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02/11/2020
LANDLORDS – WHAT THE NEW LOCKDOWN MEANS FOR YOU?

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 secretary Robert Jenrick.The tenants and landlords will still be able to conduct house moves r...

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30/10/2020
ARE THE 95% MORTGAGE DEALS MAKING A COMEBACK?

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. This will help first-time buyers get their foot on the property ladder. Schemes such as Help...

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26/10/2020
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR PROPERTY FOR COLD WEATHER

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 Around Windows and Doors Gaps and cracks can cause heat loss when the draught enters throug...

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26/10/2020
TOOTING LANDLORDS – WHAT ARE YOUR KEY CHALLENGES?

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 to assist you. As well as staying in touch with the local market, we follow what is happening n...

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17/10/2020
HOME SALES SOAR PROPELLED BY STAMP DUTY HOLIDAY IN BALHAM

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 experience due to this pandemic, buyers are being driven in search of a home with a garden, spacious...

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16/10/2020
TOOTING LANDLORDS – STAY GAS SAFE

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 for Human Habitation) Act provides guidelines for landlords to follow. There is also the mechan...

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11/10/2020
CORONAVIRUS IMPACTING RENTAL INCOME

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 to support landlords in Tooting. If you require any help or guidance, we can assist you. We st...

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08/10/2020
HELP BUY ENGLAND SCHEME – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

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 homeowners can borrow from the government to buy a newly-built home. Under this scheme, the...

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29/09/2020
WHAT ARE A LANDLORD’S RESPONSIBILITIES FOR REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE?

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 serious harm to the tenants. This law makes the landlords responsible for most repairs and...

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21/09/2020
LANDLORDS SLASH RENTS

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 tenants by slashing rents. The average rents in London are perhaps down by 4% compared last year...

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21/09/2020
Why Tenants Prefer Renting with a Property Manager?

Every landlord would want to make their tenants happy and satisfied. A happy and satisfied tenant tends to stay longer in the property. However, it does not mean that the tenants want to be in a property where most of the time they have to deal with the landlord. Most tenants prefer to rent a house or a flat with a property manager. Here are the 6 reaso...

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27/07/2020
PROPERTY RENOVATIONS WHICH OFFER LANDLORDS A RETURN

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 you are new to the letting industry or you are between tenants, there are property renov...

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20/07/2020
LANDLORD EXTRA INCOME OPPORTUNITIES

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, and increasing the likelihood of void periods. Therefore, landlords need to consider extra in...

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13/07/2020
SCREENING TENANTS AND CREDIT SCORES

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 more manageable. However, if your tenant doesn’t pay on time or treats the property poorl...

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06/07/2020
ELECTRICAL SAFETY STANDARDS FOR LANDLORDS: JULY 2020

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 provide support and guidance for all local landlords, and it is important you comply with the n...

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