Smokin’! What’s The Deal With Smoke Alarms?

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.


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Walsall Millennials set to inherit the Earth!!

Walsall Millennials set to inherit the Earth
Walsall Millennials set to inherit the Earth

That got your attention… didn’t it!

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…

So, for clarity …

Generation Z:             Born after 1996

Millennials:                 Born 1977 to 1995

Generation X:             Born 1965 to 1976

Baby Boomers:           Born 1946 to 1964

Silent Generation:      Born 1945 and before

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Self-Managing a Walsall Property… I Can DO It…!!

Self-Managing a Walsall Property… I Can DO It…!!
Self-Managing a Walsall Property… I Can DO It…!!

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.

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Today’s BTL Deal Is A Bargain Yielding 6.91%, 2 Bed Terraced House, Dalkeith Street, Walsall, WS2.

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.

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Today’s Buy To Let Deal Yields 5.04%, Two Bed Terraced, Poppy Drive, Walsall, WS5.

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.

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Walsall Property Sales Drop by 51.83%!

Walsall Property Sales Drop by 51.83%!
Walsall Property Sales Drop by 51.83%!

I was having a lazy Sunday morning, reading through the newspapers at my favourite coffee shop in Walsall.  I find the most interesting bits are their commentaries on the British Housing Market.  Some talk about property prices, whilst others discuss the younger generation grappling to get a foot-hold on the property ladder with difficulties of saving up for the deposit.

Others feature articles about the severe lack of new homes being built (which is especially true in Walsall!).  A group of people that don’t often get any column inches however are those existing Walsall homeowners who can’t move!

You would think that with ultra-low interest rates at 0.50% (albeit recently increased in the budget from 0.25%) the number of people moving would be booming – wouldn’t you?  However, this has not been the case.  Less people are moving because of the following reasons:

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Today’s BTL Deal, One Bed Semi, Wareham Close, Walsall, WS3 Yields Of 7.20%.

A one bedroom terraced house in a popular estate in Walsall for rentals. It is a very nice spec and billed as a buy to let opportunity and already being let as is. However, it is not clear from the listing whether the property comes with the current “Sitting tenant”. It is a modern build with all the relevant features e.g. double glazing, gas central heating type, fitted kitchen, bathroom with shower, low maintenance gardens and off-road parking.

It would be better appreciated by a viewing. The location is within easy reach of all the major road networks, services and other amenities lending easy access to Walsall town centre.

The current asking price is fore offers over £75k and based on the current rental of £450.00 pcm will return a yield of 7.20%. However, I feel that offers “Over” the asking price are asking a little too much.

Currently on offer with Goodchilds (01922 312016) click here for the full details and the EPC can be found here.

If you are thinking of getting into the property rental market and don’t know where to start, speak to us for impartial advice and guidance to get the best return on your investment.

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