Look again at renting in the heart of London

The capital city has so much to offer in terms of work and leisure time. Galleries, museums, theatre and events, not to mention bars and restaurants can mean residents are not short of things to do at weekends and evenings. The great rental opportunities in stunning locations are a huge draw too, often close enough …

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Top ten issues that will devalue your London rental property

With an increasing amount of choice for tenants, it is important to make your property stand out. That said, there are things that can make a property stand out for all the wrong reasons. Here’s the top ten things that can be off putting for tenants.

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The London rental market – August 2018

Rental demand across London remains high and most properties are letting quickly – with the usual proviso that they must be accurately priced and impeccably presented. Families, young professionals and students are actively looking to move home before the autumn when they plan to take up a new job or university place.

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What’s on in London – August 2018

Alfresco cooking really gets into its stride this month and although we’ll all be trying our best not to burn our sausages as we set up our garden barbecues, it sometimes pays to leave it to the experts. Smithfield 150 and Meatopia are two events where the simple act of cooking a humble hamburger is …

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Make sure your letting agent belongs to a valid redress scheme

Landlords may have heard about the imminent phasing out of ‘Ombudsman Services’, which after August 6th 2018 will no longer provide dispute resolution services to companies working in the property industry.

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Investment property of the month – Brentford

In this month’s blog we’re showcasing London’s latest new development- IconBlu, TW8 completing in 2019. Situated in Brentford, surrounded by exclusive London postcodes including Ealing, Richmond and Kew, this scheme comprising 271 apartments each with a dedicated parking space offers high quality accommodation in a sought-after location. The Zone 4 station at Syon Lane is …

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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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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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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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