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Our property News & Blogs are carefully selected & written by our expert, long-serving and experienced managers.
Mon 11 Jan 2021
Last year was a tough one for us all - not least landlords. As many tenants struggled to pay their rent, landlords often bore the brunt; unable to proceed with evictions or access financial support schemes. As we enter 2021, under increasingly tough lockdown rules, consumer organisation Which? highlights the key things landlords need to understand.
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Mon 4 Jan 2021
Landlords have a duty of care for their tenants and are legally responsible for providing safe accommodation for them. Failure to do so can result in hefty fines or even a prison sentence.
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Mon 21 Dec 2020
Our offices will close for the holidays from 1pm on Thursday 24th December 2020
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Mon 21 Dec 2020
Landlords have been warned about the potential costs of making their properties compliant with future legislation to combat climate change.
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Wed 16 Dec 2020
Should you list your property before Christmas?
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Mon 14 Dec 2020
2020 has been an unprecedented year, and the UK housing market has weathered many ups and downs. As we reflect on 2020, here are our most-read stories from the past 12 months.
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Mon 7 Dec 2020
The first quarter of 2021 could see 100,000 more sales than normal across the UK, as the mini housing boom continues.
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Mon 30 Nov 2020
The government has created Help to Buy schemes which give home buyers a helping hand onto the property ladder.
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Mon 23 Nov 2020
Parcels waiting in porches and on doorsteps offer rich pickings for opportunistic thieves - so called ‘porch pirates’, who may not stop at stealing deliveries.
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Mon 16 Nov 2020
Flats in sought after areas with features such as outside space will fetch premium prices which may be out of your budget. However, we would advise you to buy in the best location you can afford, even if this means comprising on the size of the flat.
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Wed 11 Nov 2020
Currently, 45% of total global carbon emissions come from the way the world produces and uses everyday products, so Buy Back represents an opportunity to address unsustainable consumption
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Thu 5 Nov 2020
This means our offices are still open and we will continue to work hard to assist both customers and clients with their property needs.
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Tue 3 Nov 2020
Whether you are a landlord or tenant here is what you need to know about the Tenant Fee Ban Act…
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Wed 28 Oct 2020
Last year, Danish bank Jyske introduced a ten-year fixed-rate mortgage with a rate of -0.5%. However, the mortgage attracted fees which outweighed the negative interest - meaning borrowers still had to pay a small amount for their loan.
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Tue 20 Oct 2020
In the summer statement on 8th July 2020, chancellor, Rishi Sunak, introduced a temporary stamp duty holiday on transactions of up to £500,000. This stamp duty holiday will last until 31st March 2021.
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Thu 15 Oct 2020
We expect the decrease in rental values to continue into the winter, but the declines will narrow and eventually stabilise before rents begin to rise in 2021 as the marked imbalance between supply and demand recedes.
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Thu 15 Oct 2020
Like all sound and sensible negotiations both vendor and buyer must be prepared to move from their expectations and compromise.
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Tue 13 Oct 2020
In the survey, Kensington Palace Gardens is named the country’s most expensive road for the 12th year running with an average price tag of £35.9 million.
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Tue 6 Oct 2020
Some landlords believe that if their property is not fully furnished then they do not need an inventory. This is a grave mistake to make.
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Tue 29 Sep 2020
Four out of 10 respondents said a garden or balcony is now a top priority, with a third aiming to buy near a park or the countryside.
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Tue 22 Sep 2020
It doesn’t matter who you let your property out to, the Right to Rent legislation requires landlords to verify that all tenants (aged 18 and over) can legally rent their residential property.
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Tue 15 Sep 2020
Estate agents have also reported a large increase in buyers looking for bigger properties with outdoor space following lockdown.
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Mon 7 Sep 2020
DIY conveyancing is possible, however, like many complicated transactions, the devil is in the detail and buying or selling a property is no exception to this rule.
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Thu 27 Aug 2020
Inheritance tax, at a rate of 40%, must be paid on estates of more than £325,000 - this threshold increases to £500,000 if the estate is left to the deceased’s children or grandchildren. There is no inheritance tax to pay if left to a spouse or civil partner.
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Mon 24 Aug 2020
New 6 month notice periods to be in place until at least 31 March 2021.
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Mon 17 Aug 2020
With a global pandemic, you would assume that London’s Prime Central residential property market would be on its knees ...
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Mon 17 Aug 2020
Most commentators regard a rental yield of 7% or more as a good return on your property investment. Even the 3.87% yield, if the property is bought outright, is much higher than the interest you’ll receive from a savings account
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Mon 10 Aug 2020
The Law Commission also proposes moving to a new system, known as commonhold. This involves people owning the freehold of their individual flat and managing the maintenance of the building
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Tue 4 Aug 2020
The transactions that have taken place both vendors and buyers have been willing to move on their expectation, but for much of the market there is at present a standoff.
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Tue 4 Aug 2020
With nearly 50 years of experience in an ever-changing market we are confident that Plaza Estates will continue to adapt to the new normal and provide the excellent, reliable and personal service that our clients and customers have come to expect
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Mon 3 Aug 2020
If you have been living outside the UK for more than six months in any tax year, and earn rental income in the UK, you must register with HMRC, even if you are a UK citizen.
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Mon 27 Jul 2020
The chancellor has asked the Office for Tax Simplification to review CGT - the tax on the profits made when people sell second homes and other assets
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Mon 20 Jul 2020
Condensation is the most common cause of damp in rented properties. It happens when moisture in the air comes into contact with cold surfaces, causing water droplets to form, which can lead to mould growth.
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Thu 9 Jul 2020
Temporary stamp duty exemption for properties under £500,000
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Mon 6 Jul 2020
Moving house is the third most stressful thing a person will experience in their lives. The other two, we are told, are divorce and the death of a spouse.
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Tue 23 Jun 2020
The government wants letting agents and landlords to work with tenants who are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic. Landlords are being asked to look at all possible options, including flexible payment plans which take account of a tenant’s circumstances.
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Mon 22 Jun 2020
the Electrical Safety Standards that come into force on 1st July 2020. The regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person, at least every 5 years.
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Mon 15 Jun 2020
There is still no sign that the cultural sector will restart any time soon. So, if you’re looking for some mental stimulation, here are a few ideas
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Thu 11 Jun 2020
Second-time buyer? We offer some guidance on second mortgages.
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Wed 10 Jun 2020
Over the past two months we have helped buyers, vendors, landlords and tenants through virtual valuations and virtual viewings and will continue to do so in order to ensure that the safety of both our customers and staff remains the first priority.
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Tue 2 Jun 2020
What is a Homebuyers Survey Report & Checklist?
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Thu 21 May 2020
homeowners, who remortgage now, could save £1000s, says Ideal Home magazine
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Wed 13 May 2020
From today, in accordance with government instructions relating to COVID-19, the property market begins its considered return to normality.
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Mon 11 May 2020
The NAEA is asking the government for a support package, including a £1,500 loan for home buyers and a six-month stamp duty holiday.
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Mon 4 May 2020
In general terms, the longer your lease, the more your property is worth, but extending the lease is a costly exercise.
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Mon 27 Apr 2020
Refurbishing your property during lock-down
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Fri 17 Apr 2020
Landlords struggling to pay their mortgage were also told that they can apply for a three-month payment holiday, thanks to a scheme from the government and the banks.
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Mon 6 Apr 2020
You can reduce your tax bill by claiming for some of the expenses which come with renting out property.
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Thu 2 Apr 2020
From April this year, you won’t be able to claim any tax relief on your mortgage interest payments, as this relief has been phased out, however...
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Thu 26 Mar 2020
However, we are not closed for business, our teams will still be working remotely to deliver the same excellent level of service we have become renowned for over the past 48 years
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Thu 19 Mar 2020
Our staff will only attend viewings if they feel 100% symptom-free and ask the same of any potential applicants.
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Mon 9 Mar 2020
One sure way to tell that brighter days are on the way is seeing London’s parks and street burst into life with beautiful cherry blossom.
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Thu 5 Mar 2020
While finding your dream tenant can't be guaranteed, there are simple steps you can take, and checks you can make, to ensure you know more about the person you’re letting to.
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Tue 3 Mar 2020
What is an EPC certificate? Energy Performance Certificates Explained - Plaza Estates
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Fri 21 Feb 2020
The new minister will have plenty to keep him busy. Figures from the National Housing Federation estimate that 8.4 million people in England live in insecure or unsuitable homes
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Thu 20 Feb 2020
A selection of recently sold properties by our Knightsbridge office.
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Mon 10 Feb 2020
Co-buying involves up to four friends or family members investing in a property together. The main advantage is that you can buy a stake in a home sooner, rather than later, saving money which would have gone on rent.
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Wed 5 Feb 2020
But don’t be seduced by the surface gloss of a brand-new home - you need to approach your decision in a business-like way as any other UK property investment.
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Mon 3 Feb 2020
Situated by the green spaces of Hyde Park, Bayswater’s housing is generally more affordable than nearby Notting Hill and Marylebone.
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Mon 27 Jan 2020
However, 61% of people taking part in the survey believed that the government will fail to reach its target of building one million new homes by 2025.
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Fiona Guthrie Blogger
ex- Lettings Director
Danielle Thirsk Blogger
ex- Lettings Manager (Marble Arch)
Eitan Fox Plaza Estates Director
Sales Director (Knightsbridge)
Maurice Shasha
Director
Fraser Gregory - Plaza Estates Knightsbridge Manger
Head of Residential Lettings
Anthony Irving Blogger
Sales Manager (Marble Arch)

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