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Benham and Reeves international

Offices in China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Singapore

Benham and Reeves opened its first international office in Hong Kong in 1995 shortly followed by our Singapore operation. The company has extended its global reach by opening offices in China, India and Malaysia providing a ‘local’ service to property investors based in these locations.

Our service is all-encompassing and covers everything any homeowner or investor needs: pre-purchase advice, introducing the best investment opportunities, furnishings and refurbishment, residential lettings, professional property management and a tax return service.

Our international offices avoid the need for long distance calls to London as our staff can meet you face to face and are happy to help. They are well versed in the London property market, are familiar with all the best locations and many residential property developments and can liaise with accounts and management departments on your behalf providing you with a smooth property transaction or rental.

Through our international office network and many years of experience of working at the heart of the London rentals market, we offer a competitively priced professional service that takes away the hassle of letting out your property so you can get on with living.

Our range of services will take the pressure off and will help protect your property investments

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Unique services at our international offices

We only do property rentals. Most of our competitors are estate agents who do lettings as a side-line. All we do is lettings so the service we give you is considerably more focused on getting your property rented as quickly as possible.

We only deal with properly referenced professional and corporate tenants. A high percentage of our tenants are from global companies. These are the best tenants you can have. Typically they are employers who are sending their employees on assignment to London for 2-4 years. We also deal with a lot of human resources personnel and relocation companies who trust us to provide the best rental accommodation London has to offer.

We're on the spot. You can talk to someone face to face about your London property in your own time zone at one of our satellite offices.

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New Electrical Safety Regulations for Landlords

The UK Government is soon to introduce new Electrical Safety Regulations, requiring landlords and letting agents to ensure electrical installation inspections are carried out on all new tenancies in England from 1st July 2020 or from 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies. Landlords will have to ensure that every fixed electrical installation in their rental property is inspected and tested by a qualified person at least every five years. The landlord will also have to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and test and supply it to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test. They will have to keep a copy for themselves until the next inspection is due.

Key requirements of the new Electrical Safety Regulations

Landlords must:
  • Obtain and retain a copy of the report from the person carrying out the inspection and test, with the results and the date of the next inspection.
  • Provide a copy of any new report to the tenant(s) within 28 days of the inspection and test.
  • Provide a copy of the report to the local housing authority within seven days, if requested.
  • Supply a copy of the most recent report to any new tenant before they move in.
  • Supply a copy of the most recent report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of any request from that prospective tenant.
You can find more information on the new legislation at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780111191934/pdfs/ukdsi_9780111191934_en.pdf

Penalties for non-compliance

Local housing authorities are required to enforce the regulations and will be able to organise remedial action if necessary. If a local housing authority is satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that a private landlord has breached a regulation it may impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000.

What to do next

If you own a rental property you will need to ensure that a qualified electrician carries out an inspection and testing at your property before the 1st July 2020 deadline or before 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies. We believe that the new regulations are a positive step forward for the lettings industry, helping to improve safety standards across the Private Rented Sector, although of course professional landlords will already be carrying out these measures as standard. If you use our Property Management service, we will organise any required Electrical Safety Regulations inspections and testing on your behalf, as we already do for Gas Safety testing and certificates. If you have any queries about the new legislation and how you can ensure your property is compliant, please get in touch here

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