August Bank Holiday 2021

August 2021

Covid-19 Guidelines 19th July 2021

As of Monday 19th July the Government have lifted many of the Covid-19 restrictions, however we will be looking to continue with our Covid-19 Safety measures for the foreseeable.

We ask if your enquiry can be discussed virtually then please do so. This helps to keep you and our staff safe and sound. If you do visit our branches, we politely request that you wear a face covering throughout your visit.

Property Valuations

We will continue to offer both virtual valuations and physical to discuss your property and our services, please make your preference clear at the time of booking. If we physically attend your property we ask for you, and anyone else attending the appointment, to wear your own a mask. If you decide to instruct us to act as your agent, then we will send all documents to you via email for you to complete.

Property Viewings

In many cases we will continue to send video tours first, and discuss your position and financial situation before we book a physical viewing to ensure our wonderful team are only carrying out essential appointments.

If you attend a physical viewing, we ask only adults to attend the viewing and a maximum of two people (from the same household). During this appointment we will ask you to attend with your own PPE. If you do not have this, then we will not be able to let you in the property.

If you or anyone in your household are showing Covid-19 symptoms, and/or being asked to isolate which we know is now happening more and more, then we ask you to let us know as soon as possible and reschedule to another time after you/they have finished self-isolating.

We are thankful for your support whilst we continue to adjust to Covid-19 being present in our day-to-day lives.

If you wish to discuss any of these guidelines in more detail, please do not hesitate to give us a call or drop us an email.

Stay Safe. Scott, Jo & Merrick

Monday 12th July Opening Time

Following the hopeful celebrations of Sunday's England V Italy Euros 2020 Final, we will be available from 10am on Monday 12th July.

Covid-19 Guidelines

Our Branches

We currently have most of our staff back in the office. Some of us will continue to work from home part time or full time. Please continue to contact us on our office telephone numbers and email addresses, and someone will be happy to help.

As of Monday 17th May general public can visit our branches should you need to. Our office doors will remain locked to help us manage the flow of foot traffic and allow us to ensure safety measures are in place before you enter the building.

We ask if your enquiry can be discussed virtually then please do so to help us ensure the safety of our staff, our clients and you the public. If a face-to-face visit occurs at either of our branches, we politely request that you wear a face covering throughout your visit.

Property Valuations

Following the Government guidelines, we will continue to offer virtual valuations to discuss your property and our services. If you decide to instruct us as your acting agent, then we will arrange a physical appointment to take photographs and measurements. All compliance documents will be sent to you via email for you to complete. During this appointment we will ask you to adhere to the Government guidelines to ensure your and our safety – Read them here.

Property Viewings

Following the Government guidelines, we will continue to send video tours first, and should you wish to proceed with that property we require you to discuss with us your position and financial situation before we are able to book a physical viewing. To reduce the number of viewings being conducted on our properties, we will only show individuals round if they are in a proceedable position.

If you attend a physical viewing, we ask only adults to attend the viewing and a maximum of two people (from the same household). During this appointment we will ask you to attend with your own PPE of face mask/covering and gloves. If you do not have this, then we will not be able to let you in the property. Government Guidelines can be read here.

It goes without saying, if you or anyone in your household are showing Covid-19 symptoms, then we ask you to inform us immediately prior to your appointment and reschedule to another time after you/they have finished self-isolating. If you or anyone in your household is shielding, then we ask you not to attend or book any physical appointments for your own safety.

We thank you for supporting us through these trying times and allowing us to assist you with your move. If you wish to discuss any of these guidelines in more detail, please do not hesitate to give us a call or drop us an email.

Stay Safe. Scott, Jo & Merrick

Pet Friendly Rental Properties

Did you know that just 7% of landlords allow pets in their rental properties? In our experience landlords are restricting the interest in their rental property, especially a family home with a garden by around 50%, and potentially missing out on the ideal tenants to rent their property and maximizing the monthly rent price. 

We have noticed that pets being permitted in a rental property is one of the main talking points we have with potential tenants when making an internet enquiry on our advertised rental properties. Landlords tend not to be keen on having pets in their property due to possible risks around cleanliness, pet odours lingering, flee infestation and noise complaints. Also landlords reluctance for pets has been impacted as well since the Tenant Fee Act 2019 came into force as neither landlords or letting agents are any longer able to increase the security deposit to compensate for allowing a pet as under the Tenant Fee Act the maximum deposit that can be taken is upto five weeks rent (unless the annual rent exceeds £50,000 in which case security deposit is capped at 6 weeks rent).

However, landlords did you know that the rent can be increased to replace a pet special clause deposit as long as the property listing advert outlines this clearly to be the case? In addition, special clauses can be added to the tenancy agreement relating to the permitted pet, like making sure the dog does not go upstairs, making sure the cat does not claw the carpet etc.

Home Partnership are a member of ARLA Propertymark therefore get in touch with one of our professional staff with any questions relating to allowing pets and to hear more about the proposed new pet Bill being considered in Government

May 2021

Facebook Live Q&A

We had our first Facebook Live Q&A where we answered your questions on buying with a 5% DEPOSIT and advice on getting onto the property ladder.

Check out the full video on our Facebook page.

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