How well do you know your Nottingham legends? 

Nottingham is a growing city with a proud heritage and its fair share of famous names that you may or may not be familiar with. We wanted to take a look at some of the cities famous names, and some less famous ones, to help you in your next pub quiz…..  

No 1. Robin Hood – The main man, and Nottingham royalty despite the claims of those Yorkshire folk. Steeped in folklore, Robin Hood was reported to have lived in Sherwood Forest around the time of the crusades and as the song goes he ‘robbed from the rich and gave to the poor’. Robin’s merry men included Little John, Friar Tuck, and his lover Maid Marian. His great foe was the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. The story of Robin Hood has been made into countless films and television series over the years, and tourists to the city all arrive hoping to see Nottingham Castle, which never fails to disappoint. Thankfully, the castle is just undergoing a multi-million £ overhaul which will hopefully improve the visitor experience somewhat

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No 2. Brian Clough – Not originally from Nottingham, but as near as we get to a global superstar after Robin Hood. Brian Clough managed Nottingham Forest between 1976 & 1991 and was responsible for the club winning two European Cups, the European Super Cup, the League Title, and the League Cup four times. Originally from Middlesborough, Clough famously also managed Leeds United for 44 days in 1974 - a saga dramatised in the award winning film The Damned United starring Michael Sheen in 2009. Clough also managed another team in the East Midlands, but we can’t for the life us remember what they’re called….

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No 3. Jesse Boot - now a global business with over 3000 stores, Jesse Boot’s first shop was opened by his father John on Goosegate in Nottingham’s Lace Market in 1849. Following his fathers death in 1860 Jesse Boot quickly built a large chain of pharmacy’s across the country with headquarters here in Nottingham. The Boots company are responsible for Nurofen & many other drugs that are used every day across the world. The company has changed ownership over years, but it still remains Nottingham’s largest private sector employer. 

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No 4. Torvill & Dean – Who’d have thought ice skating could be so popular…. Perhaps it’s not outside these parts? With dances from Barnum and then Bolero, Torvill & Dean won four successive World Championships and Olympic Gold at the Sarejevo games in 1984 becoming fully fledged Nottingham legends along the way. Their success is largely the reason that the National Ice Arena was built in Nottingham, and they are now to be found judging celebrity ice skating on television and had a film made about their story that was released in 2018. So mad are we in Nottingham, for all things Jane & Chris, they even have a 1980’s housing development in Wollaton named after them! 

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No 5. John Player – In hindsight perhaps not a figure to celebrate, but a hugely prominent industrialist that played an enormous part in the growth & prosperity of the city from the late 1800’s. John Player & Company were for many years Nottingham’s largest private employer, employing over 11000 people at their peak in the 1950’s. The company built 3 large factories in Radford, but production then switched to state of the art facilities at the new Horizon building in the early 1970’s. The Horizon factory in Lenton, and the prominent bonded warehouse buildings on Wollaton Road were demolished in 2019 as cigarette popularity continued to decline and production moved overseas. 

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No 6. Harold Larwood – The Nottinghamshire fast bowler rose to prominence in the infamous ‘Bodyline’ Ashes series in Australia in 1932. From Nuncargate, a small village 10 miles north of the city, Harold Larwood was instrumental in England winning the Ashes series 4-1, against Donald Bradmans mighty Australian team, using the controversial Leg Theory attack devised by England’s captain Dougles Jardine. Bodyline, as it became known, was later banned, largely due to the high number of serious injuries it caused. 

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No 7. Frederick Garton – Yes, you’ve never heard of him, and neither have many other people, but he was a legend in his own grocery shop. Mr Garton had a grocery shop on Milton Street in the city and he lived at The Royal Oak in Basford, using outbuildings at 47 Sandon Street as a pickling factory where he invented a tangy sauce that has become synonymous with the bacon butty. Gartons HP Sauce (he’d heard it was being served at the Houses of Parliament so named it after them) became enormously popular but Mr Garton sadly lost his sauce and his recipe when he had to sell it to the Midland Vinegar Company to clear an unpaid debt.

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No 8. Bendigo – In the modern day, Carl Froch is far more widely known, but a long time before him William ‘Bendigo’ Thompson was the bare-knuckle boxing champion who won the heavyweight championship of England from James Burke in 1839. Bendigo was a southpaw boxer who then became a Methodist minister.  He was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1955 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991. His grave has recently been restored and stands in the St Mary’s Rest Garden on Bath St in Sneinton. 

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No 9. DH Lawrence – Born in Eastwood in 1885, David Herbert Lawrence was a writer & poet who rose to fame for his controversial novels Sons & Lovers, The Rainbow, and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Lawrence’s birthplace 8a Victoria Street in Eastwood now operates as the DH Lawrence museum.

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No 10. William Booth – Born in Sneinton in 1829, William Booth was an English Methodist preacher who, along with his wife founded The Salvation Army in East London, becoming its first General in 1878.  In 2002, Booth was named among the 100 Greatest Britons in a BBC poll. During his lifetime, William Booth established Army work in 58 countries and colonies and travelled extensively spreading their Christian gospel message.  Booth died in London aged 83 and he is buried in Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington. A statue of Booth stands outside his birthplace in Notintone Place.

William Booth

 

Selling Your Rental Property In Nottingham

After years of increased bureaucracy, changes to taxation, and local authority licensing, it is perhaps not a surprise that some landlords are taking stock and thinking about investing in something other than residential property.

As specialists in the management & sale of rental property, Granger & Oaks are well placed to advise you if you’re thinking of selling. “when our clients look to exit the market, we often help them sell and we’ve had considerable success in selling a significant proportion of rented property on to other landlords that are looking to buy-in, rather than sell-up. The rules and regulations around renting are obviously much tougher now, but there are still landlords looking to buy rental property to add to their pension as the returns they are getting on their savings is currently so poor” comments Jonathan Detheridge, MD of Nottingham lettings specialist Granger & Oaks.  

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There is as well, a resurgence in first time buyer activity with long-term renters now looking to get a foot on the property ladder, and this has seen starter home prices rise at a higher rate than other property types.  

Landlords in Nottingham contemplating selling should be thinking ahead and talking to their Letting Agent to ascertain what they recommend as the best route to market. You may want to hedge your bets for instance, and come to market whilst you have rent coming in. Having a property sat empty waiting for a buyer, can be a very expensive experience with mortgage payments to meet and council tax remining due. By contrast, selling a property with a sitting tenant often means that you have rental income right up until the day of completion and a motivated buyer that is welcome of the property being let from day one.

Of course, not all properties are perfect rental stock and you may well just be an accidental landlord now wanting to sell-up? If you are, our advice would be to plan ahead. If possible, work with your tenants and choose a date that suits you both for the tenancy to end. Think about presentation – the best presented homes usually achieve the best selling price, so think about any work that you may want to do before selling. Is the garden presented well? Are there some jobs that the tenants need to do before they vacate? Gardens hurriedly hacked back on the day a tenancy ends don’t tend to ooze kerb appeal. If you’d like our advice, just drop us a line. Presenting a property well has never been more important, and we’d love to help you maximise your properties potential.

Call us today for a no obligation appraisal of your property. We have clients on our books actively seeking new investments, and we’ll be more than pleased to advise you if this is your best route to market.

Choosing the right Nottingham Letting Agent

Should I purchase an investment property in Nottingham is a question we get asked all the time. With the city currently showing outstanding house price growth, and having two large universities, you can see the appeal...

The answer however isn’t that straightforward, and without a local lettings expert on your side, it’s something that you can easily get very wrong. Taking a punt on a property in a city you aren’t familiar with can be a purchase you live to regret for years to come. Remember, the estate agent that is selling the property works for the seller, not the buyer!

Considerations when you’re investing are numerous. Who do you want to rent to? students, professionals, house-sharers etc.... The location you purchase in will probably be dramatically different for each tenancy type.

Licensing - Nottingham is littered with licensing schemes and the local authority is less than landlord friendly. Before you invest, make sure you’re aware of the licensing scheme that the property falls into. If you see a house for sale in a student area that seems a complete bargain, there could well be a reason it is so cheap.

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Are you planning to self manage, or will you be employing a Nottingham Letting Agent to manage the property for you? On the face of it your yield will be higher if you manage things yourself, but you need to be local so you can deal with repairs and carry out inspections. Having a qualified Letting Agent manage the property for you should make property investment far more hassle free.

If you are new to the area, establishing a relationship with a reputable local Letting Agent may well be a higher priority than searching on Rightmove for a property to buy. Do your research, read their reviews, and visit their office. You need somebody on your side, so choose carefully. 

Granger & Oaks are ARLA licenced Letting Agents in Nottingham and we specialise in the management of professional property. Our Managing Director is also a director of EMPO, the local landlords association. We know the city.

Over the past 17 years, we have helped numerous landlords invest in Nottingham and we have also project managed a number of renovation projects with our team of tradesmen. We help clients focus their investment decision, and we then help them select a range of potential properties that fit their investment criteria. Often this means we are identifying homes that require improvement, so we assist with quotations to reduce the risk of nasty surprises along the way.

In these days of desperately low interest rates and turbulent stock market returns, investment property remains attractive, and the demand from tenants remains strong. Whilst being a landlord isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, having a good local Letting Agent on your side can take many of the bumps out of the road and can help you see a good return on your investment whilst at the same time providing a nice home for tenants to enjoy whilst they live in the city.

If you are contemplating purchasing an investment property in Nottingham, contact Granger & Oaks today to see how we can help...

Letting Agents in Nottingham

Letting Agents are all the same right? A common misconception that I’m pleased to be able to rebuff. Some Letting Agents quite rightly have a dreadful reputation, and many are poorly trained, but just like solicitors, garages, restaurants, and hotels , if you shop around and do your research, you will find there are some outstanding operators that are anything but the common reputation that the popular media like to portray.

As a landlord, your Letting Agent should be the person you trust. Their honesty & integrity is essential. They are the ones finding you tenants, and arranging your repairs, and potentially helping you find another property to purchase. Choose your agent wisely get them on side. A few key questions you might want to ask when you’re talking to agents are: Who will physically manage my property? It’s important to know if your property is being managed here in Nottingham, or from a call centre in Southampton. How do you handle rent arrears? You’d hope that your property manager would be involved, right…. How long are your voids between tenants? The answer should be in days, not weeks..  

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Letting Agents in Nottingham come in all shapes and sizes. Increasingly there are large franchises, there are multi-branch national and regional concerns, and there are a choice of local independents. Many are ARLA licensed, and that probably should be your first port of call. ARLA licensing is the industry standard. It shows a level of training, and it means the agent has signed up to abide by a code of conduct. For some reason it doesn’t necessarily mean however that there is an ARLA member in each branch though, and that is something you should be aware of.

Many national chains and franchise networks also operate call centres – one national brand manage their property from Mansfield, for instance, and one from Southampton. Most independents will have one or two branches and will manage their properties in-house.

Are Estate Agents & Letting Agents the same thing? No. is the answer. A lot do both, but increasingly Letting Agency is a standalone discipline. Sales is more front end & marketing led, whilst lettings can be more property law and management focussed. With rules and regulations surrounding Lettings & Management changing every few months, a specialist agent that is trained and focussed is essential to make sure your property and its tenancy are fully compliant.

Take up recommendations, and read reviews.. When you go on holiday I presume you read the reviews of your hotel or the area that you’re going to stay. You may even do the same with restaurants, and even films. Your letting agent should be no different. See what other landlords say. Have a chat with some if you wish. Whatever you do, don’t just choose on price, unless of course you always buy the cheapest car, book the cheapest hotel, and eat in the cheapest restaurants. If you pay peanuts.……

If you’d like a frank and open conversation about your rental property, or investing in Nottingham, call Granger & Oaks today. Even if we can’t help you, you will probably know somebody that can.

 

Virtual Property Tours a Raging Success and They're Here To Stay

As the property industry gets back on its feet following lockdown, virtual tours are proving to be a huge success and are predicted to become the 'new norm' when it comes to moving house. 

Agents across the country have been embracing virtual tours and have been busy filming their properties for rent and to sell in an attempt to help buyers and renters that need to make a move. 

Rightmove has even taken the step of adding a widget to their website to highlight properties that have virtual tours available, and, they are reporting huge spikes in interest for property where a video can be viewed. 

Broadway House Nottingham Virtual Tour

Jonathan Detheridge from Granger & Oaks in Nottingham explains more..

"Virtual Tours are proving to be hugely popular with tenants in particular. The virtual tours we produce aren't particularly a glossy advertisement - we're not on television! The tours are factual and we are not trying to hide things we think people won't like. If tenants are making the decision to move somewhere, the video tour needs to show them what they are moving in to without the rose-tinted glasses on"

At Granger & Oaks we are also producing floorplans that sit alongside the tour to help homemovers really understand the size of rooms and the layout of the house. Viewers are then encouraged to visit the area so they have a good idea of the locale, and we follow this up with a Zoom call to answer any questions they may have and discuss the letting process in detail.  

"We think that virtual tours are here to stay, and they are proving to be real game-changer. It's not unrealistic to see video tours becoming as important as bright clear photographs when it comes to attracting homemovers."

If you are looking to let your property, video tours are a huge aspect to consider. In fact, as we head in to the busy summer months with lockdown still at the forefront of peoples minds, video tours should be an essential, not an option. Call us today if you'd like to see how a virtual tour from Granger & Oaks can help you let your property. 

 

As the relaxation of lockdown slowly widens and the people start to tackle the new 'normal', Estate Agents and Letting Agents are seeing an increased interest in gardens as a priority. After 10 weeks confined to barracks in a heat wave, it's perhaps understandable that being cooped-up in an apartment has lost some of its sparkle, and viewers are starting to rank a nice outdoor space as of greater importance than a fancy bathroom. 

Nottingham Letting Agents Garden Maintenance

In the rental market, gardens have often just meant a patch of scruffy grass or a wonky patio, but the hunt for the best tenants now very much brings the garden to the forefront of piorities when a property is being prepared to let or sell. 

Jonathan Detheridge from Granger & Oaks commented "In Nottingham, we're seeing tenants asking about gardens more and more, and small houses with attractive outdoor spaces are currently more popular than ever. Gardens are often a contenscious issue in the rental market when it comes to checkout, but we nearly always find that the better a garden is presented at the start of a tenancy, the nicer it is at the end! Landlords need to think about who their likely tenant is going to be, and present their garden accordingly. Huge gardens that require a lot of attention really aren't what the majority of tenants are after, but, if you are renting a house at the higher end of the market a large garden might be a massive selling point. If you're renting a property with a particularly attractive garden, think about including garden maintenance in the rent - you might find that you can command a premium rent and have a queue of tenants that were otherwise put-off by the work"

Data from Rightmove suggests that post-lockdown, two bedroom houses are now the most popular search, whilst studio flats have dropped hugely in popularity. Read more here in this article from the BBC website. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52922313

With coronavirus lockdown continuing across the UK, Granger & Oaks are doing as much as we can to help tenants that need to move in these challenging times, and assist landlords in letting properties that would otherwise be sat vacant..

Virtual Tour

For all our properties on the market we now have Virtual Tours available and we are following up tours with Zoom meetings to help tenants raised any queries and explain the letting process and measures we are taking to help them move home safely during the pandemic. 

Granger Oaks Lettings Virtual Tour

We're doing everything we can to help landlords and tenants during this unprecedented time, and we think the virtual tours we are producing really help viewers make an informed decision. 

For tenants currently living in property we manage we are also still carrying out repairs where possible. Our tradesmen are taking every precuation and they are working with tenants to try and complete repairs whereever possible. 

If you're a landlord and you require help wih the letting & management of your property, contact Granger & Oaks today to see how we go the extra mile. Call us on 0115 9629770

In older properties you normally find that one wall in each room has a chimney breast. These can be very desirable in some instances, but in smaller properties they can often be somewhat of a nuisance as they take up valuable space and restrict where the room furniture can go. In upstairs rooms particularly, unless they have been kept for decorative purposes or the fire below is in use, chimneys are normally redundant. 

Removing chimneys however isnt normally something that you should tackle as a DIY project, and the work is notifiable with your local authority. 

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Removing chimneys without sufficient support is enormously dangerous, and should only be carried out by the professional builder after surveying the chimney properly. You also need to consider where the chimney is situated - particularly if your house is terraced or semi-detached as there may well be party wall implications. 

The benefits to some properties in removing chimneys can be extraordinary. In kitchens particularly, chimney walls can really get in the way of cupboards and could prevent you from installing a kitchen with the wow factor that might make all the difference. 

Removing chimneys isnt for the fainthearted and it can be hugely expensive, but it might really help make your Victorian house more contemporay and appealing. Period features are not to be snubbed, but there is also nothing wrong with sympathetically modernising a property to make it fit for the 21st century. 

This excellent article from Homebuilding & Renovating magazine explains everything you need to know about chimney removal. https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/how-to-remove-a-chimney-breast/

 

 

After many years of talk, legislation surrounding the compulsory electrical safety testing of privately rented property finally looks like it is going to introduced in 2020. 

It is propsed that from July 2020 electrical safety certificates will need to be carried out every five years, much in the same way that gas safety certificates are currently done annually. 

The exact wording is curently working it's way through parliament but it is anticipated that the legislation will be law in the coming months and will initially apply to new tenancies granted from July. 

Landlords Electrical Safety Inspections

 

Find out more about the regulations here.

https://www.arla.co.uk/news/january-2020/electrical-safety-regulations-to-come-into-force.aspx

Owners of leasehold flats are being warned to look out for the expiry date of their properties lease after a BBC story uncovered the practice of freeholders adding 'Marriage Value' to leasehold extensions when a properties lease starts to run down.

Marriage value is the increase in the value of the property following the completion of the lease extension, and it is designed to reflect the additional market value of the property with a longer lease. This potential ‘profit’ only arises from the freeholders obligation to grant the new lease, and the legislation requires that it is shared equally between the freeholder & leaseholder. 

Now you see why freehold investments are popular...

Marriage Value Lease Extension

Marriage Value only commences when a property has less than 80 years left on its lease, so owners of leasehold flats are advised to check when their lease runs down, particulalry with short-term leases also being much harder to sell. 

Read more in the BBC article here.. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51026374

and find out more from the Lease Advice Service here https://www.lease-advice.org/lease-glossary/marriage-value/

 

Whirlpool, the makers of Indesit and Hotpoint washing machines, are carrying out a huge recall of certain models due to safety issues around the door locking mechanism.

We are asking all tenants to check their appliances to make sure theirs isn't subject to the recall. The model reference number can normally be found inside the door. 

Hotpoint model code example

You can find more information about this product recall by visiting:
https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/product-recalls/2019/12/hotpoint-and-indesit-washing-machines/

• FML 742P UK Hotpoint
• WMAOD 743G UK Hotpoint
• WMAOD 743P UK Hotpoint
• WMAQB 721P UK.M Hotpoint
• WMAQC 641P UK.M Hotpoint
• WMAQC 741G UK Hotpoint
• WMAQC 741P UK Hotpoint
• WMAQC 741P UK.M Hotpoint
• WMAQF 621G UK Hotpoint
• WMAQF 621P UK Hotpoint
• WMAQF 641 P UK.M Hotpoint
• WMAQF 721G UK Hotpoint
• WMAQF 721P UK.M Hotpoint
• WMAQL 621G UK Hotpoint
• WMBF 742G UK Hotpoint
• WMBF 742K UK Hotpoint
• WMBF 742P UK Hotpoint
• WMBF 742P UK.M Hotpoint
• WMBF 763P UK Hotpoint
• WMEF 722 BC UK Hotpoint
• WMEF 742 P UK Hotpoint
• WMEUF 722P UK Hotpoint
• WMEUF 743G UK Hotpoint
• WMEUF 743P UK Hotpoint
• WMFG 741P UK Hotpoint
• WMFG 741P UK.M Hotpoint
• WMFUG 742 P UK.M Hotpoint
• WMFUG 742G UK Hotpoint
• WMFUG 742P UK Hotpoint
• WMFUG 842P UK.M Hotpoint
• WMJLF 842P UK Hotpoint
• WMJLL 742P UK Hotpoint
• WMSAQG 621P UK Hotpoint
• WMXTF 742G UK Hotpoint
• WMXTF 742K UK Hotpoint
• WMXTF 742P UK Hotpoint
• WMXTF 742P UK.M Hotpoint
• WMXTF 842P UK.M Hotpoint
• WMYL 7151PS UK Hotpoint
• XWA 81252X K UK Indesit
• XWA 81252X W UK Indesit
• XWD 71452X K UK Indesit

If you have a machine that is affected you should stop using the appliance immediately and contact Whirlpool. If your appliance was supplied by your landlord please report your appliance to us via our Report a Repair function on our website advising which model you have, we can then liaise with your landlord and Whirlpool to arrange a repair.

Nottingham City Council has announced a fee increase for their ailing Selective Licence Scheme that was only launched in 2018. In a move that will anger landlords and undoubtedly increase rents further for tenants, the fee from April 2020 for new licences will increase to nearly £900!

The city council claims that the current fee structure does not cover overheads and they need to recruit more staff, which is pushing up the fee. The council have also recently started to add penalty fees to current licence applications if they have had to raise queries. Landlords on the other had are questioning what the positive impacts of the scheme have been after the recent progress report showed very few licenses issued, very few prosecutions, and a huge shortfall in the anticipated number of applications.

With Nottingham’s Selective Licensing Scheme already the most expensive of its kind in the country, the scheme has been controversial since inception. Before launch, the vast majority of landlords and agents warned of rent rises and increased homelessness, and both are appearing to be very justified concerns. Agents across the city are seeing landlords throwing in the towel, which whilst great for first-time-buyers, is only serving to reduce supply at a time when both the city’s universities are over-subscribed and struggling to fulfil their own housing need.

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Rising Rents

According to research carried out by Zoopla, Nottingham has seen the rents rise at the fastest rate in the country and this is being largely attributed to the licensing scheme. https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/selective-licensing-blamed-nottingham-reaching-3435063

Selective Licensing is being seen as the preferred method by councils to drive out the so-called ‘rogue landlords’ and improve standards. The problem with the Nottingham scheme is that it is so vast, the council clearly can’t cope with the application process itself, never mind doing the job the scheme is meant to perform. Similar, more concentrated, schemes in other parts of the country have proved to be a great success but those lessons have been sadly ignored. 

 

Rising rent prices across the country show no signs of abating with prices in the north showing larger increases than in the south.

The ARLA Private Rented Sector (PRS) report shows the number of tenants experiencing rent rises fell marginally in September, but 58% of the agents that responded stated that rents on the whole are still going up. Year-on-year, the figure for rent rises is up from 27 per cent in September 2017 and 31 per cent in September 2018, as they remain high. Tenants in the North East of England were the worst affected with 86 per cent of agents witnessing an increase in rent prices.

In Nottingham, rents have risen consistently for the past three years, driven in no small part by Selective Licensing, Landlords exiting the market, huge student numbers, and more recently by the Tenant Fee Ban. 

Properties in the city appear to be seeing the highest rises as demand massively outstrips supply, and agents across the city are increasingly fully let. 

See the full ARLA report here. https://www.arla.co.uk/news/october-2019/no-relief-for-tenants-as-rent-costs-remain-high/

Pricing your property accurately, and choosing your buyer wisely are becoming all the more important with Brexit looming and lenders confidence dipping. As we saw in 2008 down-valuing now appears to have hit Nottingham and lenders are treading carefully when it comes to property valuations.

Down valuations by lenders, can mean buyers having to pay thousands of pounds extra, up front, or renegotiate their purchase price to avoid the sale collapsing.
“Reduced valuations are often due to surveyors covering their backs, but they are almost impossible to argue with the lender” comments Jonathan Detheridge from Granger & Oaks Estate Agents. “We saw this a lot in 2008, particularly from one lender who at the time offered the most favourable rates, but thankfully it didn’t last very long”

Down-valuing is problem that has been affecting other parts of the country during 2018, but with price growth in Nottingham being strong in 2017-18 it appears that lenders are now sharpening their pencils and adopting a more cautious approach.

See BBC story below from July 2018

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44202542

After many months of deliberation The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that mandatory five-year electrical installation checks on private rented housing in England will be introduced in the coming months.

In a surprisingly sensible manner, the government are introducing the legislation in a 2 year staged process to give landlords plenty of time to fulfil the requirements. In year one, all new private tenancies will be affected, and in year two all existing tenancies will come within the scope of the scheme.

The implementation date has not yet been clarified, but MHCLG has stated its intention is to introduce the legislation as soon as parliamentary time allows. Landlords and agents will then be given at least six months to familiarise with the new legislation before it comes into force.

Properties that already have a valid electrical installation condition report (EICR) will not need to replace it until five years have passed since it was issued.

 

To mark our 15th anniversary, we are today embracing the glorious weather and embarking on a 15 mile charity walk to raise money for the Alzheimers Society & Maggies. 

To allow the walk to take place, this week we are closing early, so the office will close for business at 12:30pm. 

If you've not already sponsored us, there is still time. The link is below. We're aiming to raise £1500 pounds, and as I write we're only 8% short of the target. 

https://www.justgiving.com/teams/GnO2

Granger Oaks 15 Miles for 15 Years

Following legal advice, Nottingham City Council have u-turned on a number of conditions of the scheme being rolled out this summer.

The following updates have been made to the scheme conditions:

1) Proof of building insurance will no longer need to show proof of alternative accomodation. 

2) Standard, or Enhanced DBS certificates wil now be accepted. 

3) There is no requirement for an Electrical Condition Report. (although it is recommended you have one done for each property as it expected to be a legal requirement across the entire Private Rented Sector from October 2019)

4) There is no longer a requirement to provide a fire alarm test certificate where there is a fire alarm control panel.

5) There is no longer a requirement to fit a thumb turn mortice lock on the front door of the property.

6) There is no longer a requirement to produce an inventory.

Instead of the above conditions, the council are instead intending to score properties based on risk, with properties showing the highest risk scores earmarked as initial targets for HHSRS inspections by the council. 

Clients are reminded that we are now only one month away from the application process opening, so now is the time to make sure that all your paperowork is ready for you to apply. 

In conjunction with East Midlands Property Owners (EMPO), Granger & Oaks will be holding a series of Selective Licensing Workshops to help landlords prepare for the licence application start date of July 1st. 

Our two hour workshops are a must attend event for all landlords in Nottingham affected by the new Selective Licensing Scheme.

Selective Licensing comes into force in Nottingham on August 1st and this scheme has more boxes to tick than any other scheme before it. Applications open in July, but landlords have a lot to do prior to get themselves & their properties ready.

Landlords with property that is affected should join us at our information workshops in the coming months to help you prepare for the application opening date of July 1st.

Granger & Oaks Selective Licensing Workshops

Each workshop will last for 2 hours and they are being held at Castle Cavendish Business Centre, Dorking Road, Radford. The dates & times are as follows; 

Wednesday 2nd May 2018 - 11:00am – 1:00pm, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Monday June 18th 2018 - 11:00am – 1:00pm, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Tuesday July 10th 2018 - 11:00am – 1:00pm, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

The objective of the workshops is to explain, step-by-step, exactly what landlords need to do to initially get their properties licenced, and explain their ongoing requirement to manage their properties within the terms of the scheme. 

There will be Q&A’s along the way, and attendees will leave with a full practical understanding of what is required in time for the August 1st deadline.  

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The fees for Nottingham City Council's Selective Licensing Scheme have now been all but confirmed. In a move that will come as little surprise to many landlords, the scheme has suddenly risen in price by £180 and is now set at £780. 

The good news doesn't end there... as things stand, Landlords have one month to make their application and that is during the summer holidays, and, even if they use a licensed agent to manage their property, they also need to undertake formal landlord training. 

To help landlords understand the implications of the scheme and help them prepare for the July 1st application date, Granger & Oaks, in partnership with EMPO, are running a series of 2 hour workshops in the coming months. 

Workshops dates are yet to be confirmed, but any interested landlords should contact us today to confirm if they would like to attend. 

"Preperation is essential for these license applications" comments Jonathan Detheridge from Granger & Oaks. "Being in a position just to complete the form could itself take a matter of months. Landlords need to have DBS checks, that can take three weeks to come through. There need to be floorplans drawn-up, and Electrical Condition Reports carried out. This isnt something that you can just do in a few hours" 

Find out more about the scheme here.

 

2018 sees Granger & Oaks turn fifteen. Since the company was formed in August 2003 the property market has changed dramatically, but it is wonderful to see how many customers and suppliers we are still working with that have been with us right from the start. 

Granger Oaks 15 Miles for 15 Years

To mark our 15 year milestone we wanted to do something to help the community that we live & work in, so we asked the team to choose two charities that we could support that do amazing work to help people at a time of need. The charities we are fundraising for are The Alzheimer’s Society, and Maggies Cancer Support Centre’s.

On Saturday June 2nd, we will be setting out on a 15 mile walk with the aim of raising 15 hundred pounds for these two charities that are close to our hearts. We will be walking from Nottingham Station, out to Attenborough Nature Reserve, and then back towards town to Wollaton Park.  

We would really love it if you could get behind us and sponsor us for the walk. Your donations really mean a lot, and they will help us fulfill our goal on June 2nd. 

The links to our Fundraising page is below. 

https://www.justgiving.com/teams/GnO2

In an announcement that will fall flat as a pancake (see what I did there) with most landlords across the city, Nottingham City Council were today given the go-ahead to introduce their much-opposed plan. 

This huge licensing scheme, taking in over 30,000 properties, is being introduced on 1st Augsut this year at a cost of over £600 per property. 

Granger Oaks Nottingham Selective Licensing Map

The city council will be recruiting over 70 new environmental health officers to implenent the scheme and applications need to be made online, or there will be a further charge. 

See more about the scheme here. 

More to follow....

 

 

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