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Every month we like to highlight all the great work done by all the wonderful property professionals at Granger & Oaks during the previous month. ‘Treating it like our own’ has always been our guiding principle, so each month we like to put the spot-light on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

This month’s winner has really stood out again by working hard, taking on anything and everything that she has been thrown at them whilst smiling throughout. They have taken on extra duties with great skill and even worked in their own time to complete them.

Yes, this month’s winner is taking the double and goes to Tenancy Coordinator, Extraordinaire, Nicole Edwards!

Well done Nicole, you’ve really taken on a lot recently and all with a chirpy disposition. The Star Performer trophy will be staying firmly on your desk for another month!

Special thanks also go to Property Administrator, Bernadette Cunnane and Senior Property Manager, Lauren Veale for also going the extra mile during a busy time.

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Every month we like to highlight all the great work done by all the wonderful property professionals at Granger & Oaks during the previous month. ‘Treating it like our own’ has always been our guiding principle, so each month we like to put the spot-light on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

The winner of the Star Performer Award this month has consistently shown that they treat every property as their own. They always give 100% and often take on tasks and responsibilities outside thier usual remit. They have very successfully taken on a small portfolio of properties and have really impressed with thier decisiveness when faced with making difficult decisions with the best interests of her clients in mind.

This month’s winner is none other than Tenancy Coordinator extraordinaire, Nicole Edwards!

Well done Nicole, you continue to work hard and take on board everything that is asked of you. You’ve really proven you can handle all the challenges you can face in residential lettings. You’re certainly getting the job done and treating your property portfolio as your own! The award has been buffed and shining on your desk.

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Every month we like to highlight all the great work done by all the wonderful property professionals at Granger & Oaks during the previous month. ‘Treating it like our own’ has always been our guiding principle, so each month we like to put the spot-light on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

Everyone at Granger & Oaks is a star, but this month’s extra special star is overdue some recognition. It is very well known that this person always strives to do their best for landlords and treats every property as if it were their own, but as someone who prefers to recognise the achievements of others over themselves, the praise of others often comes first. Leading from the front, everyone is encouraged to follow her example of providing the same industry-leading customer service to clients that she does. Just one example from this month, meant a client ended up saving a small fortune whilst being kept informed at all times - something clients almost always appreciate in an industry often not well known for its communication skills.

The winner of this month’s Star Performer award as voted by her colleagues is none other than Office Manager extraordinaire, Diane Bown. Great work Di, you deserve it. Your commitment to great service and high standards is relentless and highly commendable - you’re an example to us all!

A special mention this month goes to Property Inventory and Inspection Clerk, Charlie Hoskins, after making a trip to the office on his day off to help out a landlord short notice - now that’s dedication!

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Managing Director, Jonathan Detheridge, has confirmed the company's support for a national campaign which aims to fight unfair taxes for private landlords by attempting to force a Judicial Review of Section 24 of the Finance Act 2015.

'The core aim of the campaign, started by two hard working buy to let landlords is to abolish Section 24 of the Act. Every business in the UK is allowed to offset costs against income before tax, but Section 24 will disallow perfectly legitimate finance costs, including mortgage interest for individual buy to let landlords. In simple terms, the Finance Act will overturn a long held and fundamental principle in business that, income, less costs equals profit', said Jonathan.

'If Section 24 goes ahead, the impact on the UK housing market will be significant as thousands of landlords will see large increases in the percentage of tax they pay. This will inevitably have a knock-on effect, resulting in rent increases for tenants, a reluctance for landlords to invest and many landlords will consider selling their properties, especially those that are pushed into higher tax brackets when they may well not even be making a profit at all. If demand for properties falls, house builders will simply reduce supply at a time when the Government is trying to achieve the exact opposite,' continued Jonathan.

Initial fund raising for a legal team led by Cherie Blair QC to make an application to the court for a Judicial Review was extremely successful, raising £50,000 within just 8 days via CrowdJustice earlier this year. If a judge considers that the case put forward is 'arguable', a Judicial Review hearing will be granted and it will be up to a court to decide if the 'Tenant Tax' is lawful or not. If a hearing is granted, we could expect it to happen this autumn. The next part of the fundraising process has started to enable the legal team to prepare the best possible case. Granger & Oaks urges landlords and other agencies to support the campaign too. For further information or to pledge support, please visit www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/tenanttax/.

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Buy to let investors and second home purchasers drove up demand earlier in the year, as the rush to beat April's stamp duty increase took full effect - this March saw an all-time high in residential property transactions. With the referendum fast approaching though, questions are inevitably being asked about what Britain leaving the EU could mean for the housing market.

'Before any large event that can significantly affect the economy, many arguments are presented to sway voters which creates uncertainty in the market and as a result, everyone makes much more cautious decisions until the outcome is certain', commented, Director, Andrew Sainsbury. 'We saw this last year with the General Election, with a quieter period of activity in the lead up to the vote and we're seeing similar with the Referendum. If the UK was suddenly freed from EU regulations, the UK could attract more investment and the property market would inevitably benefit. Conversely, if, as expected, immigration from Europe fell following a 'leave' scenario, fewer people, would mean less demand, leading to a negative effect on property prices. There are many ifs and buts, but in the meantime we expect to see less activity in the market than is normal for June until the result is clear - roll on the 23rd June!'

In the meantime, Granger & Oaks continues to monitor individual tenancy rent levels very closely. If you're in any doubt about the enormous benefits a tenancy renewal can deliver to your bottom line, read our article on tenancy renewals from earlier in the year here.

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Every month we like to highlight all the great work done by all the wonderful property professionals at Granger & Oaks during the previous month. ‘Treating it like our own’ has always been our guiding principle, so each month we like to put the spot-light on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

This month’s winner has coped extremely well with the sales process, chasing solicitors, advising vendors, more chasing, dealing with some complicated sales and yes, more chasing. And all between being in and out of the office doing viewings and attending auctions, some of which were in her own time too, demonstrating another example of her commitment to ‘treating it like our own’!

Yes, this month’s winner is Sales Negotiator extraordinaire Bali ‘sold it’ Sidhu! Well done Bali, you continually go the extra mile for clients helping to get their properties ‘flying off the shelves’ in the quickest time and for the highest price.

A special mention this month goes to Senior Property Manager, Lauren Veale, for offering support and guidance to the team as and when necessary and calmly and effectively dealing with some difficult notices from tenants for the benefit of clients. A special mention also goes to Apprentice Property Administrator, Luke Jeffries, for his commitment and for making excellent progress since joining the team only a few months ago. Well done all. 

Local tennis club, Magdala again open their doors this weekend for their annual Open Day. Sponsored by Granger & Oaks, the event gives local residents the chance to try out the club for size and see if tennis is something they wish to take-up. 

There will be competitions on the day, and the chance to try out the latest rackets and mingle with the current members. Granger & Oaks are helping promote the event, and we'd love to see you there.

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Every month we like to highlight all the great work done by all the wonderful property professionals at Granger & Oaks during the previous month. ‘Treating it like our own’ has always been our guiding principle, so each month we like to put the spot-light on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

The winner this month has had an eventful time, but has remained professional and calm under some difficult circumstances. There were also a number of things that stood out as ‘treating it like own’ from extremely thorough inventories and inspections to double checking Right to Rent statuses, all of which ensure our landlord clients are fully protected.


Yes, this month’s winner is the one and only Inventory and Inspection Clerk extraordinaire Charlie Hoskins. Well done Charlie, you’ve really found your stride in your role, keep up the great work!

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Every month we like to highlight all the great work done by all the wonderful property professionals at Granger & Oaks during the previous month. ‘Treating it like our own’ has always been our guiding principle, so each month we like to put the spot-light on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

This month two very worthy colleagues in particular have been put forward for the award. One colleague took on extra work load covering for other members of staff and did a fantastic job of keeping the team motivated whilst another colleague also took on extra whilst managing a complicated transfer of a large luxury property from another agent with complete professionalism. End result, happy clients, happy colleagues.

There can only be one winner however, and bearing in mind our guiding principle of ‘treating it like our own’, this month’s winner is Property Manager extraordinaire, Giulia McDonough. Well done Giulia, as you always say, you work at your best when you are stretched and very busy and this last month has definitely proven that theory!

Wow, Christmas seems like only yesterday, but Easter is already fast approaching. The great news is that Easter means spring has pretty much arrived, and this year the daffodils are already out in force and the buds on the trees are already starting to open. Summer is only just round the corner!

For most parents, Easter means Chocolate, and probably too much of it. Easter 2016 also means bizarre school holidays with children off for the bank holiday weekend, but then back to school for  4 days until the challenge of juggling childcare for the 2 week holidays. Easter also means getting out the paint pots, tissue, and sticky tape and doing your best arts & crafts, so we thought we'd offer a little non-chocolatey incentive....

Following on from our Halloween Pumpkin carving competion, for Easter we're holding an egg decorating competion. The theme is Superheroes, or Disney Princesses, and we'll be giving prizes for the best efforts. There are two age ranges, 7-year-olds and under, and 12-yeasr-olds and under, and there are prizes for Best Superhero, Best Princess, and Most Original Egg, so we'd love it if your child got involved. 

Feel free to hard boil, or blow. Do one egg, or do half a dozen in a tray and make an omelette for lunch whilst you're at it. Eggs can be painted, covered, dressed, wearing a hat & coat, on a stand, in an egg box. They can be however you want them...

To enter, we'll need all entries by Good Friday, along with the childs name, a telephone number, and email address. The winners will be announced on our website, and on our Facebook page and there will be pictures of the winners and their creations in our window, on the website and facebook, and other shop windows in and around Carrington.

What are you waiting for? Get Cracking!

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Most council’s in England work to a minimum bedroom size of 6.5 square metres and this does not usually change even if there are sloping roofs. Under Nottingham’s HMO licensing scheme however, Nottingham City Council maintains that bedroom floor sizes need to be at least 8 square metres and where the ceiling height is less than 1.53 metres due to a sloping roof for example, this area is excluded when calculating the minimum 8 square metre overall floor size requirement for a bedroom.

Dominic Parr, a local Nottingham Landlord had initially been refused to let out an attic room, because the council claimed it was too small for someone to sleep in, but this week he successfully defended the decision of the Lower Residential Property Tribunal (First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) at the Upper Tribunal in London after the Nottingham City Council appealed the lower tribunal decision.

Mr Parr argued that the room was big enough, measuring over 9.29 square metres, with ample space for a bed. However, Nottingham City Council said when the sloping roof was taken into account there was not much more than 5.85 square metres of living space and ‘ought not to have been regarded as suitable for occupation as a bedroom at all’ as the minimum amount of space required by the council is 8 square meters. However in the case heard by the Upper Tribunal in London, Judge Martin Rodger QC sided with Mr Parr, commenting that 'packing themselves into shared houses was a price students were willing to pay for the pleasure of social interaction and cohesive living’ and added that ‘the basic idea of a house shared by a number of individuals, not forming a family, but who nevertheless wish to share communal living facilities and a significant level of social interaction, is readily understood.’

Mr Parr is now able to let the attic room, but only to a person in full time education who lives in it for a maximum of 10 months a year.

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Every month we like to highlight all the great work done by all the wonderful property professionals at Granger & Oaks during the previous month. ‘Treating it like our own’ has always been our guiding principle, so each month we like to put the spot-light on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

This month we have a resounding winner with lots of nominations for one colleague in particular. The winner has been praised for remaining positive in the face of extra workload and remaining calm and friendly in difficult situations. They have kept the team motivated and trained colleagues in new duties allowing the team to continue to thrive.

The very deserved winner this month is Property Manager extraordinaire, Giulia McDonough! Well done Giulia, you really do thrive when the pressure is on and alwasy pull out all the stops to ensure each property is treated like it's your own.

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Every month we like to highlight all the great work done by all the wonderful property professionals at Granger & Oaks during the previous month. ‘Treating it like our own’ has always been our guiding principle, so each month we like to put the spot-light on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

This month’s winner has had a lot to take on this month, but colleagues have been commenting on how well this person has got to grips with new elements of their role and has managed to shine and really show that ‘treating it like their own’ is at the forefront of what they do.

This month's very deserved winner as voted by her colleagues is expert Sales Negotiator, Bali ‘Sold it’ Sidhu! Many congratulations Bali!

Special mentions this month to go Philip Wardle for providing some very vital information to the Property Management team following inspections and check outs and also to Giulia McDonough for her dogmatic approach to sorting some very complex property management issues while keeping clients and tenants happy under difficult circumstances. Well done all.

 

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An Apprentice Property Receptionist is required to join our highly regarded lettings and estate agency based in Nottingham. Supporting the lettings team, this is an exciting opportunity which offers full training towards a Customer Service, Business Administration or Lettings and Property Management NQV.  

The role will include:

  • Helping tenants with their property search by email, phone and face to face
  • Arranging viewings
  • Dealing with tenancy applications and references
  • Providing general office support to the lettings and sales teams 

We hire for attitude over qualifications, and though similar work experience is desirable, it is by no means essential. You must, however be able to demonstrate you can fulfil the requirements of role.  

Key Requirements:  

  • Can communicate well face to face, in writing and on the phone  
  • People person  
  • Computer literate (use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)  
  • Attention to detail  
  • Conscientious  

Benefits:  

  • Pay: £3.50 per hour (increased after Apprenticeship completed)
  • Holidays: 25 days holiday plus bank holidays and your birthday off!
  • Training: in-house training and support and time off to work towards either a Customer Service, Business Administration or Lettings and Property Management NQV.  

Hours: 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday plus 1 in 4 Saturday Mornings (9.30am to 13.30pm).

If you would like to be considered for the position, please forward a covering letter with your CV by e-mail to Andrew Sainsbury (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) describing your previous experience and why you think you fulfil the requirements of the role.

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Every month we like to highlight all the great work done by all the wonderful property professionals at Granger & Oaks during the previous month. ‘Treating it like our own’ has always been our guiding principle, so each month we like to put the spot-light on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

This month’s winner has been working out of their comfort zone recently, but has taken to new tasks like a duck to water. They have remained calm in some very difficult situations and managed to defuse and resolve some complex issues with our clients interests at heart. They’ve shown great initiative when going out on viewings and really gone the extra mile for clients, proving that she really knows how to treat every property as her own!

This month’s winner is Property Administrator extraordinaire, Bernadette Cunnane! Well done Bernadette, you continue to make excellent contributions to team and the service you provide clients is second to none.

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Buy-to-let landlords and people buying second homes will soon have to pay more in stamp duty, the chancellor has announced. George Osborne made the surprise announcement in his Autumn Statement, alongside a pledge to encourage a vast house-building programme and to extend the Help To Buy programme by a year to 2021.

From April 2016, those in England and Wales will have to pay a 3% surcharge on each stamp duty band and understandably there’s been an angry reaction from letting agents and landlords. George Osborne said the new surcharge would raise £1bn extra for the Treasury by 2021.

‘Whilst the increase in stamp duty might be good for first time buyers, it will eventually have a negative impact on buy to let investors and subsequently the rental market’, commented Jonathan Detheridge, Managing Director at Granger & Oaks. It's the second time landlords have been hit in six months, after Osborne scrapped relief on mortgage interest payments during his pre-election Budget. Landlords with higher mortgages and therefore particularly affected by the changes to tax relief announced in July (see Summer Budget and Landlord Tax Changes) are likely to be especially cautious going forwards, which may ultimately lead to a shortage of good quality properties. Put simply, fewer landlords will enter the market, there will be a lack of supply and rents will be likely to rise.’

Buy to Let investors considering expanding their portfolio’s and who wish to take advantage of the current stamp duty rates, can view all our current for sale listings here. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 0115 9629770 if you would like to arrange a closer inspection.

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The NAEA housing market report for August is out today and the results echo our findings here in Nottingham. 

The headline numbers reported are;

There are over 10 times more registered applicants than houses for sale. 

Stock levels are at their lowest for 11 years

First Time Buyer levels dropped back to 20% of transactions.

Read the full report here.  pdfNAEA_Housing_Market_Report_August_2015.pdf

As half-term comes round again, here's a competition for the children....

We'd like to see who can carve the best Halloween Pumpkin?

The winning entrees will recieve goodie bags of halloween treats and all things ghoulie in time for Halloween on October 31st. 

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All entrees will be displayed in our office window, and we'd like Mums & Dads, and Aunties & Uncles to come in and vote for the best efforts on Thursday 29th & Friday 30th of October. 

If you can't p-p-pick up a pumpkin, we've got a supply of fine orange ghourds here in the office, so please pop in and pick one up with our compliments. It's first come, first served, and when theyre gone, they're gone, so get a wriggle on... 

We'd like all entrees in the office by the time we close on Wednesday, so come and get a pumpkin and do your scary best.

The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Friday 30th. 

If you're looking for an agent that responds quickly to an enquiry, results from the Rightmove Mystery Shop suggest you should look no further than Granger & Oaks. 

In a sample Mystery Shop of companies attending Rightmove's Nottingham Breakfast Seminar for member agents, Granger & Oaks were rated 2nd in Sales, and 3rd in lettings for the time it took to respond to an enquiry. Hardly scientific we know, but it shows how hot we are at responding to leads that are looking to buy or rent!

We thought it was worth some bubbles to celebrate on a wet October morning. 

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Pic. Nicole Edwards, the fastest phone in the West. 

With the vast majority of property commentary being London and the South East focussed, it is refreshing to see a propery portal taking notice of what is going on around the country, so here at Granger & Oaks HQ we were thrilled to be asked to comment on what is going on in the area by fast growing new property portal On The Market.

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"With England winning the Ashes at Trent Bridge in the summer, and the release of 'I Believe in Miracles' this week it is great to see Nottingham in the news for the right reasons again. Add to that, the opening of the tram extension, a rash of new bars and restaurants, and the long overdue revamp of the shopping centres, and Nottingham is starting to feel like it is on the up again" comments Jonathan Detheridge, Head of Granger & Oaks.

You can read the blog here 

Granger & Oaks sell, let & manage property across Nottinghamshire. The company is independent & in 2013 celebrated it's 10 year anniversary. We are licensed by ARLA & the NAEA, and offer a high quality service that is competitively priced.

 

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Every month we like to highlight all the great work done by all the wonderful property professionals at Granger & Oaks during the previous month. ‘Treating it like our own’ has always been our guiding principle, so each month we like to put the spot-light on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

It is well known that this person always strives to do their best for landlords and treats every property as if it were their own, but this month’s winner has surpassed even themselves this month by driving a very steady ship through a period of what is traditionally a very busy period in the lettings cycle. They have been a rock to colleagues and covered the entire spectrum of lettings activities whilst her fellow team members take much deserved holidays. She even volunteered to dispose of some rodents that were causing mischief at one of our clients properties, now that really is ‘treating it like your own!’

The winner of this month’s Star Performer, as voted by her colleagues is none other than Office Manager extraordinaire, Diane Bown.

Great work Diane, your hard work and commitment to great customer service is highly commendable. You’re an example to us all.

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