Electrical Safety - Legislation changes coming soon 

Fri 21 Jul 2017

Changes to the Housing and Planning Act now mean that from October 2017 a Landlord will be expected to carry out electrical safety testing to all properties. Currently the regulations state that a Landlord only needs to keep the electrics in "good repair and proper working order", however these changes could mean that either a Fixed Wiring Report (EICR) or a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) will more

Major changes to tax relief finance costs – what are your options?

Fri 21 Jul 2017

Richard Whitelock, Head of Private Clients at Garbutt & Elliott, Chartered Accountants, Tax & Wealth Management Advisors, comments; Property landlords have encountered several changes made by the Government in recent years. April 2016 saw both the 3% hike in Stamp Duty Land Tax and the abolition of the 10% Wear & Tear allowance. From April 2017, mortgage interest (and other finance co more

Fire Safety Reminder

Fri 21 Jul 2017

Following the tragic fire in the high-rise block Grenfell Tower it has unsurprisingly made us all acutely aware of issues regarding fire safety. As a Landlord, you should know that the Resident Management Company or the block's Managing Agent ensure the Fire Risk Assessment and Review are regularly carried out. The Department for Communities & Government (DCLG) have also provided you and u more

Who are our Tenants?

Tue 18 Jul 2017

Rental properties make up 20% of households and around 4.5m people in the UK. When thinking about investing in a Buy to Let or considering renting your property instead of selling, it's useful to know about the Tenants - who is living in the Private Rental Sector (PRS)?  Homelet, one of the largest tenant referencing companies in the UK recently carried out a Tenant Survey of 20,388 tena more

The Fashion of Upcycling

Tue 18 Jul 2017

We've all heard of recycling but have you heard of upcycling? It's a trend that has been around since the mid 90's but only recently has it begun to gather worldwide attention. Often described as a contemporary version of recycling, the definition of upcycling is to process used goods or waste materials to produce something that is often better than the original.       & more

Just some of the reasons to move to Southampton

Fri 30 Jun 2017

  Not only does Southampton hold the record for the highest recorded temperature in the UK, it is also recognised as one of the happiest and most vibrant places to live! Couple this with the fact that Southampton ranks exceptionally well in economic and quality of life studies based on jobs, health and skills and you start to see why this is such a great place to live.   You'll ne more

4 Reasons Why Harrogate is Great

Fri 23 Jun 2017

Situated in North Yorkshire, less than 20 miles from Leeds and on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, is the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. Visiting this vibrant and interesting town, even for a working function, is always a treat regardless of what you do when you get there because it has a distinctive historic and traditional feel to it, blending the old with the new beautifully. There are, how more

Fantastic Development Opportunity 

Wed 14 Jun 2017

  DEVELOPMENT SITE, PICKHILL, THIRSK, YO7 4JG GUIDE PRICE NOW PS140,000 - PS160,000 This development site has outline planning permission granted to build three residential dwellings. Situated in the attractive village of Pickhill and to the rear of the village public house, The Nags Head, the site has lots of potential for any developer. The properties would be two storeys high, more

May Auction Results

Fri 02 Jun 2017

Hunters Auctions had an excellent night on 31st May at York Racecourse selling 67% of lots offered. The most exciting property of the night was a 400 year old house in Hawksworth, Leeds. The property is characterful but requires some work. A number of bidders were interested with the final sale price achieved settling on PS455,000. An exchange of legally binding contracts took place on the drop o more

Another record is set in Rightmove's May House Price Index

Tue 30 May 2017

The property market has drastically picked up in recent months, evidenced by Rightmove's May House Price Index. This was released to the media on 22nd May and gives a national picture of house prices and activity over the last month. Prices continue to be under-pinned by buoyant demand in 2017, with this being the fifth consecutive monthly rise. The price of property coming to market has risen more