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UK Property Market in 2021
12th Jan 21
2021 is still uncertain, with the Covid-19 and the Brexit. The pandemic and Brexit will continue to impact the property market. The property sector has continued to show resilience amidst the period of uncertainty.   The Impact of Covid 19 The Covid-19 vaccines…
Why Do You Need a Property Manager?
5th Jan 21
Being a landlord can be overwhelming, especially if you are handling various rentals properties or if you are doing other businesses. Between maintenance of the property, collection of rent, filing of vacancies, and responding to tenants' requests, there comes…
Landlords: Why you should hire property manager for the holidays?
12th Dec 20
People tend to spend all year waiting on one of the joyous holidays of the year – Christmas and New Year. Holidays can be a chaotic time as this is the season where family members and guests are coming and going and so many distractions. The holiday season…
Why Wandsworth is the best borough in London?
30th Nov 20
Wandsworth is huge and there are many things to love about this borough. Here are the top 15 reasons why Wandsworth is definitely the best borough in London.   #1 Clapham Junction. Wandsworth has Clapham Junction. It is the busiest railway station in London…
Help to Buy Scheme in London is Changing
20th Nov 20
Help to Buy scheme was launched by the government in 2013 to help home buyers get on the property ladder with only as little as 5% deposit. The current scheme will end on 31 March 2021. But the application for the current Help to Buy scheme will end on 15 December…
Home Buyers Act Now Before It’s Too Late
11th Nov 20
On the 8th of July 2020, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak announced a temporary stamp duty holiday until the 31st of March 2021. This temporary stamp holiday cuts the rate of stamp duty to zero for all the properties under £500,000…
Landlords – What the New Lockdown Means for You?
2nd Nov 20
As the cases of Covid-19 are rising across the UK, the Government has announced that there will be a national lockdown starting Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December. During the 4-week long lockdown, the rental market is to remain open according to the housing…
Are the 95% Mortgage Deals Making a Comeback?
31st Oct 20
It has never been easy to get into the property ladder especially for first-time buyers. With the economy clouded by uncertainty due to Covid-19, the vision for first-time buyers become a little blurry. The new 95% mortgage scheme was announced by the Prime Minister.…
How to Prepare Your Property for Cold Weather
26th Oct 20
Autumn is already in full swing. As we approach winter, now is a good time to be reminded about how to prepare your letting property ahead of time when the winter comes. Here are some tips on how to prepare your letting property for the cold weather.   Sealing…
Tooting Landlords – What Are Your Key Challenges?
26th Oct 20
We know there are many challenges facing landlords in Tooting right now. We have spoken with many local landlords, and we understand the key problems our clients face. If you are a Tooting landlord, and you need assistance or assurance, we are more than happy…
Tooting Landlords – Stick To The Fundamentals
21st Oct 20
At Bluestone Properties, we know many landlords in the Tooting area face significant challenges right now. We are here to help you manage your rental property, keep tenants happy, and stay on top of your finances. During challenging times, it is best to stick…
Home Sales Soar Propelled by Stamp Duty Holiday in Balham
17th Oct 20
Since the introduction of the stamp holiday in July, the houses that have been sold in London “super suburbs” have doubled as in the rest of the capital.   Covid-19 has brought so many changes in the lives of many Londoners. With the anxieties…
Tooting Landlords – Stay Gas Safe
16th Oct 20
We appreciate landlords have a lot to consider these days, but there are fundamental issues which will always be important. You must aim to keep tenants happy, and you must provide tenants with a safe rental environment. Legislation such as the Homes (Fitness…
Coronavirus Impacting Rental Income
11th Oct 20
It is true to say the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the rental market. Landlords and tenants face significant challenges, and there is a need for all parties to work together, and sensibly, at these times. At Bluestone Properties, we are on hand…
Help Buy England Scheme – All You Need to Know
8th Oct 20
Help to Buy Scheme is offered by the government to help the first time home buyers get a home with just as little as 5% deposit.   How does Help Buy Scheme work? This scheme backed by the government offers an equity loan where the first-time buyers and existing…
What are a Landlord’s Responsibilities for Repairs and Maintenance?
29th Sep 20
On 20 March 2019, a new law, Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 came into force to ensure that the rented houses and flats are fit for human habitation. This means that the houses and flats should be safe, healthy, and free from things that could cause…
Landlords Slash Rents
21st Sep 20
A discounting war is in full swing in the private rents in some parts of London as tenants quit the capital, due to the number of international students tumbles and companies put relocation plan on hold. Landlords try to fill the properties or keep their existing…
Landlords: How To Maximise Your Rental Income
31st Jul 20
All business owners should look for ways to maximise their rental income, and landlords are no different. At Bluestone Properties, we are delighted to say we have worked closely with many local landlords, helping them to operate their business effectively. To…
A Simple First-Time Landlords Guide
29th Jul 20
With demand for rental property remaining high and expecting to stay high for years to come, there are apparent reasons to become a landlord. However, being a landlord is a challenging role, especially for first-time landlords. At Bluestone Properties, we are…
Property Renovations Which Offer Landlords A Return
27th Jul 20
Repair and maintenance are essential for landlords, offering short and long-term benefits in running a rental accommodation and pleasing tenants. However, landlords also need to consider making improvements to a rental property before they let it to tenants. Whether…
Landlord Extra Income Opportunities
20th Jul 20
All landlords should be looking to increase the income they recent from rental property, but it is important to be realistic when setting the monthly rental fee. Setting too high a fee might make the rental property unpalatable for many people, lowering demand,…
Screening Tenants And Credit Scores
13th Jul 20
There are many factors involved in a landlord achieving success in their industry, but the standard of tenant is crucial. With a trustworthy and dependable tenant who pays on time and who treats the property with respect, the role of the landlord becomes much…
Electrical Safety Standards For Landlords: July 2020
6th Jul 20
Landlords have a lot to deal with regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is important to not overlook other parts of the business. There is a lot of regulations landlords must comply with, and this includes new regulations. At Bluestone Properties, we aim to…
Why Landlords Need Virtual Tours
2nd Jul 20
There is no denying the letting industry is hugely adaptable. The sector has faced many problems over the years, and while there have been peaks and troughs, the industry has always made progress. On many occasions, new and emerging technology has driven progress…
Cash Flow Management Tips For Landlords
24th Jun 20
There is a lot of information for landlords on how to maximise their cash flow and on how to generate additional income. At Bluestone Properties, we are more than happy to provide you with assistance in this area. However, landlords need to consider the importance…
Advice for Landlords During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic
27th Mar 20
The government's response to the Coronavirus pandemic has imposed restrictions which are relevant for landlords in the private rented sector. However landlords can still access their properties and ensure that works are carried out to meet legal obligations and…
Landlords Frequently Asked Questions
10th Mar 20
Landlords Frequently Asked Questions   Q: Do you register the tenant’s deposit with a Tenancy Deposit Scheme? A: Yes, we do this as part of our standard management package. Bluestone Properties register all tenant deposits with MyDeposits, a government-approved…
Landlords: Switch to us
6th Mar 20
Unhappy with your current leasing agent? Looking for an agency more suited to your requirements? It’s easy to change agents mid-lease, and we can help you make it happen. If you would like to move your property management to Bluestone Properties, simply…
Tenants: Frequently Asked Questions
3rd Mar 20
Q: Can I renew my tenancy when it’s approaching the end of the fixed term?             A: Yes, assuming the landlord is agreeable and the new terms proposed by the landlord are acceptable to you. Q: How binding is the Tenancy…
Should I get a property manger?
20th Feb 20
Should I get a property manger? If you’re new to the buy-to-let market, one of your first questions will likely be whether you should self-manage your property or get a letting agent to deal with your tenants and any issues that pop up during their tenancy.…
Making Your Property Stand Out
14th Feb 20
HOW DO I MAKE MY PROPERTY STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD? The property market is a fickle mistress with trends being bucked positively and negatively depending on location. It is hard to know what is around the corner with no crystal ball, but no matter what, the show…
Can I live off rental income?
13th Feb 20
Can I live off rental income? Living off passive income like rent from your investment properties seems like a dream to many people, but is it realistic? Ditching the nine-to-five in favour of paying the bills with rental income promises financial freedom and…
Choosing The Right Property Management Company
3rd Feb 20
Managing your property portfolio can be a never-ending task as a landlord; it can be overwhelming to deal with every prospect, concern, or repair issue when your time is so precious. As a result, many buy-to-let owners choose a lettings agent that offers a property…
5 Things To Do In London When It Rains
16th May 18
Don’t let showers rain on your parade. Make a grey day brighter by exploring the capital with no fear of getting caught in a downpour. These are the outings to save for a rainy or snowy day: Draughts Board Game Café While away the hours indoors by…