Directors visiting Malaysia 26th to 31st October, Singapore 3rd to 8th November & Hong Kong 9th to 12th November 2017 – contact our International offices for property seminars & meetings.

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Smart lets and the smart home tech revolution

A significant consideration for any landlord is how to provide the best, most desirable property to attract high-calibre professional tenants. Having the competitive advantage these days is not just about the location, facilities and decor of your property however, it is increasingly about what smart home technology is included in the package. Continue reading

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The top reasons why London continues to attract property investment

The Mayor of London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has consistently promoted London as a cultural and business hub. He wants to make it “the world’s most film-friendly city” by investing in the film industry; he said London Tech Week 2017 was “a fantastic opportunity to show that London is open to collaboration, innovation and ideas that could change the way that all Londoners live and experience the city”; and he’s announcing trade relationships with Chicago and India amongst others. He’s been busy singing the praises of London on the world stage and with good reason. It’s been attracting huge property investment from all over the globe and here’s why. Continue reading

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Luxury living in an unparalleled location, One Tower Bridge

While many new developments boast panoramic views across London, none are quite as iconic as the sight from One Tower Bridge. A landmark development from Berkeley Group, this premier address on the River Thames has everything high-end tenants could wish for; luxury apartments, amenities and of course, the stunning backdrop of London’s famous skyline. Continue reading

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The London rental market – October 2017

September has seen rental demand in London forge ahead. Our 16 London lettings branches are reporting continuing high demand and while the busy ‘student season’ is now nearing an end, we are again seeing increasing numbers of overseas professionals relocating to London. What is particularly interesting is that these professionals are not just from Europe. Brexit uncertainty means the number of Europeans moving here is down a little but to compensate for this, we are still receiving above average enquiries from professionals moving to London from other continents and countries. Professionals from Asia, the USA, South America and Australia all figure highly in our enquiries while we are also seeing growing numbers of Chinese and Japanese applicants too.
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What’s on in London – October 2017

October is a vital month in the London arts calendar as it’s the time when indoor pursuits start to take the place of outdoor activities. As a result, there are a fair amount of important exhibitions and festivals taking place at the same time which is great for both culture vultures and the curious. Typifying London life, the genres cover a wide range, from the melting clocks of Dali to the urban stylings showing at the Moniker event. It’s definitely time for prospective art patrons to start building up their collections.
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Celebrity Moves – October 2017

Style and fashion go a long way in London. They are no longer additional luxuries but are now part and parcel of any serious project. The fact that a fashion designer can be commissioned to finish the interiors of a new property development is down to the sheer power of branding that today’s international celebrities possess. Pop stars can open shoe shops and models can build culinary empires. In London, the possibilities seem as endless as they are varied.
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Best property investment options for landlords

Property investors and landlords fall broadly into two categories, those who have a buy-to-let residential property portfolio and those who invest in commercial ventures. They are both very different propositions and while many property investment management firms will be quick to note the appeal of both, it’s worth weighing up each market before you invest. Continue reading

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Placemaking in Nine Elms

When fifteen billion pounds worth of investment is dropped on a prime stretch of River Thames shoreline, some pretty spectacular outcomes can be expected and the Nine Elms regeneration scheme doesn’t disappoint. A former South London backwater, the district is currently being transformed into a glittering skyline of luxury apartments and five star amenities. Barratt London’s new development at Nine Elms Point provides a stunning focal point for an area that is flanked on both sides by the impressive St George Tower and the mighty Battersea Power Station. No mere cosmetic makeover designed to give residents on the opposing Chelsea riverbank something pretty to look at, Nine Elms Point is set to become a beacon of what is now termed as placemaking.
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Deposit disputes – what causes them and how to prevent them

The end of a tenancy can be a difficult time for both landlords and tenants and disputes over how much of a deposit is returned to the tenant can be a real problem. Cleaning is the most common dispute in cases brought to the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), damage to property comes second followed by the need for redecoration.

Our management team have a number of strategies in place aimed at ensuring disputes at the end of a tenancy are kept to a minimum. As a result, the number of disputes we have as a percentage of the total deposits we have registered with the TDS is only 0.3%. These disputes range in value from £336 to £3,360.
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Changes to mortgage lending for portfolio Buy To Let landlords

This month I share details of the forthcoming changes to mortgage lending for portfolio Buy to Let landlordsMuch has been made of the changes to the way buy-to-let mortgage applications are underwritten for landlords. The headlines have been full of woe at the extra workload for brokers and lenders and the likelihood of reduced choice for landlords. However, the changes could be good news for everyone and here’s why. Continue reading

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How to avoid nightmare tenants

Nightmare tenants are every landlord’s worst nightmare and as the saying goes, one bad apple spoils the bunch. We ensure the careful screening of all potential tenants for our clients as standard, however, some landlords have not been so lucky. In January 2017, Fergus Wilson, Britain’s biggest private landlord issued lettings agencies with a list of tenants he wouldn’t consider because his experiences with people who fell into these categories had spoilt it for everyone else. The list included single parents, workers on low income or zero hours contracts that were unable to get a rent guarantee, families with children, pet owners, smokers and single adults, domestic abuse victims and plumbers. Understandably the list drew a great deal of criticism and attention in the media – the same media that loves headlines about nightmare tenants and their trails of destruction. Continue reading

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The taxman cometh

London landlords are avoiding £200m in tax by not declaring income’ ran some recent headlines after Newham Council said its landlord licensing scheme had found 13,000 landlords had not registered for self assessment. While HMRC disputes the claim, the news story raises an interesting point about tax. This month, I’m discussing how the HMRC net is closing in on undeclared rental income. Continue reading

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EPC a decade on

In October 2008, the government introduced the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). It assessed a property’s energy performance, rated it A-G (A being the most efficient, and G the least); suggested improvements and rated what its energy efficiency would be, based on these improvements. Every seller or landlord has to have an up-to-date EPC by law (unless they are resident in the property themselves, in a listed building or a place of worship).
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