Archive for March, 2012

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Tenancy Agreement for 2012 Student Tenancies

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

All student tenants for July 2012 to June 2013 can view a copy of the tenancy agreement which will be used for their tenancy by following the link below:

http://www.iconnproperties.co.uk/student_information.php

Access Codes are provided on tenants emails sent 26.03.12 but if you need them again please call our office.

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Budget Announcement 2012 – How it Applies to Landlords & Tenants (Canterbury Letting Agent)

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Iris O’Connell, Managing Director for iConn Property Management writes:

ARLA has recently created this great article to help explain what this years budget announcements will mean to us; definately worth a read: ARLA Budget News

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TDS Changes of Legislation – Timescale for Registering Deposits. (Canterbury Letting Agent)

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Sam Douglas, Accounts Co-Ordinator for iConn Property Management writes:

The Localism Act comes into force on April 6th 2012 and makes an important change to the timescale for protecting deposits.

The timescale for registering deposits and serving Prescribed Information has increased from 14 to 30 days – but the 30 days is an absolute deadline. 

Our prescribed information will be updated in our current tenancy agreements and terms of business and this change will only really affect tenancies created after the 6th April but  current clients may wish to take note of these changes for any future tenancies.

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Changes to EPC Legislation (Letting in Canterbury)

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Vicky Cranthorne, Office Manager for iConn Property Management writes:

EPC legislation changes – April 2012

The DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) have proposed changes to the legislation regarding energy performance certificates (EPC’s) for properties are due to come into force on 6th April 2012. This is the legislation that was originally due to be implemented last October but was subsequently delayed and revised.

In simple terms it will mean that instead of just advertising the graph images on the property advert we will need to include the first two pages instead. It will mean that we must hold the full certificate on file for the property and not just the numbers on the graph. It is also mentioned that the EPC graphs must now cover any outbuildings included in the tenancy and not just the main property.

Key points in the new legislation:

  • This only applies to properties coming to market after 6th April.
  • The current asset ratings (EPC graphs) are no longer applicable in isolation. They are to be replaced by the first page of the new style EPC (typically an A4 document which contains the graphs and additional information).
  • The EPC legislation is extended to apply to non-residential and rental transactions.
  • Where property marketing does not include the full property address the legislation does allow for the address to be redacted in the EPC used for marketing purposes. It is still required on the full EPC document. NB. Although this is clearly indicated in the legislation, there is currently debate as to whether this only applies to commercial properties.
  • Note: At this time of writing the format of the revised EPC is still subject to approval and release by DCLG.
  • Further to this, we have gained confirmation that:
  • The EPC does not have to be an integral part of the printed particulars. It can be provided as an attachment or insert.
  • If sending details electronically as an attachment, the EPC can be provided via a clickable url.

For the majority of clients this is not a major issue they will need to be concerned with and more impacts the way the agent advertises but we will advise all clients who the legislation effects.

vicky

Reminder for Student Tenants for July 2012 (Canterbury Letting Agent)

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Your guarantors should have received their documents by now.

The guarantor documents need to be signed and returned to our office by the 1st April 2012.

*Applicants those guarantors are based abroad – the forms have been emailed to your guarantor – please ensure they have received them ok and if not please call our office to update their details if a new email address is required.

They are very important as your tenancy can not proceed without a signed agreement in place; please speak with your guarantors to check they have received the documents safely and to remind them of the deadline date. (If your guarantor has already returned their agreement please ignore this message but you may want to check with your other housemates to make sure all theirs are back also)

Once all agreements are received for your tenancy we will issue your pre-start pack. This will invite you to come into the office to sign and complete your new tenancy.

Without all guarantor agreements being received we are unable to proceed to this point.

If you have any problems or questions in the meantime then please contact me either on the office number.

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