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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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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  “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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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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Our Safe Viewing Procedure

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Our Safe Viewing Procedure   A message to our clients (current & future)… In light of the relaxed lock-down rules for the property market, now we’ve had time to digest, I wanted to explain our plan to keep everyone as safe as possible and get you moved. There will be 2 parts: Virtual Video Viewings […]

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Seriously Clean

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There is clean and then there is clean! We insist that our landlords’ properties are thoroughly cleaned between tenancies. This is not only to ensure that we maximise the rent paid, but a tenant is more likely to treat an immaculately clean property with more respect and leave it in a good state of repair […]

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The Professional Tenant

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Many landlords have experienced great monthly yields from their student lets, but find that their properties are, by default, empty during summer. This can seriously dent annual yield by up to 25% Some landlords are content that the higher rents paid by sharing students go some way towards offsetting this hole in the balance sheet. […]

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