Archive for Category: News

Kent Business

Did you hear us on the radio – Listen to Emma Catterall and Julie Anderson from RAP on the Business Bunker show http://www.kentbusinessradio.co.uk/show-244  

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Risk Assessments Required!

Landlords are being advised by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) to ensure that fire safety measures within their premises are satisfactory after the successful prosecution under the Regulatory Reform (Fire) Safety Order 2005. Mr Keith Newsum, landlord, of 19/21 Bursar Street Cleethorpes appeared at Grimsby Crown court on...

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August Update on the Rental Market

According to ARLA, The Association of Residential Letting Agents, of which we are licensed members, demand from prospective tenants rose in August 2016.   The supply of property dropped very slightly but overall it is up year on year. Overall the outlook for the rental market is still positive....

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Pumping Stations

Reminder about Private Pumping Stations   From 1 October 2016 all eligible private pumping stations will transfer to your utility company.   This means from this date the water/sewerage company will be responsible for the servicing and maintenance of the stations, including the running costs. BUT only if you...

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The Nucleus Limited Time Offer

Limited Time Offer   Located in the heart of Dartford, The Nucleus, has a fantastic range of fully serviced Office Space, Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms for a community of innovative companies. If you’re a start-up company looking to move into your first office, or a growing company looking...

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What is a development appraisal?

What is a development appraisal? The RICS define a development appraisal as “an objective financial viability test of the ability of a development project to meet its costs including the cost of planning obligations, whilst ensuring an appropriate site value for the landowner and a market risk adjusted return...

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Asbestos Eradication

The All-party Parliamentary Group believes that we need a new law on asbestos with a clear timetable for the eradication of asbestos in every single workplace in Britain in order to protect future generations from the risk of exposure to this deadly fibre. Read their paper here asbestoseradication

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Burden of Legislation in Property Management

Did you know? There are 28 pieces of legislation listed in the RICS Commercial Property Management guidance note which we have to be aware of. Let us carry that burden for you. Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 Occupiers Liability Act 1957 Occupiers Liability Act 1984 Health and...

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RICS Service Charge Code 3rd Edition

The RICS, Service Charge residential management code, 3rd edition has now been released and approved by the secretary of state. It became effective from 1st June 2016. The code deals with matters such as Ethics Appointment of a managing agent Conduct of a managing agent Complaints and disputes Accounting...

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Housing and Planning Bill receive Royal Assent

Housing and Planning Bill receive Royal Assent The controversial Housing & Planning Bill has, after a torrid run with multiple defeats in the House of Lords, became law after receiving its Royal Assent. This after the House of Lords agreed not to insist on its final proposed amendments to the...

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Hidden property management charges

Hidden property management charges – a lesson in reading the small print      At Michael Parkes, we pride ourselves on being completely transparent with our fees. We make no bones about the fact that we will not, and do not, charge “ad hoc” fees or a percentage fee on top...

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Forthcoming planning changes

Forthcoming planning changes The Housing and Planning Bill makes provision for changes to the planning system with the aim of getting more houses built. However, some planning reform proposals which have been announced by Government do not have provision in either the Energy Bill or the Housing and Planning...

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Unsafe asbestos removal at a tenants’ home

Barnstaple gas engineer prosecuted following unsafe asbestos removal at a tenants’ home Date: 10 March 2016 A gas engineer removed potentially dangerous asbestos material during a gas boiler replacement putting himself and others at risk from exposure to asbestos fibres. Brian Hockin, aged 58, was removing an old warm...

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LED lights give great savings

LED Lights We may be property managers and not electricians but we are also members of the ECA as we get important updates and information through from this trusted association. I have just read with interest one of their case studies about LED lighting and the impact is so...

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