2024

Eight of the Best Bangers and Ballads to Listen to on Moving Day

Moving home can be an emotional rollercoaster, a mixture of sad goodbyes and exciting new beginnings interspersed with lots of packing and unpacking. So, to help you get through the big day and to mark World Music Day (21 June), we’ve put together a moving playlist. Here’s a list of songs to keep you going as you hand back the keys to one property and settle into your new home. ‘Moving On...

The Dos and Don’ts of Deposit Deductions: Advice for London Landlords

When a tenancy ends, there’s often confusion – and sometimes disputes – over what a landlord can claim as a deposit deduction.  So, let’s look at what’s reasonable to claim and how to avoid deposit disputes in the first place.  A landlord can deduct funds from a tenant’s deposit to cover*:  Unpaid rent or bills.  Damage caused by negligence or recklessness. (The tenant should...

Six-Step Guide to Selling Your London Home This Summer

The summer solstice, on Thursday (20 June), marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the changing of the seasons. But could the start of summer also be a turning point in your property journey? If you’ve been thinking about moving home for a while, now’s the time to grasp the moment and get your property plans moving. There are many good reasons to sell in...

Using the Five Senses to Find Your Dream Home

Buying a home is a huge undertaking that many property hunters find exciting – but also a bit scary. With so much at stake, what if you make an offer you later regret? Or what if you don’t make an offer and miss out on a great deal? If you often feel indecisive at viewings, here’s some advice on letting your five senses guide you. Your sense of sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste...

Conservatives Promise No Capital Gains Tax for Landlords Selling to Tenants

Shock policy proposals yesterday by the Conservative Party, as reported by the BBC and Letting Agent Today, introduce significant incentives for landlords. The key proposal is the scrapping of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for landlords who sell properties to their tenants. This move could have a big impact for landlords, particularly in central London. CGT Relief Proposal Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced...

Check-Out Guide for London Tenants

As we all know, moving home can be a stressful business. But you can avoid a frantic panic on the big day by starting your end-of-tenancy preparations sooner rather than later. With a little bit of planning and forethought, you can streamline the process and avoid a last-minute scramble. Once you’ve agreed on a moving date with your landlord or letting agent, follow this guide. 1. Check out...

Seven Must-Ask Questions for Your Estate Agent

Choosing the right estate agent is a big step on the road to successfully selling your home. But with so many agents making big promises to win your business, how can you identify the genuine professionals from the wheeler dealers? Meeting different agents at the start of the process can leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused. But by asking these seven questions, you’ll find it easier to...

Rental Red Flags: Warning Signs London Landlords Should Look Out For

If you’re a landlord, you can probably think of nothing worse than your rental sitting empty. The prospect of covering the mortgage and utility bills in between tenancies may keep you awake at night. And there are security implications too: a lengthy void period may invalidate your landlord insurance and increase the risk of squatters moving in. But in a desire to get new tenants in, it’s...

Protecting Your London Property: Security Steps for Landlords

When summer arrives, the issue of property security becomes even more relevant for landlords. The summer months provide more opportunity for thieves to take advantage of longer days, open windows and doors, and vacant properties. As a landlord, you need to protect your investment, but it’s also good practice to help your tenants feel safe and secure. Here are five relatively simple security...

Why You Should Understand Your Buyer’s Position before Agreeing a Deal

It’s an exciting moment when a buyer puts a good offer on the table. After all your hard work to prepare your home for sale, it feels like everything is finally falling into place. But before you agree a price in a rush of giddy delight, it’s important to ask a few questions – especially if more than one buyer is interested. This is because you need to understand a buyer’s position to...

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