Rental market update Q2 2018 – Neutral market is no cause for concern

Q2’s heat map reflects a neutral market; many postcodes are showing little or no rental increases, with some showing rental decreases. The market is buoyant with an increase in the number of tenants however, rents haven’t seen increases in places like Zone 2 to 3 because of the amount of choice people have. With this …

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Changes to tax relief for residential landlords

Q. I understand that the second phase of interest relief restrictions has now been introduced. Is there anything I should do to prepare for this?

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London lettings agent questions the government’s push for longer term tenancies

A London letting agent with a 60 year history is questioning the government’s push to establish three year tenancies for private tenants, proposals which have been outlined in its new consultation document. Marc von Grundherr, Lettings Director of Benham and Reeves Residential Lettings, argues that the proposals fail to address the requirements of the UK’s …

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Setting the standard – Rogue Landlord Checker

As part of his Mayoral campaign in 2016, Sadiq Khan  championed the notion of ‘fairer’ housing for Londoners in the private rental sector. His plans included a ‘rogue landlord checker’, a database of landlords who have had successful prosecutions against them for dereliction in their responsibilities to tenants. The database would only work however, if …

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Investment property of the month – Beaufort Park

We’re delighted to introduce an exciting new feature, a monthly blog series in which we showcase a unique property investment opportunity in the capital.

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The London rental market – July 2018

The sun is shining and there is an extremely positive feel to the rental market in London too. The season between May and October is known as the ‘Golden Period’ in the lettings industry – our busiest time of year when demand peaks. This summer is no exception and rental demand is high, with properties …

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What’s on in London – July 2018

The World Cup is a chance for London to show everyone what it really means to be considered a global city. You can be the supporter of any country here and still feel at home. What’s more; you can adopt a country and add to your own, such is the friendly vibe that permeates the …

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Where to find the biggest discounts in the London property market?

While the London property market may be in a certain state of flux due to Brexit and stamp duty, there are still some things that are certain. It is the world’s capital city with amazing historical attractions, world-renowned educational institutions and thriving business opportunities. For these reasons, it is likely to always need good private …

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10 mistakes a landlord can make

London’s rental market is as buoyant as ever. The city continues to attract young professionals, students and families all looking for suitable places to make their home. Some people are choosing to rent as a lifestyle option, others because they cannot afford to buy. Lifestyle tenants and corporate tenants in particular, are a discerning group …

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My tenant has lost his job and can’t pay the rent. What should I do?

Non-payment of rent is one of the issues that, understandably, landlords worry about most. We have strict procedures in place to minimise any potential losses to landlords, if for example a tenant loses their job and cannot pay the rent. Effective communication lies at the heart of this and usually gives the best outcome, as …

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The London rental market – June 2018

The London rental market remains challenging, despite high levels of enquiries and many professionals actively looking to rent high quality homes. In many areas, there are a lot of new developments coming on stream at the moment and this means competition is strong. Applicants have plenty of choice and a property must really stand out …

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What’s on in London – June 2018

London is awash with them. Look around and you’ll see them everywhere – immaculately turned out and gleaming all over. We’re not talking about the latest model of supercar or this season’s must-have shoe (although you’ll see plenty of both in London). We are, in fact, talking Power Couples. May’s Royal Wedding brought them out …

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