Landlords Call For Green Tax Breaks As MEES Is Introduced

Posted on Apr 30 2018 | by GarethJames

Given that spring is a traditionally busy time in the property and rental market, it is likely that many landlords had the 1st of April pencilled into their diary. However, the 1st of April 2018 held important significance for landlords in the United Kingdom because this was when the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards regulation came into effect. This was the date when domestic rental properties were required to hold an Energy Performance Certificate, an EPC, of at least an E if landlords wished to undertake new lets or renew lets.

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Right To Let Regulations: Impacting On Who Landlords Let To?

Posted on Apr 23 2018 | by GarethJames

Landlords have a lot of important decisions to make but deciding on who to choose as a tenant is one of the most important decisions a landlord can make. If a landlord experiences limited demand or finds very little interest in their rental property, they may be willing to accept anyone as a tenant but in reality, landlords will likely have a choice to make when it comes to accepting a tenant. Landlords should also know there are regulations impacting on their choice of tenant, and this is something that could influence the final decision a landlord makes with respect to tenants.

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Deposit Cap: NLA & Landlords Speak Out

Posted on Apr 16 2018 | by GarethJames

While the amount of money that property buyers need to pay in deposits is a very hot topic in the UK property market, the size of deposit that tenants need to pay when moving into rental accommodation is also an issue that many people have an opinion on. The cost of renting is increasing, and the level of initial payments tenants need to make can prevent some people from finding suitable accommodation.

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Housing White Paper: What Is New One Year On?

Posted on Mar 28 2018 | by GarethJames

In the Housing White Paper of 2017, the phrase, a “broken housing market” was used to describe the UK property market. That was a clearly provocative term but there were very few people disagreeing with the statement. In 2017, there were genuine concerns over the state of the property market, and of the future for the market, and now, one year later, has there been any changes or development in the market? The property market is hugely important to us at Gareth James and one year on from the Housing Paper, we look at what is new.

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What affects the price of my property?

Posted on Mar 26 2018 | by GarethJames

It is only natural that property owners are keen to know what affects the price of their property. Even if you have no intention of selling your home in the near future, being aware of the issues that affect property pricing ensures you can stay on top of the eventual price you expect to receive when you sell your home. At Gareth James, we know how important it is to obtain the best possible price for your property, and this is why we want you to be aware of what affects the price of your property.

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First Time Buyers Myths

Posted on Mar 22 2018 | by GarethJames

Buying property is difficult and first-time buyers face even more of a challenge when looking to step on to the property ladder. However, first-time buyers will hear many myths regarding buying property and it is important to be aware of the realities of buying a home. It isn’t always easy but equally, many of the horror stories and urban legends associated with the property market for first-time buyers aren’t always true. At Gareth James, we are on hand to help you buy property, and we aim to burst some of the more common first-time buyers’ myths.

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Launch of the Help to Save Scheme in 2018

Posted on Mar 19 2018 | by GarethJames

It must be said that saving money is one of the most important aspects in the property buying process. The significance of the deposit in obtaining a mortgage, and buying a home, cannot be overlooked. Most property buyers can benefit from assistance when it comes to saving money and the launch of the Help To Save Scheme in 2018 should be of interest to many people, including those looking to get on to the property ladder.

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Art in Peckham

Posted on Mar 13 2018 | by GarethJames

It would be fair to say that Peckham has changed considerably in the past few decades. This part of London was one of the first areas to reinvent itself, evolving significantly long before terms like hipsters or gentrification were in everyday use.

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Will Fewer Up-Front Costs Invigorate Lettings Market?

Posted on Feb 28 2018 | by GarethJames

While there have been moves to help first-time buyers afford the up-front costs associated with buying property, the reaction to assisting tenants deal with up-front costs has been slower.

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Home Improvements: Add Value By Moving Up, Out And Down

Posted on Feb 22 2018 | by GarethJames

There are many reasons for making changes at a property. Some households are very settled in their home but would like to make some changes that would help them get even more enjoyment and utility from their property.

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