Wishing you a Joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

("Star of Bethlehem" painted by John Bishop, CEO) December is the month of joy, happiness and togetherness. It's that time of the year where we get together with our family, friends and our loved ones in order to celebrate our relationships and express gratitude in the...


Crossrail: What does it mean to Ealing?

With Crossrail scheduled for completion in 2019 (the first Crossrail link was identified in 1974 with a Hybrid bill presented to Parliament in 2005). The impact on the town is significant. Ealing has always been unique for its transport links and with the arrival of Crossrail...


UK Chancellor's Autumn Statement: 4 Key Points for Property Market

UK Chancellor George Osborne has delivered the spending review and Autumn Statement containing the number of topics of interest. We have drafted 4 key points which impact the housing sector: In respect of purchasing a property for letting an additional rate of Stamp...


Converting commercial premises into apartments is easier than ever

We have been successful in obtaining approval for a number of A1 & A2 (Office) and B1 (Shop) conversions to Residential (C3) use over the past twelve months. A number of existing, often rundown or unlettable office and shop spaces have been transformed into flats, both for...


Prevent damage to your property with a simple test

It is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure that any electrical appliances provided in a property are safe to use. This includes kettle, microwave oven, Toaster, Washing Machine, Fridge, Vacuum Cleaner etc. Carrying out periodic inspection and testing of these appliances...


Ealing is hugely boosting its look with the upcoming cinema

(Photo Credit: Land Securities) Ealing cinema is closer than you think. Compulsory purchase order has allowed the development work to start next year. Providing everything goes according to the plan. The planning proposal submitted by The Empire cinemas in 2006 expired in 2011...


Bless This Estate Agent

A short poem by John, our CEO. Enjoy!   Bless this house as I open the door. Bless this Mortgage Broker for making me poor. Bless this Surveyor for being so blind. Bless this Solicitor for being so kind. Bless this hallway in riotous pink. Bless this kitchen...


Avoid a compliance fine of up to £5,000 from October 2015

New Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came to force on 1 st  October 2015.   The purpose of the new regulation is for landlords to ensure fire safety in the properties they let as well as eradicate carbon monoxide poisoning and prevent over 25...


George Osborne's new rules impacting properties for let

Following the General Election in May, the Chancellor held a Budget on 8 July 2015. Include within the Budget announcement, there were two issues that will affect property owners letting their properties. New rules are to be introduced on the deduction of finance costs on rented...


Need your property back? Here's what you need to do

Private landlords must follow strict procedures for an assured shorthold tenant to be lawfully evicted from their property. On 1 October 2015 certain elements of the Deregulation Act 2015 came into force. This will affect Landlords who are contemplating evicting their...


Landlords to verify the immigration status of tenants

Under section 22 of the Immigration Act 2014 a landlord should not authorise an adult to occupy their property as their only or main home under a residential tenancy agreement unless the adult is a British citizen, or EEA or Swiss national, or has a “right to rent” in...