Housing Associations

6
Dec

Poor ventilation!

Control and prevent damp… Condensation is your enemy! Here’s how to reduce it!

One of the most common causes of damp – is;

Poor ventilation!

However, it may be caused by other factors… such as poor insulation, the use of bottled gas fires and paraffin heaters – which can bring large amounts of water vapour into the air. Leaving empty homes closed up and unheated also attracts damp.

But you can avoid this by;

– Properly ventilating your home by ensuring that air bricks are not papered over internally or being blocked up outside. A simple look around should determine whether this is the problem and can be easily resolved by fitting a decorative grill!

-Giving your home the proper insulation it needs by injecting cavity wall insulation or using thin polystyrene lining that can be put up like wallpaper and then papered over! Preventing the walls from going cold and stops condensation forming is key!

-Extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom can also increase ventilation and lessen excess moisture. Dehumidifiers can also be used if you want to go that extra mile during the winter months!

-Try to air your clothes outside after washing… as this stops any excess moisture from being trapped when you air them inside!

-When cooking food make sure you open a window and keep the kitchen door closed, the moisture from your steaming pots can build up moisture in cooler rooms causing condensation when it touches a cold window for example! The same goes for taking a shower and putting the kettle on… so keep your doors closed and windows open!

13
May

Election Result and Property

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Now we have had time to digest last weeks election result, here is a basic overview of what this means to the Property Industry and for home buyers.

With a Conservative majority here are the policies we will have;

Help to Buy

There are two types of Help to Buy, one being a guarantee to mortgage lenders for what is classed as higher risk purchasers with a 5% deposit.

There is also the Help to Buy equity loan. This is for new build properties; the government will loan 20% of the value, meaning purchasers can have a 5% deposit with a 75% mortgage.

Help to Buy ISA

This is due to start later in the year, first time buyers can apply for a Help to Buy ISA where for every £200 saved the government will put £50 towards your savings with a maximum saving of £15,000.

-Right to Buy

Council tenants can apply to buy their home if they have lived within council properties for 5 consecutive years. Right to Buy offers the houses at a discounted rate. In the run up to the election the Tories explained how they want to extend Right to Buy to community housing residents.

 

The Conservatives have pledged to build 200,000 new starter homes for first time buyers with an additional 275,000 additional homes.

 

With the election result here is what we won’t have;

-Mansion Tax, an annual fee on properties over 2 million (Labour and Lib. Dem.)

-Rent to Own, first time buyers can rent to build up their share meaning they do not need a deposit. (Lib. Dem.)

-3 year tenancies in the private rental sector. (Labour)

-Stamp duty removed on Properties Under £250,000 (UKIP)

-Abolishment of Right to Buy (Green)

-Abolishment of Bedroom Tax (SNP)

 

29
Jul

Budgeting for 2015 Service Charges

It is that time of year again when we put the wheels in motion for the 2015 Service Charge Budgets. Our Property Managers are busy bees identifying items on site that will need attention over the next 12-18 months as well as getting in the final quotes, ready for our Budget Meetings.

16
Jul

Cabinet Reshuffle for the Housing Sector

It has been announced that Brandon Lewis has been promoted to Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), combining the positions previously held by Nick Boles (Planning Minister) and Kris Hopkins (Housing Minister).

Penny Mordaunt will be known as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at DCLG.

Eric Pickles will continue in his role as Secretary of State at DCLG and remains responsible for the overall strategic direction of DCLG which works with agencies and public bodies, including the Housing Ombudsman, the Planning Inspectorate, the Leasehold Advisory Service, the Homes & Communities Agency and the Building Regulations Advisory Committee and affordable housing, rented housing and the planning system.

23
Jun

Thinking of an extension for your apartment?

Residents in apartments have a tendency to leave things in the communal areas, in particular hallways such as shoes and furniture. How often do you see residents in houses leaving their shoes, washing, bikes, prams, children toys and furniture on their front lawn for the public to see, let alone taking them?

Whilst communal areas are for the use residents; they are also a work place for contractors who keep the communal areas clean and tidy…. let alone visitors to the block, whether known or not. Read more

17
Oct

Tips On Being A Excellent Neighbour | Noise

Thinking of inviting some friends round?

Being social can be fun especially when family and friends visit; however your ‘fun’ can be a nightmare to others regardless where you live.

A great way around this is to talk to your neighbors especially if you live in an apartment and just let them know that you are having a few friends round and may cause some noise; it’s an ideal way to get to know your neighbors as well.

Obviously if your idea of a get together involves loud music, offensive language, fights, property damage, let alone causing a mess whether this is contained within the property or spills out into communal areas….. think again!
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