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’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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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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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.