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Save Money With These Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Quick Wins

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While figures have not yet been released, it’s thought that thousands of landlords have been affected by the implementation of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, which forced properties with an...

Introducing Our How To Win New Landlords Campaign

how to win new landlords

Property management in 2018 is a difficult industry to be successful in. The market is saturated in terms of the number of agencies competing for a finite number of landlords and, though the...

How to Test Your Smoke Detector

smoke detector

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations of 2015 state that all rental properties should be fitted with a working smoke alarm on each floor of the property. They also state that...

How to Communicate With Your Contractors Effectively

contractor communication, contractor app

When it comes to repairs, the devil is definitely in the detail. Being able to provide the correct details of a repairs or maintenance issue at tenant level obviously speeds up the resolution of a...

Smoke Alarms and Best Practice

smoke detector

Did you know one in three people in the UK have never tested their smoke alarm? Or that, as a landlord, it falls under your remit to test all smoke alarms on your property at the commencement of...

How to Serve a Section 21 Notice Correctly

Section 21

If you took a poll of the biggest gripes of lettings agents, the serving of Section 21 notices would probably be near, if not at, the top of the list. It’s a process that can be difficult to...

The Four Cs of Effective Contractor Communication

Contractors, contractor communication

Did you know that even the smallest repairs job can generate up to 15 back-and-forth exchanges between contractors, landlords and tenants? By the time you’ve sifted through every last phone call,...

Why You Still Need to be Thinking About the Letting Fees Ban

letting fees ban

There has been a palpable diminishing of the urgency associated with the letting fees ban over the past few months with the announcement that it won’t be coming in until the beginning or the...

Why Effective Property Inventories are More Important Than You Think

Property Inventory

Property inventories can be controversial subjects. Coming at the end of an admin-heavy process, landlords could be forgiven for not wanting to bother engaging in a to-and-fro process with...

5 Top Tips for Managing Contractors

contractor management

As a managing agent, you’re only as good as your worst contractor. No matter how effective and attentive your communication with clients is, how knowledgeable and well-connected you are or how...

The Housing Disrepair Protocol - What is It and Why Do You Need to Know About It?

block management, leasehold property, housing disrepair protocol

In the vast majority of leases, the landlord is tasked with repairing and maintaining the exterior, structure and common parts of a building which has been divided into flats. The leaseholder for...

What Are Pre-Qualification Schemes?

pre-qualification schemes, block managers

When procuring a contractor for block work, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration as you ensure that the contractor and their employees can work to a high standard without...

Fixflo and AXA Partners Work Together to Help UK Letting Agents

Fixflo News Blog

JUNE 2018: Fixflo, the market-leading repair and maintenance management software company, and AXA Partners, a leading home emergency provider with an in-house managed network of contractors, are...

Property Management Software Buyers' Guide: Re-Leased

property management software, re-leased, repairs software

Re-Leased is one of our favourite property management systems. We said so in our Property Management Software Buyer's Guide, but now it has its own article. We've created a guide to its features...

How the Concept of the “Expert Agent” Applies to Relationship Management

expert agent

The concept of an expert agent is often cited in the context of lettings agents knowing everything about the rental market, the areas in which they’re dealing, legislation to be aware of and more....

Is It Too Late To Become GDPR-Compliant?

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This is a guest blog by Keysafe, a tenancy vetting and referencing company based in Shropshire. As a guest blog, it does not necessarily reflect Fixflo's views or position as far as as GDPR is...

How the HHSRS Checklist and Fitness for Human Habitation Bill are Turning Up the Heat on Landlords

fitness for human habitation bill, hhsrs

As cross-party and government support for it builds, we expect the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill to be passed relatively quickly. In theory, nobody can argue that the formalisation of...

How Simple Admin Mistakes Can Void Your Right to Evict a Tenant Under Section 21

Section 21

If you’re a landlord looking to end a tenancy, there’s every chance that you’ll need to serve your tenant with a Section 21 notice to do so - after all, 24,000 Section 21 notices were correctly...

5 Things Landlords Must Do at the Beginning of a Tenancy to Serve a Section 21 Notice at its End

Section 21

Section 21 allows landlords to legally and reasonably ask tenants to leave (with two months’ notice) without having to provide a reason, but their ability to serve a valid Section 21 notice rests...

3 Things for Block Managers to Consider When Hiring Contractors

block management, contractor management

Every good block manager knows that their fortunes rise and fall with the success and failure of their contractors. In addition to actually managing the block, a large part of block management is...

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