09 Aug 2013
August 9, 2013

Tenancy Fees Explained

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When moving to rented accommodation you need to be aware of the costs involved. While Purple Hat keep their fees to an absolute minimum there are other costs associated with your move. Reservation Fee:- The reservation fee is equivalent to two weeks rent. Once your offer has been accepted you will pay the reservation fee.. read more →

Purple Hat top tips for finding your next rental home with a good and reputable agent:- 1. Try to use an accredited agent. There is no compulsory licensing of letting agents but there are agents who are voluntarily licensed and accredited. Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) licensed agents have to be trained, sit exams.. read more →

27 Mar 2013
March 27, 2013

Whose Agent Is It Anyway?

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I don’t know if I went looking for it but over the past few days I’ve seen a whole lot of bad reviews for a whole lot of letting agents. First from a Facebook friend who posted a status update about the bad service he’d received from a letting agent. The post got one like.. read more →

Since inception the Tenancy Deposit Scheme introduced by the Housing Act 2004 was criticised for its ambiguity. There have been a number of court cases where even the judges find it hard to interpret. What was never meant to happen was that landlords ‘got off’ with protecting the deposit throughout the tenancy and only protected.. read more →

27 Mar 2012
March 27, 2012

Easy EPC 2012

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I know it’s pretty boring and that it’s been all over Internet, in emails and Social Media over the last few weeks but considering the fine for non-compliance is up to £5,000, it’s important for landlords and agents to get it right. The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certficates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007.. read more →