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!

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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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!

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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.