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Cogress and Octopus Property to fund £7.45m residential development

By | 2017-09-22T00:11:25+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Property News|

Octopus Property has partnered with Cogress to strengthen equity partnership with a second financing settlement. The specialist finance provider announced that it has provided a 22-month, £5.26m senior debt facility for the development of 22 one, two and three bedroom apartments and two additional ground floor commercial units in Norbury, South London. Cogress, a private [...]

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Clive Emson Auctioneers sells land and property worth over £18m

By | 2017-09-22T00:11:19+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Property News|

Britain’s largest independent regional land and property auctioneer, Clive Emson Auctioneers, sold land and property worth over £18m at its September auction.The firm catalogued 140 lots, achieving a sale rate of 80%. “Our well-attended and successful September sale has belied talk of doom and gloom around the industry,” said managing director, James Emson. “Packed salerooms [...]

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Landlord licensing scheme considered in Hackney

By | 2017-09-21T12:07:17+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Property News|

Hackney Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on unscrupulous landlords in the local area as well as reduce anti-social behaviour in private rented properties. The council’s consultation on the proposed introduction of the scheme in Brownswood, Cazenove and Stoke Newington wards will run until 3 December. [...]

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Spike in new rental listings according to board company survey

By | 2017-09-21T12:07:06+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Property News|

Agency Express says there has been a bounce in the number of new lettings listings across the UK. Following unusually slow activity during July, national month-on-month figures for properties coming on to the market in August rose by 3.0 per cent. However, figures for properties successfully let were still affected by the usual seasonal decline [...]

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Another London council tightening licensing for private rental sector

By | 2017-09-21T12:07:04+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Property News|

Greenwich is licensing all Houses in Multiple Occupation from October 1 - just the latest London council to tighten its private rental sector rules.  It claims it is undertaking this to "ensure that tenants have safe, secure and properly regulated homes." A statement says the new regime will help to ensure that the housing meets [...]

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Dawn raid finds shocking 35-man overcrowding in three-bed house

By | 2017-09-21T12:07:03+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Property News|

A dawn raid on a home in north London has discovered 35 men bedding down on mattresses in every room except the bathrooms. Brent council enforcement officers and police entered the converted three-bedroom semi-detached house on Tuesday morning after neighbours complained about overcrowding, anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping. Eight men were found sleeping in one of [...]

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BTL owner fined for failing to improve condition of two apartments

By | 2017-09-21T12:07:01+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Property News|

A Scarborough buy to let investor has been found guilty of two offences under the Housing Act 2004 for non-compliance with notices to make improvements to two flats. Scarborough council issued official improvement notices to Ewan McFerran, which required him to demonstrate that electrical repairs and improvements to the flats he lets out had been [...]

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Monthly boost for rental property supply

By | 2017-09-21T12:07:16+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Property News|

The number of new rental property listings increased by 2.4% during August compared to the same month a year ago, the highest rate of annual inflation for 10 months, according to the latest data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index. Looking at performance across the UK, 11 of the 12 regions recorded a rise [...]

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Independent inventories for student properties are ‘invaluable’, says AIIC

By | 2017-09-21T12:07:15+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Property News|

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords and letting agents alike, and because it tends to vary from case to case, it is among the least understood areas of the lettings process, and one which can create much ambiguity and cause a high level of disputes at [...]

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‘We’re coming for you’, council warns rogue landlords after a shock discovery

By | 2017-09-21T12:07:14+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Property News|

Brent Council has once again vowed to clamp down on rogue landlords in the local area after 35 men we found to be living in a three-bedroom house in north London. The men had been cramped into every room other than the bathrooms with bedding. Even the kitchen contained a sleeping area, while another mattress [...]

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