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Is your Home Ready for Winter?

Monday, 23rd November 2015

Categories: Lettings Property Management
We’ve been lulled into a false sense of security in the UK this year with the unusually clement autumn. However, while we’ve been busy sipping alfresco cappuccinos and keeping the summer wardrobe to hand, winter has been quietly creeping up on us and is set to hit with a vengeance any day soon. Just as we all love to spring clean our homes to freshen them up after months of central heating and the accumulation of hibernation debris, so we should be preparing our properties for the onslaught of colder climes and making sure we’re ready to face everything that the weather gods have to throw at us.

Charlotte Delph

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Peter Barry appoint Charlotte Delph to lead lettings expansion

Friday, 6th November 2015

Categories: Lettings Miscellaneous Property Management
Leading sales and lettings agents Peter Barry are delighted to announce the appointment of Charlotte Delph MARLA as Manager of their lettings department in Winchmore Hill. Charlotte who is a qualified member of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA), leads the lettings and management team after working for several years in a North West London agency. Charlotte joins Peter Barry at an exciting time as the business is growing both its sales and lettings operations alongside its rapidly expanding surveying and professional services operations.

Justin Burns

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The Housing Deregulation Act 2015

Tuesday, 3rd November 2015

Categories: Lettings Property Management
Tenants who are renting properties on a short-hold tenancy agreement were given greater protection earlier this year when the Deregulation Act was passed. Many of the changes relate to the Section 21 notice and its validity. Previously, landlords were able to issue a Section 21 notice at the same time as a tenant signed their contract. This notice allowed landlords to remove tenants from properties without giving a reason for doing so. If tenants refused to move out having received written notice, the landlord would then obtain a court order before a bailiff evicted the tenant.

Charlotte Delph

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What annoys tenants and landlords?

Friday, 3rd July 2015

Categories: Lettings Property Management
If you’re about to enter the property market as a tenant or landlord, it might be worth considering the results of a recent poll conducted by the landlord and tenant insurance provider Endsleigh. While both landlords and tenants have particular gripes about the other party, it seems they both essentially get annoyed about the same things. The survey questioned over 2,500 tenants and landlords in the UK and while tenants’ biggest complaint was that landlords don’t make repairs quickly enough (44%), landlords got most irate about tenants damaging property (29%).

Kris White

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Condensation: The Landlord’s Enemy

Tuesday, 14th January 2014

Categories: Lettings Property Management
With winter taking us firmly in its icy grip, the heating thermostat is turned up and windows are slammed shut – many not to be opened again until spring arrives. Winter can throw up a number of extra issues for landlords – often without their knowledge – and, if left unchecked, they can escalate into problems that will warrant a hefty repair bill.

Kris White

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Ten Ways to Raise your Rental Game

Friday, 26th April 2013

Categories: Lettings Property Management
You don’t need to spend a fortune to make sure your rental properties is the one at the top of every viewer’s wish list – just a few quick wins will keep voids to a minimum.

Peter Barry

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Tips of Avoiding the Tenant from Hell

Friday, 9th November 2012

Categories: Lettings Property Management
One of the most frequently asked questions from Landlords is what sort of tenants we have on our books; common questions include whether they are working professionals and do they have a good background. Referencing is probably the most important part of the process when letting a property. A Landlord negotiating the best deal on a fee with an agent means nothing if a poor quality tenant moves in, damages the property and does not pay rent.

Peter Barry

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Paying for Communal Works

Wednesday, 29th August 2012

Categories: Property Management Sales
If you live in a Leasehold property, at some point you might come across the dreaded demand for money to undertake communal works...

Peter Barry

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What Happens when your Tenant Won’t Move out?

Monday, 30th July 2012

Categories: Lettings Property Management
There are many reasons why a tenant might refuse to leave, despite being give the correct notice period and signing a contract accepting these terms when they took on tenancy of your property. Some of these reasons may well be genuine – hence the law insisting that you go through the correct channels...

Peter Barry

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Do you Make these Mistakes when Choosing Tenants?

Tuesday, 31st January 2012

Categories: Lettings Property Management
Choosing the right tenants will make all the difference to the success of your property business. Choose well and you could let the same property to the same tenants for years without any hassle; choose badly and you could end up with rental arrears, costly repairs to the property and irate neighbours.

Peter Barry

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The Secrets of Dealing with Difficult Tenants

Monday, 30th January 2012

Categories: Lettings Property Management
If you’ve been a landlord for a while, chances are you’ve come across difficult tenants in the past. You will no doubt have learnt from your mistakes but there’s no real way of knowing how someone is going to treat your property, or deal with rental payments, until they have actually moved in.

Peter Barry

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Preparing a Property for Rent

Monday, 19th December 2011

Categories: Lettings Property Management
When it comes to renting out a property, it isn’t simply a case of giving the place a spring clean and taking a few nice photos: there’s whole list of legal requirements and presentation issues to deal with before you hand the keys over to your new tenants...

Peter Barry

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