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On 4th May the new Debt Respite Scheme, otherwise known as ‘breathing’ space will come into force, which is designed to ease the financial pressure of those hurt by the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme will provide temporary legal protection to those in debt from their creditors, allowing them time and space to find a solution to their financial troubles, hence the name ‘breathing space’. This, in turn, will affect how landlords and letting agents can pursue tenants in rent arrears.

 

Every unit of land and property in the UK is allocated a Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) and geographical coordinates to ensure there is a genuine record for each address. The UPRN’s act like a car number plate – effectively linking many different records, such as MOT, insurance, road tax and logbook, together in one place to easily identify everything you would need to know about that car. Using this for property means information can be linked between different databases that are relevant to that one property. However currently, not many agencies use the UPRN, so information is still stored separately, and it is more difficult to access all the data accurately and efficiently.

The Electrical Safety Standards in The Private Rented Sector 2020 (England) Regulations came into force for all new tenancies from 1st July 2020. The regulations mandated that landlords had to ensure that all fixed electrical installations are safe, fit for purpose, and maintained correctly. From 1st April 2021, these rules also apply to all existing residential tenancies, so for any landlords that don’t yet have your checks in place, you need to get these booked in ASAP!

 

 

Scandinavian interiors have long-been adored across the globe for their neutral, minimal, and simple design aesthetic. However, with all such long-lasting styles, Scandi design is experiencing a revolution, bringing with it new dramatic tones, bold colours and statement textures. This moodier twist on Scandi style is know as ‘New Nordic’, and whilst it brings more dimension to the classic design, this isn’t at the expense of the regions core values – namely high-quality production and sustainability. So, if you’re excited about venturing to the dark side of Scandi style, read our tips on how to nail the latest interior design trend.

 

In September, the Government launched their new £2 billion scheme to encourage homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient. The Green Homes Grant has now been extended to the end of March 2022 following the popularity of the scheme, so there’s still plenty of opportunity to benefit from it.

 

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