EPC are coming up to their 10th anniversary. Most landlords are fully aware of the energy performance certificate (EPC) and some landlords will be arranging to have them renewed on their 10th anniversary.

One subtle change that came in to effect in the third quarter of last year (with regards to gas safety) it is no longer sufficient for the landlord to just carry out the annual gas safety inspection.  You have to be able to prove that the tenants have received a copy of the current certificate. If the landlord is not able to prove this then a judge has the right to refuse the application to gain possession of the property, should the need arise.

We'd like to offer huge congratulations to Emma Baldwin who was the recent winner of our Hamper Giveaway from the Ginger Cat Deli in Exminster.

We're actually a little envious of Emma because the hamper contained so many great local foods and we weren't allowed to keep any of them for ourselves (*not to self* - buy more hampers).

Welcome to our new blog which we’ll be using to publish all sorts of articles about our business. Initially, we’ve decided to publish articles all about the work that goes on behind the scenes here at Cooksleys.

We trust you’ll find the blog not only interesting but informative too. We’ll be talking about such things as the legal aspects and regulations that we are required to carry out on a property to keep you and us compliant.

We read a recent report in the Guardian stating that ‘average UK rents’ were falling for the first time in six years. Although this is true, the report states that London is the main cause of this drop but Exeter is bucking this trend.

There’s an over-supply of property in London and fewer tenants seeking to rent. This will of course lead to landlords having to reconsider the cost of their properties with the average rent falling by 4.3%.