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Free Loft & Cavity Wall Insulation - Apply before 31st December, 2012

If you are a private tenant in the Wirral area and are interested in learning how to save money and keep warmer this Winter then please click on the link below. You will be able to run through a very quick and easy application that takes no more than 2 minutes, it will tell you whether or not you are eligible for free loft and cavity wall insulation (if applicable).  This really will help reduce your expenditure this Winter and keep you warmer in your home! - CLICK LINK TO APPLY!

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"Council Tax Benefit is being abolished from 1 April 2013 and will be replaced by a local Council Tax Support scheme.  Wirral Council has designed a draft scheme and is asking the public and stakeholders to have their say about it and help shape the final scheme.  The details of the draft scheme and an on-line questionnaire can be found at  Please take the time to have a look’".

To find out more information about the scheme itself please click here.

To read about how these changes might affect you please click here.

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Advice for Tenants and Householders

This news article explains how condensation forms and how you can keep it to a minimum, thus reducing the risk of dampness and mould growth.

Damp can cause mould on walls and furniture and make timber rot.  Damp in housing encourages the growth of mould and mites.  Damp is more often than not caused by condensation forming on cold surfaces.  It can also be caused by rising damp or weather penetration.

What is Condensation?

Condensation is dampness occurring when air laden with water vapour cools on contact with a cold surface, you notice it when you see your breath on cold days or in the bathroom on mirrors or tiled surfaces.  Condensation frequently occurs during cold weather and appears on cold surfaces and in areas of the dwelling where there is little movement of air.

Condensation is frequently found on or near windows, cold wall surfaces and in or behind cupboards or wardrobes. Also it often forms on north facing walls.

Is it Damp or Condensation?

Does it leave a tidemark? - If so, it is not condensation, the source of a leak or dampness needs to be inspected, this could be from rain seeping through windows or rising dampness due to a defective or missing damp proof course.


Produce less moisture

Ordinary daily activities produce a lot of moisture, often very quickly. 

  • Cover boiling pans and turn kettles off after use.
  • Avoid paraffin and portable gas heaters as these add moisture to the air in the dwelling.
  • Dry washing outdoors or in the bathroom with the door closed, window open or fan turned on.
  • Vent tumble dryers using correct vent kits. Self-condensing types reduce the amount of moisture,   but they are not as good as a vented type.
  • Avoid drying clothes on radiators/heaters.

Ventilate to Remove Moisture

  • Keep a small window or trickle vent open when the room is in use.
  • In particular, ventilate kitchens and bathrooms when you are using them.
  • Prevent the damp air spreading by keeping kitchen and bathroom doors closed when the room is in use.
  • Open curtains for at least 4 or 5 hours each day, this allows moisture to get through any window vents.
  • Do not completely draught-proof windows, especially in the kitchen or bathroom as this assists airflow.
  • Do not blank off vents.
  • Ventilate cupboards and wardrobes, do not put too many things in them so preventing circulation. Where possible put them on internal walls.

Keep Your Home Warm

  • Heat your home at low levels for a long time rather than high levels for short periods, this will ensure that fewer cold surfaces form in the home.
  • Heat the home even when there is no one there. Keep background heating on all the time during winter months.
  • Heat using a dry source, for example gas central heating or electric storage heaters or a fitted gas fire. Do not use paraffin or portable gas heaters.
  • Insulation and sensible draught proofing will help keep your home warm and will also cut fuel bills.

Dealing with Mould Growth

  • If mould starts to grow on walls, clean them with a suitable cleaning agent.
  • Try to ensure that condensation does not occur on a regular basis.
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Do you think the buy to let market will remain buoyant in the future and is now a good time to invest in purchasing more properties?

"Whilst it remains difficult for first time buyers to get their foot on the property ladder I think the buy to let market will continue to grow as demand for rented property outstrips supply.  On the down side for Landlords buy to let mortgages are still difficult to obtain and those that are available often demand high arrangement fees or large deposits.  Payments of Local Housing Allowance direct to tenants can also potentially cause Landlords a problem.  Currently there are investment bargains to be had, especially at auction; recent purchases by some of our current Landlords are generating excellent returns."

Ben Hulme - Property Manager

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We have updated our contact list to make it easier for all our tenants and landords to keep in touch with us via email and telephone so that you are put in contact with the staff member who is best suited to dealing with your enquiry as efficiently as possible.

Please choose from the following according to your enquiry:

In all emergency cases we will endeavour to respond without delay, general repairs we will look to respond within 48-72 hours.

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