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  • Property Yields

    Importance of fast broadband in rentals



    A number of recent studies have shown that fast broadband is rising to the top of the list of tenant "must have's".

    This was something I predicted way back in 2009, but even I could not have envisaged how modern tenants would be using the internet - multiple devices streaming, uploading, skype calls, downloading etc.

    Our new sponsors, Landlord Broadband, have a solution that guarantees wifi connectivity and speed for even the most demanding users.  

    (*Moderator note 01/06/18: Landlord Broadband are not longer a commercial partner of Property Tribes*).

    I spoke to David Spillane about the importance of  a bespoke broadband service, both in terms of attracting tenants and reducing landlord stress and voids:



    We also have a video playlist about broadband in rental properties.

    If you have any questions about broadband in rental properties, please drop them here and David would be happy to advise.

    Share your broadband frustration and stories here!

    You can contact Landlord Broadband by clicking the banner at the top of this thread or calling them on 0333 577 0600.

    *Transparency notice:  Landlord Broadband are a commercial partner of Property Tribes.

    SEE ALSO  -       Slower broadband speed could hinder house prices & rentability ...

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    Vanessa - the sound on the video is really bad. The volume is significantly below that of other videos (my volume is turned up fully and I'd say it's at 6/10 at most).

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    Hi Rassie,

    I have checked the sound on several devices and there is nothing wrong with it.  It may be that your volume control on the youtube volume, which is a little speaker at bottom left of video, is turned down.  Try turning that up.  Let me know if that helps.

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    No, it's not that. I was playing it on my mobile phone and there is a marked difference between the volumes of the blue intro screen and the interview.  If you think it's fine though, that's cool.

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    Thanks for your feedback.  The music is "produced" and therefore appears more powerful, although the volumes are the same.  I will look to balance them better in the future.

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    We have had a great response to David's video. We are always interested in hearing about your experiences if you include internet access in your service offering for tenants/guests. We are also happy to answer any technical questions you may have.

    Landlord Broadband

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    In their latest research, Upad asked tenants what they wanted to see more of when it comes to looking for, and moving into, a property. The agent discovered that 33% of tenants expect their property to have Wi-Fi already up and running when they move in.

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    We're officially a nation of internet addicts, with the majority of Brits now classified as medium or heavy broadband users, according to Gocompare.com.

    Around half of all broadband users watch catch-up TV online, while more than a third watch films via online streaming services.

    Less than a quarter say they only use their connection to browse websites, check email and access social media.

    Full/source article 




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    The central London borough of Southwark has been named one of the 20 worst places in the UK for broadband speeds, in a list that stretches from Orkney to Bexhill-on-Sea.

    An analysis of 719,000 speed tests by the consumer organisation Which? found that 11 local authority areas didn’t meet the minimum download speed proposed under the government’s so-called universal service obligation (USO), which anyone in the UK would be entitled to request.

    These included Ryedale in North Yorkshire and Purbeck in Dorset, where the average recorded speed in both cases was 9Mbps, and Rother in East Sussex (which includes Bexhill-on-Sea) where it was 9.5Mbps. This compares with a minimum 10Mbps proposed under the USO.

    Telecoms regulator Ofcom has said a speed of 10Mbps is needed to enable consumers to fully participate in a digital society.



    Full/source article - The Guardian

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    That’s right Vanessa broadband speed is very important for HMOs but there are other key factors that Landlords need to consider so that they provide a high quality internet service to their tenants. Check out our latest blog to discover them.

    https://www.landlordbroadband.com/key-fa...-property/

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    A major UK home builder has found that ultra-fast broadband is now almost important to buyers as essentials like running water and electricity.

    According to the Berkeley Group those buying a new home expect it to be available from the day they move in and the company would risk losing buyers if new properties didn’t offer high-speed connectivity.

    ‘For new home buyers, high speed broadband has almost become a given now, it is like the power steering on a car, no one asks whether the car they’re buying has it anymore,’ said Berkeley’s chief executive, Rob Perrins.

    ‘If we weren’t able to offer fibre, I think there would be the real prospect of some people walking away from property sales. It is definitely a factor in the decision making process for people buying new homes,’ he explained.

    ‘More and more people are consuming ever more bandwidth with an increasing use of streaming music services, things like Netflix, Amazon Prime and other video content"  he added.

    Full/source article - Property Wire

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