A good looking traditional terraced house on the Darlaston Road, Walsall, WS2. It has a decent sized and low maintenance rear garden. Overall it looks like it doesn’t need anything major doing to it. Obviously a closer inspection would be the final arbiter. So, it possibly could be lout out as is. There are two double bedrooms and a single, though the size of the single means you could get a double bed in there, but that wouldn’t leave much room for anything else. Sadly, no photos are on the listing.
Back in 2015 The Smoke Alarm Regulations came into being. Now, apparently approx 30% of UK residents have never tested their smoke alarms so, what does all of this mean for landlords and tenants?
Let’s talk about landlords first:
Landlords must install a smoke alarm on every floor of their rental property.
Landlords must install a carbon monoxide alarm in any room with a solid fuel burning appliance (E.g. Coal fire, wood burning stove). Though not a requirement, it is advisable to also install one near a gas appliance.
Licensed HMOs are exempt from this regulation as they must comply with separate fire safety regulations.
Social housing landlords are exempt.
Live-in landlords are exempt.
Whether exempt or not, it would behove all landlords to ensure the safety of their tenants.
All alarms should be in working order at the start date of a new tenancy as per the tenancy start date stated in the tenancy agreement. This does not include tenancy renewals.
It is advisable to obtain the tenant’s signature for them to confirm that the alarms were tested and working in their presence. This could be included in a document that also confirms they have received all documentation as per the “How To Rent Guide“.
Or, it could be included in an inventory and schedule of condition.
There are no requirements for a specific type of alarm or on the location of the alarm installation. It is recommended to follow manufacturer’s instructions and that they are installed on a ceiling in a circulation space i.e. hall or landing. Carbon Monoxide detectors should be placed at head height and approx one to three metres from the solid fuel/ gas appliance. If in doubt on the installation of alarms you can also contact you local fire service for advice.
The failure to comply with these regulations is a fine of up to £5000 if the 28 day remedial notice has not been adhered to.
Last weekend I went to our favourite restaurant in Leamore (North Walsall) with the family. The owner is a client of mine and so, in between the Biryani and Nan Bread naturally, we started talking about our favourite subject… the Walsall property market. He informed me that he was a Millennial which is a term I’m familiar with but then he also told me that I was a Generation X! I had to look this up when I got home as I thought he was teasing me at first.
What is Generation X, let alone Generation Z, Millennials, Baby Boomers…? These are phrases banded around about the different life stages of our society. When terminologies like this are used as often and habitually as these phrases (i.e. Gen X this, Millennial that etc.), it appears particularly vital we have some practical idea of what these terms actually mean. The fact is that everyone uses these phrases, but often, like myself, they are not exactly sure where the lines are drawn… until now…
During my rounds in Walsall town centre this weekend I bumped into one of our Let Only landlords who I hadn’t seen for a while. I’m going to call her Ally Monie just for the fun of it! We decided to have a catch-up over a coffee inside the new Co-Op on Bridge Street (lovely it was too!!). She told me about the shock and dismay when she recently visited one of her properties after 3 years!
It’s ok, it’s not one of those horror stories that you hear where there was a cannabis factory in the loft, or there were four other people living in the property that shouldn’t have been or worst still the property was deliberately trashed, or is it…
Ally owns a number of properties and used our services to provide our Walsall Tenant Find Only service. She didn’t need an Agent for management, agency fees are money for old rope, and she had plenty of time to manage.
Earlier this week I was in the enviable position of letting a property on this very street for one of my clients. This is also a two bedroom terraced house on Dalkeith Street, Birchills, Walsall, WS2. So, naturally this property grabbed my eye.
It ticks all the boxes for an investment property. Neutrally decorated throughout, which looks new by the way. Gas central heating, modern fitted kitchen and shower etc . The listing lacks photos of the rear garden, so that would need to be checked out via a viewing. You don’t have to do this, but I would advise providing some flooring throughout with some nice hard wearing carpet, just to give the property a nice clean and fresh appeal.
Schools and healthcare facilities are in abundance with transport services, bus routes and major road networks nearby. Walsall town centre is only a short walk away, however there are some local amenities.
A modern two bedroom terraced house, Poppy Drive, Walsall, WS5 on the very popular Tamebridge estate. The full property details can be found here.
The marketed value is for offers over £125k. Personally, I don’t see this property selling at that price. I have written previous articles on similar properties that the asking price was around £110k, here are just three to have a look at:
Some properties have sold at around the asking price here, but realistically the selling price should be somewhere between £110k – £120k depending on the quality of the spec and that’s where I want to focus on next.