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Renting: What can and can’t tenants do?

4 October, 2016

As a tenant, it's incredibly important to know your rights and responsibilities, especially if you're new to renting. Knowing the rules inside and out will not only help protect you legally, it will ensure that renting is a positive experience for you, your landlord and your neighbours. Let's take a look at some of key things you can and can't do as a tenant. What can I do as a...

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Do I need home and contents insurance?

19 September, 2016

Whether you own the property you live in or rent it from someone else, there's likely to be a hundred things on your plate already. Five different utility bills, rent or mortgage payments, maintenance and cleaning; it all takes up precious time and money. You'd be forgiven, then, for groaning every time someone suggests getting home insurance. It probably just seems like another unnecessary outgoing you could do...

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How to rent with pets

12 September, 2016

Whether you're a dog person, cat person or prefer something a little more exotic, the chances are pets have played at least some part in your life to this point. If you have an animal companion right now - be it furry, scaly or feathered - and need somewhere to live, you may well be hoping to rent. If so, there are a few extra things you'll need to consider, both before you move and while you're living in the...

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Do the tricks for making your house appeal really work?

18 August, 2016

There are thousands of articles out there which claim the smell of freshly-brewed coffee and painting your walls yellow will help you sell your home faster, and for a better price. Understandably, you might be sceptical - after all, it can't be that easy, can it? Well, we did some investigating and you may be surprised by what we've found. Let's take a look at just how much the subconscious has an impact on...

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How to build a positive relationship with your landlord

3 August, 2016

Your landlord , whether you like it or not, has a pretty big part to play in your life. To some extent, your happiness depends on the decisions they make: whether they fix the leaky shower head promptly or a month after you've asked; whether they allow you to put pictures on the wall or not; whether they're eager to increase the rent at every opportunity or are happy with what you pay already. It makes sense,...

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Packing tips for moving home

7 July, 2016

So moving day is almost here and with all of your possessions still to pack, the time for procrastination is over. Where on earth should you begin? It's a daunting task that seems like it could take forever. Fear not, though, there are ways to ease the stress and ensure everything goes smoothly. Below are some of our top tips to help you get through the process, with mind and wits intact. Before you know it,...

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