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What is the sales market currently like in East Sussex?

What is the sales market currently like in East Sussex?

There has been much talk in recent months of a chaotic, unprecedently busy housing market, as the end of the first stage of the stamp duty holiday nears and demand is sustained by the launch of the 95% mortgage guarantee scheme and the First Homes scheme, as well as...

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Rent reviews – what do landlords need to know?

Rent reviews – what do landlords need to know?

As a landlord, your two main focuses are likely to be providing a quality, habitable home for your tenants and generating a steady stream of rental income, leading to strong yields each year. The latter is much more likely if you’re charging the right level of market...

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Are you a self-managing landlord? Here’s why you need an agent!

Are you a self-managing landlord? Here’s why you need an agent!

Despite the ever-expanding size and complexity of the private rented sector – and the increasing amount of regulation, red tape and legislation that landlords must adhere to – many landlords still don’t use an agent or don’t use an agent’s full service, preferring to...

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Revealed – why the property market is booming this spring

Revealed – why the property market is booming this spring

During the spring, there is traditionally an upsurge in activity each year as people start to view more properties in lighter, better weather and movers look to get deals done before the summer months. However, in 2021 this annual springtime bounce could be bigger...

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Proposed stamp duty holiday extension – what do we know?

Proposed stamp duty holiday extension – what do we know?

The campaign for a stamp duty holiday extension has been gaining significant momentum for months now, and finally seems to have achieved its goal with a story in The Times suggesting that the holiday will be extended at the upcoming Budget on March 3. The Chancellor...

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How Covid is changing the way people move home forever

How Covid is changing the way people move home forever

How Covid is changing the way people move home forever In these troubled times, with a third lockdown in place and the worst months of the pandemic currently in play, fuelled by the usual winter pressures on the NHS, many people are asking if they can still move home....

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Lockdown 2: what does it mean for homemovers in East Sussex?

Lockdown 2: what does it mean for homemovers in East Sussex?

As of November 5th, the government has enforced a second national lockdown with the aim of controlling the spread of Covid-19 and protecting the NHS. Lockdown 2 is set to last for a four-week period until December 2nd but could be extended further into the winter. All...

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Why you may need to act fast to beat the stamp duty deadline

Why you may need to act fast to beat the stamp duty deadline

Back in the summer, we reported on Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of a stamp duty holiday until next spring, which has meant that house buyers haven’t paid a penny of the property tax on any transaction valued at up to £500,000 – as long as the house or flat...

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Tenant right-to-rent checks – are yours up to date?

Tenant right-to-rent checks – are yours up to date?

As a landlord, you can’t legally allow someone to live in a rental property as their sole or main residence under a tenancy agreement unless they’re a UK citizen, from Switzerland or the European Economic Area (EEA), or have what’s called a Right to Rent in this...

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Government pledges 5% deposits for buying first homes

Government pledges 5% deposits for buying first homes

Speaking at the virtual Conservative Party conference last week, prime minister Boris Johnson promised a return to long-term, fixed-rate 95% mortgages for those buying their first home, in a bid to turn ‘generation rent into generation buy’. In his speech, Johnson...

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What is Section 13 – and how can I raise my rent?

What is Section 13 – and how can I raise my rent?

Any landlord needs to be sure their rental property is a viable investment, and, from time to time, it may be necessary to increase the rent charged to guarantee a level of income and to stay in line with what is being charged for similar properties in an area. You...

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What does a Managing Agent do?

What does a Managing Agent do?

Terms like ‘Managing Agent’ and ‘Leasehold’ are regularly bandied about, but what do they actually mean? To start by explaining what Leasehold is, it applies to virtually all flats across England and Wales, as well as some houses. If you have one, technically you...

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How do you spot bad tenants?

How do you spot bad tenants?

Especially if you’re new to letting out property, you may, understandably, be feeling slightly nervous. After all, you’re allowing relative strangers to live in a house or flat you own, knowing that you depend on their rent for at least part of your income.  The...

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