Archive for March, 2011


Looking for a housemate?


Vicky Cranthorne M.A.R.L.A, Office Manager at iConn Property Management writes:

Tenants: If anyone is looking for single tenants to join their group for next year

 or need a housemate then this website is a great place to start!

K.Brookes – Tenant with iConn Property Management

I think my experience with iConn has been great, the team were very helpful and quick, they understood my situation and worked with me to get everything sorted.


Landlord FAQ’s Answered


Iris O’Connell M.A.R.L.A, Managing Director at iConn Property Management writes:


Is it best to rent my house fully furnished?



It is entirely up to you whether you let the property; fully furnished, partly furnished or unfurnished. What you need to consider is what type of tenant you are looking for. It is best to be quite flexible and offer the property in a way to fit the needs of the tenant. If you do decide to furnish or part furnish the property, you must understand that you have to allow for fair wear and tear with regards to the use of the furniture. All items provided in the property must be accounted for on an Inventory and its condition recorded.

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 Amended 1993:
It is an offence to supply in a property any furniture that does not comply with the regulations. The regulations cover all upholstered furniture and furnishings with permanent or loose covers, including cushions, pillows and headboards which must be able to pass a smouldering cigarette and match flame test and carry labels to prove it. Failure to comply with the regulations carries a fine and or imprisonment and in addition a Tenant could sue you for damages against any loss or injury caused as a result of a breach. Furniture manufactured prior to 1950 is exempt. There are also stringent controls on houses in multiple occupation (i.e. sharers) involving formal registration with your local council which we can undertake on your behalf.

iConn Property Management are happy to provide free professional advice to all landlords and tenants.

If you have a question relating to your rental then please feel free to contact us.

R.F – Landlord with iConn Property Management

iConn and their predecessors have marketed our property for five years.  They have always found new tenants more quickly than their competitors and Vicky Cranthorne, who is in charge of our particular account, has always gone “the extra mile” to help.  We are kept informed promptly and efficiently and whenever we go to the office Iris O’Connell and all the staff are abreast of the situation, friendly and helpful. 

K.Williams – Tenant with iConn Property Management

I can not fault your service so far you have done all that you have said you would within the timescale quoted

G.Chapman – Tenant with iConn Property Management

I would like to say all iConn staff that I have dealt with have been both polite and efficient, the viewing process was smooth with good time keeping.

M & S Wanstall – Landlord with iConn Property Management

My wife and I started renting out property in 2010.  We were a little apprehensive because of our lack of experience and therefore decided to contact a property management company.  iConn were recommended to us and they have been extremely helpful and efficient in finding suitable tenants and managing the properties on our behalf.  It was the right decision for us

J.Sharp – Landlord with iConn Property Management

We have been delighted with the service we have received over some years. The
propertry has never been vacant and the tenants are well screened. Any problems are dealt with quickly
and at a reasonable cost. We have other properties in West London and the iConn service
completely eclipses the management services we have had there from well-known names.
Keep up the good work!

J.Roberts – Landlord with iConn Property Management

We have dealt with iConn Limited for a long time and have always been very pleased with the way they have managed our properties.  All the staff are very helpful, friendly and efficient.  They carry out regular inspections and keep you informed.  We would certainly recommend iConn Limited.


Make a moving checklist


Sam Macdonald, Lettings Negotiator for iConn Property Management writes:

Moving home??

Make a checklist to ensure that it all goes smoothly!  Check out this link:

If you are looking for a property, or are seeking advice, feel free to contact us.


Landlords Tax Allowance of £1500 on Energy Saving Improvements


Vicky Cranthorne M.A.R.L.A, Office Manager for iConn Property Management writes:

If you are a landlord and make energy saving improvements to your property, you could reduce the tax you pay. You can do this by claiming the ‘Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance’ (LESA). LESA is a tax allowance (not a cash payment) that allows you to claim up to £1,500 against tax every year.

This allowance can be claimed for properties you rent out in the UK and abroad. You can claim LESA for the costs of buying and installing certain energy saving products for properties you rent out, but only for what you actually spend.

Check out the full details on the government website…. 


Questions from Landlords – FAQ


Iris O’Connell M.A.R.L.A, Managing Director for iConn Property Management writes:

What Insurances do I need?


 iConn Property Management are members of ARLA and are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding lettings, property management, insurances or guarantees.   As a Landlord you will require adequate buildings Insurance, contents Insurance for all fixtures and fittings and any items that you leave in the property for the tenants use and Public Liability cover. Tenants are responsible for insuring their own contents they bring to the property. iConn can provide free quotations for all Insurance policies. iConn is an appointed representative of Homelet and are able to advice you on all the different insurances available to landlords and provide competitive quotes. You can also find answers to other frequently asked questions on the link below.

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