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Oven Cleaning is one of the biggest issues in a rented property Landlord News, Latest Articles, Property News

ovenOven cleaning is one of the biggest issues and this article is to help Landlords present this particular item in their property in its best condition for an inventory inspection and help tenants bring an oven back to its initial clean state when leaving the accommodation.

Let’s put it into perspective, the cleanliness of a property makes up 51% of tenancy deposit disputes and some of which can be attributed to people forgetting or missing an item to be cleaned, another is that differing people have differing ideas of what is clean. Let me give you an idea how we all think the same but differently.

Picture a cat in your head,
How big is it?
What is it doing?
What colour is it?

While we have all just seen a cat in our minds eye, some cats will be small, medium, large. It might be sleeping, sitting, jumping around and any colour you want. Nevertheless, it is still a cat. The same is true for cleaning, someone might have actually worked very hard to clean a property but yet it is not you to your high standard. Maybe they just don’t know how to do the task correctly and yes some are just simply too lazy to do it. It is a rare situation that we know which of these statements is true for a given household and it might be a combination of all of these factors.

There is a continuum for the level of cleanliness form: never been cleaned, attempted but still dirty, cleaned to an average household standard up to what we call in the inventory profession “cleaned to a high domestic standard” and “cleaned to a professional standard” the best of course being a professional clean.

Here is a list of key phrases I use when describing the cleanliness of an oven from best to worst:
1. As New
2. Cleaned to a professional standard
3. Cleaned to a high domestic standard
4. Clean to a domestic standard
5. Partly cleaned
6. Needs finished clean
7. Not clean.

I must add that fortunately, most inspection I do I only have to decide if the cooker/oven has been cleaned to a domestic or professional standard.

If you look at the picture below, this is an oven an oven cleaned to a high standard but its condition is excluded from our discussion on cleaning. This is a worn oven and unless you have prior information, to this picture, it is not possible to say if this is through damage or due to age and fair wear and tear.

 

This oven is clean but through age and use, it is marked and even rusted at the sides.

Then we have the oven that is clean to a high domestic standard that is to say it is grease free but there are still baked on marks.

 

You should also watch out for chemical residue, many of the excellent oven cleaning products on the market leave residue marks on surfaces if you don’t wash off the product fully, which technically means the oven is still partially dirty, need a finish clean.

There are several very good cleaning products on the market. But there is one that I prefer to use it gets the job done and is fairly easy to use and normally takes a clean to domestic standard to a professional clean level. It is a strong chemical so you have to be careful and follow the manufactures instructions it is “Oven Pride”. Please note that I don’t have shares in the company and I am not getting any benefit for mentioning this product my motivation for mentioning it is to   help anyone who reads this article in particular Landlords and Tenants.

About the author of this Post

Sydney Lewis A+ Inventories

Syd Lewis has been a private landlord for over 20 years, he is an accredited member of the National Landlords Association (NLA), Residential Landlords Association (RLA), Sponsor of the Good Landlords Campaign, a full member of the Association of Professional Inventory Providers (APIP) and a Certified Electrical Portable Appliance Tester (NIPIT). He is passionate about what he does which is providing residential inventory services, PAT testing and marketing floor plans for Agents, Landlords and Tenants. Inventories start from £56.00 to find out more see:-


DSS Move says the LHA market is potentially 5 million tenants Landlord News, Latest Articles, Property News

DSS MoveCurrently there are over five million people claiming LHA and this is set to grow over the next 2-3 years as we face a tough economic period and continued austerity measures from the Government.  According to Dssmove.co.uk, letting agents and landlords will miss out if they ignore LHA tenants. Continue reading DSS Move says the LHA market is potentially 5 million tenants


Can I ask Tenants to Register their own Deposits? Landlord News, Latest Articles, Property News

Can I ask Tenants to Register their own DepositsI asked My|Deposits some time ago if my tenants deposit had to be re-protected if the AST rolled over to an SPT (Periodic Tenancy), when it was the same property, same terms, but increased rent, without taking an increased deposit.

Their reply was that it did not have to be re-protected as it had rolled over to a Periodic tenancy.

I recently had an email from My|Deposits about protecting deposits.  They probably sent the same mail to other landlords that use their service.  It says a tenant’s deposit does not have to be re-protected when the tenancy rolls over to a periodic but in their words it is now written:- Continue reading Can I ask Tenants to Register their own Deposits?


Green Deal problem – Advice Requested Landlord News, Latest Articles, Property News, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

Green Deal problem - Advice Requested

Advice Requested

David Brinsden has a Green Deal problem and has requested advice from Property118 readers as follows:

“I have two Victorian flat conversions in Bedford, both let on LHA. Both properties have been visited by a council surveyor with a list of improvements needed. This came as a bit of a surprise!

One was easy as the property was due a new boiler & was soon installed. Continue reading Green Deal problem – Advice Requested


Taken over management of a property with a LHA tenant – Readers Question Landlord News, Latest Articles, Property News

I  would like some advice about one of my LHA tenants?

I have recently taken over management of 4 properties with Housing Benefit tenants resident. All are great except one. A tenant of 3 years with another agent is refusing to accept the take over of management by my company, sign any agreements or mandates and will not pay the rent direct to my company or even the landlord.

They are also refusing access to my maintenance team to resolve issues at the property that they reported on first visit, such as no smoke alarms at the property and a gas cooker feed which is apparently unsafe. Continue reading Taken over management of a property with a LHA tenant – Readers Question


NLA concerned by cap on Local Housing Allowance Landlord News, Latest Articles, NLA - National Landlords Association, Property News

NLA logo colourYesterday the House of Commons gave a second reading to the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill which caps future increases to Local Housing Allowance rates at one per cent from 2014.

Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer of the National Landlords Association (NLA), says:

“Capping future increases to Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates to one per cent risks a decrease in real terms if, as expected, inflation exceeds this level. With time, this will inevitably render private-rented accommodation unaffordable for many tenants in receipt of housing benefit. Indeed, the cap could deter landlords from investing in much needed housing for those receiving support. Continue reading NLA concerned by cap on Local Housing Allowance


Rent Guarantee Insurance for LHA Tenants Buy to Let News, Landlord News, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Investment News, Property Investment Strategies, Property Market News, Property News

Rent Guarantee Insurance for LHA TenantsI suspect very few of our readers expected to see the words Rent Guarantee Insurance and LHA Tenants in the same headline!

Following headlines that only 1.5% of landlords will now let their properties to tenants in receipt of housing benefits is alarming, particularly if you are a landlord whose entire property portfolio is only attractive to this demographic due to location. Fortunately we think we have come across an interesting and incredibly innovative solution for landlords in this predicament. Continue reading Rent Guarantee Insurance for LHA Tenants


Petition to criminalise none payment of rent to landlords Landlord News, Latest Articles, Property News

e-petition to criminalise none payment of rent to landlords

e-petition to criminalise none payment of rent to landlords

Housing Charity “Crisis” report that only 1.5% of private landlords will let their properties to housing benefits claimants. This is because the risks are considered to be too great. Make it a criminal offence not to pay rent, especially if Housing Benefits have been claimed for this purpose, and improve the eviction process for none payers and this will attract further investment into the sector, particularly the need for shared accommodation for single under 35’s claiming benefits. Without these changes the housing crisis will get worse as much needed specialist developments for this type of accommodation will not be considered to be viable.

The Government say they need support from the PRS. This needs to be reciprocated if the housing crisis is to be solved.

If 1 million Europeans came to the UK today would there be more or less rogue landlords? I suggest there would be a lot more “beds in sheds” and people would be afraid to complain for fear of losing the roof over their head. Getting the laws right will incentivise investment into development of much needed PRS accommodation, particularly shared housing for single benfits claimants under the age of 35.

Link to the e-petition

Associated reading and discussion Continue reading Petition to criminalise none payment of rent to landlords


LHA Tenants and Advice to Landlords from John Paul @TheLHAExpert Landlord News, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, LHA Expert, Property Investment Strategies, Property News

John Paul - The LHA ExpertBoth John Paul and the The Castledene Group have earned an enviable reputation of being leading experts in the management and letting of residential property to benefits claimants in receipt of Local Housing Allowance “LHA”.

John Paul is a portfolio landlord in the North East and founder of the Castledene Group of letting agents which employs 17 ARLA-trained staff. This article provides an overview of John’s strategies and links to seven further articles. Continue reading LHA Tenants and Advice to Landlords from John Paul @TheLHAExpert


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