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

A Property Manager / Senior Property Manager is required to join our highly regarded Lettings and Estate Agency. This opportunity presents an excellent career opportunity for the right person to flourish as progression will be available for those keen to develop themselves.

The role will include:

- Helping prospective tenants with their property search and arranging viewings

- Conducting property viewings with potential tenants in the Nottingham area

- Negotiating lets

- Managing a portfolio of residential properties

- Liaising with contractors to organise property repairs and maintenance

- Liaising with tenants and landlords

- Monitoring the market and reviewing rent levels where appropriate

- Keeping up to date with the latest legislation affecting lettings and advising clients accordingly

- Providing direction and advice to junior members of staff when needed

- Occasionally using the latest video technology to carry out property inspections and create property inventories

Benefits:

- Competitive Salary (negotiable / dependant on experience) + Bonus

- On the job training plus support to obtain ARLA qualification if not already achieved

- 25 days paid holiday + bank holidays + your birthday off!

- Work with a professional and friendly team

- Social events

- Company mobile phone

- Mileage allowance

- Medical insurance scheme

- Company pension

The position would ideally suit an ambitious & experienced Negotiator or Property Manager who takes pride in their work and has a good working knowledge of the local area. Though experience in lettings and property management is desirable, candidates with transferable experience will be considered. All candidates must be able to demonstrate they can fulfill the key requirements of the role.

Key Requirements:

- Confident people person

- Excellent communication skills (face to face, in writing and on the phone)

- Good decision-making skills (providing clarity to others when needed)

- Computer literate including the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)

- Attention to detail

- Takes pride in their work

- Keen to develop themselves and progress to senior roles.

- Full driving license and own transport

Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm (one day Mon to Thurs 10.30am to 7pm) and 1 in 4 Saturday mornings (9.30am to 1.30pm).

If you are interested in this exciting role, please email your CV and a covering letter to Andrew Sainsbury on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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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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 spotlight on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

As is often the case, we’ve had a number of colleagues nominated this month for star performance, including, Property Administrator, Kaz Sidhu for giving great customer service and showing initiative, Sales Negotiator, Bali Sidhu for, again, delivering excellent service to clients and going the extra mile to get the job done. There were also nominations for Lettings Manager, Diane Bown, for keeping the team organised during an extremely busy time of year and last, but not least, Property Administrator, Bernadette Cunnane, for her hard work and dedication whilst handling some challenging scenarios with competence to ensure a good outcome for all concerned.


There can only be one winner, however, and this month, it has to be Bernadette! Well done Bernadette, you’re an absolute star and well-deserved winner!