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New landlord regulations

Last week, the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) sent out letters to all relevant trade bodies regarding new landlord regulations, with guidance on how to ensure lettings ads refrain from displaying misleading prices.  To prevent tenants from being landed with unexpected non-refundable fees and charges, which they may not be able to afford, CAP has informed all letting agents and private landlords that all costs must be included in the “asking rent” for the property and displayed prominently on all advertising material.

The regulations come after several landlords have been caught charging one price to draw in potential tenants, before piling on the costs of admin fees and inventory charges at a later date.  As the Chief Executive for the Advertising Standards Authority, Guy Parker, has noted, renting is a “big financial commitment” and becoming more and more common in the UK, as people are unable to afford the cost of buying.  To hide costs in the early stages, only for them to “hit tenants in the pocket at a time when they need every penny they’ve got” is simply not fair. 

From 1st November 2013, websites, property portals and other forms of media advertising will be monitored by the appropriate authorities and any listings which do not include all relevant pricing and fees will be subject to follow-up action.  At Mistoria, we are proud to say that with our costs, what you see is what you get.  Our fees per month or per week are exactly that, with no hidden charges or nasty surprises.  We agree with the ASA, that people should be aware of their monthly or weekly costs and should be able to plan their expenses.  Trust between tenants and landlords is essential and hopefully the new scheme will reduce the number of unreliable landlords ripping off unsuspecting tenants.

Whether you are a landlord and would like to know more about our property management services, or a tenant looking for a room or property to rent, feel free to contact us on 0800 500 3015 to find out more about what Mistoria Estate Agents have to offer.  Alternatively, you can contact us via our website.

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Why a house share is a great idea

Right now the number of people living in shared homes is increasing month on month, mainly because so many of us have been priced out of the market when it comes to buying a property, but there are both financial and personal reasons why people house share.

Why rent in a house share?

1) Moving Area

If your job or another reason is taking you to a new area, a house share can be a great short term solution before you get settled and find out where you want to live. Some people house share with this intention but it becomes long term accommodation. Also if you don’t know anyone in your new area a house share offers some instant friendships and companionship.

2) Leaving Home

Some people can’t wait to leave home and others are more nervous. With a house share you have the independence and responsibility of your own place, but also some house mates to have fun with.

3) Lonely

Some people love their own company, but for others it can be extremely lonely so choose to house share.

4) Cost

We’re all affected by the economy and House Shares are an extremely financially attractive living solution. At Mistoria Estate Agents we have house shares with fully inclusive rents. This means everything is included, right down to the linen on your beds. 

Living in a house share is usually much cheaper than renting your own place. You still have your own bedroom (which has a lock so plenty of privacy) but the bathroom, kitchen and living room are communal areas. Effectively by sharing you split the cost of these extra rooms. By sharing it’s often possible to live in a better property or in a better area than you could afford on your own.