Legislation in relation to staff training and qualifications

Now you may or may not know that the government is planning to bring it in as legislation that all people who work in the lettings industry must have a qualification. I personally think that this is a great idea and at JP Hay we’re all trained in the National Federation of Property Professionals Standards and my team are expected …

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A property perspective on the budget

Stamp duty abolished for some first time buyers – and rates relief for retail. Yesterday’s Budget speech didn’t include many dramatic new measures to boost the property sector but we certainly welcome the Chancellor’s first time buyers’ stamp duty abolition on shared ownership homes valued at up to 500,000. This is a good way to get normal working families into …

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How your property should look online

As we all know in this day and age, many people do lots and lots of things online, as opposed to back in the day when they used to go strolling around the estate agents’ looking for properties to rent or to buy. Now it’s all predominantly done by their mobile phone, or it’s done at home when they’re on …

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An issue with AirBnB

This week’s blog is about Airbnb, and an issue that we’ve recently had with one of our own landlords. So, what happened was a tenant took the property, as normal, they sent through all the checks, they signed a tenancy agreement, and then ultimately, what they’ve been doing since then is providing the apartment as an Airbnb apartment. This has …

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How to prepare your property for the next tenancy…

Whilst we are all in agreement that void periods should be kept to a minimum, it is extremely important that your property is a place where your next tenant walks into and it feels like home. I do appreciate that cost can play a factor when it comes to the renewal of a tenancy and sometimes landlords may want to …

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Can my tenant use their deposit as their last months rent?

At JP Hay we have had situations, where tenants presume that they can leave the property at the end of the tenancy and use the deposit as their last month’s rent. This is despite the fact of clearly explaining to the tenant what the deposit was for at the beginning of the tenancy. Unless pre agreed at the start of …

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Should you offer your tenant a fixed long term tenancy?

There are many advantages and disadvantages to offering a long term tenancy (i.e. longer than 12 months) If you do decide to offer your tenant a long term tenancy agreement, it should only be for a maximum of three years. Anything longer than a three year period,  and the tenancy goes from an Assured short hold tenancy (AST) to a …

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What it is like to live in the tranquil area of Castlefield

Castlefield is one of the most sought after areas in Manchester, due to it being located within close proximity to the luxurious and happening Deansgate. Yet its peaceful tranquil and green which attracts thousands to live there. It is an inner city conservation area of Manchester bounded by the River Irwell, Quay Street, Deansgate and Chester Road. It was the …

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What is it like to live in Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter

With the Northern Quarter being the most up and coming place to live in Manchester City Centre, it was only a matter of time before plans for thousands of new homes fell into place. The Northern Quarter is known for its cool and trendy vibe, attracting music lovers from across the country with its many DJ record shops, music venues …

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