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Consent To Let

For many homeowners, letting provides an obvious investment opportunity as an alternative to selling. With the right expert help from your letting agent, the matter should be quite straightforward, although there are certain consents that should be obtained if you are to avoid some potentially costly problems.

You will certainly need the consent of your

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Condensation
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Condensation

Why is it that tenanted properties appear to be damper than those that are owner-occupied? Firstly, we’re talking about condensation here, not rising damp. Condensation is caused when warm air, which holds more water vapour, meets a cold surface, forming water droplets. This may attract fungal growths such as Mildew leading that “that damp smell”.

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New EPC Landlord Regs
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New EPC Landlord Regs

The onus on landlords to provide energy efficient accommodation has once again stepped up a gear, now that part three of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 has come fully into effect.
It is now (since 1st April 2020) illegal for landlords to continue to let a property, or grant

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April 2020 Market Comment
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April 2020 Market Comment | Herne Bay & Whitstable

What a difference a month can make! Our March Market Comment was very positive and full of the joys of spring. Indeed, the Halifax subsequently reported that house prices were 2.1% higher at the end of March than they had been at the end of December 2019. The “Boris Bounce” was very much in evidence,

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Tenants Let Us Help You
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Tenants – Help us to help you!

Letting agents love the challenge of helping you find your ideal home. Sometimes however, it can be more of a challenge than need be. So if you are looking to rent a property, here are a few guidelines that will really help us to help you:

• Turn up for viewings at the agreed time.

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Fair Wear And Tear
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Fair Wear and Tear

The terms “fair wear and tear” appears on most tenancy agreements. But what is fair to a landlord may not necessarily appear fair to a tenant, and vice versa.

In general terms it is usually understood that fair wear and tear means that in regard to any apparent damage done to part of a landlord’s

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New Landlord
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New Landlord

Some would-be sellers are reluctant to sell their home in view of the high cost of moving, or selling for what they regard as too low a figure to enable them to fulfil their plans. Others may be moving abroad and don’t necessarily want to commit to selling their UK home just yet. Maybe you’re

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An Agent's Response To Coronavirus
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An Agent’s Response To Coronavirus

As the country gears up for the potential prospect of a pandemic, what are the implications for home movers and how are we, as estate agents, rising to our responsibilities?

The property market is currently enjoying renewed strength following years of Brexit doldrums, during which it proved highly resilient. Is it also immune to Coronavirus?

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The First Steps in Letting
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The First Steps in Letting

When letting your property, your primary objective is simple – you want to find a reliable tenant who pays the rent regularly and looks after your property as you would yourself.

The reality is usually more complex than this. Letting your property comes with legal obligations and social responsibilities, many of which are unknown to anyone

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What About My Deposit
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“What About My Deposit?”

One of the greatest areas of dispute in lettings is the issue of deposits and the fair return of money at the end of a tenancy. An unscrupulous landlord could claim that minor damages justify the non-return of the deposit, which usually amounts to between four and six weeks’ rent.

However, tenancy deposit protection legislation

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March 2020 Market Comment
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March 2020 Market Comment

Building on the increase in January activity we reported last month, the local market has been just as frenetic during February with intense buyer activity continuing to play “catch-up” following years of mild depression.

According to the National Association of Estate Agents, there has been a 25% year-on-year rise in the number of active buyers,

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First Impressions

You only get one chance to make a first impression! When it comes to letting your home, attention to detail could be pivotal in securing the best possible rent –quickly.

Most tenants have a good idea of their preferred location, minimum accommodation needs and ideal style of property. Yet it is often presentation that makes

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Working In Partnership With Your Letting Agent

When the time comes to let your property it is important to ensure that you entrust the sale to a reputable letting agent if the stress involved in finding a tenant, managing the property and maximising you investment is to be minimised.

However, the most successful lets tend to be those where the seller and

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Know Your Housing Market

Landlord Know Your Housing Market: With the government seeking to tip the balance towards owner occupiers and away from buy to lets the prospects appear to be relatively unfavourable for landlords.

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