Archive for February, 2012

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Last 15 Student Properties for July 2011 – June 2012 (Canterbury Lettings)

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

It’s been a busy few weeks in the office and the rush for student properties in Canterbury has increased; We are now down to the last 15 student properties available. The smaller sized properties seem to have been the most popular this year; we have 1 one bedroom property left which is a spacious one bed cottage in a central location in Canterbury – ideal for single occupation or for a couple. We also have only 1 5 bed property left which is based close to Christchurch university – the landlord includes broadband in the rental which is a great benefit for the tenants. The interior is modern and the kitchen includes a dishwasher and a tumbledryer as well as the usual white goods.

For those who are still looking to secure their accomodation in Canterbury for next year I have listed the available properties below: (as of 24.02.12) You can also visit this following link to see the most up to date list http://www.iconnproperties.co.uk/search.php?town_postcode=&searchtype=student&search.x=16&search.y=11.

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Advice on Electrical Safety Certificates for Rented Properties (HMO) – (Canterbury Letting Agent)

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

 Domestic electrical condition report & fire alarm certificate for domestic dwellings BS5839 PART 6.

 Under health and safety requirements; it is obligatory that all Houses of Multiple Occupation are required to have the electrical installation checked at least every three years (depending on the condition and age of the electrical installation, some properties may need more frequent inspections) The Domestic Condition report will include lighting provision and its condition, socket-outlet provision and its condition, automatic fire detection and its condition and electrical hazards for fixed wiring. Please note the element including the Fire Alarm certificate is only valid for one year.

 It is only inevitable that overtime and with the wear and tear of regular use, electrical installations will start to deteriorate. Connections can work loose (a potential fire hazard) sockets can be over loaded and general maintenance or building work can damage and effect wiring.

 You may find that after having the electrical system in your property inspected that some remedial works may be necessary to bring the system up to date which will be charged separately to the report fee.

 The cost of the condition report which includes the fire alarm certificate will be between £140.00 to £225.00 Inc vat; the actual price is determined on the day by the size of the property and the number of rooms.

 For further information or advice on Landlords requirements for Letting a property then please call us on 01227 782040. You can also visit our website which includes a section for Landlords advice and FAQs: http://www.iconnproperties.co.uk/landlord_information.php

 

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Electrical Safety Certificates for Rented Properties (HMO)

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

Domestic electrical condition report & fire alarm certificate for domestic dwellings BS5839 PART 6.

Under health and safety requirements; it is obligatory that all Houses of Multiple Occupation are required to have the electrical installation checked at least every three years (depending on the condition and age of the electrical installation, some properties may need more frequent inspections) The Domestic Condition report will include lighting provision and its condition, socket-outlet provision and its condition, automatic fire detection and its condition and electrical hazards for fixed wiring. Please note the element including the Fire Alarm certificate is only valid for one year.

It is only inevitable that overtime and with the wear and tear of regular use, electrical installations will start to deteriorate. Connections can work loose (a potential fire hazard) sockets can be over loaded and general maintenance or building work can damage and effect wiring.

You may find that after having the electrical system in your property inspected that some remedial works may be necessary to bring the system up to date which will be charged separately to the report fee; however please note any essential remedial works will be reported to us immediately, which in turn will be reported to you and will not be carried out unless you have given us permission to instruct the contractor to do so.

The cost of the condition report which includes the fire alarm certificate will be between £140.00 to £225.00 Inc vat; the actual price is determined on the day by the size of the property and the number of rooms.

Please advise if you wish for us to instruct an iConn approved contractor to carry out the Condition report; or alternatively if you have your own qualified electrician please let us know and we will contact them direct to arrange access.

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Water Saving Tips as Drought Warning is Issued (Canterbury Lettings)

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Sam Macdonald, Lettings Negotiator for iConn Property Management, Canterbury writes: 

Drought warning

 According to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Kent is suffering a drought.

 For the last two winters the south east has seen lower than average rainfall, which means that water stocks in rivers, reservoirs and aquifers are at severely low levels.

 Caroline Spelman, Environment Secretary said: “It is not just the responsibility of Government, water companies and businesses to act against drought. We are asking for the help of everyone by urging them to use less water and to start now.”

 Water saving tips; before during and after a drought

  • Before a drought arrives, it’s useful to get into good habits, such as using a bowl of water to peel and wash fruit and vegetables instead of a running tap, and reusing grey water to water the garden.
  • Putting a ‘Hippo’ water-saving device or brick in your cistern also helps. Placing water butts under downpipes and considering many other ways of saving rainwater can drastically reduce consumption in the garden and help ensure you can keep watering even during a hosepipe ban.
  • During a drought, saving water is even more important. The Environment Agency has lots of advice about saving water when the need arises. Simply turning the tap off when you brush your teeth can save up to five litres a minute! Don’t use any clean water for non-essential purposes like cleaning windows, for example. Hosepipe and sprinkler bans are only used when there’s a real need. Always follow the water company’s advice.
  •  After a drought, as the environment recovers, it is still important to continue to use water in a sensible fashion. Water conservation is good for the environment and for society at all times.

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