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Landlords – is your rental property overcrowded? If it is, you could be fined up to £30,000

Experienced landlords know that there are strict regulations regarding rental properties and the standard of accommodation provided. These UK laws are designed to ensure that rental properties meet minimum standards and so are fit for habitation by tenants. In particular, they aim to safeguard tenants by tackling the problem of rogue landlords, who are a …

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Peak season for sales and rentals as Hong Kong and Chinese expats search for a London home

Our China desk continues to see rising demand from both Chinese and Hong Kong buyers and renters, particularly Hong Kong BNO visa holders moving to the UK.   The months of June, July and August are peak times for rental and sales enquiries as many expats wish to settle down in London with their families before …

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Demand to purchase London homes sees dramatic increase

Demand for homes in London continues to grow and our team of London estate agents is seeing enquiry levels increase steadily, especially as we move into the summer months – traditionally the busiest sales period for London properties.

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The London rental market is more fast-paced than ever

It’s very much ‘business as usual’ in London now, the city is buzzing with life and professionals are returning to the office, so the demand for good rental properties is growing still further.  As a result, the shortage of rental properties in London is continuing and many of our 19 London lettings branches now have very few properties available to rent, so serious is the lack of supply.

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Millions in London are feeling the “Crossrail Effect”

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that the highly anticipated Elizabeth line, known as Crossrail, will open on 24 May, marking a historic moment for the capital.

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A return to London life creates huge shortages of rental properties in London

The growing number of Londoners returning to the Capital after the pandemic is continuing to exacerbate the shortage of rental properties in London.  Londoners who moved away from London during the lockdowns, have been steadily making a return to the office, so demand for well-presented homes to rent in popular locations is at an all-time …

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How serious is Japanese Knotweed for landlords?

Japanese Knotweed – two words that can strike fear into the hearts of landlords – and property owners generally.  But what is Japanese Knotweed and how serious a problem is it if you find it in the garden of your property?

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Woolwich, with excellent transport connectivity, is a prime choice for living or investing

As London habitants, we are always amused by what East London has to offer. That’s because the government and large corporations have thrown a large sum of money to transform the area into a modern “wonderland”. Perhaps the word wonderland does not best describe the area, but there are something wonderful going around in those regeneration schemes.

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Demand for London rental accommodation still at high levels

Demand for rental properties in London shows no signs of slowing down.  In fact, we’re seeing quite the opposite, as quality enquries from professionals relocating here from overseas continues to rise, together with UK-based professionals already living here but looking for a move.  Large tech and other companies are now asking their staff to return …

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Is Kensington still considered prime property?

Any lingering doubts about Kensington’s reputation as one of the Prime Central London districts can easily be settled by taking a stroll down its vibrant main thoroughfare. Starting at the majestic museum quarter and ending at the ornate gates of Holland Park, Kensington High Street cuts a glamorous route through the entire area. In between, …

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Strong demand for London property from Hong Kong and Chinese buyers and renters

We are seeing strong and increasing demand from Hong Kong professionals looking to find a home in London.  Many are moving to the UK under the BNO visa scheme and usually they decide to rent here first, perhaps for six months to a year, until they get to know an area and decide that this …

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Landlords beware, don’t fall victim to property fraud

It’s every landlord’s worst nightmare.  You’re happily renting out your property to someone you believe to be a genuine tenant, only to discover the tenant is a criminal, has stolen your identity and sold your property using fake documents. It’s a fraud known as ‘property hijacking’ or ‘house hijacking’ and it’s becoming a serious problem.  …

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