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Develop property and make money?!

If only it were so easy but get the basics right and leave little to chance is the starting point which will hopefully lead you to success. This is a first steps general guide for the less experienced Developer and whether you need to consider all of my recommendations will depend on the size and...read more
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Tenth Anniversary of EPCs Becoming Legal Requirement Approaches

The tenth anniversary of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) becoming a legal requirement is approaching. Ahead of 1st August – ten years since EPCs came into law in England and Wales – leading energy performance measurement specialist Elmhurst Energy is issuing a timely reminder. EPCs firs...read more
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Mandatory Client Money Protection

A client’s money must be protected when in the hands of an Agent? This should be a statement of fact rather than a question. I have had several professionals including a client recently discuss this with me. Client Money Protection insurance is what they are referring to and yes we as an agency hav...read more
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Should my Tenants have Tenant Contents Insurance?

Landlord & Tenant responsibilities and why a new tenant must always insure their contents? As a landlord, you have certain responsibilities to your tenants and they have certain responsibilities to your property under the criminal and civil law. Under the criminal statutory law, your responsi...read more
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1.2m adult children still living at home

Rising house prices are thought to be behind the 37% increase in the number of adult children living with their parents in the past decade. What’s the latest? The number of adult children living with their parents has jumped 37% in the past decade as house prices have soared. An estimated 1...read more
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What affects the price of your home? Real estate By Anna Duggal | Property News

When moving home, the price of the property plays a major part in the home-moving journey, so we asked a few agents what they believed were the key factors to increasing the value of a property. Ed Harrison from Deakin-White: “A main factor I believe adds value to a home is being in a catch...read more
Live like a Beatle! By Claire Roscoe

Live like a Beatle! By Claire Roscoe

The home where half of the legendary rock group, The Beatles, once called home is available to rent on Rightmove for £1,400 per week. The flat in Whaddon House in Knightsbridge (bit disappointed it’s not on Penny Lane or Abbey Road) was shared by George Harrison and Ringo Starr back in 1964 during ...read more
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CCAS national campaign: How do TPO's Codes protect consumers?

TPO Codes in action! Find out how The Property Ombudsman's CCAS-approved Codes are used to review every complaint and go above and beyond the law to protect consumers from unfair practices... TPO's CCAS-approved Codes in action Consumers turn to TPO for help concerning a huge variety i...read more
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Sadiq Khan announces new database of rogue agents and landlords

On 26 April the current Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced proposals for a radical new database of rogue agents and landlords. It's a positive move for the Capital and one which ARLA Propertymark fully support. In his announcement about the new initiative, Sadiq Khan said that criminal land...read more
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A look back over 10 years of tenancy deposit schemes

Steve Harriott, Chief Executive of TDS, looks back at ten years of tenancy deposit schemes. While it’s been ten years since tenancy deposit schemes were first introduced in England and Wales, TDS has been going a fair bit longer. RICS and ARLA formed The Dispute Service in 2003 to operate a voluntar...read more
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Buy to let landlords under pressure

The buy-to-let bubble in the UK appears to have burst after being buffeted by tax and criteria changes. The appetite for buy-to-let loans has waned since the controversial hike in stamp duty surcharge to 3 per cent on second and subsequent properties came into play in April 2016. Council of Mo...read more
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Landlord tips: 6 things that landlords always forget to budget for

As many landlords are aware, buying a property as an investment is completely different from buying a property as a home to live in. It is all about the figures, and many landlords would argue that there is no emotional element required in their investment decision. And yet, some landlords - l...read more
Right to Rent: letting agent ‘sentenced to five years’

Right to Rent: letting agent ‘sentenced to five years’

Did you see the news? A letting agent sentenced to five years in jail, for Right to Rent offences. It was a mock trial, at this year’s ARLA conference, but it shows the real risks faced by letting agents who fail to comply with Right to Rent legislation. When the letting agent ‘defendant’ was foun...read more
7. Do they fully understand the law regarding gas?

7. Do they fully understand the law regarding gas?

When it comes to gas safety there are no short cuts and any letting agency, whether in Newbury or Newcastle, should know chapter and verse of the legislation governing gas safety. Any hesitation when you ask? Move swiftly on! A landlord has responsibility in statute to provide to a tenant a safe ...read more
6. What steps does your letting agent take to protect your property?

6. What steps does your letting agent take to protect your property?

“Every possible step” should be the answer! At Regent Lettings we like to be thorough when it comes to protecting your property in West Berkshire. The protection process begins from when we first talk with a landlord to establish the profile of their ideal tenant, e.g. who is it they want to rent...read more
5. How does your Agent or Landlord handle your deposit?

5. How does your Agent or Landlord handle your deposit?

This is a really important question to ask and you should be advised that it is bonded in one of three Government recognised schemes that keeps it separate, protected and ring fenced from the rent that will be paid. Sadly there are unregulated Letting Agents and indeed Landlords who still do not ...read more
4. Can you speak to their existing landlords and tenants?

4. Can you speak to their existing landlords and tenants?

“Of course you can!” Is the only legitimate response to this question and any professional Letting Agent would be happy to provide the contact details to you. Sadly on occasions the reality can be somewhat different. You may conclude an Agent who doesn’t want you talking to their Landlords or Ten...read more
3. Do they offer a detailed video inventory?

3. Do they offer a detailed video inventory?

A common cause of conflict between the Landlord, Agent and tenant is the condition of a property when it is vacated. Where the parties cannot reach agreement on dilapidation, then escalation of the dispute for redress through the Property Ombudsman Scheme or other independent redress schemes is ofte...read more
2. Are they a member of The Property Ombudsman Scheme (TPO Scheme)?

2. Are they a member of The Property Ombudsman Scheme (TPO Scheme)?

This is a very revealing question, especially if you have already asked the agent if they are a member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents. It is a precondition of ARLA membership to be registered with the TPO Scheme. If you decide however to work with an agent who is not ARLA registe...read more
1.	Are they a member of ARLA?

1. Are they a member of ARLA?

One of the most important of your questions for a potential letting agent or private landlord has to be “are you a member of ARLA?” If you are met by a blank look it is probably a good time to move swiftly on! ARLA is the Association of Residential Letting Agents and membership provides a guaran...read more