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Compliance

Do Landlords Need To Register With The ICO?

As a landlord or agent, under GDPR legislation you’re required to be registered with the ICO. Many will already be registered and paying a fee to the ICO. If you’re not registered and you are handling data from your tenants in electronic format, you must get in contact with the ICO to register. How much is the registration fee? Should your business have no more than 10 employees and as long as your turnover does not exceed £632,000, the fee is £40 with a £5 discount if you pay by direct debit. What if I do not comply? If you fail to register you may be liable to pay a penalty up to £4,350. How do I register? To register with the ICO, please visit the ICO’s official website by clicking here. Keep compliant with Openview property software, call 0800 328 0460, email info@vtuk.com or visit vtuk.com. THE INFORMATION IN …

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Compliance

What Must You Publish?

Letting agents must publish certain information to clients. The information must be clear, not misleading and be visible to the eye in your office, on your website and on third party websites. Third party websites includes portals, social media and other websites. It may not always be possible to advertise all the details on social media, in this case a link to your fees on your website is acceptable. Below we’ve outlined what you must publish: A Detailed Breakdown Of Fees/Charges A detailed list of ALL your fees, charges and potential penalties must be published in your letting agency, on your website and on third party websites. This must be clearly visible, not misleading, setting out your fees inclusive of VAT, in your office and on your website, the customer shouldn’t have to ask for the information. On your website, the information must be together. Should it be on a …

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Property Software

What’s The Future Of Viewings?

Whether it’s 360 cameras, virtual tours, Microsoft’s HoloLens, Google’s Glass, virtual reality or augmented reality, we’ve put together a list of trending technology we predict will have a significant impact on the future of viewings. Immoviewer mmoviewer provides software which allows agents to remote control a number of different 360° cameras such as the Madventure 360 camera which we recommend, alongside all the Ricoh Theta range. With Immoviewer you can take a single 360° image of every room in the property and then instantly create a virtual tour. When it comes to viewings, the tour can then be used with your buyers to walk through the property on a PC, tablet, phone or even in a virtual reality headset. Interactive floorplans and 3D Dollshouses can then be used from the virtual tour giving you a fantastic new way of visualising the layout of a property. Immoviewer is changing how agents …

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Prop Tech

5G And The Smart Home

5G has officially started rolling out across the UK. To begin with it will be available in six cities on the EE network rising to 10 by the end of the year. Ultimately, 5G means faster internet speeds, potentially up to 20Gbs, we at VTUK would like to explore what these faster speeds mean for the housing market and how they’re likely to impact the property industry on the whole. Smart Homes 5G’s incredible speed will allow for much deeper smart home integration. As our TV’s, kettles, washing machines, fridges and a whole manner of household devices become connected, the home Wi-Fi is getting slower and slower. Using 5G will allow much faster integration within the home, making the home smarter than ever before. Smart Neighborhoods 5G will have a significant impact on our living neighborhoods. Driverless cars will be able to communicate fluidly whilst sensors can be deployed that …

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Lettings Tips

Top Tips To BBQ Safety

BBQ Safety is crucial whether you’re a letting agent or tenant. Should you have supplied your tenants with a BBQ or you just simply want to advise your tenants on how to keep safe when organising a BBQ, we’ve put together this blog with advice courtesy of Gas Safe Register. Checking Your BBQ Check your BBQ before using it, ensuring all hoses are attached. If the gas cylinder needs changing, make sure all gas taps are turned off and it is done in the open air. Be careful not to over-tighten joints. When the BBQ has finished, make sure the gas cylinders have been turned of before the BBQ controls. This will ensure all gas is used up. The gas stove, light or heater should always be left outside. The manufacturers booklet must always be consulted for further advice on how to check for gas escapes such as brushing leak …

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HHSRS

Lighting Your Property

Another hazard under the HHSRS (Housing Health And Safety Rating System) you need to consider is light. Two Types Of Light Initially there are two types of light your property needs to be receiving, artificial and natural light. Artificial Light – “Any light source that is produced by electrical means.Artificial lighting has many different applications and is usedboth in home and commercially.” Natural Light – “The light from the sun : sunlight indoor photographs made in natural light.” The dictionary defines artificial light as light that is formed via electrical means, this being through your light bulb, whilst natural light is any light formed by the sun. Typically, natural light is received throughout the day whilst artificial light occurs at night. What should you be doing? When it comes to natural light, you should ensure the windows are not blocked and are free to let enough sunlight in. Alternatively, when …

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