LETTING & ESTATE AGENT

We are pleased to announce that following the government’s guidance on moving home during the coronavirus pandemic, our branches in England have now re-opened for pre-booked appointments, and our branches in Scotland in Wales will start re-opening their doors over the coming days. Health and safety remains our main priority, and in line with government’s advice, a number of strict measures have been put in place to protect our staff and customers. Visit our branch page to find contact details for your local office.

Southampton City

07/07/2011

Excessive service charges on your flat?

Flat owners in the UK could be throwing away a staggering £700 million a year in service charges for blocks of flats thanks to excessive fees and hidden costs from block management companies. According to block management experts Urban Owners, on

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Southampton City

05/07/2011

The First time Landlord Guide

Buying your first buy to let property is exciting and can be a great investment. It also means that you have a steep learning curve ahead of you as there are many legal requirements to adhere to and there's the chance of something going wrong even if you

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Southampton City

04/07/2011

The Energy Bill

The energy bill seems to be subject to new amendments on a daily basis, many of which could impact upon the private rental sector significantly. Having now completed its Committee Stage in the House of Commons, when MPs have the opportunity to debate

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Southampton City

01/07/2011

What do tenants look for in a property?

Savvy landlords are concerned about what their tenants are looking for in a property. They realise that this matters, as it can increase the demand for their property and helps them target their rental property more successfully at the right target group

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Southampton City

30/06/2011

Secure your rent.

Are you at risk of a large bill if your tenant defaults? Or pay out large sums to get them evicted? Then read on... Around 75,000 buy to let tenants are in rent arrears – a 13% increase on the same period last year, according to rent receivers

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Southampton City

29/06/2011

Is your property as tax efficient as it should be?

Buy-to-let mortgage company Paragon said landlords could offset many of the costs incurred through letting property against their income. However many are still unaware of the full range of costs they could claim. Research conducted by Paragon shows

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Southampton City

28/06/2011

Moving abroad? - How to let your property before you go.

Going abroad? Want to keep your property just incase things don't work out? But can't afford for it to stand empty. Then read the five steps below. 1 Timing Letting a property doesn't happen over night, so give yourself a bit of time to let the

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Southampton City

27/06/2011

Do you run the risk of an HMO without knowing it?

You could have an HMO without knowing it! If you let a property that has two sharers or a family then your fine. However sometimes tenants move in boyfriends and girlfriends to live with them. This is where the problems arise for landlords. Houses of

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Southampton City

23/06/2011

Portable Appliance Testing...How often do you get yours done?

As a landlord, you have a duty of care to your tenants from electrical appliances supplied within the property (e.g. white goods, lamps or anything with a removable plug). PAT testing is widely regarded as being the best way of carrying out this

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Southampton City

22/06/2011

Requests for government support in the private rental sector

Paragon mortgage group have urged the government to give more support to the private rental sector. Paragon's MD, John Heron says "the private rented sector makes a great contribution to the UK economy – it facilitates labour mobility and flexibility,

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Southampton City

21/06/2011

Can you justify the rent you charge?

Due to the economic crisis over the past 3 years in the UK, the majority of properties have seen their values drop. However this didn't result in property investors buying left, right and centre, as the availability of mortgages plummeted also. Even if

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Southampton City

20/06/2011

Landlords could be forced to refurbish energy-inefficient homes

Is your property energy efficient? If not then you could be looking a large bill to bring your property up to more efficient standards. Under new proposels released last tuesday landlords could find themselves lumbered with a hefty bill to refurbish

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