Published: Wednesday, 18 October 2017 21:06
Everyone will of course have come across the need to ‘get planning permission’ for properties at some point, whether you’re looking to make changes or you’re needing to dig around and find out what already exists for a sale to go through. It can appear like an unachievable goal yet something that you’re at the beck and call of the local authority to provide.
It also has a habit of cropping up just where you don’t expect it. Not only for those big extensions, but the subtle change of uses, or smaller signage upgrades.
And when it does appear, what a daunting experience it can seem. With endless hours imagined speaking with planners, submitting plans, and then waiting to see whether it’s a yes or no.
It’s therefore important...
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Category: Services & Compliance
Published: Saturday, 07 October 2017 20:57
Properties are unfortunately not immune to pests affecting them, everything from flies buzzing around, to rodents crawling everywhere, to pigeons flapping around. Conditions like warm spaces, waste food, and hidden areas can make properties a magnet to these.
Although in themselves there may not be a threat with some having important protection for example for bats, from a property management perspective they can be a nightmare. Not only hidden hygiene issues escalating, but frantic people and increased costs can soon emerge.
The simple answer of course is to instruct a pest-control and prevention contractor to save the day as quickly, cheaply, and non-confrontational as possible. They should be geared-up to help resolve, and often the...
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Category: Leases & Titles
Published: Tuesday, 03 October 2017 20:51
A typical scenario you come across with mainly commercial properties is a utility supplier wanting permission to trail cables into the property. It could be for an ever-faster internet or phone line, and it all needs to happen quickly for a new occupier at the premises.
But it could also be for, say, a communal TV-supply to an apartment block, and wanting to beef-up the provision for perhaps a new resident who doesn’t have permission to have a satellite dish outside the property.
In the rush of things and slickness of these providers, it can appear to be a simple sign-the-dotted-line, and they will do the rest. That might well be the case, but the trick of good property management is to make sure all eventualities are covered in case...
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Here are various blog resources related to the rent that is paid at properties, whether you're a landlord receiving, tenant paying, or middle-man managing. Right through from how to correctly charge and collect to how it needs to change over time, this is often the most important factor to managing let properties, and includes simular variations such as licence fees.
Here are various blog resources related to non-rent monies and payments, for example service charges, fees, and other costs and charges. These can be directly charged or hidden away, and are important to know what you may have to pay or might be able to charge another property interest for.
Here are various blog resources related to the insurance of properties, ranging from the main building cover to ancillary ones like contents. Whether it's the premium to pay or the policy to correctly arrange, these help explain what's needed from the perspective of different property interests.
Here are various blog resources related to all the different property interests, from landlords & tenants, to investors & occupiers, to all other third-party interests. These cover general factors to consider for a particular interest, to more detailed issues to resolve for a particular course of action.
Sales & Lettings
Here are various blog resources related to the sales & lettings of a property, and all related transactions. Whether you're involved in these directly yourself, or you're working with other sales/letting agents and interests, these help highlight important property managemnet factors to consider.
Leases & Titles
Here are various blog resources related to all forms of leases, titles, and legal documentation involved with property interests. Whether a straight forward lease agreement or complicated legal documentation, here is help to understand what you're trying to achieve and then practically how to easily do this.
Here are various blog resources related to all the taxes involved with property interests, from VAT and SDLT, to income and capital gains, to rates and council tax. These will help you work alongside other accounting and tax advisors to make sure you cover all bases to reduce your overall tax liabilities.
Services & Compliance
Here are various blog resources related to the services and compliance at a property. These range from say your fire and health and safety compliance, through to services like cleaning and utilitities. These resources help provide an overview of each area without getting too technical, so you can plan it all in at the right time and best cost.
Here are various blog resources related to any other general subjects involved with properties and their interests. So whether it's the basics of property management, or more specific property issues and queries that don't naturally fall in the other categories, you'll find them all here.
Condition & Repairs
Here are various blog resources related to the condition of a property and any repairs and alterations required. Whether it's a reactive roof repair, pro-active maintenance plan, or carefully-chosen contractor - these help explain how to effectively keep properties in the right condition.