Tips and facts about recycling over the festive period!
During the festive period, many of us are guilty for using almost anything that’s disposable. From wrapping paper to paper plates, napkins, plastic cutlery and even disposable table cloths!
But what happens when it’s all over? Where does all this stuff go? Well the majority of it ends up in landfill… here are a few Christmas waste facts to put it into perspective!
Now that’s a lot of waste! Here are some tips on how you can recycle your waste this Christmas!
For extra information on recycling Christmas waste have a look at the link below!
Otherwise contact your local council if you’re unsure as to what you can and can’t put in your recycling bins!
If you want to know more about our commitments click here
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Each year the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk) organise an awareness week to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how we can help.
If you want to find out more visit the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk)
Here at KT-Management we can come across a variety of different maintenance issues when looking after apartment blocks. With our extensive check list that we use on our site visits, we try and be pro active not reactive. Responding to maintenance issues in a swift and professional manor is very important to us.
Over the years we have built up a large database of reliable and trusted contractors, but we are still happy to build new relationships with new and local contractors to provide our clients with a variety of services at competitive prices..
Every day is different when managing apartment blocks, we have some common faults for example replacing light bulbs to more complex situations like the case study I will reflect on now.
We had a situation in a block of apartments that effected three residents. The toilet in the ground floor apartment was backing up, not only into the ground floor apartment but the first floor apartment also. With the second floor apartment experiencing smells.
The first thing we did was to arrange for a professional expert to attend the site to assess the situation , we also attended site to meet the residents involved and to inform them that we were dealing with the situation.
It was established that the bathroom floor and suite in the ground floor apartment would need to be lifted to fix the problems with the shared soil stack. This is when we had to communicate with our own contactor and that of the residents plumber to put the bathroom back to how it was. We also updated all parties involved as to what work was being carried out and timescale for completion. This issue was resolved swiftly with all residents remaining informed.
With more complex maintenance issues communication is vital to make sure there is as little disruption as possible for residents. Also we can communication between contractors so they are aware of the situation and can get the issue resolved as quickly as possible.
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)
January is often the month where as individuals we feel we want to get organised and set up for the new year. We are often contacted by residents who self manage their apartment site and decide this is the year to free up their time. Here at KT-Management we work well with residents to take away the property management stress away. We are apartment owners ourselves using our vast experience with your investment in mind.
If you feel you need our property management help from a company who know communication is key, please contact us today to see if we can help
Working together for a happy and successful 2015
Exciting news for 2015. KT-Management have been established for nearly 10 years now looking after leasehold apartment sites for residents. We are excited to announce we are looking to add and extra service in lettings. Please check our website for up and coming updates.
If you would like any further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
During the winter months some damp can often be caused by moisture coming from within the home.
Here are some basic tips to help prevent damp and condensation within your home-
Without being a bah humbug with the run up to Christmas, its wise to keep in mind that burglary increases at this time of year. A combination of darker nights and the potential of gifts inside the property. Its a busy time of year but take a few moments to think of the security of your home.
Here are some tips to help keep your home safe this Christmas-