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By relocationc293694, Jan 24 2017 10:34AM

Although we always undertake a thorough briefing call with our clients prior to them going out on their a homesearch day with our consultant, it is useful to remind people what may be required of them if they want to go ahead and rent a property they see during their viewing day. The UK rental market is bouyant and moves quickly so it is prudent to be prepared by being aware of the following

• A non-refundable holding deposit of up to 2 weeks rent may be required to secure the property whilst the paperwork is drawn up. This is deducted for the invoice for the balance monies.

• There may be administration fees payable to the letting agent, such as preparation of the agreement, referencing, check-in fees, etc. These are normally split equally between you and the Landlord. The fees are subject to VAT at the current rate (currently 20%).

• Once your offer has been accepted you will be asked to complete some referencing forms or links to show you are able to afford the rent payments. Nothing can proceed until you have passed referencing so they need to be completed as soon as possible.

• On signing the Tenancy Agreement you will be required to pay a deposit, which is usually equivalent to 6 weeks or 1.5 times a month's rent ( 8 weeks / 2 months if you have a pet ). Any deposit will be repaid at the end of the tenancy less any charges for (mutually) agreed dilapidations. You will also be required to pay 1 months’ rent in advance.

• You will need to take your passport/visa to show the agent "face to face" to satisfy the UK 'Right to Rent checks.' The keys WILL NOT be released until theses checks, on all occupiers over the age of 18 have been completed

If you need any help or advice on relocating into or around the Uk, give us a call!

By relocationc293694, Jan 23 2017 01:23PM

At TRC we pride ourselves in updating our legal training annually so that we can give the very best advice to our clients before they sign a tenancy agreement. However there are some situations where clients perform their own tenancy agreement checks and therefore we have produced a quick checklist ideal for those agreeing a tenancy without professional help.

Before you sign your tenancy agreement

- Get it in writing - Verbal agreements are difficult to enforce. A verbal agreement may be used if you know the landlord personally but circumstances can change so it is always wise to insist on a written tenancy agreement

- Always read it thoroughly - Make sure you take some time to carefully read through the contract and clarify any clauses you are unsure of.

-Which kind of tenancy do you have? If your contact is for 6 months or more you will almost certainly be asked to sign an assured shorthold tenancy (AST).This means the landlord can regain possession of the property at the end of the agreed period, be it six months or 3 years years. It is the most common agreement used by landlords and letting agents.

Make sure the basics are right -Every tenancy agreement should contain basic information on the tenant, the landlord, and their responsibilities. Make sure your written agreement includes:

The tenants name

The address of the property being rented

Dates the agreement covers - start date and end date

How much the rent is

When the rent should be paid, e.g., last day of the month

How the rent should be paid, direct debit, BACs etc

The landlord's name, address, and contact numbers

The letting agents name, address, and contact number (if applicable)

Whether the rent includes council tax, electricity, gas etc. If not, whose responsibility is it to pay those bills

Whether a deposit needs to be paid and how much that deposit is

If a deposit is payable which deposit scheme is it protected by

How long the rental agreement is for

Agreed break clauses

Date the rent may be increased and how much by

Procedures for ending the tenancy

There may be many other clauses or rules, such as no pets, who is responsible for maintenance, whether the tenant may decorate etc., but the basic points listed above should certainly be in your agreement.

Many tenants rights and landlords obligations are covered to statute law but if there are terms and conditions in the agreement which you don't understand, make sure the landlord or the agent clarifies them for you.

Finally, if there are rules in your tenancy agreement which you consider unfair, get some independent advice. The Citizens Advice Bureau are a very good source of information and the Environmental Health department at your local council are a good port of call if you are having trouble with a landlord failing to take care of your property. Unfair rules, such as the landlord being able to access the property at any time and without due notice, are not allowed. They are not legally binding.

By relocationc293694, Nov 23 2016 07:21PM

It has been announced by the Home Secretary Amber Rudd, that this service, which went live in 2015, is to be expanded, and with it bring the potential for improved trade and tourism links.

It is currently open to passengers from Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and the US. However, from 21st November, this will increase to include a further 16 countries being Argentina, Brazil, Belize, Brunei, Costa Rica, Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador, Malaysia, Isreal, Hounduras, Mexico, Oanama, Nicaragua, Uraguay and Paraguay.

Amber Rudd said, 'By opening the Registered Traveller Service to even more members we are sending a clear message to the world that the UK is open for business.'

This service has more than 67,000 approved members who have undergone advanced security checks, allowing them faster entry at the UK border.

By relocationc293694, Nov 21 2016 06:00PM

Looking for a suitable nursery for your little one is certainly a big responsibility, not helped by the recent concerns raised in the press about how some are being run. Mindful of this, and apprecaiting what a huge step of trust this is for the parent to leave their precious one in the care of others, I was interested to see for myself, so accompanied a client on their search for a nursery in St albans for their 2 year old, having relocated from Switzerland.

I must say that I was impressed with what I saw. Most importantly I was given the feeling of reassurance that the staff really enjoyed their jobs, appreciating it's importance, with the happiness and well being of the children paramount. They offered a good blance between learning and caring and the children looked at home, relaxed and most of all, happy.

Although Ofsted reports can be a useful tool, you cannot beat your instincts, so I would always recommend keeping an open mind until you actually visit the nursery and get a really good feel for the staff and the environment. Other things to look out for are -

Parents feedback

Look at their website

How were you greeted when you phoned/visited?

Has the nursery achieved quality standards or awards? eQuality, Counts, Millie's Mark, NDNA, Investors in People.

Ask the same questions to each nursery to make your comparisons easier

Are staff welcoming, friendly, professional?

Is the school secure?

What is their security policy for parents collecting children?

Is there a good outdoor space and how often is it used?

Do the children look happy and settled?

Is there a good mixture of resources for children to access?

How is their day structured and what feedback will you be given?

Is there a kitchen and how is the food prepared? Look at the menu.What is the hygiene rating?

Do the nursery apply the Government's Early Years Foundation Stage framework?

What do the fees cover and are childcare credits accepted?

By relocationc293694, Oct 25 2016 09:48AM

For a company, relocating an employee is huge financial commitment. It is imperative therefore, that the relocation is successful and completed as efficiently as possible. The key for any company is to assure their employee and their family that they will be supported throughout the process to ensure they settle happily. This not only guarantees a smooth transition to their new country and job, but will ultimately attribute to their long term retention. There are a number of financial as well as practical benefits to providing employees with effective relocation support and we can help demonstrate a return on investment that perhaps isn’t immediately apparent from the outset.

1. Ultimately a company wants their employee to be productive as soon they arrive in the UK. Relocating to a new country can be daunting, time consuming and stressful for the relocatee. Our focused service, removes stress and ensures they are more effective at balancing personal and job-related issues during the transition.

2. We become the main point of contact for the employee negating the need for management, and internal HR departments to be distracted with questions and advice.

3. Evidence shows that the financial impact to a company for a relocation can be as much as 2½ times the annual salary cost of the transferee, so it is imperative that the relocation succeeds.

4. Typically the costs of relocation support equates to less than 1% of the total cost of a relocation.

5. Many agents reduce or waiver their administration fees when working with relocation companies, resulting in a direct cost saving to you. Some agents can charge as much as £500.

6. We negotiate the best deals possible for your employee often helping save a significant amount annually in rent.

7. Our independent area consultants have excellent local knowledge of their specified areas as well as close relationships with all property agents, ensuring they show the best of properties on the market, often before they are even advertised.

8. We aim to remove the stress and manage the move ensuring it is a positive experience for your employee to embrace, whilst at the same time giving them a good impression of your company.

All in all you cant afford not to offer relocation support !

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