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Key Change Factors for the Rental Sector over the Next Decade

However you view the last decade; either as a period of prosperity and optimism (The Teens) or turbulent uncertainty (The Ten-sions), there were certainly good and bad factors for everybody. Change in the property sector isn’t looking set to level off and dwindle with the dawn of the 20’s either, [...]

Why you should make your rental property more Eco-friendly and how to achieve it

With climate change rarely out of the news these days, it comes as no surprise that most people are increasingly looking for ways to be more Eco-friendly in their own homes. The latest research shows that 50% of prospective tenants in London, and 42% UK-wide, now consider the Eco-friendliness of [...]

UK General Election 2019. Where do each of the main parties stand on the rental market?

Now that all the main parties have released their election manifestos, what is each promising for the private rental sector if they make it into Number 10? Here at Eclipse, before we all go to the polls, we have been taking a look at what’s on offer to residential landlords [...]

Could the scrapping of Section 21 pull the plug on the rental market as we know it?

With the government’s consultation period for the proposed scrapping of section 21 coming to an end last Saturday, what would the effect of this potential new legislation mean for landlords, letting agents and the private rental sector in London and UK as a whole?   Understanding Section 21: In England [...]

What is classed as damage when checking out of a rental property?

Considered by many as the million-dollar question - what is classed as damage at check out? If only there were a nice tick box to tell landlords, tenants and letting agents the answer but, due to properties being properties, and tenancies being tenancies, and them all being so vastly different, [...]

Using the Deposit as the Last Month’s Rent. 5 Top Tips to Avoid this from Happening.

An age-old trick tried many times, by many tenants “Please Mr landlord just use my deposit for the last month’s rent”.  A good question though, and one many people may respond to with ‘Well I don’t see why not’. However, on so many levels this is wrong and could leave [...]

Help! My Landlord Won’t Do Repairs. The Do’s & Don’ts of Getting it fixed.

A rental should feel like a ‘home’, where a tenant feels comfortable and happy. After all, they are paying the mortgage on the place…via the rent of course! However, it seems to be a common issue that many landlords simply refuse to carry out much needed repairs to their properties [...]

How to stay off the Landlord ‘Naughty List’. Tips on staying compliant and keeping yourself off the Rogue Landlords Database

As part of recent government proposals to give better protection to tenants, local authorities may soon be able to share their Rogue Landlord Database with prospective renters. This means that tenants will be able to look up not only landlords, but also letting agents by name, on the database to [...]

How to find good tenants? The 7-step guide that could save you thousands…

The million-dollar question to which every landlord would love the answer and the golden ticket to hassle free renting out of a property. But how do you ensure you get the tenants you want? Whether you are a professional landlord or simply fell into the private rental property sector, everybody [...]

The Top 5 places to rent in London this summer and why you should beat the crowds

When choosing the next place to live it’s always good to have some insider knowledge on hot spots and what is so great about them but cost of the hottest locations might just burn a hole in your proverbial pocket. We all love to bag a bargain and non more [...]

Property MOT – Will it become yet another piece of legislation for the Private Rental Sector?

If you take a look at the property trade press over the last few months, they have certainly done their fair share of reporting on the subject of introducing a Property MOT. Here is just a small selection we found recently if you fancy some light reading! https://www.propertywire.com/news/uk/call-property-mot-private-rented-sector-uk/ - Sep [...]

The new ‘Fitness for Human Habitation Act’ and what it means for Landlords

This week the Fitness for Human Habitation Act 2018 came into force in England. The new government legislation means that tenants now have the right to sue their landlords if their property is in such poor condition, that it is considered ‘not fit for human habitation’ – unlike the original [...]

Working With External Suppliers – The Top 5 Issues & How To Solve Them!

As anyone with rental properties will know, you sometimes have to rely on external suppliers. Obviously, calling in an expert is a great way to keep on top of all the maintenance needed to keep the property in good condition but using some external suppliers out there can come with [...]