Archive for Category: News

Confidence is up with small businesses

According to the Kent Director publication, the latest information from the Federation of Small Businesses reveals that small businesses are in a robust mood. It reports that confidence is up and nearly two thirds aspire to grow moderately or rapidly in the next three months. Their desire to grow...

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Commercial Property Management

Commercial Property Management Two core duties The collection of rent and service charges and other sums owed by the tenant to the landlord. The management of the property Client reporting   Developing a positive relationship with the landlord, understanding their objectives and establishing a frequency for reporting Collection of...

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Rent Reviews

Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd V Spence 2013 In a recent case about appealing an arbitrator’s decision on a rent review it was held that the arbitrator’s failure to give adequate reasons for his decision did not give rise to a substantial injustice to the landlord. The claimant landlord had...

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July Economic Review

According to the British Chambers of Commerce, in their UK monthly economic review for July, the UK economy grew by 0.4% in quarter 1 2015. GDP growth as a whole for 2014 was revised up which is the fastest pace of growth since 2006. This upward growth revision was...

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Roofer in Court

A roofer has been in court and fined after exposing workers and the home owners to potentially deadly asbestos fibres at a domestic property in Suffolk. David Cummings, t/a Cummings Flat Roofing was commissioned to repair and reroof a porch in Martlesham, Suffolk. During the reroofing work, his employees...

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The Pentagon, Chatham

Chatham’s well known shopping centre, The Pentagon, was built in the 1970’s and contains over 70 shops and 1000 parking spaces. It was remodelled in the 1990’s with modern glass elevators, new ceilings and lighting, although the original flooring is still in place. It was bought by BHL for...

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H&S Documents – a Landlords and Tenants perspective

Health and Safety Documents ~ a Landlord and Tenants perspective   If you are a tenant, acquiring a property, then we advise that you ask the landlord for copies of relevant documents such as the Asbestos Management Plan, the Electrical Condition Report, the Gas Safety Certificate and the Fire...

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Reasons to engage a Property Manager

Properties need to be managed properly in order for the aims of the individual or organisation to be met. This will depend on many factors such as objectives, timescales and the state of the economy.   A good property manager will have skills in organising, directing, control and monitoring....

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Why Michael Parkes Surveyors ?

Why Michael Parkes Surveyors? Resolve the Need We understand that there is a cost to your business of letting a matter such as property management, a lease renewal or rent review go unresolved and that you may not have time to deal with it with other business pressures. We...

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Health and Safety excuses

Do you find it frustrating when people use the words “health and safety” as though it is an excuse?   I recently contacted the HSE challenge panel, following a visit to a hardware store. I asked the shop assistant to explain to me the differences in the various spotlights...

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Post Election News

The five features of the post-election landscape “Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells” might be feeling a little better about things since last Friday, especially if he has a property investment.  This is our take on the most important ramifications for the property market as a result of the Conservatives securing...

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What to expect from us when letting your commercial property

With news of the recent failure of Sweet Property Services in Rochester, it’s a good opportunity to reconsider best practice in agency. It’s pretty important and we should all be reminded of our responsibilities to our clients when they are making key financial considerations which may have serious implications...

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