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What to do after a Tenant walks out on the Lease

by Admin - on Jun 8th 2018 - Comments Off on What to do after a Tenant walks out on the Lease

Waste Management ServiceAt one point or another, some landlords have found themselves abandoned by their tenants. If it’s a problematic lease, it may be welcome news. In some cases, it may come as a surprise. Whatever the reason, landlords must shift attention towards getting the property back in the market and back to making money in the least amount of time.

Confirm Abandonment

Before proceeding to clear up the property, first, take reasonable steps to confirm if abandonment has occurred and not just the tenant being on an extra long holiday. Reach out to the tenants through all modes available – by call, email, SMS, instant messaging and even social media to confirm and discuss if there are any outstanding lease payments due.

Inspect your property for items left behind and speak with the neighbors if they have observed the tenant moving out. You may also check with the Post Office if the tenant has filed a change in address.

Secure Property

After ascertaining that the tenant has indeed abandoned their lease, change the locks to secure your property from theft and damage. Chances are its been known that your property is vacated and may become a target for robbery or squatters which can become burdensome to deal with. Board up broken windows or entryways if any are present. Lastly, shut off all utilities to prevent incurring any more costs.

Clean Up and Clear Out

More often than not, tenants who walk out on their lease also leave behind heaps of rubbish and old furniture. No prospecting tenant will take a second look at a cluttered property while there are move-in ready options nearby. Clear up the rubbish, old unusable furniture and vegetation fast by contracting a waste skip for hire and some abled body crew to get the clean up done in a day or two.

Refresh the Property

After clean-up is complete, your property may attract more attention if you refresh it with new a paint finish and some inviting landscaping. If some structural, electrical and plumbing problems arise, rectify it before listing the property in the market. Consider staging during open house dates with some sophisticated furniture and accessories to help would-be tenants picture themselves in your property.

Whatever circumstances that led to your property vacated by its tenant, work must be done immediately. By following this guide and bring a new tenant in before payments in utilities, property taxes and mortgage (if any) comes due.

The Problem with uPVC Windows

by Admin - on Nov 27th 2017 - Comments Off on The Problem with uPVC Windows

A worker fixing a uPVC windowuPVC has been a sought-after material for windows. There are no more rotting window frames, and they are said to be impenetrable by thieves, but it can have a negative impact on the environment. Many people now recognise the importance of recycling uPVC, but for a long time it was not so.

The stylish, burglar-proof, white plastic uPVC window frames seduced consumers for years with their promise of longevity and superior quality. Homeowners were assured they would never have to deal with problems like wood rot. They were also told that the material and their windows were so strong, not even the most determined intruder could get in. However, they were never told of the damp that can seep through, the premature product failure rate, or of the environmental hazards posed by uPVC.

Chlorine and uPVC

uPVC is the only type of plastic to be made with chlorine, and when chlorine builds up in your environment, any exposure to it may be a health risk. Chlorine exposure can cause hormonal disruptions, infertility, neurological diseases, immune system impairment, and birth defects.

Phthalates and uPVC

As uPVC is brittle, phthalates are added to make it suitable for manufacture. These continue to leak out of the product over time and exposure can also cause damage to the reproductive system and the development of the unborn fetus.

Dioxins, Mercury and uPVC

During manufacture, dioxins and mercury are released into the atmosphere, where they cause environmental pollution and increase the risk of cancer. Environmental mercury burdens have also been linked with lowering rates of cognition in children. Mercury emissions affect animals too and end up in the food supply. The seas are heavily polluted with mercury which is why pregnant women are advised not to eat too much fish. Despite this, uPVC recycling only occurs for about 3% of uPVC.

Recycle uPVC

Old uPVC can be recycled to prevent pollution. This limits the need for further chemicals in the manufacture of uPVC and reduces dioxin release from landfill sites. Traditional wooden framed windows can be alternatives too.

uPVC windows may be tough against trespassers, but they’re also tough on landfills. Why not conserve the environment by making sure uPVC is recycled?