Tenant Fees Act – what’s involved and how it could affect you

June 18th 2019

On 1 June, the Government issued a new Act across England which stops agents and landlords charging a number of fees for tenants living in rented accommodation. Neil Randle, one of our Residential Property Managers, discusses what the act involves and how it could affect you as a tenant. “The Tenant Fees Act that is … Continue reading Tenant Fees Act – what’s involved and how it could affect you

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Cladding – Ensuring your building complies with statutory requirements

May 17th 2019

Post Grenfell, cladding has been high on the agenda for many of our clients both in the commercial and residential sectors. We welcome the government’s recent announcement of plans to fully fund ACM (Aluminium Composite Material) cladding remediation works in the private sector, this being a call first made by ARMA, the Association of Residential … Continue reading Cladding – Ensuring your building complies with statutory requirements

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NHBC and what to do if your development hits problems

October 16th 2018

NHBC (The National House Building Council) Buildmark cover has become synonymous with quality, and homebuyers can be confident that homes built by an NHBC registered housebuilder will have met stringent quality levels. But what is the management company’s position if defects are detected and what approach should the directors take to achieve a commensurate outcome … Continue reading NHBC and what to do if your development hits problems

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Landlords – are you up-to-date with the amended gas safety regulations?

June 11th 2018

Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 came into force on the 6th April 2018 throughout England and Wales. So what do the amendments to the gas safety regulations actually mean for landlords? In short flexibility! The regulations allow a landlord to organise a gas safety certificate up to two months before the annual … Continue reading Landlords – are you up-to-date with the amended gas safety regulations?

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Midlands Metro extension and HS2 – and potential compulsory purchase

January 12th 2018

The announcement at the end of 2017 of £250m funding for the extension of the Midland Metro to Brierley Hill is fantastic news for the West Midlands, and will open up sites for housing and regeneration, whilst reconnecting Dudley and Brierley Hill to the rail network for the first time in decades. Work has also already … Continue reading Midlands Metro extension and HS2 – and potential compulsory purchase

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Is your property winter ready?

November 20th 2017

This time of year our lettings team is busy preparing landlords’ properties for winter by following these few simple steps: 1. Check your house insurance policy – are you adequately covered? 2. Clear out gutters of autumn leaves and debris. 3. Do a visual check – check trees for damaged branches, are the fences sound, check … Continue reading Is your property winter ready?

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Insights and ideas at this year’s ARMA conference

October 25th 2017

A week on from the ARMA (Association of Residential Managing Agents) conference and back at base, we have had time to reflect on this year’s updates and sessions.  The ARMA conference is always a fabulous opportunity for specialist residential property managers to gain valuable insights, soak up knowledge, catch-up with old friends and come away … Continue reading Insights and ideas at this year’s ARMA conference

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Energy Performance Certificates – are you ready?

October 12th 2017

In just under 170 days’ time some of the most far reaching legislation to affect the commercial and residential property letting market in recent years will take effect.  As from 1 April 2018, it will not be possible to let a property with an EPC rating of F or G, with this regulation coming into … Continue reading Energy Performance Certificates – are you ready?

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The RidgeWalk 2017

July 17th 2017

On June 25th, Natasha and Hayley took on 13 miles of the famous Ridgeway walk to raise funds for Sense. Natasha tells us more about the experience… Despite the 4am start, we were feeling very optimistic about the Ridgewalk, the weather was looking good, the atmosphere on arrival to the start line was buzzing and … Continue reading The RidgeWalk 2017

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Pennycuick Collins warns abolition of lettings fees will add to woes of generation rent

April 19th 2017

As we make our debut at the Landlord Investment Show taking place today at Villa Park in Birmingham, we are acutely aware that the Government’s plans to ban lettings fees are likely to result in a hike in rent, at a time when affordability and availability are causing considerable anxiety for Generation Rent in Birmingham. … Continue reading Pennycuick Collins warns abolition of lettings fees will add to woes of generation rent

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