GENERAL Blog

DECLUTTER FOR GOOD: RESET FOR 2021, ROOM-BY-ROOM

The weeks either side of New Year always involve some sort of clearing out. Whether you've hosted over the season, been a guest somewhere else or stayed at home for a quiet one, there are cards, wrapping, boxes and bottles to throw out, and decorations to take down and put away.

Written by: Vince Laurella

SEASON'S LETTINGS: YOUR LANDLORD CHRISTMAS CHECKLIST

There are some interesting parallels between landlords and Santa Claus. For a start, you’re often making a list and checking it twice, only yours is full of to-dos for repairs and maintenance at your rental property. Then there’s deciding if your tenants have been naughty or nice, and whether they look after your property and pay the rent on time.

Written by: Vince Laurella

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE: IS YOUR HOME PRIMED FOR THE BOXING DAY BOUNCE?

There's no doubt that Christmas 2020 will be unlike any other. Holidays abandoned; family gatherings reduced; office parties cancelled. Even a quick festive drink at the local pub is far from a certain date. But while there are many things we can’t do this Christmas, it doesn’t mean everything will stop.

Written by: Vince Laurella

ROOM AT THE TOP: ADD VALUE & SPACE WITH A LOFT CONVERSION

Spending so much more time at home this year has left many of us looking at our living spaces in a whole new light. Every spare corner has been pressed into service as a home office, classroom, gym or art studio, often juggling multiple roles at the same time.

Written by: Vince Laurella

RIGHT TO RENT: EVERYTHING LANDLORDS SHOULD KNOW

Introduced in 2016, Right to Rent had something of a rocky start but has since become an integral part – and legal requirement – of every Assured Shorthold Tenancy.

Written by: Vince Laurella

CLEANING UP: HOW TO DEAL WITH MESSY TENANTS

How you can set a tenancy up from the start to give you the peace of mind that care and consideration are high in your tenants' priorities, so you can feel relaxed and rewarded by your life as a landlord.

Written by: Vince Laurella

CHOICES CHOICES: HOW TO CHOOSE A BUY-TO-LET PROPERTY

What kind of property makes a good rental investment? Is it better to buy an old or new home? What sort of location will attract the tenants you want? And what should you look for to avoid buying into hassle?

Written by: Vince Laurella

SELLING IN SUMMER PART TWO: KERB APPEAL & GARDENS

If lockdown has left us with anything, it’s an appreciation of being outside. People are savouring the outdoors and noticing more of what’s around them, with gardens and balconies rising higher on the priority lists of buyers.

Written by: Paul Travers

RENTAL HEALTH: TEN TIPS ON BEING A SUCCESSFUL LANDLORD

Being a landlord can provide a useful stream of income combined with an appreciating asset to help you build a small or large portfolio and plan for a comfortable retirement. We wouldn’t call it an entirely passive income, but it certainly doesn’t have to be hard work.

Written by: Paul Travers

SELLING IN SUMMER 2020 PART ONE: INSIDE INFORMATION

Could 2020, despite everything, be the best ever summer for selling your home?

Written by: Paul Travers

VALUING HERITAGE

The history of Victorian & Edwardian homes is sadly absent from most property marketing, but the stories of streets add value and interest that we purposely research, capture and portray.

UNDERSTANDING DESIGN

Our descriptions replace corny sales language with insightful & evocative commentary to resonate with people who share an appreciation of beauty, modern materials and period architecture.

OPEN & ETHICAL

Approachability, authenticity and maturity are the very foundations of our business, with a culture of intelligence and respect that sits deliberately apart from typical estate agency stereotypes.

UNCOMMONLY EFFECTIVE

Against sobering national figures that 60% of homes don't sell with the first agent and that 33% of sales fall through, we sell 95% of our listings with more than 90% reaching completion.

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Fees

Refundable Holding deposit - Capped at 1 weeks rent


Security Deposit Capped at 5 weeks rent for annual rental under £50,000, or 6 weeks rent for annual rental over £50,000


Rent - The agreed monthly rent


Changes to tenancy - Capped at £50 inc VAT


Early termination charge - Not exceeding the landlord’s financial losses


Late payment of rent - Interest of 3% above BoE base rate for each day the rent is late, once it is 14 days overdue


Replacement keys - Limited to the reasonable costs of replacement


Utilities, council tax, communication services, TV Licence etc - Tenants own responsibility unless otherwise stated in contract


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Property Redress Scheme Membership details - TPO SALES AND LETTINGS Membership No: D13794


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