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Spring Newsletter – Property Market Update

24th March 2021

I think it is safe to say that 2020 was a year like no other for obvious reasons! And from a property market point of view certainly a year which has defied expectations – with the UK experiencing its strongest annual price growth recording since the summer of 2016. To close out 2020, December alone saw over 129,000 homes change hands which is 32% higher than December of 2019 – this only added to what is always a mad rush in the middle of the month to hit clients exchange deadlines so they could enjoy Christmas with peace of mind.

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Electrical Certificates – why every landlord should have them

11th January 2021

As a landlord, you might be aware that there will be a change in the law with regards to electrical checks in all rented properties. That’s not compulsory as yet; however, we would urge all landlords to be ahead of the game and make sure that regular electrical checks are carried out on properties, and especially on new tenancies. Here’s why.

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How To Get Better Tenants

4th January 2021

As a landlord, finding and keeping the ideal tenant for your property is something we all strive to achieve. We’ve all hear stories of those nightmare tenants – maybe you’ve even had them yourself – the ones who don’t take care of your property, don’t pay on time, are constantly complaining, or worse still are complained about by their neighbors. So what should you be looking for when you have a vacant property to fill? How can you find that perfect tenant? Here are some things you should consider.

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Has The Tenant Fee Ban Encouraged Recent Rent Hikes?

3rd January 2020

There have been several reports over the past month suggesting that landlords have begun to increase their rents by as much as 22% since May. These same reports say that the hikes are due to the recent Tenant Fee Ban, but could there be other factors also in play?

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Client Money Protection Scheme will now be mandatory

29th March 2019

From 1st April 2019, it has become mandatory that all property agents hold a registered membership with a certified money protection scheme. This is by way of insurance for landlords and tenants, to prevent rogue agents from keeping back money from deposits and rents if something goes wrong. Let’s look at what this means for landlords, and what you should be looking out for when you employ an agent to manage your properties.

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Are you in danger of being banned as a landlord?

15th March 2019

Since April 2018, it has been possible to be banned from being a landlord. Not unlike facing a 12 month ban from driving if you break the law, as a landlord, you could now be stopped from letting out or managing properties for being found guilty of housing offences. It’s a pretty radical, although arguably necessary move, brought into play to crack down on rouge landlords and agents. So what does it mean, exactly, and how could it affect you?

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Client Money Protection Review – Our statement

29th March 2017

After attending the annual ARLA Propertymark Conference and Exhibition yesterday, Concentric HQ are pleased to confirm to their clients that the government have accepted the Client Money Protection Review (CMP) and will be introducing mandatory CMP for all letting agents.

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7 things landlords might not know about LHA tenancies

20th February 2017

It’s a common phrase you see rounding off nearly every rental listing - “No DSS”. DSS – being the now-defunct Department of Social Security – refers to LHA tenants, the catch-all term for low-income tenants who claim Local Housing Allowance (LHA), named after the now-defunct Department of Social Security.

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Planning on investing in HMOS? The 7 Essential Factors You Need to Consider...

12th January 2017

Like any investments, HMOs come with risks and rewards. If you want insider knowledge gained from my many years’ experience in the property industry, I’ve got some insights that I’d love to share with you. Read on to discover how you can get ahead of the game when investing in HMOs.

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