November 19, 2015
Lettings Winter Newsletter
Welcome to our Lettings Winter Newsletter!
November 17, 2015
scottfraser Blog: Now is the Time for...
Sellers often consider Spring and Autumn as ‘the best times to sell’ although this is not the case in Oxford with current demand outstripping supply. With Oxford being home to two Universities, BMW, numerous hospitals and the business and science parks there is rarely a shortage of professionals needing to move here. According to recent research relocation is the greatest reason for purchasing in Oxford, accounting for 41% of moves last year. 7% of purchasers were international and 15% came from Greater London, a figure we anticipate will increase with the recent opening of Oxford Parkway railway station. scottfraser connects our sellers to these affluent buyers through our London office and advertisements on over 50 international property portals.
October 22, 2015
scottfraser Blog: Refurbishment to...
The capabilities of a good Letting and Managing agent extend far beyond finding tenants, routine repairs and rental accounting.
At scottfraser we have developed a service to match our original philosophy of expertly handling the entire lifespan of our clients investment; from acquisition and refurbishment through letting and management to eventual disposal. Many of our clients have been with scottfraser spanning several decades and our comprehensive service offers a ‘one stop shop’ equipped to expertly manage every aspect of a buy to let investment.
October 09, 2015
Shall I Compare Thee to Another Agent?
Vincenza, Lettings Negotiator at Headington, takes a letting spin on Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?
Shall I compare thee to another agent?
Thou art more knowledgeable and more accurate.
Rough winds do shake the house adjacent.
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the under floor heating burns;
And occasionally the off-white paint dimm’d.
And sometime downward heating turns,
By chance, or by nature – gardens left untrimm’d.
But thy eternal (twelve month) lease shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that flat thou ow’st;
An extension or renewal offered from the shade,
And your relationship with Scott Fraser grow’st.
So long as men need homes and have eyes to see,
So long live us! And Scott Fraser shall let to thee!
September 25, 2015
scottfraser Blog: Private Rental...
The Private Rental Sector is preparing for another legisiative change, effective 1st October 2015. Here, we explain the key changes in regards to Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms, as well as Section 21 Notices.
Regulations for the Installation of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms for Landlords
The Government has introduced the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations (2015) to make landlords in the private rented sector in England responsible for ensuring that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are appropriately installed and are in proper working order at the start of a new tenancy.
The law will apply to landlords renting residential accommodation to one or more tenants occupying all or part the property as their only or main place to live.
NOTE: The law will not apply to social landlords.
What you or your managing agent need to do
From the 1 October 2015 landlords will have to ensure that a smoke alarm is fitted on every floor of their property where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation. They will also have to put a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where a solid fuel is burnt, such as wood, coal or biomass and includes...
September 22, 2015
scottfraser Blog: Supply, Demand &...
The rise in house prices has accelerated and the rate of growth has been revised to double that predicted at the start of the year, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has reported today.
There is a continued crisis of falling supply and increasing buyer demand, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey, with price indicators reaching a 15 month high in August.