no doubt that businesses of all shapes and sizes are currently going through turbulent and uncertain economic times….Read more
Can a landlord enter a property that is under lease?
Many landlords mistakenly believe that because they own a property, they have a right to enter it as and when they wish. To avoid breaking the law, landlords should not enter a property that they are renting out without the express permission of their tenant. Although the landlord owns the property, whilst the tenant is…Read more
How to secure your rental property over Christmas
Landlords should up security at their rental property over the festive season to prevent crime from ruining Christmas. Over Christmas you may find that your rental property is left standing empty more frequently than usual whilst tenants take festive trips away and visit family and friends. Crime rates tend to peak around Christmas, making it…Read more
How to dispose of your business’ electrical waste
Technology develops at a rapid pace and businesses are continually required to upgrade their electrical equipment. Using modern technology can help your business to become more efficient and keep up with competitors. But once you’ve upgraded your phones, desktop computers or other electrical equipment, what do you do with the old ones? Rather than leaving…Read more
What to do if a tenant abandons a property
If your tenant vanishes into thin air before their tenancy has ended, it’s important to handle the situation with care. When a tenant mysteriously disappears, it can leave the landlord in a tricky situation. Whilst it may seem obvious that they have upped sticks and left, how can you be certain that they will not…Read more
Tips for preparing your rental property for the winter
Before the cold weather really kicks in, tick off these simple maintenance tasks to ensure that your rental property can take on whatever this winter throws at it. Taking the time to prepare your rental property for bad weather can help to protect it from damage and keep your tenants warm and comfortable this winter….Read more
What costs can be deducted from a tenant’s deposit?
The Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme provides some financial security to landlords. The Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme allows landlords to take a deposit from tenants when they first move into a property and store it securely. This deposit then acts as a security measure to deter tenants from causing damage to a property and provide landlords…Read more
How to secure your warehouse
Warehouses can be large and sprawling buildings, often in remote or isolated locations, making them particularly vulnerable to crime. Securing your warehouse can seem like a daunting task, but when it’s bursting with valuable stock, can you afford not to? The level of security suitable for your warehouse will depend on a variety of factors…Read more
How is the retail crisis affecting commercial landlords?
Landlords are feeling the effects of the retail crisis as shops close and retailers demand cheaper rent. According to analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Local Data Company (LDC), during the first half of 2019, 16 stores closed their doors every day, with only 9 new ones opening. This has resulted in a net decline…Read more
How to deal with tenants that aren’t keeping your property clean
Whilst it isn’t unreasonable to expect your tenants to keep your commercial property clean, asking your tenant to clean the space they’re renting isn’t a legally enforceable request. For the duration that a tenant occupies your property, it is their property, and they are entitled to manage the cleaning of the property in any way…Read more
Who is responsible for pest control in a rented property? Is the landlord responsible for pest control?
When a pest problem arises in rented property, it can be unclear whether it is the landlord or the tenant who is responsible for dealing with the problem. Whilst it is a landlord’s responsibility to ensure that rented property remains safe and habitable, it is also a tenant’s responsibility to clean and look after the…Read more
Tips for preventing pest problems in your rental property
Pest invasions are not only unpleasant and unhygienic for tenants; they can also cause considerable damage to your property. As a landlord, it is your responsibility to ensure that your rental property remains in a safe and habitable condition. However, when you don’t live in the property yourself, you are at risk of missing the…Read more
And another two bite the dust….
Some say it was simply a matter of time. Household name and chemist to the nation for decades, Boots, recently joined the growing list of high street stalwarts like Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, Barclays Bank and countless others who are shrinking their estates, by announcing the closure of around 200 Boots stores, mostly…Read more
Evicting a problem tenant costs landlords an average of £31,000
Research by leading London letting agent Benham and Reeves has found that, on average, it costs landlords over £31,000 to evict a rogue tenant. Falling victim of unscrupulous tenants can be a landlord’s worst nightmare. Dealing with the situation is not only time-consuming and stressful, it can also end up costing thousands of pounds. Leading…Read more
Concrete barriers and reflective signs
Concrete barriers are usually installed to prevent vehicle access onto; a vacant site, a closed road, or at site entrances to help prevent fly-tipping. Sometimes vacant sites and closed roads mean the area is poorly/low lit and this can be a concern for public safety. Concrete blocks, pavements and roads all blend into one colour…Read more
Is your tenant is illegally subletting your property?
WHAT TO DO NEXT Unless you have stated in your tenancy agreement that your tenant may sublet all or part of the property, subletting without your permission is against the law. There are many reasons why a landlord may not want their tenants to sublet. When a tenant sublets the landlord loses control over who…Read more
Tell-tale signs that your tenant is subletting your property
Illegal subletting can cause landlords serious problems, so it’s important to know what tell-tale signs to look out for. Unlawful subletting can void your insurance and result in overcrowding, complaints, and damage to your property. If your tenant is subletting all or parts of your property without your agreement, then they are breaking the law…Read more
What are the legal grounds for evicting a tenant?
Whilst landlords cannot and should not taking evicting tenants lightly, situations do sometimes arise that make it the best course of action. To evict a tenant, you will need to have legal grounds for doing so, it is not something that can be done on a whim. If you have reasonable grounds, then you will…Read more
Landlords increase rent in response to tenant fees ban
Since the Tenants Fees Act was introduced, many landlords have increased the price of rent to recoup their losses. The new Tenants Fees Act came into effect on 1 June 2019, preventing landlords from charging up-front admin fees and end of tenancy fees. Landlords found to be breaching the new law could be fined £5,000…Read more
What to do if your tenant loses their job
Losing their job is one of the commonest reasons that tenants fall into arrears with their rent. Whilst some tenants may be upfront about losing their job, in many cases the landlord will not be aware that there is a problem until the first missed rent payment. In some cases, tenants may have cash in…Read more
What is the Tenant Fees Act?
The new Tenant Fees Act 2019 was bought into effect on 1 June 2019 to prevent landlords and agents from charging private tenants excessive letting fees. It has been reported that the Tenant Fees Act will save UK renters £192 million a year but could cost landlords up to £83 million and letting agents £157…Read more
Landlords and Service Charges
How can landlords ensure that service charges are fair and ‘reasonably incurred’? Landlords should protect themselves from service charge disputes by using the tips and advice in this blog to ensure that their requests are fair and ‘reasonably incurred’. When tenants fall into arrears with their service charge payments it is often because they are…Read more
Tips for maintaining a landlord/tenant relationship
Clear and effective communication is key to maintaining good relationships with tenants to avoid disputes and rent arears. They say that communication is key to a good relationship, and this is certainly true for landlord/tenant relationships. Learning to communicate information effectively, clearly and professionally with tenants helps to prevent problems occurring and mistakes being made….Read more
How vacant property inspections could save you money
Vacant properties are at risk of being broken into by intruders and falling into disrepair due to problems going unnoticed. If a property you own becomes empty and you don’t live close by you may find it difficult to keep any eye on it. Using a professional property inspection service is an invaluable way of…Read more
How to make your vacant property appear occupied
Use the tips in this blog to reduce the risk of your vacant property being targeted by intruders. If your property becomes vacant it is at risk of falling victim to petty criminals, vandals, and squatters. Taking a few simple measures can help to disguise the fact that your property is empty and protect it…Read more
Government set to end no-fault section 21 evictions
The government have announced plans to end Section 21 no-fault evictions, meaning landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants at short-notice without good reason. Under current laws, landlords can use Section 21 to evict tenants from their property with as little as two months’ notice once their fixed-term tenancy period has ended. What…Read more
Avoid making these common service charge errors
Landlords should take care to avoid these common service charge errors to prevent non-payment and disputes with leaseholders. If you want to avoid time-consuming disputes it’s important to ensure that you are issuing service charge demands that are fair, ‘reasonably incurred’, legally recoverable and good value for money. Here are five common mistakes that landlords…Read more
CCTV & GDPR one year on
In a recent investigation we revealed alarming levels of non-compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force on 25 May 2018, specifically where the use of CCTV is concerned. The reasons for this worrying discovery were multiple, but appeared mainly to be because the management responsible hadn’t bothered to read…Read more
What are the benefits of static CCTV towers?
Static CCTV towers offer a convenient and cost-effective way of providing temporary sites with round the clock surveillance to deter criminals. Static CCTV towers can either be used alone or alongside security guards to provide reliable surveillance of many different types of outdoor site. Quick and convenient to set up and use, CCTV towers are…Read more
Bespoke Security Solutions… because each client’s need is different
Security is a factor in everyone’s lives these days, even if people don’t realise or think about it. Planters outside important buildings often aren’t simple containers for flower arrangements, they’re reinforced concrete barriers to stop ram raids and suicide bombs, and CCTV surrounds us everywhere, inside and out. With bodycams and dashcams, number plate and…Read more
Steps to take after a burglary at your business
Discovering that your business has been burgled is very distressing, make sure that you know how to handle the situation safely and efficiently. If you discover that your commercial property has been broken into, take the following five steps to safely report the burglary, start your insurance claim, and minimise disruption to your business. Don’t…Read more
How to reduce the risk of squatters moving into your vacant property
Landlords can save themselves time, money and hassle by taking measures to protect their vacant properties from squatters. Finding that squatters have moved into a vacant property is a common but worrying problem for landlords. Whilst squatting is not illegal, many squatters break the law by damaging the property to gain entry. Dealing with squatters…Read more
Metal Theft – How bad is the problem?
Metal theft costs the UK economy an estimated £1 Billion per year – It’s a serious problem that isn’t going away. The resale value of certain commonly used metals continues to make metal theft a highly prized activity for adventurous, risk-taking thieves, not only in the UK but right across Europe. From office blocks to…Read more
How to deter criminals from breaking into your commercial property
Leaving your commercial property vulnerable to a break-in puts you, your employees, and your business’ assets at risk. Security should always be a priority for every business owner. If you’re not proactively preparing your business for a break-in then your business is in a precarious position. Most burglars are opportunists, so a lot of crime…Read more
Construction Site Theft: Don’t be one of the 1 in 5
In October 2018 the Federation of Master Builders reported that tool theft was at an all-time high and FMB CEO, Brian Berry, said: “More than half of builders in the UK have fallen foul of tool theft with concerns growing over a crime wave wreaking havoc across the construction industry. Tools are being stolen from vans…Read more
Why perform a corporate credit risk report on new clients?
Corporate credit risk reports help landlords to avoid high risk tenants and monitor the financial performance of existing tenants to mitigate financial loss. Late and non-paying customers can have a devastating effect on your business’ cash flow, and poor cash flow is one of the leading reasons businesses go bust. Performing a corporate credit risk…Read more
Signs your business could benefit from a security guard
Security guard services are valuable for protecting your business from both internal and external threats to mitigate financial loss and improve safety. Unsure whether your business requires a security guard? Here are five signs your business could benefit from one. Often the presence of a security guard is enough of a deterrent to prevent criminal…Read more
Clearway’s cleaning of Hammersmith Bridge reveals dangerous structural damage
On 11th April 2019, Hammersmith bridge, opened in 1887, was closed indefinitely as engineers found cracks in the structure that have raised serious safety issues. Prior to this decision, Clearway were called in to provide specialist cleaning services to remove years of caked-on, hardened pigeon guano (droppings), to enable engineers to assess the bridge’s structure….Read more
Evicting travellers from commercial land using a Writ of Possession
If attempts to remove travellers from your land using common law have been unsuccessful, then you will need to obtain a writ of possession. Although most travellers can be removed from private land under common law, there are some circumstances that may require help from the court. If the situation is complicated or there is…Read more
Do you suspect your tenant is dealing drugs on your property
If you have suspicions that your commercial property is being used to deal with or grow illegal drugs, you have a responsibility to act but should proceed with caution. If a property manager discovers that your commercial property is being used for illegal activities of any kind can be alarming. Not only could it result…Read more
The rubbish problem around us…
Fly-tipping is a scourge on any landscape, in the countryside, our city streets or any likely property with a bit of space, especially if it is vacant. Unfortunately, this blight is on the rise as cash-strapped councils, desperate to save money, increase the cost of bulk waste removal services and cowboy operators seek to avoid…Read more
Warning signs your tenant may be involved in illegal drugs
Landlords have a responsibility to educate themselves in the warning signs that a tenant may be using or dealing drugs on their property. Finding out that a tenant is growing, cooking, dealing or taking drugs on your property is every landlord’s worst nightmare. And unfortunately, it’s something that it’s impossible to completely guard yourself against….Read more
Top reasons service charge arrears occur
Getting to the bottom of why your leaseholder is in service charge arrears can help you to decide on the best course of action. If you’re a landlord or property management company, receiving your service charge payments on time is important to your cash flow. And retaining good cash flow is essential, as problems with…Read more
Closed retail store becomes dumping ground to squatters
When a retail park-size store closes-down it immediately presents an opportunity for the premises to be illegally occupied and even for the property to be squatted. Not only does this carry the stress of arranging court enforcement eviction for squatters but also the high cost associated with the damage and mess and health risks left…Read more
Worst hit areas for Japanese Knotweed revealed
Japanese knotweed is one of the most invasive and destructive plants in the UK. The extremely aggressive plant can grow up to four inches a day in the summer and the plant’s roots can spread so far underground finding its way into existing cracks in concrete, pathways and walls or it finds its way into…Read more
Keeping your tools and construction site secure
According to the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) one in five tradespeople experience theft and vandalism every single week, with many crimes not being reported so the figures are undoubtedly conservative. It paints an extremely concerning picture, especially as insurers Allianz Cornhill reckon that theft alone is estimated to cost the UK construction industry more than a…Read more
Homebase store secured
In August 2018, the DIY chain, Homebase, announced it was closing 42 stores across the country by the Spring of 2019 and that a further 70 stores were under on-going review pending negotiations with the stores’ landlords. Homebase stores are invariably on retail parks and their out-of-town centre sites makes keeping the vacant buildings secure…Read more
Keyless doors: What every keyholder wants
Being a keyholder is a pain. You always seem to be called out at the most inconvenient time but someone has to control out of hours entry and access to or within buildings, or when a property is otherwise vacant and needs to be kept secure. Of course there’s nothing like a good, solid security…Read more
You’ll never take a night bus again….
Have you been watching the latest series of #Luther? And last week it was reported there were 132 murders in London in 2018, a 10 year high, and the City overtook New York for the first time in the number of homicides. There was a 12% rise across the UK (excluding the London and Manchester…Read more