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. 

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.

 

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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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