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What could 5G technology do for you?

The launch of the new 5G-enabled iPhone last week brings the new network firmly into the mainstream – if users can find a network to connect to. There are now almost 200 towns and cities in the UK where it’s possible to connect to 5G, with access expected to be rolle...

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Safety

Could a Building Safety Manager make your block a better place to be?

One of the most shocking aspects of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, is how little residents were listened to. They were well aware that their building had numerous safety issues but had no one to take up their concerns. So an important part of the Government’s draft Bu...

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Action on cladding - if not now, when?

At yesterday’s IRPM’s online seminar, Ritu Saha from the UK Cladding Action Group called on Boris Johnson to be “the people’s Prime Minister” and step in with more money to help beleaguered leaseholders trapped in dangerous flats and facing huge remediation bills. Th...

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Where are the best out-of-town locations for remote working?

Maidstone in Kent tops the list of towns that are best for remote working, according to a new league table devised by online estate agent Emoov. The number of city dwellers looking to escape to the country has more than doubled in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak...

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Inventory

How we've made inventories easy - and why you need one

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) revealed in September that only one in eight of landlords uses an inventory as a tool to help manage their lettings. We think this is a big mistake. Here’s why.Even if you are letting your rental home unfurnished,...

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Fire

What's the real cost of a waking watch?

Proof, if any were needed, of the financial burden being shouldered by leaseholders living in buildings with unsafe cladding was published on Friday by the MHCLG. The Government consulted a range of industry bodies to collect data on waking watch costs across a wide ...

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Rental yields

Rents are going up… but not in London

Landlords who have invested in studio flats in London are finding themselves badly squeezed in the current rental market, according to the latest market analysis from Rightmove. Asking rents hit record highs outside London in September – up to £964 per month - but in...

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Building safety - but at a price

Speaking at a Construction Leaders Summit held earlier this month, Government adviser Dame Judith Hackitt delivered this poignant message about the Draft Safety Bill that was published in July in response to the recommendations of her 2018 building safety review.  Sh...

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Could UPRNs start a real revolution in renting?

Across the country, dozens of local authorities are clamping down on rogue landlords by setting up licensing schemes to ensure the rental sector is operated within the law. This is costing landlords  a small fortune in many cases as licensing fees can run into thousa...

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Could UPRNs start a real revolution in renting?

Could UPRNs be a real revolution in renting?Across the country, dozens of local authorities are clamping down on rogue landlords by setting up licensing schemes to ensure the rental sector is operated within the law. This is costly, with landlords being charged fees ...

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