Spareroom final notice

The flatshare company Spareroom have been interfering with our members’ businesses and we’ve had enough of it. This is an open letter, written by SAPA on behalf of its members in the shared accommodation industry, calling on Spareroom to end their…

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What do students need in their accommodation?

Recently, a survey was conducted to see what needs students have when living in their rental or shared accommodation. Investing in student property is still popular among buy-to-let landlords, who are enticed by the thought of substantial rental yields,…

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Tips for Short-Term Letting – SAPA

    Short-term letting are taking a swing. But what exactly is a short-term let? How does it differ from assured shorthold tenancies? Let’s look at the basics.   A short-term let (also known as a short-term rental) is any letting agreement…

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Getting Older Does NOT Mean Living Alone!

  Flatsharing is sure fun when you’re in your 20’s or maybe even 30’s but London is becomes a hard place to live in. With less and less flats available and the rent prices are raising faster than ever before, many people in their 40’s are…

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Environmental Health Issues – Shared Accommodation

  2015 was a landmark year for SAPA as we marked our formation, held our launch event and welcomed our first members. This means we’ve got momentum going forward into 2016 and we’re keen for this year to be even more successful, beginning with…

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New Legislation for Landlords – Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms

As of October, new legislation for landlords comes into force. Private landlords are being warned and are advised to follow these new laws so fees are avoided.  The new legislation requires landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.  …

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Shared Accommodation 101: What types of shared accommodation are out there?

You on the verge of becoming an independent person and wish to live on your own; you just got your first job outside your hometown; these are the reason that introduce you to the world of renting homes. But where to start? What to look for? We want to…

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Rogue Subletting Damage Industry Reputation

Subletting is often seen with a negative light. Incidents such as the raid on a location in London’s East End do little to help. Twenty three people were crammed into a three bedroom home only licensed for seven. The Guardian posted an opinion piece…

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Clearing the Air With SAPA

Subletting is an industry that may be met with mixed reactions. The concept may seem strange, renting out accommodation that is already for rent. Reactions vary from confusion to fear. Yet, in London, it is a huge part of everyday life for many. To work,…

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Rents fall in December, but prices expected to rise in 2015

Rents fell in December, with month-on-month falls across much of the UK according to figures from HomeLet, which processes references for around 350,000 tenants a year. But the company said that the decline was largely attributable to seasonal factors…

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