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Lewisham Based Beckhams Property Services Celebrates its 600th Twitter Follower

Lewisham Continues to Show why it Loves Independent Businesses

After actively engaging on Twitter for 6 weeks, Beckhams Property Services have established great community relationships, today celebrating their 600th Twitter follower. Lewisham continuously demonstrates why it is a great place to live, as locals rally together to support local businesses such as Beckhams Property Services.

Much of the engagement has come naturally from health and safety, construction and real estate professionals across the globe, but more surprisingly the amount of interaction from local forums and residents of Lewisham, Southwark and Bexley has been exceptional. Beckhams Property Services is based in SE26, Forest Hill, but sits on the South Circular Road going towards SE6, Catford, neighbour to SE4, Brockley and SE26 Sydenham, all with-in the London Borough of Lewisham.

Before opening Beckhams, Business Services Manager Tara Taylor had no idea how to use Twitter and it seemed like an alien concept, but with the guidance of local users, she’s now become addicted to posting about the business and community. Using an informal approach to the social media platform, the community welcome has been very unexpected and warming to say the least.

Who are we?

Operating in the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Lewisham and Southwark, Beckhams Property Services is a South East London based, tailor-made Property Consultancy with customer service at its core. Highly knowledgeable in all aspects of the Commercial and Residential property markets, Beckhams specialises in working with Clients seeking an experience different to what they would receive from a traditional high street Estate Agent. Beckhams are committed to deliver exceptional levels of customer service to all of our Clients, whether it is in relation to Estate Agency property Sales, Lettings & Management or Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO), Health & Safety, Maintenance & Construction or Property Conversions, in addition to providing advice on increasing a property Owner’s returns on their investment.

Where do Beckhams Operate?

We come at the top of Estate Agent searches on the Yell.com business directory in the following locations:

SE3: Blackheath, Kidrooke and Westcombe Park
SE4: Brockley and Crofton Park
SE6: Bellingham, Catford and Hither Green
SE7: Charlton
SE8: Deptford, Evelyn and Rotherhithe
SE9: Chinbrook, Eltham, Falconwood, Kidbrooke, Longlands, Mottingham, New Eltham, Sidcup, Shooters Hill and Well Hall
SE10: Greenwich, Greenwich Peninsula and Maze Hill
SE12: Blackheath, Chinbrook, Eltham, Hither Green, Grove Park, Horn Park, Lee and Mottingham
SE13: Hither Green, Ladywell and Lewisham
SE14: New Cross
SE15: Nunhead, Old Kent Road, Peckham and South Bermondsey
SE16: Rotherhithe, South Bermondsey and Surrey Quays
SE18: Royal Arsenal, Plumstead, Shooters Hill and Woolwich
SE23: Crofton Park, Forest Hill and Honor Oak
SE26: Crystal Palace and Sydenham

Want to find out more!

To follow us on social media, click on the links below, which will direct you to our pages, where we would love for you to join our network:

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Community Spirit is what drives businesses such as Beckhams property services

2018 has been a busy year for all, with many looking forward to the fresh start that 2019 has to offer. This could include starting a new business, forming new relationships, starting a new job, moving or even buying a new home. At Beckhams Property Services, we hope that whatever you choose to do, that you have an amazing 2019 and end 2018 on a high.

Our team love the community we live and work in, recently engaging in a number of public events, including the Catford Food Market where we were lucky to get our hands on some art by local artist Jane Tillin. She takes everyday images from South London, transforming these through the print making process using an array of richly pigmented inks, which is a wonderful thing. Producing lino prints and cards, she uses a reduction printing process which means that every print is unique and a limited edition. A teacher by profession, she also enjoy running workshops and enabling others to enjoy the printing process.

We will be volunteering on Xmas day to help ensure children whose parents aren’t around, to have an amazing day. Events have not only enabled us to build a relationship with our local community, it has helped to increase our creativity. We have subsequently seen our business grow organically, plus we’re having a go at innovating, which we enjoy. We view our agency as remarkable and we drive everything we do with excellence in mind.

On our way to become market leaders, a journey we know we’re still on, we’ve understood that we need to care about the culture we foster and thus we have chosen to set standards, that it is important to make it clear to our staff and clients that we believe the best in them, we want the best for them and we expect the best from them. We look forward to meeting all of our new Clients in the New Year and wish you the best as always.

To keep up to date with our news and community events, sign up to our Newsletter, where we can send you information on this, or similar community events which may be of interest to you or others you know.

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Catford Food Market set to be a Great Success for the Community and Families

Catford Food Market is a new street food and craft market showcasing some of South East London’s top food Entrepreneurs

As well as food, there’s live music, free craft events for children and Catford Cornucopia – Catford’s very own gift shop. The Beckhams Property Service’s will be in attendance to try out the delicious foods, plus buy some local food and hopefully buy some locally produced art for our new office on Stanstead Road.

The market has excellent accessibility for pushchairs and those with mobility needs or who just want some seating.

Organised separately from the Catford Market, with the Food Market taking place on the last Sunday of every month, it features handmade cosmetics, coffee with a conscience, street food from around the world, local crafts and ingredients for any kitchen.

What are the opening hours?

Catford Food Market is open for business 10am to 4pm.

How do I get there?

We advise coming to Catford Food Market by public transport. Buses including numbers 47, 54, 75, 124, 136, 160, 171, 181, 185, 199, 202, 208, 284, 320 and 336 stop nearby.

The market is a short walk from both Catford and Catford Bridge stations or the surrounding areas.

If you are driving, there is limited free parking at Canadian Avenue and Thomas Lane car parks. Both car parks have five disabled bays available each.

Is It accessible?

Catford Broadway is a wide flat street with minimal kerbs and as such is accessible for wheelchairs, buggies and shopping trolleys. The Catford Food Market will have its own custom seating areas for you to stop and take the weight off your feet while you eat.

I love what you are doing. How can I promote Beckhams and the Catford Food Market?

You can promote both Beckhams Property Services and the Catford Food Market by social media. We are both on Twitter and Instagram and you can use the hashtag #catfordfoodmarket and #beckhamspropertyservices. We follow back and we love to see your photos of Lewisham, Catford and the Catford Food Market so @ us both in!

Watch the Catford Food Market video to find Out more

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The New Bermondsey Project Gets Moving After Years of Negotiation

The “New Bermondsey Project” brings regeneration to a much-loved part of Southwark

New Bermondsey features an underused 30-acre industrial site, which tips the London Borough of Lewisham, home of Beckhams Property Services. The development will help to create Lewisham and Southwark’s newest community, attracting its own unique identity. The development will see new people moving into the area, owing to the creation of new homes and job opportunities, as well as the new community spaces that will naturally come as part of the scheme, helping to bring a fresh lease of life to the community.

The regeneration specialists at Renewal have closely worked with Lewisham Council and the Mayor of London for this project, you can find heaps more information on their website www.newbermondsey.com. The project will consist of two phases, the first will create a local community hub, with coffee shops, rehearsal and classroom space. The second phase of the project will include the development of 271 homes as well as Energize, a new state-of-the-art £40m indoor sports complex. In partnership with OnSide to create an OnSide Youth Zone within Energize, the scheme will provide young people with a space to meet, creating things to do and people to talk to.

To keep up to date with developments such as the New Bermondsey Project, as well as property Homes and Flats for rent or sale, sign up to our Newsletter, where we can send you information on this, or similar community schemes which may be of interest to you or others you know.

 

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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.

If you require further information about our unique business marketing strategies and systems, please sign-up to our website for free, call, email or visit our office, where we’ll be happy to discuss in further detail with you.

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Why Brockley in SE4 is Shoreditch’s much loved fashionable Auntie

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.

If you require further information regarding buying properties in Brockley, please sign-up to our website for free, call, email or visit our office, where we’ll be happy to discuss in further detail with you.

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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.

If you require further information regarding Fire and Gas Safety, please sign-up to our website for free, call, email or visit our office, where we’ll be happy to discuss in further detail with you.

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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.

If you require further information regarding Health & Safety, please sign-up to our website for free, call, email or visit our office, where we’ll be happy to discuss in further detail with you.

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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.

If you require further information regarding BTL’s, please sign-up to our website for free, call, email or visit our office, where we’ll be happy to discuss in further detail with you.