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/

 

 

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/

 

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

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.