Today market leading property services provider http://www.lmemove.com announced it’s investment in the latest real-time, interactive booking and messaging technology for it’s www.cheapepcexperts.co.uk website.
Operations Director, Emma Stanley, said, ‘ We are thrilled to be able to offer clients the instant booking and messaging facility on Cheap EPC Experts. As the site interfaces with a mix of both landlords, letting agents and individual home owners we wanted to incorporate a technology that works for everyone’s needs. This booking and messaging solution is powerful.’
The platform not only enables landlords, letting agents and home owners to instantly order gas safety certificates, electrical inspection condition reports, EPCs, RICS Home Buyer Reports and Surveys and other associated property services. Crucially it also empowers them to set their own time and date for LME Move contractors to attend. Landlords, letting agents and home owners also receive text/SMS and e-mail alerts at the time of booking and also a few hours before the appointment time.
Commenting on this specific aspect Emma continued, ‘This facility reduces no-shows and missed appointments and helps keep our clients up to date and on top of their lettings legal compliance in their busy lives. So far all of our customers love it.’
As a key feature of the technology the platform enables users to receive and send messages about their booking to the LME Move team, cancel or re-arrange their appointment times and request further guidance or help.
In closing LME Moves’ International Marketing Director said, ‘ Once we have trialed the technology for the supply of property services such as our Nottingham cheap EPCs on www.cheapepcexperts.co.uk we will be rolling the technology out to all of our other clients within our group of companies and trading sites. Our new build developers are particularly keen to start using it.’
For further information on the range of property services or platform please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the facility in action for ordering RICS Surveys, Gas Safety Certificates, Electrical Inspection Condition Reports and EPCs head over to www.cheapepcexperts.co.uk
LME Move clinches deal to bring innovative Right To Rent App to landlords and letting agents nationwide
The 1st of February 2016 marks a critical day for residential landlords throughout England. It is from this date onwards that all landlords will be legally responsible for checking that all new tenancies issued for their properties are only made to persons legally entitled to reside within England.
Failure to do so may result in offending landlords being hit by a £3,000 fine for every instance where an illegal tenant is found in-situ.
Legally required on all new tenancies across England as of 1st February 2016
The roll-out across England follows on from the pilot scheme trialled in the West Midlands during 2015. At the time the scheme brought controversial issues to light including worrying findings published in a report by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, which found that landlords in the West Midlands were refusing lawful tenants as they became increasingly cautious about renting properties out to any tenant with identity documents with which they were not familiar.
As supporters of initiatives such as Leeds Empties and being one of the leading, ethically minded independent nationwide property services suppliers in the UK, www.lmemove.com was concerned to read about this outcome. So much so that when LME Move started its own business planning for suitable Right To Rent solutions in late 2015 it made a concerted effort to ensure any such solution would not only make the checks quick and easy to do but also help reduce the chances of such adverse discriminating side-effects.
Cost effective, Home Office compliant, quick to use and multi-platform
Thankfully the search has borne fruit and LME Move has now sealed a deal with a cutting edge App developer to bring its quick and easy to use Right To Rent App to LME Move’s nationwide landlord and letting agent client base across England.
Speaking last week, LME Move’s Compliance Executive Sue Clear said, ‘We are thrilled to be working in collaboration with our App partners. We spent the best part of Autumn 2015 in talks with several providers to review potential Right To Rent solutions to bring to our clients.
What was important for us was:
- cost effectiveness
- accessibility via smartphone, tablet and PC
- ease of use
- ability to quickly scan and store time/date stamped evidence of document checks carried out to ensure our clients remain Home Office compliant.
However, just as importantly the solution also had to possess the ability to quickly guide and support our clients – through a fast click, by click, process – to drill down the exact documents they should expect their specific tenants to be supplying to them out of the hundreds of various documents possible.’
Simple and fair – the Right To Rent App that’s child’s play
The Right To Rent App is exactly that.
As Sue finished explaining, ‘The landlord or agent simply answers the step by step questions via the App about their specific tenants’ circumstances and the App guides the landlord or agent through the entire process and documentation in a matter of minutes.
It is our hope that not only will this help educate our landlord and agent clients as to the variety of documents but also help them avoid consciously or unconsciously erring on the side of caution and only issuing tenancies to tenants presenting more familiar, everyday documents.’
Prepare ahead of 1st February 2016 and find out more
Interested landlords and agents searching for a Right To Rent solution can read more about the service on the LM Experts website here. They can also contact LME Move’s International Marketing Director directly for full product information, demonstration and pricing exclusive to LME Move via: email@example.com
Further information about LME Move’s full range of other nationwide property services for landlords, letting agents and property investors – including gas safety certificates, boiler services, electrical safety certificates, legionella risk assessments, smoke & CO alarms, RICs surveys, out of hours emergency property services and building, plumbing and electrical maintenance services can also be obtained from: firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.lmemove.com
Landlords – do you know how to avoid falling foul of the Deregulation Act?
Happy New Year and welcome back to what I sense promises to be another full on year for the Lettings and wider property sector.
This month I thought I’d highlight several of the problems landlord’s can run into that are linked to the recently passed Deregulation Act, and how to best protect yourself from potential trouble ahead.
Usually our first week of the New Year is a bit of a slow burner, with people taking their time to get back in the swing of things and start thinking about property again. From the moment we reopened on the 4th January, we have been inundated with frantic property buyers desperately trying to find their next purchase(s). We are receiving offers on houses within MINUTES of them going live on our website and our valuers can’t book them into the auction quickly enough.
So why the rush?
A new law requiring that all new and converted homes in Wales be fitted with sprinklers has come into force, the first of its kind anywhere in the world.
CFOA Vice-President Dave Etheridge attended an event at the Welsh Senedd on January 12th to celebrate the introduction of the new law. The event was hosted by Ann Jones AM, who was one of the key drivers behind the campaign to see the legislation introduced.
Kate Faulkner of Property Checklists
According to the government, the Housing & Planning Bill will “transform generation rent into generation buy”. Is there any truth to this claim? Well, I’ve taken a look at the impact this bill is really going to have – the good, bad and ugly bits!
So you can pretty quickly work out this isn’t something that intends to help tenants at all and, as such, also doesn’t help buy-to-let investors. But developers and first-time buyers can look forward to a steady run over the next few years.
And although more new builds being planned will help boost agents’ business, the likely loss of buy-to-let business and the continued expectation of a lack of stock for buyers and rents means they will continue to take the brunt of the government’s and local authorities’ lack of ability to provide enough homes for population of the UK.
The Guardian and The Telegraph have posted articles in the last week picking up the quandary of buy-to-let landlords. By a combination of changes in the summer budget and autumn statement, the previously lucrative venture whereby landlords would purchase property with the sole intention of renting has now been placed “in the red”. Landlords could previously claim tax relief on mortgage interest payments at the marginal rate, but from April 2017 to 2020, this will gradually be reduced to 20% (the ‘Clause 24’ change). “Wear and tear allowance” previously allowed landlords to deduct 10% from rental profits, but from April 2016 will only be granted for costs actually incurred. Meanwhile, George Osborne used the autumn statement to increase stamp duty on purchases of buy-to-let and second homes by 3%.
Landlords unsurprisingly are less than happy with the legislative changes. A group representing 250 landlords is seeking to launch a legal challenge by way of judicial review of the Finance (No. 2) Act 2015 enacting the ‘Clause 24’ change to mortgage relief (see: s. 24). As The Guardian reports, the group claims that the measure breaches Human Rights Law and EU Law, whilst The Telegraph reports the group as claiming that the move flouts “a long-established principle of taxation that expenses incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the business are deductible when calculating the taxable profits”. It would seem from these statements that the claims pivot upon establishing that the new legislation breaches either Article 1, Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights (‘A1P1’), some common law right or EU State Aid Law. These are my rough guesses based upon very rough information. Although the former two will have little prospect of success in the courts, the latter EU Law point could well have some bite. This will be used as a springboard for a more general discussion about the development of EU State Aid Law
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Many of Britain’s flood defences are being abandoned or maintained to minimal levels because of government cuts that could leave almost twice as many households at “significant risk” within 20 years, according to a leaked document submitted to ministers.
The paper, written by the body representing all major organisations responsible for flood defences, was presented to ministers on 30 November last year – days before Cumbria was hit by the heaviest rainfall recorded in 24 hours in Britain.
It was then discussed by floods minister Rory Stewart and Oliver Letwin, the cabinet office minister leading the government’s flooding review.
The leaked document says: “We have had the five wettest years since 2000. TheEnvironment Agency’s funding for maintaining flood assets has fallen by 14%. Downward adjustments have also been made to intended revenue spending commitments.”
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