Although it feels like we first heard the phrase ‘Renters Reform Bill' eons ago, it finally returned to the House of Commons for its Report Stage and Third Reading at the end of April. After a huge number of proposed amendments from all parties and a long debate, it was voted on by MPs, and it will now move up to the House of Lords for further scrutiny. The Bill sets out the Governments plans to reform the private rented sector (PRS) in England, with the White Paper first being introduced 3 years ago. Many of the Bill’s original measures continue to be included in the amended version that now goes to the House of Lords, however there have also been some controversial amendments, that have, or haven’t, been included. Let’s have a look at those now.

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is an assessment used to identify hazards that may affect a property's fitness for human habitation. Originally Introduced under the Housing Act 2004, and later incorporated into the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, the risk-based evaluation tool can be used in all residential properties, to identify any potential risks or hazards that could affect a household’s health. Most often it is used by councils/local authorities to inspect privately rented properties to ensure the conditions of the property are safe for tenants. But how does the HHSRS work?

The Great British weather is not something that many people are particularly fond of, and so far, 2024 has had its fair share of storms. Whether it’s blowing a gale, or raining cats and dogs outside, this adverse weather increases the risk of damage to your property. However, there are some easy steps you can take to safeguard your home once the skies open and the weather hits, so, follow our preventative tips and come hail or high water you can keep yourself, your loved ones and your home safe.

Being a landlord is not as easy as many people imagine. There’s a huge amount that goes into letting out a property legally and it requires constant up-to-date knowledge. Whilst some landlords will choose to manage their buy-to-let themselves, many decide to employ the services of a managing agent for at least part of the process. But if you’re unfamiliar with the property industry, the different levels of service can seem like a bit of a minefield. So, we’re here to help by explaining the most common types of service property managers offer, which will hopefully allow you to decide which level of support will benefit you the most.

And just like that it’s 2024! A new year signifies a fresh start, and what better way to manifest a positive year ahead than a freshen up of your home. The interiors mood of 2024 is based on a sense of serenity, with a bold dose of fun, and uniqueness popped in for good measure. Since the pandemic, interior design has focussed on our need to connect back to nature, and the calmness and wellness that it brings, however this has evolved slowly over time to now incorporate a bit of playful positiveness, and colour that we could all use in our lives. Your home is the place you want to feel tranquil and happy, so why should your interiors not mirror that.  Whether you’re planning to sell or let your home, thinking about a full transformation, or just a few minor changes, knowing the trends that will be taking the interior space by storm in 2024, may just help you make up your mind up, or offer you a new style to fall in love with.

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