We are open longer

We’re open longer Our office hours have been extended so that we’re even easier to get in touch with. We’re here earlier in the morning and stopping later each evening, with opening hours up to 7 pm Monday through to Thursday. The new hours are: Monday to Thursday – 8:00 to 19:00 Friday                            – […]

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A call for a level playing field

There’s a lot of indignation at present over the HSE’s decision not to prosecute a social landlord over gas safety breaches. The breaches weren’t a minor mistake. The Homes and Communities Agency has highlighted the fact that more than 1,000 of the landlord’s 7,300 properties were exposing tenants to the risk of serious harm. Subsequently, […]

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It’s the end of the year, not the end of the road

2017 will hardly go down as a fantastic year for landlords and agents. We’ve had tax changes, more regulations, and an imminent but not yet specified ban on fees. Public opinion and political rhetoric have stayed firmly on the side of the tenant, and landlords and agents have been painted in a poor light in […]

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Cheeky tricks or clever tactics?

The property rental sector is still evolving, and so is the online property business.  The days of the high street agent are still a long way from numbered, but there are more agencies working exclusively online and more and more agencies signed up with listings giants like Rightmove and Zoopla. Naturally, those companies have control […]

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Thanks for this year, here’s to the next

Every job has its highs and every sector goes through periods of change. But it feels like this year, property rental has been on the receiving end of a bit too much attention. We’d all like a period of calm and quiet. And then maybe some certainty about legislation that’s heading our way and when […]

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Has widespread landlord licensing just moved a step closer?

Selective licensing has been in place in several boroughs for some time, but few councils have gone down the route of applying for the Government approval required to extend the schemes across their entire locality. The pioneer of widespread licensing was London’s Newham Council, and it has just had its permission renewed. There were some […]

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The Northern Dossier

In property, knowledge is powerful stuff. But where, amongst the thousands of stories, gossip and rumour, is the relevant stuff? And how do you find the time to keep up to date? Well, we’ve distilled the information. We’ve extracted the good stuff from the noise and left you with the pure, filtered essentials. We’ve called […]

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Councils and private landlords need to talk

Councils and private landlords could, and should, work together. That’s a bold statement, we know, and one that might seem to be nigh-on impossible given this week’s news story about Havering Borough Council. If you’ve missed it, here’s a summary:  A private landlord let a property on a 12-month tenancy to a woman who was […]

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Not too bad, at all – a Silver Award

We’ve just been awarded a silver in this year’s Negotiator Awards in the Professional Support category. Now that’s not bad. In fact, it’s pretty good, but it’s not quite the award we were aiming for. No sour grapes, though –  we would like to offer our hearty congratulations to My Home Move, recipient of the […]

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