COVID-19 Updates

30th March 2020 As we enter the second week of ‘lockdown’ we hope that you are safe and well. Our office is temporarily closed, as per the Government guidelines but we want to assure you we are working from home and continuing to deliver the high level of service that you would expect, albeit in […]

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COVID-19 and the Derby Property Market

So, we are into our third week of lockdown. I speak to agents from all over the UK through social media and letting agent forums, and believe or not, letting enquiries are still being received even in these unprecedented times. The question I have been asked so many times recently by landlords, tenants and investors: […]

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COVID-19: Rights, Obligations & Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants

The last three or four weeks, unquestionably, have been one of the most life-changing times we have seen since World War 2. The imminent threat of the Coronavirus has taken over the world, the UK and our local communities and will challenge you, our families, our relationships and test us all. The drive of this […]

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Selective Licencing Extension in Burton?

East Staffordshire Borough Council is proposing to extend it’s Selective Licensing Scheme to incorporate streets that have the highest amount of complaints about housing conditions. It is proposed to designate five Streets which are shown within the table below: Current Selective Licensing Currently, the Council’s Selective Licensing Scheme requires all landlords who privately rent out properties […]

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Stamp Duty and The Budget..

If you are buying a home in England costing more than £125,000, you will have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax on the purchase of your new home. In the provinces, it’s called something slightly different, so if you are buying a property in Scotland over £145,000 you will pay Land and Buildings Transaction Tax […]

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Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) – FFHH

The FFHH Legislation It’s unusual for a piece of legislation to put letting agents, tenant groups and politicians on the same side of a debate, but the Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) legislation has done just that. The initial Bill was introduced by Karen Buck MP back in 2015 and came into legislative force last […]

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The £2.1 billion mortgage debt in Derby

With the General Election long gone, B-Day now passed and the recent shenanigans and political goings on in Westminster recently a fading memory, the housing market, for the time being anyway, is showing a striking resilience spurred on by the on-going wide-ranging monetary policy by the Bank of England. With interest rates and unemployment low, […]

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75% of Derby OAP’s own their own home!

I posted a recent article about Baby Boomers and Millennials and promised to look in detail at how the older generation fit into the Derby property market and here it is! Firstly, do you think the headline is astonishing? Yes, that number is staggering isn’t it… The figures… Of the 25,389 households in Derby where the […]

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HMO’s – the next Big Thing?

One of the largest buy-to-let mortgage providers, Paragon, has reported that of the landlords planning to purchase property in the next 12 months, around 31% want to buy a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). This has increased from around 13% of landlords just three months ago. This is the highest level since 2017 and indicates […]

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OK ‘Derby’ Boomers…

A strange title for this article I know! Firstly, let me explain for those who don’t know the definitions used in this post… Boomer – a person born in the years following the Second World War, when there was a temporary marked increase in the birth rate often defined as those individuals born between 1946 […]

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