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What’s on in London – April 2018

One wonders what women’s rights activists in the early 20th Century would have made of our modern habit of giving destructive weather systems female names. Would Emily Pankhurst have been impressed by Hurricanes Irene, Katrina and Sandy, seeing as she wasn’t averse to a bit of disruptive behaviour herself? It might be that the suffragettes would have preferred gender free nicknames like the “Beast from the East” moniker that was given to last month’s cold snap, but where do you go from there? “Pest of the West”? “Lout in the South”?
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Advice Clinic: My landlord has defaulted on their mortgage. What should I do?

This is a question we are asked by tenants although thankfully, it is a rare occurrence and you need not be worried unduly. If this situation does arise then you are fully protected in law and you are not under threat of eviction.The first thing to remember if you find yourself in this situation is that you should try to stay calm. Contact your letting agent immediately – they will be able to offer advice and open a dialogue with the lender. Continue reading

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Why you should choose a new build over a period property

To choose a new build or a period property is a debate for the ages and shows no sign of letting up. While the idea of a period property with all its inherent character may seem attractive at first, the charm of living in an old Victorian home steeped in history can quickly fade once you realise the challenges and cost of maintaining an older property.
It is because of these difficulties that a new build is so appealing to many prospective homeowners. Here are just a few reasons of what makes these modern new build properties just so attractive. Continue reading

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Advice Clinic: What allowances are there for refurbishing my London rental property?

We usually recommend landlords review their rental property regularly and consider redecoration or refurbishment according to the rental and the amount of wear and tear.  Sometimes a simple refresh of décor and soft furnishings is enough, but lucrative corporate tenants expect to rent a managed property that is up to date. The days when tenants would accept shabby decor or furnishings are long gone and a tired-looking apartment will take longer to let in a competitive rental market.   An older property may need more maintenance on a regular basis and improvements such as installing a new kitchen or bathroom will help secure a quicker let and keep voids to a minimum.The good news is that there are allowances that you can claim against some refurbishment works but there are key points to consider to ensure you stay within HMRC’s regulations. Continue reading

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The London rental market – March 2018

After an unusually buoyant January, the last couple of weeks of February have been quite challenging. We’ve seen the usual, seasonal slowdown in demand for rental accommodation in many areas caused by the half term school holiday but this year it has been exacerbated by the extreme wintry weather which has made would-be tenants reluctant to head out into freezing temperatures to look for a new rental home. Realism is the key in this type of market and the most important consideration for landlords is to remain flexible and open to negotiation. Accurate pricing is essential to ensure a property lets quickly in this competitive market. Asking rents can change rapidly, even from week to week, so we recommend that landlords listen to their letting agent’s advice on current market conditions in order to minimise voids and so maintain a good rental yield even though rents are static.
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What’s on in London – March 2018

Art reflects the past while predicting the future which is why, in London, it remains part of our vibrant present. This month, visionaries as disparate as Picasso and Joan Jonas prove that creativity cannot be easily packaged into time periods and the forces that drive it are alive and well in the Capital. For proof of this, you only need to check out the edgy Museum of London or one of the more user-friendly art fairs that continue to thrive here. Here are our hot picks for things to do in London this month.
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Top 10 tips to let or sell your property to Chinese buyers

This year, the 16th February ushers in the Chinese Year of the Dog, symbolising good luck for the year ahead. There are still a few things you should avoid doing on New Year’s Day however such as cleaning clothes, using scissors, being near crying children and leaving the house (if you are a woman); if you manage these, which is especially impressive if you are a parent, then you will have good luck in the year ahead. Good news if you are planning any property investment opportunities this year. If you are planning to attract Chinese tenants or sell your property to Chinese buyers, you might want a little extra help than relying on the Year of the Dog’s luck alone so here’s our handy guide. Continue reading

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Riverside living at Fulham Reach

With Hammersmith continuing to excite interest among those looking to rent in West London, attractive new property developments such as Fulham Reach are sure to be near the top of many wish lists. Located at a point where the Thames turns due south before curving towards Westminster, these luxury apartments enjoy fantastic river views in both directions and are also directly opposite the Barnes wildlife reserve. The “Reach” refers to the broad and straight stretch of water that flows down from Hammersmith Bridge past the development. It’s an ideal spot for boating and other water sports which is why there has been historically a proliferation of rowing clubs in the area. These in turn have led to the vibrant pub culture that sprung up along the Thames Path and exists to this day.
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