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Welcome to your August newsletter!

In this month’s edition, we talk about how great properties are the foundation of a greater future for landlords and tenants, and talk about what your dream home looks like. We also provide some tips if you're thinking about building your work-from-home space in your garden, and to round off this month’s edition, we share eight great things about being a tenant.

Great properties are the foundation of a greater future for landlords and tenants

With 36% of all households in the UK renting*, the rental market is a vital part of the economy and vital for the population to thrive. When landlords provide great properties for tenants to live in, it creates a mutually beneficial and stable landlord-tenant relationship, but that is not all. A happy tenant Good landlords who maintain their property to the highest standards, whether with the help of a letting agent or not, are much more likely to have satisfied tenants. This means tenants will renew their tenancy agreements and feel secure in their homes. The landlord has an uninterrupted source of income. Building a good reputation A good landlord will gain a good reputation, and this means the potential to make more profit as tenants will be more attracted to your property portfolio. Higher property value Well-looked-after properties hold and gain value more rapidly than properties of a lower standard, which leads to greater opportunities to expand your portfolio as a landlord. Lower vacancy rates There's a significant demand for rental properties, and the demand for high-quality rental homes is even greater Good properties always find good tenants; this means that, as a landlord, your property will not sit unoccupied. Lower maintenance costs Properties that are well cared for will cost less to maintain because any issues will most likely be prevented. A fully managed letting service can take care of your property, so whether you are a tenant or a landlord, you don’t have to worry. Greater compliance From gas safety certificates to tenancy agreements, a well-maintained property let through a good letting agent will take care of all of this for you. And with the Renters Reform Bill on its way, landlords and tenants need to be compliant to make the most of their rights. More financial options Great properties lead to great returns on investment, which means banks will back you when it's time to expand your property portfolio. Stability is the key to securing your investment. A positive effect on the market and wider community Good properties that are maintained well and have good tenants placed within them are good for the local community and the wider economy. A fully managed letting service This is one of the best ways to make sure your property is up to scratch in every possible aspect. From tenancy agreements to property maintenance, a fully managed letting service will give you more time for your life. It can be time-consuming, from finding tenants to seeking references to sorting a blocked drain. But if you do enjoy being hands-on, you can choose the level of managed service you want. And if you are a tenant and you rent through a letting agent, then you know the entire process will be easier. If you have any maintenance issues, help is just a phone call away.

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Dream homes: What does yours look like?

Everybody's house dreams are different. You might just be dreaming of buying a humble terrace house as your first property. On the other hand, maybe you are an experienced property investor and are thinking about something a little more grand. Whether you are renting and want a view of the sea from your perfect cottage or want a large Victorian townhouse, there are many ways to live the dream today. But often, it’s a whole set of reasons that make your dream home just that. Architecture Classical design and features found in a Victorian townhouse are always going to be very different from a contemporary design full of light and glazed walls. Perhaps you want to create a perfectly self-sufficient home that can source all its own energy using solar panels and wind power. That said, these days, you can have both. Taking a classical, older home and transforming it into something special with modern design while paying respect to its original features means you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Location A view of the mountains or a sun-kissed cityscape? Maybe you prefer the sea? If you are raising a family, then your proximity to great schools will be at the top of your priority list. Many home buyers love the idea of living in a quiet English village with the perfect pub within walking distance. Perhaps you want all these things within driving distance of your perfect property? Interior design It all depends on your personal taste, but there is no shortage of inspiration and help, from furniture suppliers to interior designers, to inspire you and help you find your niche. If money is not an obstacle, marble is always beautiful and timeless. Real wood can create sophistication, but it is also a safe choice when it is time to sell. Bedrooms Whichever you choose—a ten-bedroom country home or a two-bedroom terraced house—it's your dream. When it comes to creating the perfect bedrooms, you will want each of them to be unique. And just because you buy a three-bedroom home does not mean it has to stop you from converting one of the bedrooms into a walk-in wardrobe. Perhaps you want the ultimate in comfort by buying a property with a master bedroom complete with an ensuite bathroom. Bathrooms Whether you want a wet room or a jacuzzi, the infinite number of colour schemes and designs to choose from will keep you busy if you decide to start from scratch. Or you simply love the idea of incorporating some technology into an already stunning bathroom. Sometimes, when you view your perfect home, you instantly know that your personal items and some plants are enough for you to be really happy. Outdoor spaces For many home buyers, having a large garden is an integral part of owning their dream property. And if you have enough space, there is very little you can’t do. From adding a gazebo, work-from-home space, and a hot tub to the little things like nice lighting, they all add up to make your dream home something magical. Personal touches Your dream home is not yet fully yours until you add your own personality and interests to it. Whether that is a fine art collection, a wine cellar, a gym, or simply nice flowers, plants, and pictures, it’s only when you have added these elements that you have truly moved in.

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Thinking about building your work-from-home space in your garden?

Building your work-from-home space in your garden is the dream of many homeowners. There are so many options and materials to choose from, and having it located on your home’s property is close enough for convenience but with enough space from the distractions of home life. Pick the right spot Find the best location in your garden that receives good natural light but isn't too exposed to harsh elements like wind or rain. Consider the position of the sun throughout the day to avoid glare on your computer screen. You might want to add an area where you can work outside in the summer. Silence is golden Try to create your garden office away from noisy distractions; on the other hand, you may want to be able to keep an eye on what the children are up to when playing in the garden. This separation will help you maintain focus and productivity while working. Soundproofing the space can be beneficial, especially if you live in a noisy neighbourhood. You need a strong structure Depending on your budget and needs, you can opt for a pre-built garden office, a custom-designed shed, or even a renovated summerhouse. Ensure it's well insulated for year-round use, and think about issues such as condensation. Hiring a local builder to create the perfect garden office space may be the best option. Electricity and internet connection Make sure you have access to electricity to power your devices. Hiring an electrician to install proper wiring is essential for safety and convenience. You don't want to spend hours and thousands on your perfect garden workspace only to find your internet coverage is patchy. Consider using a Wi-Fi extender or a wired connection if your main router is too far away. Create the right setup Choose a good desk, chair, and computer that support you. If you create the perfect setup, you will work more efficiently and enjoy each day. Your body will thank you for it, and it will keep you feeling less fatigued. Make your space your own Decorate the interior with plants, art, or other personal touches that inspire and motivate you. Make it a space you enjoy spending time in. Think about storage. Keep your workspace organised by incorporating storage options like shelves, drawers, or cabinets for your documents and supplies. The right temperature Consider heating for the cold winter months, maybe adding a wood burner or electric fire, and a cooling solution for when those long, hot summer days kick in. Install curtains or blinds to ensure privacy during work hours; these will also insulate you from the elements. Add a bit of nature From nice views of the rest of your garden to maybe an eggshell chair for relaxing in. There is so much you can add to your space to make it a place that feels pleasant to work in. From strategically placed trees, plants to flowers with your favourite scents. All of this will add to your sense of well-being while you work. Will all of this add value to your home? Adding a garden office space could add up to 5–10% to the value of your home.* Good work-for-home spaces are high up the rankings of what people now want from a home, and a purpose-built garden office space could be considered even more desirable.

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Eight great things about being a tenant

Being a tenant has a lot of advantages. In the UK, 36% of households rent, 35% of households own their house outright, and 30% of households are mortgage holders.* This technically means that the UK is now a nation of renters. It’s a good time to look at some of the great reasons to rent in the UK. It’s easier to move Once you find your perfect place, it’s relatively easy to make your move. With no selling or buying involved, you have a lot more flexibility to find something bigger or somewhere in a different location with speed and convenience, and your agent will take care of everything for you. Fewer financial commitments With an initial deposit for a rented property being a fraction of the amount needed for a deposit for a mortgage, you are already saving before you move in. Then, if there are any maintenance issues, you are not liable for the costs. You may find that bills are included in your rent, and this allows you to budget for the more fun things in life. Less responsibility With less responsibility for repairs, all you will most likely need to do if something needs fixing is call your agent, who will have a dedicated maintenance team. This, combined with a lower financial commitment and the legal responsibilities of home ownership, means you are not tied down. You don’t have to worry about rising interest rates Many homeowners are currently worried about increasing interest rates and paying their mortgages in the current cost-of-living crisis. When you rent, you don’t have to think about this, nor will you need to borrow or become tied down with a mortgage. Social opportunities Whether you are renting in the suburbs or a city apartment, because of the ease of moving, you can find a place near the social scene or amenities that most interest you. Whether you are addicted to travelling and want proximity to the airport, or you simply want to be near a decent gym, living close to good restaurants and bars will save you time and add to the quality of your life. You can focus on other investments and goals With fewer financial commitments, you could choose to invest in the stock exchange or perhaps properties in locations that are more affordable. You may have a retirement plan, a hobby, or a business you would rather develop. Perhaps you have other passions you want to pursue. Greater freedom to explore If you are developing your career and, as a result, may move abroad or change your job roles regularly and don't want the financial commitment of a mortgage, then renting can be the perfect solution. Renting also allows you to explore different living arrangements, from sharing to city life and then, in no time at all, country living. Try out different properties There are so many different property types you can enjoy renting. From a flat in the city to luxury homes, humble terraced homes to rural retreats. Whatever you are looking for, from a quaint village to a place in the leafy suburbs, it’s always worth talking to a good agent to help you in your search.

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