How much deposit do I need to buy a house or flat?

As London Estate Agents with branches across London, we know how hard it can be for first-time-buyers to get on the property ladder but there may be good news just around the corner. This year, the UK government has announced several financial measures to help homebuyers, ranging from the Stamp Duty holiday to Prime Minister …

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What can devalue your rental property?

Getting the full market rent for your property should be simplicity itself because there are loads of people who need to rent a place in London, right? Well, the demand is certainly high, but with greater choice available, there are some obvious things that can devalue a property and make potential tenants and buyers run …

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Five questions to ask before investing in London property

As the world emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, unpredictable economic conditions are becoming the new reality. Across time, solid investment decisions have tended to gravitate towards property, which, apart from supplying immediate income, tends to provide long-term capital gains as property values rise…

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Generation Buy. the creation of two million first-time homeowners

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has pledged to create two million more homeowners with the introduction of a new 5% deposit mortgage scheme for first-time buyers, aimed at helping younger people in particular get onto the property ladder. At the annual Conservative conference, held virtually this year because of Coronavirus restrictions, the Prime Minister …

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Demand rising for London residential property from Hong Kong investors

Buying a London property is a prime investment opportunity for Hong Kong buyers – either as a pure investment or as a home. The potential is clear – London is an international hub for business and education and the UK’s stable political system and strong economy are also important factors. New UK Visas for Hong …

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Invest in the West: Warple Lofts breathes fresh space into Acton

A History of Commerce High specification renovation projects like Warple Lofts are part of the reason why Acton is ready to step out of the shadow of its more well-known neighbours. Another crucial factor is the advent of a super-fast rail connection that will revolutionise travel and put the population of this smart West London …

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What are tenancy fees?

A. The Tenant Fees Act 2019 states that lettings agents and landlords are no longer allowed to charge tenants for reference and credit checks as well as the preparation of legal documents such as a tenancy agreement. The Tenants Fee Act 2019 has made such charges illegal and after a twelve month transition period, came …

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What repairs are landlords responsible for in a rental property?

A. Most of the landlord’s responsibilities should be clearly documented in the tenancy agreement and this will include repairs to: The structure and exterior of your home, including walls, roof, foundations, drains, guttering and external pipes, windows and external doors. The structure and interior of your home, including basins, sinks, baths, toilets and their pipework, …

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What are my responsibilities as a tenant?

While it is reasonable to view the relationship between landlord and tenant as one that mirrors the customer/provider dynamic, it would be naïve to assume that renting comes free from obligations. There are expectations on both sides and it is therefore imperative that as much as possible be included in writing in the form of …

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Does landlord have to fix the boiler?

A. Not only are landlords responsible for fixing a faulty boiler, they are also responsible for its upkeep and maintenance as they are health and safety issues which are taken extremely seriously and non-compliance could be breaching the law. It is also the landlord’s legal obligation to service any other gas appliances with the frequency …

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The London property sales market – July 2020

Since restrictions were lifted on the housing market in May, we’ve seen enquiry levels from buyers jump to above pre-Covid 19 levels. Currently, we’re receiving 7.5% more enquiries than in February. Well known property portals have also been reporting strong demand with Zoopla, for example, also reporting dramatic increases in enquiries in May, both for …

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Can my landlord evict me?

A. It may come as a surprise to know that landlords don’t always have to have a reason to evict tenants from their property. However, the grounds for a “no fault” eviction are pretty clear and come with certain safeguards for tenants. There are, of course, several factors that landlords can and will point to …

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