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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: A Shocking Statistic That Leicester Landlords Should Know

In this three-minute read, we examine the dangers posed by carbon monoxide. We recently read a statistic about private landlords that left us scratching our heads. A whopping 56% of private renters say they live in a property that doesn’t have a carbon monoxide alarm*. Can such a high percentage of landlords really be ignoring safety advice and flouting regulations on carbon monoxide...

Oadby Light Switch On Is Back!

😆 We are excited to see this event back for 2021 🎄 Oadby Festive Light Switch On 🤶 Join us in Oadby Town centre for the Annual Light switch on where we will be raising money for Leicester Children's Holidays by having the big man himself  in our Grotto. When: Saturday 20th November 2pm - 7pm (light switch on 6pm) Where: The Parade, Oadby, LE2 5BB Over 40 stalls, live performances...

Are Leicester House Prices Set to Fall this Autumn?

The stamp duty tax holiday is over, furlough finished at the end of September, unemployment is due to rise and inflation is rife … is this the end of the post lockdown Leicester property boom? Surely, we are heading for house price correction? Forecasting what will happen in the Leicester property market this Autumn may not be as simple as it first appears. It’s true the Leicester property...

Leicester Homeowners to be Made Homeless?

The number of properties for sale in Leicester has fallen by 31% since this time two years ago (October 2019). One of the reasons is that many Leicester buyers feel overwhelmed and fearful they will be made homeless if they sell their home and can’t buy another. So, I have decided to look again at the facts and give them to you in greater detail in this article. My research has found the number of...

Wages rising by 8.3% pa – how will this affect the Leicester property market?

Wages rising by 8.3% pa - how will this affect the Leicester property market? As they struggle to meet demand, Argos have had to increase the wages of their HGV drivers from £11.41 an hour to £15 an hour - a rise of 31.2% meaning their pay goes from £27k to £35k. Care home providers are offering signing-on bonuses of many thousands of pounds to entice nursing staff away from their competitors, and...

Only 1 in 20 Leicester Properties are Bungalows, Despite an Ageing Population. Why?

Only 1 in 20 Leicester Properties are Bungalows, Despite an Ageing Population. Why? The bungalow is a building that has represented a more leisurely, gentler way of life since the early 1900’s. Bungalows have been sold as an aspiration for those about to retire, saving them the annoyance of having to climb stairs. With an ageing population, one would think they would be building more bungalows, yet...

As the Tokyo Olympics Kick Off, Let’s Support Leicester’s Grassroots Sports Clubs

In this three-minute read, we look at where three GB Olympic stars started their sporting journey. Eleven thousand elite athletes will converge in Tokyo next week for the 32nd Summer Olympic Games. Each of them will have put in tens of thousands of hours in practice and shed blood, sweat, and tears to get there. But as you marvel at the rippling abs and razor-sharp mental strength of these sporting...

£478,662 – ‘Wood’ You Pay That For a Leicester Semi-Detached House?

The value of an average Leicester semi-detached house has increased in value by £13,976 in the last 12 months, an increase in value of 6.19%. Yet the costs of building a Leicester home have shot up even more in the last 12 months, meaning the price of Leicester new homes and any building works you do to your Leicester home in the coming months and years could be a lot higher. The British house...

Is Your Money Safe? A Simple Safeguarding Tip for Leicester’s Landlords and Tenants

In this two-minute read, we explain why your letting agent should be part of a client money protection (CMP) scheme. The lettings sector used to be the Wild West of the property market, with a small group of unscrupulous agents giving the industry a bad name. Thankfully, the introduction of stricter regulations in recent years has sent many cowboy agents riding off into the sunset. But no industry...

Deposit Disputes: How Leicester Landlords Can Avoid the Most Common Cause of Conflict

In this three-minute read, we look at how Leicester landlords can protect themselves from getting caught up in the most common cause of end-of-tenancy disputes. When a tenancy comes to an end, one issue more than any other causes disagreements. And it’s not holes in walls or missing rent payments that take the number one spot. According to recent data* cleaning is the most common cause of...

How to Protect Yourself from Bogus Landlords

In this three-minute read, we explain how renters can avoid getting ripped off by fake landlords. Renters in Leicester should be on their guard against fraudsters using Covid-19 as a cover to swindle people out of their hard-earned cash. Rental fraud is not a new scam – Action Fraud, the UK’s reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, has been warning about it for years. However, we’re...

It’s Children’s Mental Health Week in Leicester

We show our support for a vitally important project which comes with Royal approval. Children’s Mental Health Week (CMHW) is running from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 February. The project’s patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, launched the event with a special video message. The Duchess is a passionate supporter of children’s mental health and spoke about the importance of young people expressing their...

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