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.
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.
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 intervals.eg. every 3 months.
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.
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
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.
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 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!
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.
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 proud to announce that we have become the 2016 winners for Inventory company of the year awards given by the aiic
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
BBC Business News Website reports "Property sales across the UK rose by 14% last year to 1.22 million, the highest number since 2007.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Inventory specialist earns industry award for service. Read the article here