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Seraph Group Launches Volunteer Paid Days for Staff at Bullies Out Pre-loved Charity Shop

28th May 2024

  Seraph Group is proud to announce the launch of our Volunteer Paid Days initiative, a program designed to support our community and make a meaningful impact on local charitable efforts. As part of this initiative, our employees will be volunteering at the Bullies Out Pre-loved Charity Shop located in Wellfield Court Arcade, Wellfield Road, […]

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Welsh Building Safety

Welsh Building Safety Programme: Update

11th January 2024

The Welsh Building Safety Programme has had some welcomed updates towards the latter end of last year. Leaseholders living in high-rise flats in Wales will be pleased to hear that the Minister for Climate Change, Julie James, has provided an update in regards to the action they are taking in collaboration with Plaid Cymru to […]

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Fitness for Human Habitation

Fitness for Human Habitation: Landlord Requirements

21st November 2023

As part of the Renting Homes Wales Act (2016) the Welsh Government also issued guidance on what landlords must do to ensure that buildings are in good condition and repair, this falls under Fitness For Human Habitation (FFHH). Fitness for Human Habitation has been implemented to ensure landlords keep their property in repair at all […]

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5 Key Safety Trends in New Construction

5 Key Safety Trends in New Construction

13th November 2023

Today, builders in both the residential and commercial sectors are investing more resources in building safer properties. Whether you’re planning to build a custom home or invest in a commercial construction project, you might be curious about the latest safety trends within the industry. That’s why Seraph Property Management has assembled some tips to help […]

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Fire Risk Assessment

The Importance of a Fire Risk Assessment: Safeguarding Lives and Property

6th November 2023

Fire Risk Assessments (FRA) is a comprehensive evaluation of a premises’ potential fire hazards, the people at risk, and the measures in place to prevent or mitigate the risks from fires. It is not only something we recommend but is required by law under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Whether it’s a commercial […]

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mid-term inspections

What are landlord mid-term inspections and why do you require one?

30th October 2023

Mid-term inspections is a formal check of your property during the course of your tenancy. It’s a good practice for landlords and tenants alike. Landlords can guarantee that their property is well cared for and that the tenancy agreement/occupation contract is followed, while tenants can raise any faults that could otherwise go unnoticed. What is […]

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Eco-friendly ways landlords could make their properties more sustainable

23rd October 2023

As the world is becoming more environmentally conscious and we face certain pressures from the government. Landlords may be experiencing the difficulty of transforming their properties into eco-friendly residences. To stay competitive in the residential rental market, landlords must create more ecologically friendly residences. Created and maintained with the surroundings in mind, to make rental […]

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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations for Landlords (England 2023)

16th October 2023

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations (England) are changing. The restrictions, which were first implemented in 2015, were revised on October 1, 2022, and now extend to both private and social renting residences. What are the latest smoke and carbon monoxide alarm regulations? Private and social rentals are required to have a minimum of […]

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Mental Health in the Workplace

9th October 2023

Mental health is becoming increasingly important in the workplace and it’s no different here at Seraph. Organisations are on a mission to discover the best strategies for enhancing the mental health of their staff members. We understand that poor mental health in the workplace has a detrimental influence on employee morale, health, involvement, and productivity […]

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RAAC – Does it affect my building?

9th October 2023

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) has lately been in the news, with over 100 buildings, mainly schools,  closing due to health and safety issues.  It is a building material used as an alternative to traditional concrete.  RAAC was formerly thought to be perfect for moulding into lighter, pre-formed concrete components, however the material has deteriorated, […]

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How to rent guide

New How to Rent Guide (England) published today

2nd October 2023

The Renting Checklist for tenants living in rented accommodation in England has been published today. The guide is for people who are renting a home privately under an assured shorthold tenancy, either direct from a landlord or through a letting agency. Most of it will also apply if you are a tenant living in a […]

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leasehold

A Guide to Living in Leasehold Flats

25th September 2023

Understanding leaseholds is important when living in a flat. It is in your best interests as a buyer or owner of a leasehold flat to fully understand the legal status of the ownership. What exactly do you possess, and what rights and liabilities do you have?  As leaseholds can be complex you will need to […]

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green homes

Greener homes update

7th August 2023

Sustainable and green housing is becoming more important as we discuss the climate crisis, here we look at how the housing sector can help with energy improvements, greener housing, retrofitting and more.   The UK Green Building Council, states that 80% of the buildings that will be in use by the year 2050 already exist […]

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Welsh Building Safety Programme

31st July 2023

The Minister for Climate Change, Julie James has shared an update on the process they are taking with Plaid Cymru to address building Safety in Wales.    The update covers seven important aspects, each with its own focus: Orphan Building Scheme Developer Work Plans and Remediation Timescale Access to Mortgages Social Sector in relations to […]

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Tenancy and Holding Deposits

Tenancy and Holding Deposits: What’s The Difference?

2nd June 2023

Each and every private landlord in the United Kingdom has surely heard of holding deposits and tenancy deposits. Do you nonetheless recognise the distinctions among the two? Although these are all payments given by tenants to landlords as a condition of a tenancy agreement, there are some crucial differences that all landlords ought to become […]

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Tenancy and Holding Deposits

Renters (Reform) Bill: Everything you need to know

30th May 2023

Landlords will now have seen the long-awaited Renters (Reform) Bill which has been released. It will be one of the most significant changes of England’s private rented sector in more than thirty years.  Whilst its still in its early phases, the legislative Bill will be proposed by the Government to the Parliament for consideration of […]

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Landlord- Tenant Relationships: Here Are 6 Tips

26th May 2023

Being a landlord can be challenging at times, but focusing on building relationships with your tenants/contract holders is critical and might save you both money and time, so here are six recommendations to enjoy a successful landlord-tenant relationship, ranging from staying up-to-date on the newest legislations to having a clear and fair occupation contract/tenancy agreement. […]

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Leasehold vs Freehold

Leasehold or Freehold: Difference Explained

19th May 2023

When choosing your home in the UK, the majority of buyers have two primary possibilities: Leasehold or Freehold. You will be the land and property’s owner with freehold, but you won’t own the land it is built on with a leasehold, instead, you own the property for a set period of time. Before you proceed […]

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How to Proceed If a Tenant Leaves Personal Items Behind

How to Proceed If a Tenant Leaves Personal Items Behind

16th May 2023

It can be a difficult process for a landlord if a tenant leaves personal items behind.  After a tenant has been evicted, it’s not uncommon to find rubbish, including home waste and undesired items left in a property once a tenant moves out. But what should you typically do with a tenant’s personal possessions, such […]

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Workplace Anxiety

Workplace Anxiety: What should you do if you’re getting too nervous at work?

16th May 2023

Not everyone can control and cope with workplace anxiety efficiently. Many people deal with excessive concern about an array of everyday issues at work or in their private lives while attempting to complete their tasks. This form of anxiety is usually out of proportion to the situation and can be crippling. It frequently causes physical […]

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Landlords: Using Technology to Manage Your Rental

15th May 2023

Being a landlord is often a full-time job. You have to market your property, find good tenants, keep the rental well-maintained, collect rent and deposits, be available to troubleshoot problems, and much more. If you have multiple rentals to manage, it can all get out of hand quickly. Fortunately, there’s technology out there that can […]

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garden dispute

Garden Disputes: A Landlords Guide

17th April 2023

Gardens are always one of the top five factors in private tenancy deposit disputes. Letting agents and landlords can help minimise garden-related problems as we enter into the warmer seasons. Many of the causes can be avoided by taking a few easy steps. Here are our suggestions to prevent issues from arising and maintain gardens […]

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Energy Bills Support Scheme: Douglas Haig lobbies for clarification

11th April 2023

The Energy Bills Support Scheme was implemented by the UK government in 2022 and granted the majority of households in England, Scotland, and Wales £400 to help with their energy bills. This runs concurrently with the Energy Price Guarantee, which began on 1st October, 2022, and ends on 1st April,  2024. The Energy Price Guarantee, […]

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BTR

What is Build To Rent (BTR)?

28th March 2023

Build To Rent, as you might think, refers to a type of property development that is specifically created to appeal to the rental market rather than the market for long-term home ownership. UK rental market expansion What good is Build To Rent? Well, if you take a short look at housing trends, especially when considering […]

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The different types of property management

The different types of property management

21st March 2023

Property management is an important topic of property investment and it benefits both landlords and tenants.  On top of this, it helps out those working on behalf of landlords too such as  letting agents and property managers. It refers to the management of residential, commercial, or industrial properties, ranging from single-family homes to large apartment […]

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PBSA

What is Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA)?

17th March 2023

What does PBSA mean? The term “purpose-built student accommodation” (PBSA) refers to housing that has been specifically designed by private developers for students. It typically takes the form of private studio apartments or grouping flats (multiple rooms with shared kitchen and living areas), both of which have attached recreational amenities and today’s “cool” perks like […]

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Are HMO properties a good investment?

Are HMO Properties A Good Investment?

2nd March 2023

House in Multiple Occupation properties, also referred to as HMO properties, are properties that are rented to ‘several tenants who are not members of the same family’. If you’re looking to invest in the property sector, you might be curious to know whether HMOs are a good investment.  In short, yes, HMO properties are a […]

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Renting Homes Wales move-in check-list

13th February 2023

Landlords renting in Wales should now all be aware and following Renting Homes Wales legislation that started coming into effect 1st December 2022. Now we are a couple of months into the legislation, we wanted to share a ‘Renting Homes Checklist’ with you, so that you can use this to ensure your properties remain compliant.  […]

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