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NEWS FLASH: Right to Rent being extended across England from February 1 – iConn Property Management, Canterbury


Rosalind Renshaw from Property Industry Eye reveals all:

The Home Office has announced that from February 1, 2016, the Right to Rent scheme will be extended across England. This means all private landlords, or their agents, in England, including those subletting or taking in lodgers, will have to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property.

The scheme is being extended following an evaluation of the first phase in the West Midlands and has received the continued input of a panel of industry experts, housing and homeless charities and local authorities.

Right to Rent is one part of the government’s ongoing reforms to the immigration system to make it harder for people to live in the UK illegally.

As of February 1, anyone who rents out private property in England will need to see and make a copy of evidence that any new adult tenant has the right to rent in the UK (for example a passport or a biometric residence permit).

The process is simple, according to the Government which says many organisations in the private rented sector already check the immigration status of tenants.

In most cases, it says, checks can be carried out without contacting the Home Office. However, if a tenant has an outstanding immigration application or appeal with the Home Office, landlords can request a Home Office Right to Rent check. A yes or no answer will be provided within two working days.

Landlords who don’t make the checks could face a civil penalty of up to £3,000 per tenant if they are found to be renting out a property to someone who is in the UK illegally.

The Government is also making it easier for landlords to evict illegal migrants as part of the Immigration Bill.




Calling all of our renewing students – iConn Property Management, Canterbury

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CALLING ALL RENEWING STUDENTS!! This is just a reminder that your rent in advance is due by the end of February 2015.
You can either pay via a bank transfer (details can be provided if you do not already have these), bring cash to the office or call the office and make a card payment over the phone.

If you wish to speak to a member of our lettings team to discuss, please call either Amy or Nadine on 01227765008.

Tenants! Get ready for your departure, iConn Property Management


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Easter Opening Times, iConn Property Management, Canterbury



The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow….


Vicky Owen, Office Manager for iConn Property Management writes:

As most of Canterbury was covered with snow this week, which caused some disruption in Canterbury but also some great snowmen! its a good time to think on the winter repairs that may need attending to. Our referencing company LetRisks send us a monthly newsletter in line with trends they recieve on claims, they have really interesting article on inspecting flat roofs which is worth a read: Click on the link below for the full article:









Top Tips for Landlords!


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

To help you get the best out of your property investment, iConn Property Management have come up with a few ideas to get you on the road to success.

Set a bit of money aside each month

 in case of any works/repairs that arise.  This way, you won’t miss the money so much, and if there are no repairs that need doing during the year, you can buy yourself an extra little something at the end of the year!

 Improve neighbourhood relations

and hire a monthly gardener.  This will keep the local residents happy and your property will always look nice and tidy.

Look into updating furniture

this will make your property more appealing when it comes to re-marketing.

Save money

By spending a little more time and money on your property now will help reduce maintenance problems in the future.

Get ahead in the student market

Most tenants find it hard to keep on top of bills with all the essays they have to write!  Include broadband in the monthly rental and make it more appealing to students.

Be pro-active

 arrange for the roofs, gutters, drains to be checked regularly to avoid any major problems.

Get in the know

 iConn Property Management are happy to advise you of any recent changes in laws and regulations, just give us a call and we will be happy to help!


Common Questions from Tenants (Canterbury Lettings)


Sam Macdonald, Lettings Negotiator for iConn Property Management writes:

ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) supplies lots of answers to common questions which tenants might need to know.

This link takes tenants direct to their website:

Here is one of the questions I spotted earlier which I thought would be useful to know:

What About Rights Of Access To The Property, What Are The Rules?

A landlord, or his agent, or someone authorised to act on his behalf has a right to view the property to assess its condition and to carry out necessary repairs or maintenance at reasonable times of the day. The law says that a landlord or agent must give a tenant at least 24 hours prior notice in writing (except in an emergency) of such a visit. Naturally, if the tenant agrees, on specific or odd occasions to allow access without the 24 hours prior written notice, that is acceptable. [A clause in the tenancy agreement which tries to diminish or over-ride a tenant’s rights in this respect would be void and unenforceable.]


Canterbury Letting Agent iConn Wins Gold for 2012 :)


Dr Rigby – Landlord with iConn Property Management, Canterbury


I have been using iConn in it’s various stages of development for the last fifteen years as a rental agency for my house in Canterbury. The company has been extremely professional in finding suitable tenants every year, maintaining the house in good condition and relaying problems, suggestions and legal matters promptly to me by mail and E-mail to my addresses abroad. This year my family will be returning to take up permanent residence at our Canterbury home, and I can heartily recommend the company to anyone who wishes to either rent out or rent an abode in the Canterbury area.

R.Clarke – Landlord with iConn Property Management, Canterbury


iConn has been my letting agent for the last 7 years and undertakes a full management service for me. I have been impressed with the efficient manner in which they have undertaken this role and the professional way they handle issues. As a ‘distant’ landlord, I rely on effective communication, timely resolution of issues whilst keeping me fully informed of developments. In each of these aspects I rate them highly. During the tenure of my agreement with iConn thus far, the accounting aspect has been first rate with rental income invariably paid on time and any missing sums urgently pursued. I very much value the relationship and look forward to it continuing for many more years.


Tenancy Agreement for 2012 Student Tenancies


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:

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

Happy Christmas from all at iConn Property Management, Canterbury!! :)






STUDENT LETTINGS LIST FOR 2012-2013 RELEASED by iConn Property Management


And so it begins….. We have released our available properties for next years academic term. For your ideal student property in Canterbury Don’t Delay and Take a Look Today!!!


Viewings are available and demand is expected to be high this year, so don’t miss out on the ideal property in the best location and book today!!

Full details and more photos are available on our website:

You will also find all the student terms and documents on this page:

Good Luck! :)


Advice for Potential Landlords looking to invest in property…


Vicky Cranthorne, Office Manager for iConn Property Management writes:

ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) provides this useful article for potential Landlords looking to invest in property…

Think of buying to let as a medium to long term investment.
Seek advice from an ARLA letting agent on local market demands.
Get your sums right. Will the rent cover borrowings and costs, after allowing for void periods?
Decorate, fit out and furnish to high quality standards, especially kitchens and bathrooms, to attract the best tenants and let quickly every time.
Use an ARLA member as your letting agent. They are bonded, hold Professional Indemnity Insurance to required standards, have staff trained to ARLA’s competency standards and are kept up to date with the latest legal and regulatory requirements.
Let personal taste cloud your judgement. Be sure the property you choose meets market requirements.
Purchase anything with potential maintenance problems like a lot of woodwork or large gardens. It will add nothing to the rental value and cost a lot to keep up.
Think that the running of an investment property to let can be left to friends or relatives in your absence. Tenants require a full management service.
Use off-the-shelf tenancy agreements from HMSO or law stationers, or forget to issue the right notices or fail to have a proper inventory and condition report made before a tenant moves in. Leave all documentation to a professional agent.
Furnish with second hand furniture or cast-off soft furnishings. These will probably contravene the Furniture and Furnishing Regulations.


What should a landlord consider when looking for a property to invest in for letting purposes?


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

Make sure you opt for the best Buy To Let Mortgage rate.

Talk with local letting agents and use their local knowledge to ask for advice. They will advise you what areas are popular with a certain type of tenant. Which type of property will be suitable for the type of tenant you are looking for and what type of property to purchase to ensure you get the best return for your money. They will also advise you what rental levels you would hope to achieve from certain properties in different local areas. iConn is a local letting agent with years of experience and local knowledge. Call us for free helpful advice.

Make sure that there is a demand for the certain type of property you want to invest in. Again ask your local agent for an insight into the local market. A member of staff at iConn will be happy to help you with any advice you may seek.

Research properties on property portals like Right Move or Property Live. You will see what is currently being marketed and for what rental levels. Study the market thoroughly before you buy!!!

Make sure that you are aware of the cost of fully insuring your property. This will include building Insurance, contents insurance and public liability cover. iConn can arrange this for you.

If you are looking to furnish the property, furnish it according to what type of tenant you require. Furnishings for a student property will be different compared to a property a family will rent.

Decorate it and repair it to a high standard; the better its condition, the higher the overall yield.

Consider using an Agent to manage the property. iConn offers four levels of service. Contact us for further details.

Always understand your legal obligations as a Landlord. Be realistic in understanding that your tenant will expect you to repair, replace and maintain as and when necessary.

You will be expected to follow council requirements and housing law. It is also essential that you provide all necessary safety documents; e.g. Gas safety certificate.

Understand your financial limits. Do not purchase an investment property if the rental level achievable just covers your mortgage repayment. What happens if you have an unexpected boiler break down? Will you have enough money in the pot to make repairs as and when required? What happens if there is a rental void period? Do you have a contingency plan for any such an event? Be realistic about what you buy, the level of mortgage compared to the level of rent achievable and the condition of the property.

R.Bruce – Landlord with iConn Property Management


My properties have been managed by iConn for almost ten years. During that time they have invariably found good tenants and always kept both my properties fully tenanted. They are thoroughly professional and experienced and have always advised me superbly as to what the best action to take is. They are a strong team of talented individuals who provide an excellent service. i have many friends who rent through other agents and their experiences confirm to me that iConn is a great choice.

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Show your support to RNIB!




iConn Property Management show thier support by collecting used stamps for RNIB,

a charity that supports the blind and partially sighted people.

If you would like to make a donation or find out more about how to show your support, click on the link below.



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Got a Question…?? Just ask!


iConn Property Management are proud to be a regulated member of

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).

We believe that it is extremely important for all landlords and tenants to have the facility to be able to ask questions and gain free advice.

This is why iConn Property Management are offering free advice for anyone who needs it, whether you are a current tenant or landlords of ours, or even if you aren’t!

Please share your questions by replying to this blog, and we will endeavour to answer you as soon as possible, alternatively email us on

Take advantage of our free advisory service and get all your questions answered today.








Should you rent for life…???


Sam Macdonald, Lettings Negotiator for iConn Property Management writes:

As the difficulty of getting yourself onto the property ladder is increasing these days, we thought we would introduce you to this interesting article…


 Click below for more info.

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Advice on Gas Safety for Landlords – Useful Link


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

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) deals with health and safety in the workplace and their work also includes guidance on gas safety. HSE offers advice for Landlords and letting Agents on how to comply with the law, information about gas safety checks, maintenance etc; including useful links to other information and websites.

M Jordan – Landlord with iConn Property Management

iConn have managed our two City Centre flats for the past few years and have always found suitable tenants, who have been in a position to move in the day after the previous tenants have vacated. This has proved to be invaluable and we would thoroughly recommend their services. In particular both Vicky and Sam have been fantastic!

J & L Charteris – Landlord with iConn Property Management

We have always been happy with the prompt and efficient service we have to date received from iConn. Over the past 5 years we have always been found good tenants, the management team have dealt with problems quickly and efficiently and we have no hesitation in recommending them to other landlords.

T.Rigby – Landlord with iConn Property Management

Thanks to the iConn Property Management staff I have successfully rented out my furnished house in Canterbury continuously for the last fifteen years while residing in Thailand. The service hitherto received has been extremely satisfactory and my house has been well maintained and its condition regularly monitored.

P.Gayford – Landlord with iConn Property Management

My house in Canterbury has been fully managed by iConn (formerly Humberts) since Autumn 2007.  They provide me with a professional and friendly service and have ensured student occupancy of the house throughout the period.  They have visited the house regularly, bringing to my attention issues that they have picked up or which have been raised by the tenants.  They have dealt with urgent issues quickly and efficiently whilst allowing less urgent issues to be completed during the quieter summer months. 

I am pleased with the service that has been provided.

L.George – Tenant with iConn Property Management

I would like to recommend iConn to all, as they are so sincere and helpful.  I am extremely satisfied with their service to me. they gave a  warm welcome and homely atmosphere whenever i approach them for service.

L & M Morelli – Landlord with iConn Property Management

iConn have been managing our property now for 2 years and they have always been extremely efficient, conscientious and very price competitive in regards with renting out our property. In addition to this it is all managed in a friendly manner, in fact we forget about our property as we know it is in safe hands! 

P. Rivers – Landlord with iConn Property Management

I  have been a client of iConn, and its predecessors, for a number of years and feel that they have provided me with a very satisfactory and professional service. whenever I phone my call is answered quickly and usually my enquiry is dealt with immediately. Otherwise calls have been returned. Rentals are processed in a timely manner and all maintenance needs have been dealt with to my satisfaction. In addition there have been very few occasions when my property has not been let. I have no hesitation whatsoever in commending the services of iConn.

C & C Sandy – Landlord with iConn Property Management

iConn Property Management have looked after our property for many years now, carrying out full marketing and management on our behalf.  We have always found them to be helpful, efficient and very professional and would gladly recommend them.

P.Whisson – Landlord with iConn Property Management

iConn have been managing for me since 2006. They have found tenants who have looked after the property well. The transitions between tenancies have always been managed seamlessly. On all matters requiring my attention or permission iConn have communicated promptly and clearly, and I have always been highly satisfied with contractors they have recommended. Overall their service is excellent value for money. 

T.Kenney – Landlord with iConn Property Management

iConn Property Management staff have administered our Canterbury flat for ten years. Over that time we have developed great confidence in the efficiency and professionalism of the firm. iConn’s guidance and contacts were particularly helpful during the recent refurbishment of the property. Helpful, constructive and friendly it is always a pleasure to deal with their staff.

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