Household Appliance Fires- How Landlords Can Keep Their Tenants Safe

Did you know approximately 36% of accidental house fires are caused by appliances and white goods?  This is roughly 4000 fires each year.

At Revere we let and manage a huge number of properties across South West and South East London, including areas such as Balham, Battersea, Bromley, Brixton, Clapham, Croydon, Earlsfield, Fulham, Stockwell, Tooting and Wandsworth and we want our Landlords and Tenants, and even Sellers and Buyers to be aware of potential dangers.

Appliances and white goods are more than often provided by Landlords in both furnished and unfurnished properties. Some sales will agree for appliances and, or white goods to remain in the property once sold.

Have a look below at some suggestions which can help home owners, Landlords and Tenants as safe as possible-

  • Check any appliances are not subject to a recall.  Appliances can be registered on  recalls are rare, though registering here allows you to be contacted if there is an issue.
  • Check where the appliance has been installed, The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) recommend not to install white good in sheds or garages as damp and extreme temperatures can impair safe usage. 
  • Keep areas behind/ on top and around white goods clean and clear to ensure adequate ventilation. 
  • Landlords should check each appliance’s lead and plug, making sure no wires are exposed or damaged and no plugs are showing discolouration.  Make sure the appliance isn’t standing on the lead or stretching to reach the socket. 
  • Appliances should never be overloading extension cables or sockets. 
  • Ensure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are fitted correctly (smoke alarms on each floor) and between Tenancies check these are working correctly / change batteries if needed. 
  • Remind Tenants to check all smoke alarms regularly, at least monthly to ensure working correctly. 
  • Advise Tenants appliances must be maintained – clean out filters in washing machines and tumble dryers and defrost freezers as required. 
  • Remind Tenants to contact you should any problems or repairs arise. 

Contact me or Bruno to discuss your property journey and how we can help.

Melissa De-Vall

Revere Property Limited

020 7223 3922,


Battersea Landlord asks for Property Management Advise

Many Landlords ask Revere to manage their properties due to lack of time with busy work schedules, or expanding families, or sometimes travel! (I know which one Id like to be doing!….. travelling!)   We take great pride in managing properties and having the responsibility of looking after our Landlords’ biggest assets’.

Revere’s management portfolio is spread across Stockwell, Brixton, Peckham, Clapham, Balham, Wandsworth, Tooting and Croydon and continues to grow.

Recently an existing Landlord, with a property in Battersea, asked for advise how she could successfully manage her property.   You see, managing a property well, can lead to the standard of the property remaining high, lowering overall costs for maintenance and increase the longevity of Tenancies.  I began to explain our strategy for managing properties-

  • Establish an open and honest relationship with the Tenants.
  • Always respond to Tenants’ management queries as soon as possible.
  • Agree in writing appointment times and dates in advance.
  • Keep Tenants informed of works or arrangements.
  • Use trustworthy, reliable and reasonable contractors, we have several we’ve worked with for years – none of which we take a commission or a ‘kick-back’ from.

Part of Revere’s management service includes six monthly property inspections, and this is what we’d recommend if managing your own property. We take a detailed look through the property room by room, taking photographs on general presentation and of any areas causing concern-

  • Walls- we’re looking for cracks, marks, blistering, signs of damp and excessive wear.
  • Ceilings- looking for signs of leaks, condensation, buldges.
  • Windows – looking for condensation build up to the inside, rotting to windows or sills (interior and exterior).
  • Floors- looking for any signs of damp, rotting, dips, excessive wear.

We’re also checking if a property is being treated as a home.   We write to Tenants giving advise on areas which we feel could improve living in their home and to avoid any possible deductions from their deposit. Such advise may include-

  • Wipe away condensation (which can lead to mould) have windows open after bathing, showering or during cooking.
  • Vacuuming beneath furniture to avoid carpet moths.
  • Use shower spray’s and squeegee’s to combat limescale build up to tiles and screens.

Following a property inspection we compile a report with photographs and suggestions , if any, of works, giving a true insight of the property’s condition. Working closely with Tenants, and Landlords we have a management service to be proud of.

Our Battersea Landlord has now asked Revere to fully manage her property including collection of the rent,  allowing her to concentrate on her career.   Our management fees can be paid monthly are are really reasonable.

If you too would like Revere to manage your property or you would like to get advise on property management please contact myself or Bruno on the number or email below.

020 7223 3922,



What Property Gives Best Return in Clapham?

Last week I received a call from a Landlord looking to invest in another residential property.

The preferred area being Clapham. Now for the style of property, they don’t like blocks nor modern buildings – aesthetic reasons, so that leaves period buildings- the ever popular choice! Sharing knowledge of the most popular requests from Tenants, these being-

  • Garden/ outside space
  • Wood flooring
  • Generous Room Sizes
  • Bright
  • Modern
  • Close to Transport

My Landlord was now certain what features to look for, though she wanted to further understand what style property will give her the best return? I carried out some research (on properties with gardens) and came up with the following-

Style property         Average sale price              Average Rent                       Yield

1 Double Bed           £522,083.33                                   £1708.25pcm                     3.9%

2 Double Bed           £651,250.00                                   £2194.85pcm                     4.0%

3 Double Bed           £868,571.00                                   £2549.28pcm                     3.5%

4 Double Bed           £844,666.00                                   £2839.16pcm                     4.0%

Looking at the above we can see either a two or four double bedroom property will give the best return, depending on budget! Remember, if you are looking for a rental investment try to include as many of the popular Tenant requests as listed above.  My Landlord has since begun her search in Clapham for a well-proportioned, two double bedroom garden flat with wood floors and lots of natural light!

If you are also looking to invest in residential property, other popular spots to consider would be would be Balham, Brixton, Stockwell and Tooting.

Contact me or Bruno if you’re looking to buy rent, or want to sell or let your property.

Melissa De-Vall, Revere Property Limited

Energy Performance Certificate Regulation Changes – How Will These Affect Landlords And Their Properties?

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were introduced in England and Wales for rental properties on 1 October 2008 as a legal requirement for any property that is let out. They are a result of European Union Directive relating to the energy performance of buildings. An Energy Performance Certificate is valid for 10 years from the date it is completed, it contains information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs and also recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money.  It gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A being the most efficient to G, the least efficient.

Next year will see the 10 year anniversary since EPC’s were introduced, this will mean the renewal of EPC’s for many landlords who need to be aware of some very important changes that will take effect from the 1st April 2018.

From 1st April 2018 a property must have a minimum energy efficiency rating of E in order for a landlord to rent their property. This requirement will apply to all tenancies that begin or are renewed on or after 1st April 2018, for existing tenancies the regulations will not apply until 1st April 2020.

Where the EPC shows a rating lower than E, so a rating of F or G, this will mean the property is substandard and therefore the landlord unable to rent the property until energy efficiency improvements in the EPC have been undertaken.

Local Councils will have the task of enforcing the new regulations. They have the power to serve a notice and request that a landlord provide details to prove compliance. Where they find that a landlord is in breach of these new regulations, they can impose a penalty of up to £5000. Further penalties can also be applied to properties that continue to be rented out despite the breach and original fine. Such fines will not affect the legal standing of the tenancy which means that rent will continue to be due and payable from tenants.

We recommend landlord’s review their current EPC’s as soon as possible, to see what rating their rental property currently achieves in advance of the new changes. If your property currently scores lower than an E, here are 7 potential modifications you could make to help improve and push up the rating of your property before the regulations change:

1)Lighting – Change any halogen or non-Low Energy Lighting to Compact Fluorescent Light’s or Light Emitting Diodes.

2)Boiler– Change an old inefficient boiler to a modern condensing one as these are the most efficient boilers on the market. This change would reflect a significant improvement on the EPC.

3)Heating Controls – Getting a room thermostat, individual Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) and Boiler Programmer would also have a positive impact on the EPC.

4)Windows – Replacing old single glazed windows with new double glazed windows will not only substantially help reduce heat loss but will also aid in shielding the property from outdoor noise.

5)Roof Insulation – Consider getting the loft re-insulated if it is currently 90mm or less. Introduce insulation at least 270mm in depth as this will also help avoid heat escaping.

6)Walls – If there are any cavity walls these would also benefit from being filled. This will help spread heat around the property. It can also prevent the property getting too hot in the Summer.

7)Draught Excluders – Fitting these to the insides of doors and windows will improve the insulation of doors and sash windows by sealing gaps that let in cold air.

If you require anymore information, feel to get in touch and speak to either Bruno or Melissa.

If you’re considering renting or selling your property and need some advice, get in touch with REVERE, the award winning Estate & Letting Agent today. We offer FREE property valuations and would love to be of service!

Bruno de Sousa – Revere Property Limited – 0207 223 3922 –