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What is an Energy Performance Certificate?

Changes to EPC regulations in 2018 Landlords need to know about.

When it comes to property, do you know what an Energy Performance Certificate is? Even more to the point, do you know why new regulations in 2018 may impact you as a landlord? Well in this video, we’ll tell you why.

Hello, my name is Bevan Mottram, at Kelham Square Estate Agents, trusted in managing property for over 10 years in Sheffield.

What is an EPC? An EPC is an Energy Performance Certificate which gives a rating for your property on a scale of A to G. One for energy and one for carbon dioxide emissions. A, being the most efficient, and G, being the least efficient.

Now, what we’re concerned about, for the purpose of this video, is the energy rating. New regulations from April 2018 may require your rented property to be rated a minimum rating of E. This means if your property falls below that minimum level and is rated an F or a G, further works may be needed to increase that property’s energy efficiency.

Works could include loft insulation, they could include wall or floor insulation, or maybe a mechanical heating appliance such as the boiler actually needs updating. Let’s say, for example, it’s 15 years or older, it may be as simple as just replacing the boiler to get that energy rating up to the required standard. Our clients will have already been notified if their property may require additional works.

Thank you for watching. My name’s Bevan at Kelham Square Estate Agents in Sheffield, and we hope to see you soon. Bye Bye.

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Risks of property investment.

What are the risks involved in property investment?

Hello, my name’s Bevan Mottram, owner of Kelham Square Property Management here in Sheffield.

What are the risks involved in property investing? It’s 2017, and tax and stamp duty for example, they’re on the rise this year for landlords. My advice would be before you even consider buying your first property, speak to an accountant, or someone qualified to give you specific financial investment advice. Everybody’s situation is different. For example, you might be self-employed. You might own a business and employ other people, or you might be employed. Everybody’s tax position is different, so again, before you make any investment choices, speak to your accountant or person qualified to give you that financial advice.

Interest rates currently are at an all time low. The Bank of England base rate, for example, February 2017 is a quarter point, so 0.25%, which is an all time low, but with other considerations to think about, such as Brexit, what does that mean? What does that mean for the interest rate? What happens if you make an investment today and then the interest rate shoots up overnight, which can happen? It may go from a quarter point, and it might shoot up to 3%, 4%. You need to factor in the interest rate.

Of the risk associated with property investing are the more well known. Your first one is arrears. What if, for example, the tenant stops paying you rent? Again, for whatever reason, the tenant may lose a job. They may become ill. Many factors why the tenant may stop paying you rent, but if they do, what do you do? If, for example, you’re in week six now, and the tenant still owes you rent, and you’ve not taken action as yet, things could get a little tricky, so you really need to be aware of rental arrears and how to deal with them.

Damages can be expensive, which is why it’s important to get a good tenant in the first place. Again, it is a risk involved in investing, for example, a broken lock, a broken door, broken glazing can all be expensive, and if you factor this in over the year on top of other financial considerations such as block management charges, letting agent fees, there are a whole host of fees to consider during that time of that investment.

Void periods, another thing to consider. Void periods are the amount of time your property isn’t paying you rent. Let’s say, for example, a tenant leaves. Everything is fine, that property goes back on the market. It may be that it does take a while for that property to let. It could be four weeks, it could be six weeks. It’s quite common, for example, a client to come to us with a property to manage and their rental income is, say, 475 pounds per month, but your actual mortgage payment on a monthly basis is 450. There’s a very small profit involved sometimes in property investment. Can you afford to be six weeks short of rent?

I really hope this short video was useful, and you’ve picked up some small nuggets of information that’ll help you along your property investment journey. If you decide that you want to pass over the management of that residential property to a qualified person or specialist, then please feel free to give us a call to chat over your needs and requirements. You can contact us 24 hours a day on this website, kelhamsquare.co.uk. On here, you’ll also find general information for landlords and for tenants, and you’ll also be able to browse our current properties to let. Once again, thank you for watching, and good luck with your investments.

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Letting agents fees Sheffield

What do letting agents charge?

Are you thinking about letting your property out for the first time or are you wondering what letting agents charge for their services? Well, maybe this short video will answer a few of your questions.

Hello, my name is Bevan Mottram, owner at Kelham Square, and we’ve been managing property in Sheffield for over 10 years.

The first question we get asked by prospective landlords is: How much do you charge? Well, that all depends on what level of service that you actually require. Typically, letting agents in Sheffield and across the UK offer three main levels of service, the first one being fully managed, the second one being tenant find only, and the third one being a rent collection.

So what exactly does each service mean? Well, the fully managed service deals with the whole process from marketing the property, finding a tenant, making sure your property is legally coherent, day to day maintenance and regular inspections all done for you.

The tenant find only service, maybe you’re an experienced landlord and/or you have a little bit more time on your hands. This service would market the property and find you a good tenant, then leaving you to deal with the day to day management of that tenancy.

The rent collection service: exactly what it says on the tin, really. Collection of rent on a regular basis, chasing any arrears, and again, then leaving you to manage the property on a regular basis.

So, what do these services cost?

Typically, for a managed service you’re looking at 10% of the monthly rent collected, plus a setup fee to cover administration and marketing costs. For the tenant find only, typically 400 to 500 pounds, and for the rent collection, again, typically around 5% of the monthly rent collected. Obviously, the prices quoted may be subject to be VAT.

If you’d like to discuss your requirements further or you have any other questions whatsoever, please feel free to visit our website www.kelhamsquare.co.uk.

Thank you for watching. It’d be great to speak to you soon. Bye bye for now.

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Rental Valuation Sheffield

What happens at a property valuation?

Do you want to know how much your property will rent for? Or maybe you’re fed up of unrealistic valuations. Well, this short video will tell you what happens at a rental valuation.

Hello, my name’s Bevan Mottram, owner of Kelham Square and we’ve been managing property in Sheffield for over 10 years. So the first question that we always get asked is, “How much will my property rent for?” So of course we can give you an estimated market rental valuation, but in order for us to help you further it’s always a good idea for us to visit you at your property. During the visit, the first thing to do is actually have a look around the place so that we can get a good idea of the general condition of decoration, any appliances, any furnishings, and maybe your property’s got a hidden selling feature that might have been overlooked. Next up is health and safety. Now, health and safety legislation does tend to change quite often. So depending on what services and appliances are actually installed, your property, specific advice here will help you make the next decision on how you can comply with the legal requirements. Okay, listen improvements, it’s always a good idea to get another person’s opinion of any improvements that might be needed within the property. So maybe it needs a fresh decoration, maybe a new carpet, whatever somebody thinks may improve your chances of renting the property. An important thing to remember is, there is no actual definitive list.

When you’ve had the chance to talk through the main points, such as condition, health and safety, and any improvements that may need to be made, an accurate market rental valuation can be established, helping you make your next decision. So if you would like to discuss your requirements or you have any other questions, please feel free to visit us at our website, kelhamsquare.co.uk. Thank you for watching and please let us know if we can help. Bye for now!

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How to choose an online letting agent

What should you be looking for?

So you’ve decided that you need an agent to help you let or manage your property. You may also be considering the offerings of a so-called online or hybrid agent. Well hopefully this video will help you decide what’s really important when choosing an agent.

Hello, my name’s Bevan Mottram, owner of Kelham Square, and we’ve been managing property in Sheffield for over 10 years. Okay, so let’s say you’re looking for an agent to let or manage your property, and you’ve looked around the area ideally where your property is, and you’ve come across the offerings of an online or a hybrid agent. A hybrid agent. What? So I think there are three very important things to consider when choosing your agent.

Number one is local knowledge. It goes without saying that you need an agent that knows the local area well, but how well do they actually know the streets and the development that your property is in? You see, the fact is all agents are online. We’ve all got websites and we’ve all got online services, but is this level of knowledge right down to street and development knowledge, is it even possible if that agent is not based in the area where your property is, even more to the point they may even be based miles away in a different city.

We know from over 10 years experience that it’s not good enough just to use a property portal to come up with rental price comparables you have to know right down to the street level detail how much rent the property is realistically able to achieve, and especially if you want the property let quickly and putting cash in your pocket as soon as possible.

Oh okay, so you’re online and you operate nationwide. Really? Number two is property knowledge. Is the agent really willing to get to know your property right down to details such as the appliances, the parking arrangements, right down to the alarm system and access details? And definitely if the agent is unwilling to meet you at the property, then the chances are they live absolutely nowhere near the property, and they don’t even know where it is in the first place.

Number three, personal point of contact. Absolutely essential is the ability to be able to speak directly to the agent, a key contact at the agent’s that will know your property and any ongoing issues that you may have with your property, especially important when we’re talking about property management.

The same applies for accounting. You simply cannot afford to be a reference number and passed over to some sort of call centre, especially when you’re talking about your rents and money that should belong in your pocket. The chances are if it’s a larger national or corporate agent, your accounts are actually outsourced to somewhere, well somewhere other than not in the local branch.

So if you would like to discuss your requirements, then why not contact us? You can visit us at our website www.kelhamsquare.co.uk. Thank you for watching this video, and goodbye for now.