Deposit Protection Regulations

Wednesday 7th March 2018

Tenancy Deposit Protection was first introduced in 2007. It is a legal requirement for all Assured Shorthold Tenancies to have their deposit protected by a governing body. This is so that all Tenants and Landlords are treated fairly at the end of the tenancy. Your Landlord has a legal requirement to insure your deposit within the first 30 days of the start of your tenancy. This is a vital piece of legislation which works very closely with a professionally constructed inventory check-in and check-out report. Without these documents, it would be difficult for a Landlord or Tenant to prove/make any claims on any disrepairs/discrepancies if they were not highlighted by an independent inventory company. Should there not be an inventory check-in…

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Landlord's Responsibilities Before Renting Out Their Property

Wednesday 21st February 2018

As a Landlord, you must ensure your property is ready for any new Tenants. Attracting the most responsible and careful Tenant's is vitally important. In order to achieve this, you must present them with a property that is clean, carefully cared for, and in pristine condition. The image you set at the start is the image that will be obeyed during the entire tenancy. 1. Health or Safety Checks/Repair Any Damage At the end of each tenancy and before any new tenancy, it is essential for any Landlord or Agent to carry out all necessary safety checks to ensure the property is safe to reside in. The property will also need to be checked for any signs of mold. All smoke alarms…

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After Builders Clean

Wednesday 14th February 2018

Once you have undergone a refurbishment, it is obvious that you will require an after buidlers clean. Whether you are carrying out a refurbishment of the entire house, upgrading the kitchen, replacing the bathroom sink or shower cubicle, there will always be a huge amount of dirt. At GMG Property Services, we pay close attention to the smallest of details. Our cleaners have a personal approach to each individual client and job. We will clean all cupboards (in and out), wardrobes, chest of drawers, light fittings, windows, window frames and sills, floors etc. You can rest assured, that your property will be cleaned thoroughly ready for your new tenants to move in. Our After Builders Clean includes: Cleaning windows and window…

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Cleaning Tips for Tenants

Thursday 8th February 2018

On most occasions, Tenants choose to do their own end of tenancy cleaning, although there is no issue with that, however there are a few things that you may want to know. Below are a few tips from our specialists: 1. The return of your security deposit depends highly on the condition of the proeprty once the tenancy has ended. 2. As a Tenant, you are required by your Landlord or Agent to undergo your own cleaning, unless there is a specific clause on your Tenancy Agreement that states otherwise. Depending on the Landlord, there are instances where you would be required to have the curtains and carpets professionally cleaned. 3. Tenants must be made aware of the length of time it takes…

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Why An Inventory Is Important

Tuesday 30th January 2018

Whether you are a Landlord or a Tenant renting out a property, having an inventory inspection carried out is crucial. It is the second most important document that you will require alongside your Tenancy Agreement. Not all Tenants understand the importance of this report and the role it plays at the end of their tenancy. It should be in the interest of both the Landlord and the Tenant that an inventory inspection is booked prior to the Tenancy moving into the property. For the Landlord, it provides that security that should there be any damages caused to the property, its fixtures of fittings, that any deductions are made from the deposit. For the Tenant, it also provides a security and…

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Will I Be Charged For Cleaning At The End Of My Tenancy?

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Most tenants tend to leave the property in pretty good condition, however, they still worry if their deposit will be deducted if they do not organise a professional en od tenancy clean. So to ensure that you receive as much of your deposit back, continue reading the useful information below. Your Contract Before you check-out of your property, it would be a wise idea to take out the tenancy agreement and look at the contract you signed before you first moved in. There should be a clause in the agreement that outlines your responsibility as the tenant/s and what is required of you at the end of the tenancy i.e. it should state what condition the property must be left in when…

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Tenancy Disputes Going In Favour of Landlords

Monday 22nd January 2018

Research suggests that since the Tenant Deposit Scheme was first introduced in 2007, the number of Landlord and Agents being awarded 100% of the disputed deposit amount has risen quite significantly. The Tenancy Deposit Scheme Yearly Review 2015 demonstrates that 19.8% of the disputes resulted in 100% of these being paid out to the Landlords, while 19.2% of the disputes raised resulted in 100% payouts being made to the Tenants. The remaining 61% of the cases were split between both parties. Previously, most of the deposit disputes had gone in the favour of the Tenants where their deposit was returned to them in full than those that were returned back to the Landlords and or Agents. The reason being is that the…

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Tips For Protecting Your Rented Property

Monday 22nd January 2018

Inventory reports are crucial if you are renting your property out to tenants as you would like to be protected should there be any damages caused to your property or its contents and you would like to raise a dispute at the end of the tenancy if either party does not come to an agreement on the discrepancies and deductions. Tip 1: If you are a private Landlord or if you are renting your property out through an agent, you should consider utilising the service of an independent inventory clerk, one that offers high-quality, detailed and unbiased reports. On most occasions, Letting Agents tend to recommend a cheap inventory services company as to avoid paying a lot of money for…

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Tips On Cleaning The Kitchen

Sunday 21st January 2018

When you have no time to call in your professional house cleaning specialists at GMG Property Services, why not try these helpful tips for a quick kitchen clean! The clean should take you less than 20 minutes to do...easy right! Fill Up The Dishwasher If you did not have time to fill up the dishwasher the night before, it is the right time to do this now and get those dirty dishes out of the kitchen sink. We can all agree that nobody likes to see the kitchen sink stacked with dishes. Clean The Sink All types of sinks need a good clean whether they are porcelain or traditional looking sinks. The best way to clean your sink is by putting some bicarbonate…

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How To Clean Your Bathroom

Sunday 21st January 2018

Many of us would love to have to have a spotless bathroom and would like to be fully prepared for those unexpected phonecalls of guests wanting to pop round for a cup of tea or dinner. Despite it being quite self-explanatory that the living room and kitchen will be the obvious rooms to clean, the bathroom tends to not be paid much attention to. However, the condition of the bathroom does tend to reflect how a family lives their daily life. An unclean bathroom is never pleasant no matter who you are. Our GMG cleaning specialists have designed the following 5-minute wonder list in order to help you get the bathroom up to scratch and ready for those unexpected friends…

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