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A fully managed service is something that a lot of lettings agents will advise that you go for, for a number of reasons. When choosing to go for a fully managed service over a let only service it can be quite hard to understand the difference between the two. We have put together a list of why you should choose the fully managed service and what it offers you. 

Hands off approach for the landlord -

This is the better option if you work full time or live in a different area to the one you are renting the property in as it alows for the lettings agency to have full control over the day to day running of the property. 

Point of contact for both the tenants and landlord- 

Any issues that need to be sorted will go thorugh the agency. This means any maintenance works will be organised by the lettings agency and agrred with both the tenants and landlords, which makes it a lot easier for both parties to get job finished. 

Collecting the rent -

The lettings agency will be able to collect the rent and sort out the payment process with tenants. This means that every month the rent will be paid through a standing order and if it isn't paid the tenants will be called asking why the rent hasn't been paid and if it continues for more than 24 hours the landlord is notified of the situation. 

Help to limit tenant changes - 

This is a great point if you are looking for a long-term contract, as it would allow the tenants to form a relationship with the managing agents, which would encourage them to keep renewing the contract and stay in the property rather than constantly changing the tenants in the property. This is especially important if you are a landlord that doesn't live in the area of the property you're renting out as some tenants can fel as though they are unable to contact their landlord and are more likely to leave due to being unable to have sufficient contact with their landlord. 

Day to day management - 

The day to day management of the properties would fall to the lettings agents so this may be anything from a little problem to a bigger issue, the lettings agents would be able to sort out the problems without the need for the landord to visit the proeprty everytime an issue occurs. 

Inspections - 

Landlords often tend to forget to inspect their property on the assumption that because rents are paid on time the property will be in good condition, this isn't always the case. However, with Leighton Paul Property we carry out routine inspections and flag any issue immediately, which keeps the property condition to a good level for the course of the tenancy. 

Rent Guarantee Insurance - 

Clients have the opportunity to purchase rental guaratee insuranace when taking up a managed service, which allows them to adequately forecast their income with the guarantee that rents will be paid to them even if the tenant didn't. Rent Guarantee policies also include a legal policy which pays for the tenants eviction should they default on their rent payment obligations; this legal policy includes the serving of section notices through to court eviction. 

 

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Rented properties are known for being hard to decorate and you don’t know what you can and can’t do which can cause a lot of issues for the tenants. We have created a list of ways to help make the property feel like home without getting into trouble with the landlord. 

Soft furnishes:

Soft FurnishesThese are a brilliant way to help bring some colour into a room which other wise can be seen as boring and plain. Furnishes such as pillows or throws can be easily added into a room to help brighten it up or to bring it more to your taste, adding two or three pillows to a brown couch will help to add some dimension and bring your own personality through into the room.  

Mirrors:

Having big or small mirrors will help to make the room look bigger than what it actually is and to help add an added element to any room in the property. If you can’t hang mirrors on the walls think about having a bigger mirror that’s just freestanding in the corner of a room to help add the wow factor and the illusion that the room is bigger than it is.

Rugs:

RugsAdding a rug into a room will always make it feel more like home and add cosiness to the room. The rug will enable you to add more dimensions to the room and add some extra colour into it as well, especially if you don’t like the carpets that are already down.

Storage:

Being in a rented property can mean you are unable to put shelving up which can cause issues when you want more space for all of your things. Another way to get round the storage issue is to get freestanding storage units which you can customise to your taste to help add your own personal stamp on the property without doing something to the actual property.

Lighting: Lighting

Lighting is a key way to help add a personal touch to a room that can help to open the room up. Adding a slightly bigger light to the room such as a floor lamp will help to open up a room and make it feel more homely.

Flowers:

Adding flowers into a property will help to add some brightness into the property. Real flowers or fake flowers will all give the same effect so depending on the type of property you have would depend on which ones you choose to go for.

FlowersAdding pictures:

Putting pictures into the property is the biggest and easiest way to make a property feel like home. Whether it is family photos or general pictures it will all help to make the property feel like a proper home rather than somewhere, where you may only be staying for a few months or years. 

 

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Shared accommodation is becoming a popular choice for people who are on a tighter budget, or students that have started university. It’s allowing people to move out who are on a strict budget and to give them the independence of leaving home, even though it may be easier for people to be able to do it does come with its fair share of positives and negatives, we have put together the positives and negatives of shared accommodation so you can see if this type of accommodation would suit you.

Positives:

  • Shared costs –

This is the biggest positive for people who need somewhere fairly cheap. A lot of the big bills will be shared throughout everyone in the property rather than one person having to pay for it all. This can include the water, gas and electricity bill being spread between everyone, which means that if you are on a tight budget it, makes it a lot easier to be able to afford to move.

  • Never being alone –

If you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy being on their own all the time then shared accommodation can be something that suits you better as you are likely to be with someone all the time. If you’re in the property with more than 2 tenants then you’re more likely to always have company compared to if you lived on your own.

  • Meeting new people –

If you’re someone who enjoys meeting new people and enjoys being able to socialise then moving into shared accommodation would suit you. Moving in with new people can be a daunting experience but being someone who doesn’t mind talking and socialising with new people it can be a lot easier to do.

  • Sharing things –

This can be seen as a negative or positive point but being able to share items you wouldn’t else be able to get has always got to be a positive point. If you’re stuck without something that you need to have access to as soon as possible and one of your roommates have it then it saves you a trip to the shops or a phone call to another person asking if they have it.

Negatives:

  • Not being able to get on with roommates –

You don’t ever really know someone until you live with them so moving into a house full of strangers is always going to hard as you’re going to find out first hand what they are really like. This also goes for friends who you are have decided to move in with, once you move in with each other you may find that they are a different person to live with which can cause tension in your relationship.

  • Not able to have your own space –

A lot of shared accommodations will either have a kitchen, bathroom and living room that you would have to share with everyone else in the property, which means that if you want your own space to be able to relax in the you may find it hard as everyone else might want to do the same.

  • If others refuse to pay –

This is a big problem if you are sharing the day-to-day costs such as water, gas, electricity and Wi-Fi. If the other person or people don’t pay their share then it can become a struggle as you could end up having to pay their half so something doesn’t get cut off.

  • Your personal space might be smaller than you want –

Opting for a shared accommodation property might leave you with little space to be able to do things in. Sometimes all you will get to yourself is your bedroom, which can be fairly small depending on the shared property you opt for and what condition the property is in.

Shared accommodation can be the best option for a lot of people and hopefully this article will show you the good and bad points about sharing accommodation. 

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Living alone can be a scary experience that a lot of people might struggle with at first. Due to the uncertainty that a lot of people can face when moving in alone we have put together some key tips that we feel would make it a lot easier when you move.

1. Budgeting

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Being able to budget and plan where your money is going will help you to be able to afford everything and to not panic and worry where the money will be coming from as you should of already budgeted it into your monthly allowance.    

2. Don’t become unorganised

This is a big issue for people who are new to living on their own, especially if its your first time away from your parents, as you will quickly become disorganised in every aspect of day to day living. A key tip to avoid this is to keep track of what is going on, such as being careful how long you leave before washing your clothes and also leaving any dirty dishes around.

3. Take up new hobbies

The biggest thing you need to do is make sure your aren’t isolating yourself away from friends and family, instead your going out 1-2 times a week doing things you enjoy for example, seeing friends or taking up a new hobby like football or reading. This will allow you to not be isolated away from everyone and will instead allow you to still be included in things.

4. Make sure your new place has sufficient security

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Whenever your moving into a new place alone make sure the property is fitted with enough security, this can include strong locks on the doors, an alarm system and secured areas such as the garden being sealed off completely and not missing a fence panel. If you know that the property has enough security it will enable you to have peace of mind that you are in a secure environment.   

5. Be nice to neighbours

Being nice to your neighbours will mean that you have someone to help you out if you need something, it would allow for you to feel safe knowing your neighbours were looking out for you. Just having a general chat with them will make them more likely to look out for you whether it be helping if you need help or taking a parcel for you when you’re out, if you make a good relationship with them then that would continue and help you when living on your own.

6. The biggest tip is to give it time

Don’t expect to move in and everything works out first time, things will go wrong and you will need time to settle into being alone.  You may find that the first week is great as you get over the buzz of moving in alone but once that’s over you may find you feel lonely or there is no one to talk to which is why you need to give yourself time to settle into the routine of being alone and not always coming home to find somewhere there to vent to about the bad day at work. Keeping yourself occupied and entertained will always help to combat the loneliness but once you’ve been in the property a few weeks it will feel normal. 

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When completing a property search, whether it be for a rented property or to buy a property you would need to have an idea of what you already want, if you don’t know what you’re looking for then an estate agent will also struggle to help you.  The key tips that we have put together is to help you to get the most out of a property search and to hopefully help you to get a property.

  1. The first tip and the most important, in our opinion, is being specific. Include key information like how many bedrooms you would need, if you need parking and if you would need it furnished or unfurnished. Along with all of that alwaysproperty search include your maximum budget, this will help an estate agent to narrow down your results and stops you from viewing properties, which are completely out of your price range.
  2. Always check the property out, whether you are buying or renting if a property has some maintenance issues it will become your problems to sort out as a landlord could be ignoring or hiding the fact that something is there. Always have a good look around to make sure issues  uch as damp, the heating and windows are all fine as they could end up costing you money if you decide to go for the property.
  3. Have some areas that you have already looked in to, you can think your getting a bargain when in actual fact you are living in a run down area. Pick 2-3 areas that you would like to move to and make sure they suit your needs in terms of travelling to work or school on a daily basis.
  4. Check what is included in the monthly rent, some places can include your bills but others will leave it out and you will have to sort your own bills out.
  5. Always be friendly whether it be to the agent or the seller, it will always help you if you want the property. If you’re rude they will be less likely to give you the property, as they may not want someone with a rude or ignorant attitude to have the property.