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What is an EPC and How Do I Obtain It 21 February 2018

EPC stands for an Energy Performance Certificate and it rates how energy efficient your property is. It uses grades from A to G (A being the most efficient). If you own a property and you want to let or sell it, you have to legally have an EPC to be able to do so.... Read More

What Type of Tenant Should I consider? 15 February 2018

In my day to day work in the property industry, I often hear the following from my clients: ‘I have seen this lovely flat near the train station, it is only £XYZ and suits my budget". Or, ‘I"ve just seen a three-bedroom house in XYZ village and I am thinking of buying it because it fits my budget and it is a good village with a good school and lots of local amenities.... Read More

How To Create Additional Income after Losing Your Husband 07 February 2018

Losing your husband is one of the most stressful events in life. Death is an inevitable event; however, nobody can really plan for it, if it happens to someone in the prime of their life. Not only do you have to deal with your own grief but there are often children to be considered.... Read More

How to add value to your property 13 October 2017

There are many ways to improve the value of your property in preparation for sale. The lengths you go to will be budget and time dependent of course. To start with let"s look at some simple changes we are all capable of, and can fit in that half an hour between the washing up and settling down to watch the soaps.... Read More

5 Reasons Why Property Does Not Sell 08 June 2017

Making the decision to sell your property is often a tough one. The agent came around, sounded very positive, appraised your property, built up your hope that your property will sell within days or perhaps even hours. You were all excited and started planning your future life….... Read More

Client Money Protection Compulsory for all Letting Agents 28 March 2017

Government had been considering whether they should take action to make client money protection (CMP) mandatory for all letting agents. Today, the Government has announced measures to make Client Money Protection (CMP) mandatory for all letting agents across England.... Read More

Right To Rent Checks 29 January 2016

Yet more legislation imposed on embattled private landlords On February 1st private landlords have yet another regulation to cope with. This, in addition to the shock rise in stamp duty, must make many feel they have done something to upset the current government.... Read More

Don`t Fall Foul Of The New Smoke Alarm Regulations! 28 September 2015

From 1st October 2015 all rented residential accommodation will be legally required to have one smoke alarm ‘on each storey of the premises on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation". The regulations are fairly simple, with no specification on what type of alarm, just the number and when they need to be checked.... Read More

What Sort Of Service Do You Deserve When Renting A House? 19 May 2015

The number of people in private rented accommodation continues to rise, according to the latest data from the Department of Communities and Local Government an increase of over 60% between 2005 and 2011/12. Many of these properties are let and managed by estate agents and letting agents, but what service do you really deserve? The landlord has invested significantly in a vehicle to either deliver an income or create future wealth; most tenants just seek somewhere convenient and comfortable to live in.... Read More

Will All Private Landlords Be Soon Expected To Police The Immigration Status Of Tenants? 15 May 2015

In December 2014, as a consequence of the Immigration Act 2014 the government piloted a scheme where landlords became responsible for checking the immigration status of their tenants across the West Midlands. Following the success of the Conservatives in the general election, this scheme may be rolled out across the UK as soon as this summer.... Read More

What Sort Of Service Do You Deserve When Selling Your House? 12 May 2015

One of the most stressful things to do is to move house, and there are invariably three main services you cannot avoid in the process, the mortgage company, the solicitor and the estate agent. All of these organisations will take a significant fee for what is a very complex and often difficult process.... Read More

Distinct Estate Agents Improves Referencing Service 08 May 2015

By including CIFAS in their referencing process Distinct have a significantly more robust mechanism to protect our landlords. When letting your property it is important to have the peace of mind that the tenant is exactly who they say they are and will pay their monthly rent whilst occupying your property.... Read More