Archive for Category: News

Unreasonable Behaviour Policy

Michael Parkes are fortunate that most of their clients and tenants are extremely pleasant to deal with, even when circumstances for them are urgent or pressing, or they have a concern about something that needs to be done.  However, in a small number of cases, there are unfortunately a...

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We’ve been busy!

Effective property management is essential whether you live in a block of flats or on a housing development.  Michael Parkes have worked hard over the last few months with a number of new clients who have unfortunately found themselves without the service they desired for their assets.  As a...

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Building Surveyor

We’re pleased to announce the recent appointment of Peter Wadhams to the newly formed Building Surveying team at Michael Parkes Chartered Surveyors.   Peter, a RICS Chartered Building Surveyor, will be involved in all aspects of the building surveying work here at Michael Parkes, from building defect reports to...

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The Command of The Heights

The Command of The Heights Michael Parkes Surveyors Ltd  are the managing agents for 68 flats known as The Eye on Barrier Road in Chatham. The property is adjacent to Fort Amherst. We were invited by Medway Council, to a street party today that was held to thank volunteers...

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Rightmove Insight on the Commercial Sector

We thought you might like to read this insight from Rightmove about the commercial sector. https://hub.rightmove.co.uk/content/uploads/2019/05/Commercial-Audience-Insights.pdf?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=commercial&utm_content=market-survey It certainly echoes what we are seeing as agents. We do get asked how people look for commercial property in this modern age and we really believe that it is becoming as popular...

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Welcome to our new clients

Welcome to our new Clients We would like to say a big welcome to all the leaseholders and tenants in the properties where we have just recently started our property management duties. We would like to share the following pictures with you showing how different every block can be...

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Royal Baby News!

Royal baby news! Congratulations to Harry and Megan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We are expecting too! Michael Parkes Surveyors Ltd have a new surveyor due February 2022. Meet Caprice who started an apprenticeship with us in and has just passed her 6 months’ probation. Caprice went to Fort...

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Residential Lettings Trust the Experts

Residential Lettings – Trust The Experts Please click on the following link to read this invaluable guide from ARLA Propertymark. The guide will help you understand the numerous benefits of using our residential letting services. trust-the-experts-email-version

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Residential Property Management & Electrical Safety

  Residential Property Management & Electrical Safety   Introduction   Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy Government minds are more focussed than ever on safety matters in the private rented sector. The Housing & Planning Act 2016 gives the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government the power...

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ARLA membership is critical

ARLA membership is critical Ever wondered what letting agents do and why they charge fees? Residential letting agents must be trained and aware in an ever changing landscape in order to protect you, our clients. ARLA expect their members to be knowledgeable in a wide range of matters and provide information to...

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Planning Applications

Planning Applications From today, Wednesday 17 January 2018, there will be an increase of 20% to all existing fees for planning applications, as signposted in the recent Housing White Paper. It was expected to come into effect last summer but has been delayed because the necessary legislation was not...

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Is our plan led system working in terms of planning?

Is our plan led system working in terms of planning? Planning should be a positive tool used to form strategies which accommodate for growth in the population and therefore housing and business. It is also a management tool which includes controlling and directing resources. Ultimately it balances acceptance and...

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Repair Clause Revival a case in point

Having recently attended a Professional Conference I wanted to share with you a case that I found really interesting. I honestly think CPD is great as you get to learn new things that other people have tested in Court and this makes you stronger when your thinking of your...

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Right To Rent

The Right to Rent scheme was first trialled in the West Midlands when the Immigration Act 2014 was introduced to England. It requires landlords to check prospective tenants immigration status before they let a property to them. If they don’t meet the requirements, the property should not be let to...

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Safety Notice – Register your appliance

The source of the fire at Grenfell Tower was a fridge-freezer, a Hotpoint model FF175BP or FF175BG. Neither model had been subject to a product recall. Current advice to appliance owners is:- always to register your appliance when you buy one. leave space between the back of the appliance...

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