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MEES Part 1


Hi, it’s Phil from Sunshine. Just wanted to talk to you and make sure that you fully understand the meaning of MEES, minimum energy efficiency standards. It came out of the energy efficiency private rental property England and Wales regulations ’15. Quite a mouthful. So it’s been around for some time. It comes into effect…

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MEES Part 3


Its Phil again, third part, last in the series MEES, minimum energy efficiency standards. So the five exemptions that can apply if you get on the exemption register. Firstly as we mentioned previously if as a landlord you have undertaken all relevant and available energy efficiency improvements, listed in the Green Deal and identified as…

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Emergencies


Hi. This is Phil from Sunshine. Given we’re in winter and we’ve already discussed the winter checklist, it would be useful to have a small video about emergencies. It is very important as a landlord that you make sure that the tenant is aware what to do if an emergency does crop up because the…

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Smoke Alarms


Hi, it’s Phil from Sunshine. I’d like to talk to you about smoke alarms. Given we’re in winter, there are three types of smoke alarm you need to be aware of. There’s the hardwired with battery backup, which was introduced into all new properties built since 1996. There is the sealed unit with a 10…

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MEES Part 2


Hello, again. Philip on the second video for MEES, minimum energy efficiency standards. So we covered in the first part why it exists and what it’s for and the reasoning behind it. Let’s look at what it relates to. It relates to and comes back from the energy performance certificates, EPCs. Now, they started in…

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Empty Properties


Hi, it’s Phil from Sunshine. Again, as we’re in winter I’d like to talk to you about empty properties. It is very important that if a tenant is to go away from a property, or you have a property that is vacant and a void, and not actually tenanted, that you do two things. Firstly,…

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How to choose the right tenants


Hi, Phil from Sunshine. I’d like to talk to you today about how to choose the right tenant. Choosing a tenant is very important to you as a landlord, because it is your property and you must be happy with the person, that’s gonna live there. It is vital when choosing a tenant, you have…

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Am I sure my property is GAS safe


Hi, I’m Phil from Sunshine. I’d like to talk to you about why gas safety is important. It is legislation, it’s law, you have to make sure that your gas is checked annually to make sure it is safe both for the tenant, that you put in the property and also for the property itself,…

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I didn’t plan to be a landlord, what do I do?


Hi, I’m Phil from Sunshine. I’d like to talk to you about accidental landlords. You might be asking the question, what is an accidental landlord? It’s very important that you get this clear in your mind, accidental, by terminology, we mean someone, who didn’t intend to have a property to rent out, you could have…

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Why should I inspect my rental property regularly?


Hi, it’s Phil from Sunshine. I’d like to talk to you today about why should I inspect my properties regularly? If you talk to an agent, they will normally inspect a property every three to six months, there’s a very good reason for doing this, that is because it keeps contact with the tenant, that…

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How will no tenant fees affect me as a landlord?


 How might low tenant fees affect me as a landlord? I think it’s uncertain at this moment in time, because the government is still debating various issues of the tenant fee ban, however it is quite clear that a tenant fee ban will primarily affect agents and will have a knock-on effect from agents…

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HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) – the changing rules! Why me?


Since 2004, a property of three storeys or more, with five or more unrelated people, making up two or more households is classed as a mandatorily licensable HMO. Landlords have needed to be aware of what constitutes a storey, it has been classed as a usable space forming part of the living accommodation ie.an attic,…

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