Landlords: pawns in a political game?

Housing has always been a political issue, but as the levels of home ownership fall and concerns rise about Generation Rent, it’s become even more of a hot potato. Last week, on top of everything else that we’re facing, MPs called for the abolition of Section 21 evictions. The debate raised fair points but was […]

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The first major online agency collapse shows a deeply divided industry

Over the last few days, the cash-strapped online agency Emoov has been trying to find a buyer. Yesterday, it announced its attempts had been unsuccessful and appointed administrators. There is some hope that a rescue package can be put together, but commentators aren’t optimistic. Fifty or so of the firm’s staff are facing Christmas without […]

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Know your onions – tenant referencing without tears.

We’re all human. We put up with things because familiarity is comfortable. Even though somethings may not be working for us, we carry on using it. We tolerate the shortfalls and live with the frustration. We don’t grow, we don’t make progress. Tenant referencing is a good example. There are vast differences between the best and […]

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Sim Sekhon: The best lettings agents don’t let reasons become excuses

The business of operating a lettings agency is already regulated in Wales and Scotland. No doubt it won’t be long before England follows suit – the fees ban, and a raft of conditions are on the way. Although many won’t welcome the changes, they will, at least, level the playing field. They’ll give every agency […]

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Everything you need as a landlord – without the supermarket tactics

Supermarkets know a thing or two about getting you to buy their products, including the things you don’t really need. They fill their shelves based on studied patterns of eye movements. They slow you down with relaxing music. They hide their bread and milk – the essentials – deep inside the store. They even have […]

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Everything your lettings agency needs – without the supermarket tactics

Supermarkets know a thing or two about getting you to buy their products, including the things you don’t really need. They fill their shelves based on studied patterns of eye movements. They slow you down with relaxing music. They hide their bread and milk – the essentials – deep inside the store. They even have […]

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If you don’t want extra income, stop reading now

We’re assuming you’re still reading The fees ban means that you’ll need to be very aware of your business income. You’ll probably want to explore ways in which you can increase it. We’ve got one, and it’s very effective. It could earn you 60 % of what you lose when the fees ban comes in. […]

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We’d like you to give us a rating

Straight up, we’re asking for a little help. We’ve entered an award scheme which recognises the best property professionals in the UK. Unlike some awards which have a judging panel which reviews each entrant submissions, The ESTAS are decided by those who are the best possible judge of service standards – the customers. The ESTAS […]

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Sim Sekhon: The shifting costs of meeting energy performance standards

Since April, landlords have been required to ensure properties they let reach a minimum of Band E for energy performance. Those whose properties fail to make the grade can’t agree a new tenancy unless the cost of improving the EPC exceeds £2,500. That cap has just been increased to £3,500. The numbers of properties affected […]

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Halloween 2018

Our team had a great day on the 31st of October for Halloween. We weren’t voted Employer of the year at the Warrington Business Awards for nothing! Just look at this team spirit here this Halloween. Lots of smiles, laughter and great teamwork! Verity from our insurance department won our Halloween 2018 Quiz and Andy […]

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