Service

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Most lettings agents see their role solely as a “purveyor of tenants”, and they pride themselves on their ability to find the right tenant for a property and to negotiate attractive terms for the landlord. But lettings agency has moved on. Indeed, finding a tenant is arguably one of the most straightforward aspects of letting […]

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July Market Comment

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JULY

Finally, after the pent-up frustrations of lockdown, we have some very good news to report: Firstly, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced a substantial boost for the housing market with the raising of the SDLT (Stamp Duty) threshold from £125,000 to £500,000. This really is quite incredible and will save buyers up […]

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Marketing Review

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If your rental property is currently on the market awaiting a tenant, it may be tempting to assume that your agent is in full control of the situation, and that sooner or later a tenant will materialise. But don’t be so sure! Sometimes an agent will take the same view and simply sit in hope, […]

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Energy Performing Landlords

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EPCs

As part of the lettings process, landlords are required to ensure that their property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) available to all prospective tenants (including existing tenants renewing their tenancy) with a minimum performance rating of “E”. This has extended to existing tenancies as of 1st April 2020. An EPC is a certificate issued […]

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Why Landlords Should Embrace the Smart Home

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Homeowners are rapidly becoming hooked up to “the internet of things” by linking everything from their lighting, fridge, doorbell, central heating, sound system, and more, at the touch of a button, or indeed voice command. “Ask Alexa” is clearly here to stay and she is set to enable us to control more of our lives. […]

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Legionnaires

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Legionnaires

Landlords, or their agents, are responsible for ensuring that the risk of exposure in their property to the Legionella bacterium is properly assessed and controlled. This is not difficult to do and can either be outsourced or done by the landlord or their agent. Legionnaires disease is a potentially fatal form of Pneumonia. Bacteria can […]

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The Benefit of Independence

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local

  “Location, location, location” may be the cornerstone of wise property investment, yet many people are unaware of the importance of location in making the right choice of letting agent – whether as landlord or tenant. Letting agency is an intensely local business. It is essential that letting agents are fully conversant with the issues […]

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June 2020 Market Comment

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It might be tempting to believe that the pandemic has been destructive and all-consuming on all fronts, especially in relation to the property market, which virtually ground to a halt a few weeks ago. But we British are a resilient lot! Our compliant “keep calm and carry on” mentality has meant that we have/continue to […]

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Burglary

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damage

We are occasionally asked who is responsible for any damage to a tenanted property as a result of vandalism or a burglary – landlord or tenant? Fortunately, such occurrences are rare in this area but it’s worth knowing in case the unthinkable happens. In principle, the landlord is usually responsible for repairing any damage done […]

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