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FREE Leicester Minimum Energy Efficiency Factsheet

Energy efficiency has become a buzzword in the private rented sector today since the minimum energy efficiency standards came into force last year. If you own a property to rent in Leicester, you will have obligations to meet minimum energy efficiency standards, also known as MEES, or apply for an exemption that could last up to five years. Properties rated E or below on the energy performance certificate (EPC) will no longer be compliant from Spring 2019. Download your free Leicester MEES Fact sheet by completing the form below. Your factsheet will be emailed to you so you can download [...]

By |2019-10-12T21:05:15+01:0012th October, 2019|Downloads|0 Comments

What do letting agents do when looking for tenants?

When you invest in property, it isn't always feasible to let your property and manage it yourself, especially when you live far away from your properties which is why finding a good letting agent is key to effectively managing and letting your properties. When Harry Albert Lettings & Estates are instructed to let a property, we look for tenants in a unique way by targeting them where they're not actively searching for properties. This means your property isn't competing with thousands of others on Rightmove and Zoopla or On The Market or other portals, including The House Shop and Gumtree, [...]

By |2019-09-16T01:28:55+01:0016th September, 2019|Leicester, Landlords, Letting Agency, Private Rented Sector|0 Comments

8 Reasons As To Why Use An Agent To Let Your Property

Letting a property is a daunting task. From initially finding tenants to collecting rent and organising property maintenance, there's a lot of work involved in being a landlord. Luckily, letting agents like Harry Albert Lettings & Estates exist to help take the load off, and relieve some of the pressure involved in letting a property. If you're a first-time landlord or a seasoned expert, here are 8 reasons why you should use an agent to let your property.   1. A letting agent can find you a tenant Lettings agents go through the process of advertising your property and finding [...]

By |2019-09-11T16:01:41+01:0011th September, 2019|Free Landlord advice, Landlords, Leicester, Letting Agency|0 Comments

Photo Competition: Culture & Landmarks of Leicester

We love great photos, especially of our glorious city of Leicester and we love taking 'em but this time, we want to see what you can do with a camera (or smartphone) in this Leicester photo competition! The days are long, hot and sunny and there are perfect conditions to snap the perfect shot! There is no limit to what you can send in. The only requirements are: Your entries MUST be taken within the Leicester boundary (this excludes Leicestershire on this occasion). They MUST have been taken within the last two years. Your images MUST capture the landmarks or culture of Leicester. [...]

By |2019-10-02T22:44:21+01:0027th August, 2019|Competitions, General|0 Comments

Are You A HMO Landlord Without Knowing It?

Understanding the HMO laws in the UK can be a minefield, especially as the so-far four-year onslaught against the private rented sector continues and back in October 2018, landlords in Leicester were unsurprised to hear that even more HMO regulation was being thrown their way which resulted in many landlords finding themselves owning HMOs where they previously wouldn't have been. This article recaps those changes and offers a FREE HMO Factsheet to ensure you're doing at least the bare minimum to remain legally compliant but the factsheet is in no way exhaustive and further action should be taken to minimise [...]

FREE Leicester HMO Factsheet

HMOs are still a buzzword in the private rented sector today and are very lucrative meaning they occupy a part of the market that's increasingly attractive to landlords with figures suggesting the average rental yield for a HMO is 9.7%, much higher than the 5.6% average yield in the single unit market. Operating an HMO can provide excellent rewards but carries with it a lot of risks if things don't go right, including penalties of up to £20'000 for not having the correct license or custodial prison terms for failing to undertake your obligations under Health & Safety. If you [...]

By |2019-08-24T17:03:50+01:004th August, 2019|Downloads|0 Comments

Legal Compliance for Self-Managing Landlords: What YOU Need to Know

Being a self-managing landlord is scary, you're responsible for keeping on top of the 150+ pieces of legislation that apply to private rented housing that, should you fall foul of any of them, could see you on the receiving end of hefty fines and even a prison sentence. This article tells you what you need to know to be a legally compliant landlord in England (though references to local authorities will be with Leicester City Council in mind, each local authorities may have slightly different rules). These tips should enable you to put your best foot forward in the [...]

Leicester Property Report: Edition 1

If you’re looking for your next property investment or home to purchase, then Leicester is likely to be ideal for you. The report below covers most of everything you need to know about the local property market and how it ties in with the overall economy. This report discusses our local economy, including employment and wealth distribution, as well as how Brexit is expected to impact the local market. Further, the report looks at house prices and the average time to sell and let homes, what areas are in demand and a little bit about Harry Albert Lettings & Estates. [...]

By |2019-08-05T17:02:31+01:0012th July, 2019|Downloads|0 Comments

How to Add Value to Your Home on a Budget

When it comes to selling your property, it always pays to take a good look at it from a house buyer point of view before it goes on to the market and looks at the things you can do to increase the appeal without necessarily breaking the bank. We’ve put together a quick guide on how to add value to your home on a budget. Things to do to add value to your home on a budget Take a good look around your house or flat. Are there any defects you've grown accustomed to and no longer immediately notice? What about the chips [...]

By |2019-07-06T13:17:05+01:006th July, 2019|DIY Projects, Property Maintenance|0 Comments

Moving to Leicester

Leicester is a vibrant and multicultural city in the East Midlands. It’s the largest economy in the East Midlands and our population has boomed in recent years. Leicester is considered one of the top places to live and work in the UK and property to rent and buy is always in high demand. Leicester has a wide range of bars, restaurants, shops, markets and entertainment, it's also one of the most multiculturally diverse cities in Europe with religious and spiritual festivals celebrated year round. Leicester has some of the best-connected train, road and public transport links connecting you to London, Birmingham, Cambridge [...]

By |2019-06-06T16:09:21+01:001st July, 2019|Leicester, Moving to Leicester|0 Comments