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A Simple Guide to Landlord Safety Responsibilities

Further to our previous update regarding licensing changes, we have been asked by many of our landlords to expand upon my mailouts and explain things further within other facets of the industry. To this end, please find the first of such updates as below.

There are at least 145 laws, and over 400 regulations that need to be followed to legally let a property in England and Wales, but when it comes to your responsibilities as a ...

Property prices rise at fastest rate on record

Rightmove has reported property price increases from December 19 to January 20 of 2.3%; representing the largest-ever increase in prices over a 4-week period since it began its asking price index almost two decades ago. With the property market starting the year in such good health, 2020 is poised to be a strong year all round for housing.

In the 4 weeks from 8th December to 11th January, asking prices increased by over 2%, ...

Buyer Demand Sours

Recent data released by Zoopla has shown that 2020 has started in supreme fashion for the property market; with buyer demand up 26% when compared to the same period in 2018 and 2019. With such an influx of buyers, those thinking of selling their property have timed it well.

Hometrack, the data research arm of Zoopla, have demonstrated just how much of an effect the general election and the promise of political stability have ...

Electrical Safety Regulations to come into place for Landlords

The first new landlord legislation of 2020 has been proposed, and relates to electrical safety checks. If you are a landlord of a property, then the proposed new regulations could affect you from 1st July this year.

Subject to parliamentary approval, from summer this year landlords will have to ensure electrical installations inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies, and for existing tenancies the ...

First Time Buyers Guide To Making An Offer

If you're a first-time buyer and have begun the hunt for your first home, you may think that once you've found the right one you simply offer what they ask for; job done! However, when it comes to making an offer on a home, there's a bit more work that should go into it than simply offering the price advertised.

You need to be confident when making an offer that you're not going to be stung by an inflated asking price or take ...

Willesden Homeowners Have Made an Annual Profit Of £22,719 Since the Millennium

Willesden Homeowners Have Made an Annual Profit Of 22,719 Since the Millennium

As we go full steam ahead into 2019, it's certain that the Willesden housing market in 2018 was a little more restrained than 2016 and 2017 and I believe this will continue into 2019. Property ownership is a medium to long term investment so, looking at the long-term, the average Willesden homeowner, having owned their property since ...

Live in Willesden? About to Retire and Privately Rent? You Could be £7,000 a Year Worse Off!

Live in Willesden? About to Retire and Privately Rent? You Could be 7,000 a Year Worse Off!?

You read the personal finance pages of the newspapers and it all seems to be the impending pensions crisis ... where people aren't saving enough for their retirement. But it's not the lack of Willesden peoples' future pension incomes that are my immediate concern. The fact is that so many of the future retirees in ...

Do you have a property license for your rental property?

Do you have a property license for your rental property?

As a good landlord you may welcome any measures that are introduced to prevent rogues from having a negative impact on our industry. Brent Council have been operating a selective licensing scheme in three wards, Harlesden, Wembley Central and Willesden, but have recently announced that a further five electoral wards will now be included: Dudden Hill, ...

Four jobs you shouldn't neglect when selling your home

Four jobs you shouldn't neglect when selling your home

You're selling your home, and you have worked hard to ensure the inside is presented in a way that will appeal to potential buyers - don't let this hard work go to waste by neglecting those maintenance jobs that could set alarm bells ringing for those on a viewing. Buyers want to see a cared for property, and little things like a broken doorbell or a ...

Revealed; the biggest turn-offs for tenants

Revealed; the biggest turn-offs for tenants

The private rental sector as we know has been growing as many make this their lifestyle choice as homeownership levels decrease. Around 20% of households in the UK are privately rented and it's estimated to rise further in the next couple of years. With this being the case the market is extremely competitive and therefore you need to do everything you can to ensure ...

6 key things that will help your home sell this year

6 key things that will help your home sell this year

The start of a new year signifies new beginnings and a fresh start, which is why many people decide it's the perfect time to start looking for a new home. If you're already on the property ladder then your main thought could be about selling your home. We often see the same common mistakes from vendors, which is why we want to advise you on 6 key things that ...

Why De-Cluttering is the Perfect Therapy for Moving Home?

Why De-Cluttering is the Perfect Therapy for Moving Home?

Do you have them? A cupboard, a wardrobe, or even a drawer that you dare not open as you know if you do you'll have to acknowledge how much stuff and also how much crap you have collected over the years. If you have ever moved home, you will know how overwhelming a task it is packing up all that 'stuff' only to just move it to your next home. Oh yes, ...

What tenants really, really want?

What tenants really, really want?

Is there really any science behind letting a property, or is it just simply about having a property in the right location? In the era of generation rent and in which, according to recent research by Zoopla, it is 47% cheaper to rent a property in London than to buy, tenants can afford to be more particular about what they really, really want out of a rental ...


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What Our Clients Say...

The guys over at PE were excellent throughout the entire cycle from viewings to signing the contract. They did everything and more to ensure my experience was seamless. Would highly recommend Andrew and the rest of the guys over at Portlands.

Rahul Kumar - Tenant

Professional and friendly service. My first experience using an estate agent could not have gone any better. Always available by phone or email no matter how minutia the question or need is. Within 25 hours they (Andrew) had found me a couple who have already moved in! Strongly recommend their services. Thank you so much to the Portland Team.

Liza Silvanian - Landlord

Darren and Andy were excellent at helping us to secure our new home - knowledgeable and sensible, lots of attention to the transaction, and great drive to get us over the line. Thanks both!

David Scott - Buyer

Finally, we sold our flat. It was a roller coaster journey for us-- with the great help of Darren and Andy who were there to guide us along the way (as we are selling our property for the first time) these duos really did a fantastic job of explaining to us and giving us information as we go about with the process. They would call, update us by email, phone and would go extra mile.. I couldnt thank them enough. Thank you Portland Estate Agents. Highly recommended!

Rhodora Requilme - Seller

Very helpful people, I found an amazing house to rent in a short period of time. I have relocated from another country and they helped me a lot.

Anca Novac - Tenant

I would highly recommend Portland Estate Agents. They offered a highly efficient service with clear communication, regular and reliable updates. Offered frank advice in relation to the market which ensured a sale within 5 weeks in this competitive market. The office of Portland estate agents always offered a warm welcome.

Patricia Walsh - Seller

I sold a 3-bedroom house in NW10 area through Portland Estate Agents. I am very satisfied with their service from valuation to sale, and I strongly endorse Portland Estate Agent with high ratings as their service is great and above expected. I would like to thank Darren, for being helpful, always responsive; and highly knowledgeable during the transaction. Thanks team Portland!

Ahmed Al - Seller

A very good company with an exemplary service. Jo Frati, the Property Management looks after me very well and I would recommend them to everybody.

Hisham Alshehatha - Tenant

We rented our flat through Portland and it was a very smooth process. We are 'inexperienced' renters and the whole process was much less stress and time-consuming then expected, Andrew was really helpful, particularly with finding a solution to some reference issues.

Tansy - Tenant

Brilliant service! from start to end, kept giving us updates regarding our purchase. big thanks to Darren for the support throughout the sale! i would highly recommend Portland estate agents!! i will definitely consider using it in the future. Always ready to answer multiple questions and give their expert advice. They have put lots of effort to make it all happen and we finally got there. Thanks for everything! good luck to the Portland team!!!!

Chirague Jamnadas - Buyer

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