End of tenancy clean – how much does it cost?

It’s that time of year again when students are packing up their bags and moving home for the summer.  The question on most of their lips is ‘how much does an end of tenancy clean cost?’  Every property is different so at WendyHouse Property Services we offer FREE no obligation quotes.  Every quote is detailed…

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Do I need Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms?

In October 2015 The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms (England) Regulations 2015 approved by Parliament came into force.  Since then there is still confusion as to exactly what these regulations require of Landlords.  The full guide is available here but we have put together some highlights below: At least one smoke alarm should be installed on every…

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25% increase in deposit disputes

The Dispute Service Annual Review of 2015 has shown a 25% increase in deposit disputes in 2015 versus 2014.  As to be expected deposit disputes over cleaning lead the way with damage a close second:                       Although cleaning deposit disputes are the most common, in…

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Right to Rent applies to all Landlords

As of 1st February 2016 Right to Rent checks must be carried out on all new tenants.  The Immigration Bill 2014 set out new legal requirements for Landlords.  All Landlords are required to check and keep evidence that their tenant or lodger can legally rent a residential property in England – this is their Right…

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DISCONNECTING THE TEMPORARY FILLING LOOP ON COMBI BOILERS

As part of our Legionella Risk Assessments we also look at any potential breaches in Water Regulations Act 1999. This is to help protect Landlords & Letting Agents against breaches which could lead to fines and to help protect tenants health & safety. One of the most common breaches we see is on combi boiler…

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Scalding vs Legionella Control

One of the most common issues we see whilst carrying out Legionella Risk Assessments is water that is too hot.  One of the key control measures for stored hot water is to ensure it is stored at a temperature of 60°C.  It should then be distributed to the hot water outlets at over 50°C  within 1 minute.…

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What is a Thermal Store?

After carrying out hundreds of Legionella Risk Assessments around Tyne & Wear we have seen a wide variety of hot water systems.  One surprisingly common system we see is a Thermal Store.  To the majority of Landlords and Tenants this is known as either the ‘massive combi boiler’ or ‘the weird looking hot water tank’.  …

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Elbow Grease – Best all round cleaning product

We should probably keep this product a secret it is so good!  We discovered Elbow Grease about 18 months ago and have never looked back.  An amazing all round cleaner and it’s available for under £1 at most discount shops. We use Elbow Grease for: Degreasing extractor hoods & filters Degreasing kitchen units & tiles Woodwork –…

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How to Rent Guide

Although it has been a requirement since 1st October 2015 that all new tenants are issued with the How to Rent Guide, we thought a reminder might prove useful. The How to Rent Guide sets out the rights and obligations of both landlords and tenants.  This applies to properties tenanted under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST). There is…

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Cold water tank with no lid

One of the most common issues we see when carrying out Legionella Risk Assessments is a cold water tank/cistern without a lid.  This is a simple fix if you can get a replacement lid to fit but for an older cold water tank with no lid this can end up being a headache. The temptation is…

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