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Huge Success for the British Business Show at the London Excel Exhibition Centre

The British Business Show 2018 proves a Huge Success for Organisers as Business Owners of all sizes attend

The Team at Beckhams Property Services were amongst those who attended the exhibition, keen to identify any new business strategies that could help supply a better service to our Clients. Property Services Manager of Beckhams, Tara Taylor noted, “the exhibition proved very informative, with experts from the property, information systems and construction sector demonstrating their niche business concepts.”

This show was special, as it marked the 40th show for the event organisers. Proving popular as always, the show has become a favourite amongst seasoned entrepreneurs, as well as those testing their feet in the waters of setting up and running their own business.

Tara also met her account management team from Yell, who are invaluable to the business and always go above and beyond in their service delivery.

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Why Brockley in SE4 is considered the much loved fashionable Auntie to Shoreditch

Properties in Brockley, Lewisham are considered the next step in the chain for those wishing to move out of Shoreditch.

You only have to walk around Brockley to see for yourself the buzzing streets, parks, neighbourly shops and restaurants. Identified as part of the postcode SE4, Brockley neighbours Crofton Park, Ladywell and Forest Hill in Lewisham and owing to it’s quirky nature, is seen as the Auntie to Shoreditch, which is currently undergoing its own significant regeneration and modernisation programme.

Many London residents bored with City life, in places such as Shoreditch see Brockley as the next step in their property ladder. Lewisham is familiar in scenery, without the hustle and bustle of the daily grind of being in the hub of London.

This district has been designated a conservation area by the Heritage Conservation Authority and is home to the Brockley Conservation Area. Since 1974, this Association has managed to designate this area as protected, in order to retain its identity and character. As such, very few new buildings have been built there in recent years and the site has kept it’s tree-lined streets and Victorian terraces.

Brockley contains several attractive open spaces, amongst them Blythe Hill, Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries (opened in 1858 and now a nature reserve) and Hilly Fields. The latter was saved from development by the Commons Preservation Society and local groups in the 1880s and 1890s (including Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust). In 1896, after being bought with the proceeds of private donations and funding from the London County Council, the fields were transformed from old brickpits and ditches into a park. The park became a regular meeting place for the Suffragette movement between 1907 and 1914.

Property for sale in Brockley falls below the London average pricing scale, as it is still undergoing major regeneration; therefore proving a popular choice for first time buyers and investors alike.

For transport, there are three overland railway stations, Crofton, Ladywell and Brockley stations, as well as buses with direct access to Victoria, Lewisham and London Bridge. These options prove a popular choice for City workers, who want to live in leafy suburbs, whilst maintaining their City lifestyle.

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Selling your home in 2019 with Forest Hill’s most passionate Estate Agency

Buying a selling your home in Forest Hill, Lewisham, London, SE23 1JB, or Catford, SE6 with Beckhams Property Services, your local independent Estate Agents

Why not sell your home in 2019 with Forest Hill’s most passionate Estate Agency, Beckhams Property Services.

Brexit had a massive impact on the housing market, with many prospective sellers choosing instead to stay put.

However, with 2019 offering more stability with a structured conclusion on how Britain will leave the European Union, more Home Owners are now confident in discussing the future sale prospects for their home.

Beckhams Property Services, based in Forest Hill, Lewisham, have seen many enquiries from buyers, but not enough stock on the market. Could you be missing the chance to meet your perfect buyer? If you’ve been fortunate enough to find your dream house, now’s the time to pounce on it. Fewer properties are likely to come on the market in the current climate so if you see something you like and you are confident you can find a buyer for yours, go for it.

If you’ve made the decision that you’re going to move regardless of what the future of the British economy holds, now’s the time to do it. After Brexit, things are likely to get more expensive and harder, especially for visas, plus you may be able to grab a bargain if seeking to move up the ladder to a different location.

Our team offer a free valuation service, with competitive fees, no money paid until completion and Lewisham born and bred property experts. We know what our community requires when it comes to service, plus treat our Clients with the respect, due care and attention they rightly deserve.

If you would like to discover what your home is worth in todays market, so you can consider if you would like to put it on the market, why not speak to a member of our Team who can help you to decide if you would like to join those who place their home on the market in January, so that you can move onto pastures new..

Contact a member of our team today, to  sell your home in areas such as Forest Hill, Lewisham, London, or Catford, SE6 with Beckhams Property Services, your local Independent Estate Agency.

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Landlord receives suspended sentence after failed maintenance on gas appliances

A Landlord from Blackburn has received a fine subsequent to failing to maintain gas appliances at his rental properties in Norwich

Norwich Magistrates’ Court was informed that Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspected a property at Kings Lynn in Norfolk in 2017, where they discovered a gas oven to be at risk and the gas heating boiler to be unsafe to use.

The Landlord also failed to comply with an ‘Improvement Notice’ issued in July last year, which required them to act and deal with the issues.

Ladell pleaded guilty to breaching Section 21 of the Health & Safety Work etc. Act (1974) and breaching Regulation 36(2) and Regulation 36(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations (1998).

He received a 20-week prison sentence suspended for 24 months, was ordered to carry out 100  ours of unpaid community work and to pay full costs of £4,146.

We’re always reminding Landlords to check their properties and keep compliant with the Fire and Gas Safety regulations.

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One of the first: Landlord repays housing benefit following new legislation

An Essex Council claims it is one of the first to be granted a rent repayment order

Thurrock Council has reclaimed over £1,000 of housing benefit paid to rogue Landlord Tobe Ayandare following a tribunal.

The Landlord was initially fined £9,000 in March this year, for failing to comply with an improvement notice under the Housing Act (2004) and part of new Legislation introduced under the Housing and Planning Act (2016).

At the same time, Property Management Agency, Cephas Homes Limited were also fined £2,000 and its Directors Boianie Idowu and Olumide Idowu fined £5,000 each, plus ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge.

The occupier of Ayandare’s property in South Ockendon made a complaint to Council Officers who found it to have ten different Health & Safety hazards, including rodent infestation, a leaking boiler and insecure window frames and doors.

Following the Landlord’s failure to comply with the improvement notice issued and the subsequent March prosecution, Thurrock Council sought to recover the housing benefit payments it had made to the Landlord during the ten-week period he had failed to comply with the improvement notice.

“This is a landmark case for the Council. I am delighted that not only have we been able to prosecute and ensure the necessary improvement works are carried out at the Landlord’s expense, but also to recover rent for the very first time. Everyone should have a good quality place to live and will not tolerate Landlords exploiting their Tenants by taking rent, or taxpayers’ money in the form of housing benefit, while forcing them to live in unacceptable conditions,” said Councillor Barry Johnson, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for housing.

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More Brits considering becoming Landlords in 2018 for long term financial security

One in ten of UK adults thinking of Buy to Lets

Income from residential rent has become a popular source for stable income in the UK. More numbers of people in Britain are considering becoming Landlords in 2018 and this reflects the strong position of the UK lettings market, with rent growing consistently in major cities.

Latest research from Sainsbury’s Bank revealed that almost one in ten (9 per cent) of UK adults showed an interest in taking out a Buy to Let (BTL) mortgage in 2018. This meant that across the UK, approximately 4.8 million people could potentially become Landlords in 2018, further expanding the pool of rental properties.

With affordability becoming an issue for many home-buyers, most of them prefer rental homes til such time they have sufficient saving as deposit for their first home. In the process, the rental market is expanding and registering a stable growth year-on-year. The London residential rental market in particular is growing at a healthy rate of 4 per cent and above month-on-month attracting more BTL investors.

In addition to an attractive rental income, many other factors are prompting people to become Landlords in the UK. Apparently, a change in income, current housing and receiving inheritance are the main drivers for this trend.

Of those taking out or considering a BTL mortgage, over a third (35 per cent) said a change in income had inspired them to do so, while 3 in 10 (29 per cent) remain encouraged by the current opportunities to enter the BTL market. A quarter (25 per cent) were considering a BTL mortgage after receiving inheritance and many may have found themselves ‘accidental Landlords.’

It was also interesting to note, the majority of the potential Landlords opted for a house for their BTL mortgage. Over half (51 per cent) of them considered buying a house while 46 per cent considered purchasing new builds prior to this year. Another 46 per cent have also considered purchasing a flat, with 44 per cent having considered buying new build flats. New build homes and flats are among the popular rental properties in the UK.

The Lettings market in the UK, especially London, was buoyant in 2018. The residential market is poised for growth with better rental yields predicted.

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Landlord from London fined over £70,000 for unlicensed Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO’s)

A Landlord has been handed a total fine of £75,215, for failing to licence four Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s)

Mr Gunapalan Vamathevan was prosecuted for nine offences at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on August 6.

The prosecution was brought after an investigation following reports last year that Mr Vamathevan was operating several unlicensed HMO’s.

Ealing Council’s regulatory services also found breaches relating to the Management of the properties, including dangerous staircases and serious hazards.

Numerous HMO licensing application forms along with warning letters were sent to Vamathevan, but no applications were submitted for the properties.

Subsequent inspections found, the required works under a number of improvement notices had not been carried out and prohibition orders had been breached.

Ealing Council says it takes a robust approach to offences of this nature and therefore prosecuted Vamathevan for failing to manage properties and failing to comply with the notices served.

The Landlord eventually submitted HMO license applications for his properties, although this took place after the prosecution had already begun.

Cllr Ranjit Dheer, cabinet member for safety, culture and community services, said, “this case is a significant result against an unscrupulous Landlord who has previously been prosecuted by the Council for his disregard of licensing regulations. We make every effort to ensure Residents in our Borough are well protected and have decent living standards. We take a tough line against anyone who deliberately flouts the law and Mr Vamathevan has quite rightly been given a very heavy penalty for his prolonged and intentional illegal behaviour.”

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Landlord hit with huge fine for ‘worst property seen in years’

A Landlord has been hit with a total fine of almost £40,000 for breaching House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Regulations

David Greene, 64, was prosecuted at Birmingham Magistrates Court on August 30 for letting a property which council officers described as the ‘worst they had seen in the last 10 years’.

The Landlord has owned the three-storey property, which includes ten self-contained flats, since 1986 and pleaded guilty to breaching HMO Regulations.

When visiting the building, Birmingham City Council officers found smoke detectors hanging off the ceiling, ill-fitting fire doors and blocked fire exits.

There were also broken and boarded up windows, plus Tenants had no access to hot water or heating. Meanwhile, the front and rear doors were insecure, leaving the property open to the elements.

The Council said that it had previously contacted Greene on several occasions to resolve the poor conditions but he neglected his responsibilities and put the lives of vulnerable Tenants in danger.

The Landlord maintained he had issues gaining access to the flats but he was nonetheless hit with a fine of £35,000, costs of £1,941 and a victim surcharge of £170.

“Mr Greene has shown a callous disregard for his responsibilities as a Landlord. This fine sends out a message to all Landlords who ignore the law that Birmingham City Council will pursue anyone who lets out substandard accommodation,” said Councillor Sharon Thompson, Cabinet Member for homes and neighbourhoods at Birmingham City Council.

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