The new Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 make it a requirement for responsible persons of high-rise residential buildings to provide information about the building to the local fire and rescue service.
In recent years, the British government has embarked on a concerted effort to improve the energy efficiency of our homes. Using grants for insulation and ‘greener’ energy sources, our housing stock is, gradually, being brought up to a higher standard which has benefits to both the environment and our wallets: increased energy efficiency means lower emissions and a smaller carbon footprint, as well as lower energy bills and more comfortable living environments.
Everyone likes a little makeover once in a while, which is why we’re pleased to let you know about the changes to the energy performance certificate (EPC). From the 20th September 2020, the government launched a new design with a more modern layout and special features exclusive to the digital version.
Have you ever wondered what era your home was built in? We’ve written a blog to help you find the answer and to discover the features that make your home part of the UK’s architectural landscape.
Whether you’re a landlord or perhaps a managing agent, it’s likely that you’ll be aware of the rules around the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) which are set to come into force on 1st April 2020.
House shares are an important and growing sector of the property industry, providing long and short term accommodation to professionals, friends or families. Most house shares are known as ‘house in multiple occupation’, or HMO — but what does this mean, exactly? Generally, an HMO is a property rented by at least three people who are not related from one household, who share communal facilities like a bathroom and kitchen. Many landlords rent their properties as HMOs without even realising it, but since a new reform came into effect on 1st October 2018 most HMOs in England and Wales now require a license, not just large properties. Previously, only properties of three floors or more were covered by the HMO license — the new rules mean that properties of any height where there are five or more sharers in two or more households require a license.
In law, every property has a precise legal boundary — an invisible line separating the land owned by one person from that owned by another. Sometimes, the legal boundary coincides with the boundary feature (a fence, for example) and other times this is not the case.