Tenancy fee ban and how it affects Agents / Landlords

The Tenants Frees Act came into effect in June 2019 to protect tenants and applies to all new or renewal of tenancy agreements signed after this date.

Are clients allowing accompanied appointments for check ins and check outs

Check in and check out reports are important for both landlords and tenants. The report outlines the condition of a property, as well as its contents both at the start and at the end of a tenancy.

How are mid-term inspections being carried out since Covid?

Mid-term inspections are important for both tenants and landlords. These reports are a formal check of the property and usually take place during the tenancy at regular every 3 months.

How has Covid changed the rental market

The housing market in general has been impacted in different and unusual ways by COVID. Some renters or flat owners decided that they want more space and have moved to or bought houses in the countryside. The exodus from the cities is real.

How to remove limescale from shower screens

Have you noticed that your shower screen is becoming murky and rough? That white deposit you are seeing on you shower screen is a combination of limescale and soap scum

How to remove limescale from shower heads

Have you noticed that your shower isn’t flowing nicely anymore? This probably means that there is limescale build up inside the shower head clogging it up and not allowing the water to flow.

COVID compliance for business

As COVID lockdown is lifted and the economy and many businesses slowly start to reopen, it is important for businesses and landlords to think about being COVID compliant.

Spring cleaning check list

Spring is a popular time to undertake a big clean. After the dark winter months, brighter and warmer spring days means windows can be opened and most importantly dust and dirt become more visible. Efficiently cleaning the whole house is a big task and the following room-by-room spring cleaning check list will help make sure you don’t miss anything!

Inventories in London

Can you explain how the inventory service works? 

Professional Inventory services, such as Ashworth Group, provide a type of protection for landlords. A check-in inventory report is compiled and prepared at the beginning of a tenancy agreement, which provides a complete description of a property and is agreed by tenants and landlords as a contract. At the end of the letting agreement, we then provide a check out inventory report.

Association of Independent Inventory Clerks

The AIIC was established in 1996 and provides a nationally recognised body for Independent Inventory Clerks and helps Letting Agents and Landlords find their local inventory partners.

Ashworth Group are Winners of the 2016 aiic Inventory company of the year award!

Ashworth Group are proud to announce that we have become the 2016 winners for Inventory company of the year awards given by the aiic

Our new office is open for business!

We are pleased to inform you that our head office has moved to a new place. 
Our new address is as follows:

Ashworth Group Head office:
R/o 72 Queens Road
Buckhurst Hill

The secrets of the most successful private landlords

There’s a common misconception that owning property is the key to an easy life. Surely, it’s just a case of getting a tenant in there, then sitting back and watching the cash roll into your bank account every month? Well, if you’ve been in the business a little while, you’ll know that quite often isn’t the case. 

Big mistakes that new landlords often make - and how to avoid them

Buying a property to rent out can be a fantastic business proposition if you have some cash spare and you’re looking for something that’s a fairly risk free option. Before you rush into anything though, it pays to do your research and know exactly what it takes to be a successful landlord.

How can an inventory company save my letting agency money?

You might have been thinking that an inventory company could be an expense that your letting agency could do without, but now that you have the full picture, can you really afford to consider any other options?

Landlords that fail to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will face a civil penalty.

Landlords have a duty of care to their tenants – and with people at least four times more likely to die in a fire in a home where there is no working smoke alarm, this is an important measure to ensure this is met.

Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours

We take responsibility and look after you during your time of renting. It’s always better to make sure you’re covered just in case you do experience a bad tenant that is causing more of an expense than a profit.

The Struggles Landlords Face

It can be difficult being a landlord, some people say it’s easy money as all you’re doing is renting a property to someone who will pay you the rent and treat the property as their home.

How to remove limescale

Lime scale — that chalky white film from hard water — can show up on your kitchen taps, appliances and bathroom fixtures. Unsightly in the short run and potentially damaging in the long run, lime scale can be tough to eliminate. Here are the best strategies to get rid of the problem.

New EU Regulations for blinds and shutter safety

A change in the law in February 2014' has seen a tightening of safety regulations for blinds and shutters in the European Union, following 27 fatalities since 1999 where babies and young children have become entangled with internal window blind cords and chains in the UK alone.

Tenants safe under new government measure

New regulations will be laid in Parliament to require landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, and are expected to come into force, subject to Parliamentary approval, on 10 October 2015.

What makes an Inventory Company ‘’Professional’’?

Many Inventory company sites boast that they are ‘’market leaders’’ or ‘’professional’’ In truth, allot of these companies are quick start-up businesses who have little or no accreditations or experience what so ever.

Three things that you must look for in an inventory company

Choosing an inventory company isn’t a decision that you should rush into, but if you make sure that you look for these key things, you’re in a great position for getting a high quality job carried out with the least possible amount of fuss.

Our top 10 Cleaning tips. Do it the natural way and save £££’s!

Read our cleaning tips and tricks of the trade

Ashworth Group scoops an industry award once again!

Ashworth Group has scooped an industry award once again for clerk of the year presented by the aiic. We were awarded in 2013 and now in 2015 giving us the prestigious stance of becoming the only company in the history of the aiic to win twice. With over 750 members countrywide it is a strong position to be in for our company. As a residential Inventory specialist we picked up the most votes from landlords and estate agents to take home the trophy.

Ashworth Group celebrating our 13th year in business.

In 2001 when aspiring Ashworth Group first started business, the very first ipod was released.
 Petrol prices were £0.52 pence per litre. The average property price in London was £116.000, and the very first Harry Potter movie had been released.

Property across the UK rises by 14%

BBC Business News Website reports "Property sales across the UK rose by 14% last year to 1.22 million, the highest number since 2007.

Common pitfalls when renting out a property - and how to overcome them

Whether you’re new to the field of buy to let or you’ve been in the business for many years, there are certain mistakes that you can make that can make your life much harder than it needs to be.

Tips on how to keep your office clean and looking professional

File things away correctly

Having things placed in the correct location will ensure that clutter is kept to a minimum. Since a lot of work is normally done on the PC, paper documents can easily be scanned, which limits the amount of space needed for these documents. Classify the papers that you’ve decided to keep according to time. Documents that you need for current work should be kept in your desk. Place them into different folders categorized according to the document’s nature or whether they are incoming or outgoing. Files not for immediate use can be stored in cabinets

The Importance of EPC Reports for your property

The environment is something that has grown on the national consciousness over the last few years. We have all become aware of measures the government is taking to lower our ‘carbon footprint’ in accordance with the Kyoto Protocols. One lesser-known measure is the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates EPC. These are just as vital to rental property as a check out report or tenancy agreement. They also apply to new build houses and properties being sold. 

Landlords can have unrealistic expectations at check-ins

Landlords are still pushing for ‘betterment’ at the end of tenancies and many have unrealistic expectations of what they can claim against tenant deposits.

Ashworth Group receive Safecontractor accreditation

Ashworth Group are now Safecontractor approved. Have peace of mind knowing that when you choose us, we have met the Government's assessment criteria for health and safety management and compliance for all the work we undertake.

Telford Homes

Making the move easier. View the article here

Your Docklands & City

Award winning inventory. View the article in Docklands & City magazine here

The Importance of Inventories

Read the article from Keatons here

Editorial Docklands & City

Inventory specialist earns industry award for service. Read the article here

Ashworth Group Brochure

The latest Ashworth Group brochure can be viewed here