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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?

housing disrepair protocol, leasehold property, block management

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?

block managers, pre-qualification schemes

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

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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

repairs software, property management software, re-leased

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?

gdpr

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

hhsrs, fitness for human habitation bill

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...

Why the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill Could Hit Agents Hard

hhsrs, fitness for human habitation bill

As the buzz around the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill (likely to be passed later this year) builds, there’s still a huge grey area about what it will mean for landlords – and agents.

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How Did The Beast From The East Affect The Nation's Boilers?

beast from the east, Fixflo Plus

It might have taken until the beginning of March, but the UK finally got its annual dose of winter snow thanks to a combination of the Beast From The East and Storm Emma creating havoc throughout...

Things to Consider if You're Thinking of Selling Your Estate Agency Business

estate agency

In this guest blog, we're delighted to welcome back Peter Nicholls, who previously authored the post Establishing Your Reputation as a Lettings Agency off the back of his contribution to our...

How Lettings Agents Can Expand Into Block Management

PropTech, block management software, lettings industry

Expanding into block management is one obvious way that today’s stretched letting agents can utilise their existing skills to diversify their portfolio. But despite the obvious benefits – not only...

How Does Block Management Software Benefit Occupiers and RMCs?

block management software, rmcs, occupiers

One of the key considerations you have to make when investing in block repairs and maintenance management software is promoting its benefit to RMCs. If they don’t see the value in it, then you...

Why Do You Need to Know About the HHSRS Checklist?

hhsrs, fitness for human habitation bill

There's so much legislation that lettings agents and landlords need to be aware of now that it's possible the Human Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) hasn't crossed their path. However, with...

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