The End of the Section 21 Eviction Notice: How will it Affect Landlords?

Landlords are currently able to regain possession of a property without giving a reason using a Section 21 eviction notice. In April the Government announced plans to change this. What is a Section 21 eviction notice? Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 enables landlords to evict tenants at any time after the fixed term of their contract has ended. Landlords can do this by serving the tenant with a Section 21 eviction notice, which gives the tenant two months’ notice to leave. The landlord doesn’t need to provide a reason for the eviction. What are the proposed changes? The More ›

Should You Let Your Tenants Keep Pets? 5 Pros and Cons

Letting tenants keep pets has become a sticking point for landlords concerned about upsetting the neighbours and protecting their property from avoidable wear and tear. But with an estimated 78% of pet owners reportedly having difficulty finding properties which allow their fluffy friends, permitting pets brings a raft of benefits too. This includes happier tenants, longer leases, and more revenue due to fewer renting gaps and the ability to charge higher rent. So with 46% of UK renters owning a pet, can you afford to exclude almost half the market? Here’s a list of pros and cons to consider before More ›

Energy Saving Tips: How to Reduce Utility Bills at Home

Reducing the amount of energy you use is not only good for the environment but can also help you save a significant amount of money. A few simple changes can make a big difference, so we’ve put together our top energy saving tips to help you get started.   1. Turn it down With summer coming to an end, it won’t be long before the cold weather strikes and we start doing all we can to keep warm. Heating your house efficiently is extremely important when it comes to saving money – turning down your thermostat by just one degree More ›

Investing in Buy-to-Let Property: Advice for Aspiring Landlords

Investing in buy-to-let property is still an attractive prospect for many people, despite recent changes in the way buy-to-let investments are taxed. The changes mean that landlords are no longer able to offset all their mortgage interest against their profits – but investing in buy-to-let can still pay off. However, the changes mean that if you do want to enter the buy-to-let market, you need to do things properly if you want to see a return. Here’s our essential advice for anyone considering investing in buy-to-let property. Research the market and know the pitfalls Before you invest, be sure that More ›

Why buying a new home might be for you…

Why buying a new home might be for you… When looking to buy a home, your agent will more often than not ask whether you’re seeking a new home or an older home. You may already have an idea in mind of the home you wish to purchase, but if you’re considering buying a new home then we’ve got reasons why purchasing a newly built home could be for you. There are various benefits of buying a new build home, as there are to buying a second hand home, but if you’re unsure then here are some things you should More ›

What Schemes are Available to First Time Buyers

What Schemes are Available to First Time Buyers It comes as no surprise that being a first time buyer in London is tough. More often than not you’re spending a lot on rent and trying to save for deposit whilst also seeing the rising house costs. It’s no secret that it’s not easy to buy for the first time. If you’re struggling to find the right option for you, we’ve broken down the different schemes available for first time buyers below. Help to Buy Equity Loan The equity loan option requires a 5% from the buyer, the Government offer a More ›

What does Article 50 mean for London house prices?

What does Article 50 mean for London house prices? On 29th March, a monumental day in the UK occurred. After the vote on 24th June last year, Prime Minister Theresa May officially triggered Article 50 and began the process of removing the UK from the EU. Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon allows any EU member to quit; from the moment they “resign” they’re given two years to negotiate an exit deal. Once the exit deal is triggered, you’re unable to stop the motion, unless there is unanimous consent from all member states. Britain should leave the EU before More ›

The Deptford Sales and Rentals Guide

The Deptford Sales and Rentals Guide Our newest office opening in Deptford further cements our reach across London, and is our first SE London office. Deptford has experienced high levels of regeneration in recent years and has been described as the next Shoreditch; if the transformation is anything like what we’ve seen in E1 then we can expect great things for the area and an increase in sales and rental prices. Lewisham Council invested over £700,000 into improving Deptford in recent years;  and has now been given a further £1.5 million contribution from the Mayor’s Outer London fund, to modernise More ›

What’s Coming for 2017?

What’s Coming for 2017? With 2017 underway, we’re beginning to look at what could possibly happen this year within the London property market; both sales and rentals. The country’s gaze is firmly fixed on all things Article 50 related, and the expectation that this will be triggered towards the latter part of the first quarter, the question remains; what exactly will happen within the London property market in the run up to this? The Sales Market London has seen years of runaway growth – with the average house in 2006 standing at £257,000 comparable to a lot steeper £474,000 in More ›

Meet the Team: Martyn Durling

Meet the Team: Martyn Durling, Head of Office: Martyn Durling is Head of Office of our Wanstead branch and oversees everything sales and lettings. He’s been with Keatons for four years. When he’s not running the office Martyn enjoys spending time with his loved ones and playing football. I am responsible for… The smooth running of both the sales and lettings departments in our Wanstead office, and the individual teams within the office. Whether this be guiding and teaching new recruits, ensuring morale is always high and keeping the office motivated. A head of office is… Someone who oversees the More ›