How much effort is it to sort out a house in multiple occupancy (HMO)?
A house in multiple occupancy is defined as a property where at least three tenants live forming more than one household (one person or more living together), but share kitchen and bathroom facilities.
As a landlord of an HMO, your responsibilities include ensuring proper fire safety measures are in place, gas safety checks are completed annually, the electric system is checked every five years, there are sufficient bathroom and kitchen facilities for everyone to comfortably use, communal areas are kept clean and safe to use, and waste disposal is managed effectively (provision of bins and bags).
This requires more effort than having a property to rent to one household, and you may wish to employ a solicitor to sort out the legal side of things in the first instance, and a property management company to handle the administration, disputes, etc. on a daily basis.
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Should I list my property with more than one estate agent?
The choice is entirely up to you and your specific circumstances. Going with a sole agent is probably the cheapest option (although the reach to buyers is dependent on how many clients are on their books), while multiple agents will be more expensive (but will reach a broader client base).
If you’re looking for a quick sale or the market is rather sluggish, it makes sense to put your property on with a number of agents. If the market is buoyant, it makes more sense to place the property with a sole agent.
Whichever you choose, you should always check the terms and conditions so that you know what service you’re getting for your money and how much it will cost you once the home is sold. You should also understand if there are penalties should you decide to place the property with more or fewer agents later on during the agreement period.
How is Caerleon contaminated land identified?
Many of contaminants can quickly spoil property in Caerleon, and an environmental search will reveal the extent to which a specific plot of land may be impacted by contaminants in the area like proposed erection of mobile masts or local waste transfer sites.
We plan to buy a converted chapel in the parish of Llangattock juxta Caerleon. Is a chancel search appropriate?
Your conveyancing solicitor may suggest a chancel search, regardless of the parish in which the property being purchased is located. Through some Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have determined to charge chancel repairs on the current owners of affected property, a conveyancing solicitor cannot verify that a parish which has not imposed liability will continue to be free from liability, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.
How long does it take for my assigned lawyer to get through all of the conveyancing formalities on an apartment in a Victorian house?
The legal process can take anywhere from around a month and three months depending on various factors such as the efficiency of the vendor's property solicitor, or whether there are any linked sales. Our solicitors are exceptionally focused on communication, with the aim of you moving home as soon as realistically possible.