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Brexit.... now what?

Published: 27/06/2016   Last Updated: 16/02/2017 11:39:54   Author: Mitch Moth - Lettings New Business Manager    Tags: Landlords, Tenants, Vendors, Purchasers, News, Property, Agent

The Nation has spoken and now as we look to the future we ask ourselves, ‘What does this mean for the property market?’. Within hours of Friday morning’s announcement we had numerous people ask our opinion on where the market will go. For us as a business and for all UK Homeowners this really is the million dollar question.


The hard truth is that we don’t have a crystal ball, so it’s difficult to say conclusively. Even the most respected economic analysts aren’t sure of what is next for us. What we can say with conviction however is that there is still a tremendous appetite for property in the UK, a shortage of property to meet that demand and encouraging words emanating from the Bank of England.


People will always need to move. The couple in the one bedroom starter home will have a child and they’ll need their next step up the ladder. That once young family will become a family of teenagers, each needing their own room and space. Children fly the nest and the parents will downsize or maybe they’ll move to the coast. There’s always a reason and need to move, and as such there’s always going to be a demand.


In the shorter term, many analysts are predicting that we could see prices adjusting and this may well be the case, but this shouldn’t necessarily be seen as a bad thing. Any correction in the market is always relative; your home may sell for less, but so will the property you are purchasing. 


The whole Brexit saga will undoubtedly fold out in the coming days but looking positively, the outlook could be complimentary to the market as a whole.


What happens next ultimately remains to be seen, but we at Hamilton Chess will remain positive throughout. If you’d like to talk to us about your home and your situation, then we’d be very pleased to come and see you. Give us a call on 01753 624 000 or get in touch with us at sales@hamiltonchess.co.uk

Tenant Demand in Windsor and Surrounding Areas

Published: 05/12/2015   Last Updated: 05/12/2015 15:58:49   Tags: Tenants, Landlords, Property

With 2016 just around the corner, local businesses are preparing to move their staff for the New Year and we at Hamilton Chess have high demand for a number of types of property.

In recent weeks we have had numerous requests for 3 bedroom houses in Windsor, 4 and 5 bedroom houses in Windsor and surrounding rural locations and 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartments in Windsor town centre. Applicants include families from home and abroad, company lets and individuals looking for apartments to use during the week when away from home.

If you’re considering letting your property in 2016, then now is the time to act. Please call us on 01753 624 000 or email lettings@hamiltonchess.co.uk and we can arrange a time to meet you at your leisure to discuss demand for your property.

Legal Update – Right to Rent and Immigration Checks

Published: 02/11/2015   Last Updated: 07/11/2015 11:31:50   Tags: Legal Update, Landlords, Property, Tenants

As of 1st February 2016 Landlords and Letting Agents will be subject to further new legislation. This time the new legislation will surround Immigration and a Tenants right to rent in the UK. This legislation will also cover those who have a lodger or are sub-letting.

 

From 1st February 2016 the new law will introduce the requirement for all Landlords and Letting Agents to check that all Tenants over the age of eighteen have the right to live in the UK legally. This includes all occupants of the property over the age of eighteen, whether they are a tenant listed on the tenancy or not.

 

Existing tenancies are unaffected, although it has been best practice to ensure a Tenant is legally allowed to reside in the UK for some time.

 

Landlords will therefore need to establish exactly who will be living in the property during the tenancy and from here they will need to obtain, check and copy one or more original appropriate documents to confirm the Tenants right to live in the UK. This must be done with the original copy of the document and in the presence of the document holder and the Landlord must retain a clear electronic version of the document, recording the date the copy was taken.
 

Acceptable documents will include a UK Passport, Permanent Residence Card or a Travel Document which confirms indefinite leave to remain. A full list of acceptable documentation can be found HERE. Landlords will need to keep copies of these items for up to year after the tenancy has ended.

 

If the Tenants and or occupiers do not have any restrictions to remain in the UK then nothing further needs to be done for the remainder of the tenancy. If however the right to remain in the UK is time restricted then the Landlord will need to make a follow up check on the Tenant. The follow up check must be made before the expiry of the Tenants right to remain, or 12 months from the original check, whichever is later.

 

If the follow up check shows that the Tenant no longer has the right to remain the UK the Landlord must inform the Home Office HERE.

 

When reporting to the Home Office the Landlord must include the full name and address of the occupier, the date they first took occupation and copies of the documents the Landlord took as part of the initial Right to Rent check. The Landlord must also include their own name, contact address or contact for the relevant agent where applicable.

Landlords can be fined up to £3,000 per person if they are found to have let a property to someone who does not have the Right to Rent and they cannot show they conducted the appropriate checks both before and during the tenancy. Details on potential penalties can also be found HERE.
 

As the UK rental market becomes subject to more long called for legislation it’s never been more important to ensure that you as a Landlord stay abreast of the latest legislation, or if you use a letting agency that you make sure you are using a registered ARLA (Association of Residential Lettings) agent such as us at Hamilton Chess who are professionally committed to the highest industry standards.

 

If you have any queries on the above or need any advice regards to lettings in the local area then please do get in touch with us on

01753 624000 or lettings@hamiltonchess.co.uk .

 

Mitch Moth MARLA

New Business Manager