Although most tenanted residential properties are not at risk of infection from Legionella or Legionnaires’ disease all landlords are required to ensure the safety of their properties and this includes the water systems. In 2013 the Health and Safety Executive updated the code of practice requiring landlords to assess the risk of Legionella in rented,.. read more →

09 Aug 2013
August 9, 2013

Tenancy Fees Explained

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When moving to rented accommodation you need to be aware of the costs involved. While Purple Hat keep their fees to an absolute minimum there are other costs associated with your move. Reservation Fee:- The reservation fee is equivalent to two weeks rent. Once your offer has been accepted you will pay the reservation fee.. read more →

27 Mar 2013
March 27, 2013

Whose Agent Is It Anyway?

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I don’t know if I went looking for it but over the past few days I’ve seen a whole lot of bad reviews for a whole lot of letting agents. First from a Facebook friend who posted a status update about the bad service he’d received from a letting agent. The post got one like.. read more →

Since inception the Tenancy Deposit Scheme introduced by the Housing Act 2004 was criticised for its ambiguity. There have been a number of court cases where even the judges find it hard to interpret. What was never meant to happen was that landlords ‘got off’ with protecting the deposit throughout the tenancy and only protected.. read more →

27 Mar 2012
March 27, 2012

Easy EPC 2012

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I know it’s pretty boring and that it’s been all over Internet, in emails and Social Media over the last few weeks but considering the fine for non-compliance is up to £5,000, it’s important for landlords and agents to get it right. The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certficates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007.. read more →

How many people do you know who have contracted Legionnaire’s Disease? I know one. I had an uncle who died from it in 1978 after a holiday in Benidorm. I still don’t drink the water in Spain unless it’s from a bottle. How many people do you know who have contracted Legionnaire’s Disease due to.. read more →