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Simple changes 'can make rented property more desirable'

Landlords across the UK keen to make their property desirable to the growing number of renters entering the market at present have been advised of some simple design changes they can make to their homes to garner more interest.

Jonathan Moore, director of Easyroommate.co.uk, said ensuring a property is well presented is one of the key requirements of achieving lettings in today's marketplace - and this could be easier to achieve than many might realise.

He commented: "This includes freshening up the kitchen and updating the bathroom by replacing handles, changing light fittings and re-grouting tiles in the bathroom. A fresh coat of paint throughout the property will also help to make your property look clean and inviting."

Furthermore, Mr Moore noted providing fully-furnished homes is another way in which landlords can boost the uptake of their property portfolio, as this helps tenants - who may be hard-pressed for funds in the present financial climate - to avoid the costs associated with furnishing their own home.

Indeed, this method of attracting tenants can be an excellent way for landlords to set their homes apart from those of the competition, he concluded.

Last month, the Department for Communities and Local Government announced a raft of new requirements for those seeking to let social housing accommodation across the UK.

Landlords of social housing property will be required by law to provide current Gas Safety records, as well as a valid Energy Performance Certificate and a written tenancy agreement that local authorities consider is adequate to protect both parties.

In addition, all appliances and furnishings in the home must conform to present industry fire and electrical standards, while landlords must take all measures to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in a property.

Housing minister Grant Shapps commented at the time: "These new safeguards will ensure vulnerable families have this reassurance whether they're placed in the private or social rented sector." 

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