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Top tips for renting at University

The start of the first semester is not too far away, hopefully you (or your family member) has got a place at one of their chosen universities and are now looking forward to life as a fresher!  There will be a lot to prepare for the start of the first semester.  What you may not know, is a lot of first year students look for housing off campus for the second year as early as th ...

As the UK welcomes a new Prime Minister into Number 10 - what changes can we expect to see for the Private Rented Sector?

After a lengthy leadership battle, we finally have a new Prime Minister installed at No.10 Downing St as Theresa May passed the baton as Leader onto former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson made a number of bold promises during his campaign, including a pledge to reduce the levels of stamp duty payable – and there is speculation he may go even further by switching the ...

When it’s time to say goodbye: A landlord’s guide to evictions

It’s inevitable that all tenancies must come to an end. In many cases, the tenant will call time – and this could be for a variety of reasons. Maybe they’re in a student home and their studies have ended; sometimes the tenant needed somewhere temporary to live whilst their own home was being built or renovated; or perhaps it is simply time to move on. Once the initial tenancy ...

Rents continue to rise whilst property prices continue to slow

The average rent in the UK is now £941 per month, up by 1.8% (£17) versus the same time last year The region with the largest year-on-year increase is Northern Ireland, showing a 4.7% (£30) increase on the same time last year When London is excluded, the average rent in the UK is now £781 per month, this is up by 1.8% (£14) on last year Average rents in London are now £1,611 ...

When and how to increase rents

The Private Rented Sector continues to be the go-to tenure for people of all generations, with an estimated 20% of all households privately renting a home. The sector used to be synonymous with low quality, and student housing - but renting a home has become the first choice for a growing number of older renters, particularly if they value ease and flexibility. According to th ...

Schools Out - Great locations for kids activities

Schools out for Summer! We have picked out some great places to visit over the summer holidays, especially if the heatwave continues.  You may love these places so much you may want to move here?  If so why not book a free property valuation here.  We have picked some top picks for buying and renting in each area which are featured below.     Weston-super-Mare As well as the ...

What changes may be in store for the property market with Boris Johnson as Prime Minister?

The race for the new Conservative leader, and more importantly, Prime Minister came to an end yesterday, with Boris Johnson winning 66% of the vote.  Now the announcements have been made, we take a look at what the possible changes could be for the property market.  Proposed Stamp Duty Reforms Johnson has said in the past that he would like to overhaul the stamp duty system, ...

What is the Tenant Fees Act and what will it mean for lettings?

The government have enacted a piece of legislation called the Tenant Fees Act. As of 1 June 2019, this new Act will make significant changes to the private rented sector in England (the legislation for Wales is separate and will come into force on 1st September 2019), but what does it say and what impact is it expected to have on landlords and tenants? What is the Tenant Fees ...

Government announces five-week cap on rental deposits- but haart goes one better

The government has recently confirmed that it will cut the maximum deposit for rentals of less than £50,000 to five weeks, down from six weeks. According to the National Landlords Association and the Residential Landlords Association, the reduction could force landlords out of the market. However, haart partnered with flatfair earlier this year to launch a solution which prot ...

Spicerhaart scoops top industry award for its charity work

The Spicerhaart estate agency group has won a top industry award for the support it gives to its own in-house charity Magic Moments, which takes children from hospices across the UK to Disneyland Paris every year. At the Agents Giving Fundraising Champions Awards 2018, the firm won the ‘Special Fundraising Award’, which recognises ‘a company which has consistently gone the ext ...

As the New Political term starts – is Housing Policy on the agenda?

The long summer has ended, MP’s have returned to Parliament and we’re in the midst of Conference Season. Naturally Brexit will dominate each party conference, however there are other equally important policies that should also form part of the agenda - particularly Housing. Recent media speculation suggested the Governor of the Bank of England “predicted house prices would fal ...