Property refurbishment in London

If your London rental investment property needs a little more work than just a furnishings pack, then we can help you create a bespoke interior that looks visually stunning and also meets your practical requirements and budget. From a basic freshening up; putting in a new kitchen and bathroom or a more comprehensive property refurbishment, we have many years’ experience at managing all sizes of residential projects across London.

Modernising your rental property to add value

We can advise on how best to maximise available space.

Creating a desirable interior that tenants will love

Our proven track record will help you attract top quality tenants.

Design flair with a practical eye for detail

Overseen by a qualified interior design team. All work fully insured.

If you are planning to refurbish a property, whether it's a principle room or an entire property, we can manage that too. From planning and design to construction and installation, we work with partners who have an in-house team of builders, bathroom and kitchen specialists and can manage the entire renovation project. And throughout, you'll work with our experienced design and support staff who will ensure that the work is completed to the highest standard, on time, and within budget.

Furnishing packages too

We can also help with the supply of furniture, window dressings and soft furnishings or why not take a look at our Furnishing packs which include everything needed for an incoming tenant. These are ideal for overseas investors or for those who want to save time and get on with letting their property.

Not sure if you need to refurbish your property? Take a look below at our advice for when you should refurbish your London rental property.

Well presented properties always let more quickly, often for a higher rental, so landlords should always aim to enhance the presentation of their rental property. It's important to match the presentation of the property to the calibre of tenant you're hoping to attract. For example, a professional or corporate tenant will expect a high spec finish with stylish, contemporary furnishings. People with higher budgets have high expectations and so Landlords have to ensure their property is appealing and up to date.

Kitchens and bathrooms are priorities. Investing in a smart, contemporary kitchen is a must. Equally important are bathrooms. A two bed property should have two bathrooms if possible. If you own an older property, it is worth creating an ensuite by taking space from an existing bedroom (which tend to be larger in older properties). Always retain original features in period properties, such as ceiling roses, cornicing and fireplaces. If you have a limited budget, simple measures like a lick of paint, new flooring and curtains are worth doing. Tenants usually prefer the contemporary look of wood flooring but check your lease allows them.

At the end of the day investing in your property will add to the overall capital value too, so it is worth considering employing a a specialist to look at the layout. Older properties often have small rooms, so by removing some internal walls you can create a more spacious, open-plan layout with a real 'wow' factor – it will definitely increase the asking rental. A great example of this is an apartment opposite the Science Museum in South Kensington which we were instructed on by a client. The apartment was old fashioned and had a layout that didn't maximise space so we brought in a refurbishment specialist to carry out alterations. They suggested removing some internal walls to create a larger and elegant reception area. The client agreed and the result was better than even he could have imagined. They created a grand, double height reception area that makes the most of the room's floor to ceiling windows. And the work reaped dividends too as the apartment let very quickly, in 10 days, and for an asking rental of £1500 per week, £500 per week more than previously.

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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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