Month: July 2019

Keeping rental properties safe at holiday time

30th July 2019

If you’re a tenant going away this summer, taking simple precautionary steps can take to keep your home safe while you’re away, and avoid coming back to an unpleasant surprise. Here’s our top tips for avoiding even more of the post-holiday blues: Most break-ins take place when houses are unoccupied. Buy some timers for internal […]

“Vast majority” of private tenants are satisfied, national survey finds

23rd July 2019

The vast majority of private tenants are happy with the home they rent, according to new official figures by the English Housing Survey. The government-commissioned continuous national survey reveals 84% of private renters are satisfied with their current accommodation and 73% are happy with its repairs and maintenance. Renters also spend slightly less of their […]

Letters MD welcomes safety overhaul

17th July 2019

The system which ensures rented properties are safe to live in is to be overhauled, in a development welcomed by Letters MD Anya Mathewson. The Housing Health and Safety Rating system (HHSRS) is used by local authorities to assess rental properties against 29 identifiable hazards, ranging from damp to electrical faults. But it hasn’t been […]

Good news for buy-to-let landlords in York

12th July 2019

Potential landlords looking to invest in the York property market received good news this week when a mortgage tracker reported an “unprecedented” fall in some buy-to-let mortgage rates. It followed government figures saying that the average value of houses in York increased by 5.8% in the last 12 months, making property in the city a […]

How to get rid of damp and mould

9th July 2019

Damp and mould isn’t only unsightly, it can affect your health too, so it’s important to treat it as soon as you can. It’s all caused by excess moisture but there are three main types of damp in homes and they are treated differently. First, you need to identify which type you have and it’s […]

Letters MD welcomes almshouse review findings

1st July 2019

Almshouses in York look set to be exempt from selective licensing fees after a government-commissioned review recommended that the fees should not apply to non-profit charities. The law has been a grey area since 2004, when councils were given the power to require landlords to take out a licence in designated areas, to help tackle […]