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Thinking of Becoming a Landlord for the First Time?

Published: 31/05/2018 By Penny

Becoming a new landlord can be quite a challenging experience and you may have heard the horror stories regarding rogue tenants and the consequences to a Landlord. Whilst some of these stories are true, most tenancies are drama free and becoming a Landlord can actually become a profitable and enjoyable experience. If you are planning to become a landlord for the first time, keep reading as we are going to share with you some of our top tips to being successful and being a first-time landlord.

Research Makes It Easy
Many times, new landlords don’t do their research and end up finding out the hard way that using the wrong forms or not having the right certificates or permissions from your lender can get you in hot water, however, these are all quite simply attained once you’ve completed a checklist.

Is It A Business?
Another oversight some landlords make is being too personal with tenants and/or the property. This may have been your home at one stage or currently and with that comes a lot of emotion, especially if you’ve been there a long time and put your heart & soul into the property. This is only natural. Sometimes this works in your favor, but there is a fine line between a personal and business relationship with your tenants, and once crossed, tenants can potentially manipulate the relationship with empty promises and tardiness with rent etc.  Keeping a trustworthy and fair relationship between yourself and your tenants is imperative and its what can often dictate whether you have a great tenancy or a terrible one, but treating the tenancy as a business is equally important for any potential profitability. You should visit them regularly and pay attention to what they report and respond promptly in all cases without any emotion. When properly researching how to become a property owner and renting your properties, it’s easy to reap the rewards and avoid many of the common pitfalls.

Set up a screening process:
Landlords often find that getting a new tenant is relatively easy, especially in large cities. However, it is much more difficult to find “quality” tenants who can take care of the property and pay their rent on time. It is essential to perform thorough background checks on their employment, credit history, residential history and of course the new legislation of Right to Rent checks. If you find tenants through an agent such as Chamberland Residential, we do all this for you and take away the hassle.

Treat it like a real business:
Renting a property is a real business. Like any business, you need to have proper processes and systems to get everything well organized. With a good system, you may manage marketing, accounting, customer supports and maintenance tasks quite efficiently. This can be quite tricky as a private landlord as you are often not allowed to market your property on the main portals that all applicants look to find a property on, therefore limiting your catchment significantly. By using Chamberland Residential as your Agent, you get maximum exposure and we take care of everything for you.

Use the proper forms:
It is imperative that you prepare and use all the necessary forms. These may include non-resident landlord tax forms or lender agreements giving permission to let.

Focus on security:
Security is a very important factor for tenants as they need to protect their family members and belongings. Rental properties must be properly secured against crime and it’s even better if they are located in safe areas, with a very low crime rate. Tenants are willing to pay extra for properties that are secure and in better areas for this purpose.

Make it easy:
Relationships will remain strong if landlords make things easy for their tenants. Conflicts often arise when a few things are not clear from the start and expectations are not managed. By making things easier for tenants, it will also be easier for landlords in the long run.

Prepare a financial reserve:
It’s advisable that Landlords should save for the “rainy day”. There will be unexpected costs due to vacancies, large repairs and unfortunately even rent arrears. Properties will deteriorate when not maintained properly and it will then be less likely to get good tenants and a good market value rent.
The best way that you can become a successful and effective new landlord is to use a professional letting and property management company that can guide you easily through the whole process whilst taking some of the liability and pressure off of you too.

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Decorating Your Home For Christmas

Published: 04/12/2017 By Penny

As a mutli award winning independent letting/estate agent, we can help with more than just residential sales, lettings and property management. Check out our top tips for decorating your wonderful home at Christmas below.






Tartan Never Goes Out Of Fashion




Really want to make your home the coziest and most fashionable place of all this Christmas without it looking too overbearing? Go tartan! Pairing greenery and tartan together is the perfect look for a living room / kitchen area. Basing your Christmas decor on a Scottish-Highlands inspired look will achieve a festive feeling in the most simplistic way.


Incorporate Traditional With Modern


Want to achieve the perfect balance between a modern and traditional look? Begin with the Christmas tree. A real tree will encourage a vintage and homely feeling, however, decorate it with lights and baubles rather than tinsel, which will add a modernistic feel. A deer head ornament on your wall will really encourage a rustic feel in your living room, as seen in the picture above. Also, if you’re lucky enough to have a gorgeous fireplace don’t neglect it! Decorate it with tinsel and greenery to really ensure it reaches its full Christmas look potential. 


 Make It All About The Tree



Want to make it all about the tree? Why not! We love real trees, however we also appreciate the fact fake trees don’t only last multiple years but are much easier to take care of. Either way, purchase the best quality tree you can within your budget (fake or real) and decorate it with lights, subtle tinsel and eye catching baubles. As you can see in the image above, keep the rest of your decor simple and neutral to ensure your guests really appreciate the beauty of your tree.



You Don’t HAVE to Have A Tree

Believe it or not.. you do not have to have a tree to complete your Christmas look. If you aren't having the family over this year and/ or simply just want to be a little individual, then why not keep things as simple as possible and decorate items like the fireplace, windows and surrounding to create the nostalgic and yet simple atmosphere with garland, bows and fairy lights etc. This lends to an elegant and Christmassy feel without the tree and all that comes with it. Colourful plants around your home will also really achieve a festive and fresh feeling. Good quality silk plants will not only stand the test of time but add vibrancy without the risk of them wilting before Santa arrives down your chimney! Pair your plants with some antique decorations and candles to reinforce a festive feel.

 

We hope our tips inspire you this Christmas and we at Chamberland Residential wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas... Ho Ho Ho! 




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Are These the New Upcoming Interior Design Trends?

Published: 16/10/2017 By Penny

2018 is almost upon us and with it comes many new trends in clothing, technology and interior design. It seems that every year, many of us feel the need to change up our look and for some, that includes the look of our homes. Landlords can benefit from freshening up their interior design by attracting new tenants and the right design can even turn a previously empty home, into a rented property that is turning a profit.

At Chamberland Residential, we are focused on helping our clients lease their properties quickly and for the most money possible. We understand the needs of our Landlords and we have created this list of some of the hottest, upcoming interior design trends. These are trends that will make your property look more appealing to renters and offer pride of ownership. Here are some of 2018’s trending home design trends, according to leading UK interior designers:

Sophisticated Pastels
Pastels have gone beyond being simple colours to add to your walls and have become more complex. New trends are bringing pastels back and they are being used for more than just an accent wall.

Rounded Furniture
Hard edged furniture has made way for a softer, more rounded approach. Substantially sized furniture with round shapes and edges add a modern look that is also comfortable and inviting.

Relaxed Maximalism
Forget minimalism, and go for a maximalism look for your home with furnishings that are actually functional and provide maximum comfort.

Utilitarian Materials
Add a natural look with utilitarian materials including canvas, reclaimed fabrics and natural wood finishes.

Black-Finished Metals
What used to be frowned upon in the home furnishings realm, has finally gone mainstream. Black finished metals on lighting fixtures, ceiling fans and table lamps add a modern, trendy look.

Blush Pink
Blush pink is being used by leading interior designers from bathroom fixtures and vanities, to kitchens, playrooms and more. We are seeing it trend in textiles, paint colours and accessories as well.

Moody Interiors
Dark, moody interiors are fast becoming the new trend as darker walls, jewel tones and earthy colours are being used more and more by leading UK interior designers.

To make your rental property stand out, you might have to consider an interior re-design to update the look and make it more appealing to potential renters. For more information on how you can make your rental property stand out, contact Chamberland Residential today.


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London lettings market to grow as many priced out of owning their own home

Published: 12/07/2017 By David Brough

London’s residential lettings market is set to expand in the coming years as so-called “generation rent”, today’s 20-39 year-olds, struggle to buy a house, and as the population of the UK capital continues to grow.
A recent study about the UK property market outlook by PwC, which took into account the impact of Brexit, said, “Since the millennium, the share of 20-39 year olds who rent privately has more than doubled from 20% to 50% and we anticipate that this rise will continue.”

This UK trend clearly applies to London where average earnings are likely to fail to keep pace with property market growth over the longer term. This will make it harder for many people to save up to buy their own homes. While London house prices are stuttering in the near term due to uncertainties over Brexit, the longer term outlook seems to be robust due to a shortage of supply relative to demand. Demographic projections point to continuing population growth in the UK capital in the coming years, intensifying demand for somewhere to live. Although it will typically take many years for a “generation renter”, on average, to be able to buy their first home, PwC says that Brexit may have brought that dream a step closer.

“The average generation rent households starting to save for a first home in 2016 without family assistance, are estimated to need to save for around 19 years to afford their first home,” it said. “Without Brexit we estimate this would have been around 21 years, so there is a slight improvement.”

These figures are clouded by uncertainties, such as risks of unemployment due to the economic shock associated with Brexit, fears over real earnings growth as inflation picks up, and the impact of interest rates, which will rise from historically low levels at some point.  
In the near term, increased tax demands on buy-to-let landlords, combined with uncertainty over the economic future due to Brexit, seem to be increasing the supply of rental properties in London.

“I suspect there may be a fair amount of property coming back to the lettings market that isn’t selling and this will mean more properties on the market than tenants looking,” said Nicole Chamberland, owner of Putney-based estate agent Chamberland Residential.

“I believe the future lettings market will be buoyant and busy, but with rents staying the same and/or potentially having a slight decrease over rents from last year due to the extra property being available and more choice. Since I started in 2001, the rental market has always been busy. Rents may have gone up and down considerably at times, but there has always been demand and that’s what I love about the lettings market in London,” she said.
 
Taking into consideration the difficulty of younger people to step onto the housing ladder, Build to Rent could be a positive step to ensure delivery of new, high quality homes to the increasingly high portion of the population who will be renting in London in future.
 
“At Chamberland Residential we take pride in knowing our market and what’s happening here in our town, not just London as a whole because, believe it or not, it often differs from one end of the city to the other. We take into consideration what’s really happening out there and we adjust for it. That often means managing expectations for applicants and for our landlords so there aren’t any surprises.”

About the Blogger: David Brough has been a buy-to-let investor for over 20 years, originally letting out properties in London while he was working as a Reuters foreign correspondent. David’s Blogs on the Chamberland Residential website look at some of the major issues in the lettings and sales markets, as well as the market outlook. Apart from his interests in property, David is Editor of digital jewellery trade magazine Jewellery Outlook, and of interior design website ChelseaCross.com. He can be reached at: davidbrough2@btinternet.com

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Online Agent vs The High Street Agent? The answer is in the quality of customer service

Published: 26/06/2017 By David Brough

The rise in popularity of online estate agents raises the question about the real value of opting for a bricks-and-mortar agency: the answer lies in the quality of customer service.
Online lettings and sales agents cannot compete with the personal touch – that is, having a personable point of contact with a qualified professional at a High Street agency who can push hard to solve problems and get things done.
Online agents tend to pile the time onto the client – lengthy forms to be filled in, with the onus of getting deals done just as heavily placed on the client’s shoulders as the agent’s.
Nicole Chamberland, owner of Chamberland Residential, says high quality customer service is what really sets her business apart from online agencies, which depend on the efficiency of their websites to drive their businesses forward.
She says the advice that her team can give to applicant tenants and to landlords about residential requirements, eases the burden for people during a stressful period.
“With the ever demanding items of legislation that are being imposed upon landlords for monitoring tenants and tenancies, it is getting more and more laborious with the specific checks and paperwork involved,” Nicole says.
“Having an actual agent there to guide you or take the burden away will help immensely, especially when some of the penalties can be prison time. An online agent will almost certainly not be willing to perform such a service with any level of liability or diligence.”
Nicole says the online agent takes away the personal, face-to-face  dimension required to be the best possible intermediary between tenant and landlord, or buyer and seller.
“The old saying goes ‘People buy People’ and with the increase of online agents and getting rid of the ‘middle man/high street agents’ it can be fairly daunting for new tenants to simply take a risk on a major decision, like where to rent, without ever having met someone.
“Especially if there are special conditions to their offer, which almost all tenancies have nowadays.”
The heart of customer service is how to solve a problem quickly and efficiently. The best solution that an online agent typically offers is a phone call or a Helpdesk message to an agent.
But a bricks-and-mortar agency delivers the personal service to get things moving again quickly.
Nicole says the frontline High Street agent is the best means of solving practical problems faced by tenants, for example.
“Who do they speak to when they move in and their conditions haven’t been met or there are problems and the landlord is not interested in assisting?
“This is where the High Street Agent comes in for support and of course Duty of Care.
“Face to face contact is often key and a relationship based on trust is what we strive for as it usually makes the entire process seamless.”


About the Blogger: David Brough has been a buy-to-let investor for over 20 years, originally letting out properties in London while he was working as a Reuters foreign correspondent. David’s Blogs on the Chamberland Residential website look at some of the major issues and challenges faced by tenants and landlords, and buyers and sellers in the lettings and sales markets today, and how best to solve them. Apart from his interests in property, David is Editor of digital magazine Jewellery Outlook, and of interior design website ChelseaCross.com.

 
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The Corporatization of Rental Properties in the UK

Published: 17/05/2017 By Penny

Over the past decade, the UK has seen a significant shift in the housing market, specifically rental properties. The first factor affecting the PRS (private rental sector) is that the cost of rent has gone up considerably and in some areas, that cost has doubled, even tripled. Many renters are finding that they can no longer afford to live in a neighbourhood that they have lived in for years and this is causing them to move to less expensive neighbourhood's that are less desirable, further from their jobs and sometimes from their children’s schools. Now, this is an understandable occurrence in many of the UK’s newer housing developments, but we are seeing this in neighbourhood's that have been around for many years as well.
     A second factor impacting rental properties in the UK, and the one that many are more concerned about, is the shift in ownership from local to foreign investors. Many cities across the UK are seeing large foreign-held property management companies buying up the properties as investments and having no/little personal stake in the occupants themselves. Just a few decades ago right here in Putney, most of the rental properties were owned by local landlords and managed by local management companies. Now we are seeing the emergence of corporate landlords and management companies that are based outside of the UK.
     Does this lead to many tenants being treated indifferently and being pushed out of the neighbourhood's they have lived and raised their families in for decades? The short answer is “not always” in my opinion. My personal experience with foreign investors is that they do actually care about the happiness of their tenants as they know unhappy tenants do not usually take care of the property and are more likely to have rent arrears. With that in mind, it would make no financial sense to treat tenants like commodities as it will cost them much more in the end.
    As well, I have noticed that foreign companies get local agents to actually manage the properties for them and therefore keep that level of customer service up, especially ourselves, which take great pride and understand the needs of both landlords and tenants. So as there are many foreign corporate landlords across the UK that are not interested in anything other than profit margin, its these that can impact on rent rises and essentially pricing people out of their neighbourhood's. Fortunately though I wouldn’t say this is the norm and it certainly is not my experience in Putney and its surrounding.
     Chamberland Residential is a locally owned and operated independent company specializing in residential lettings and property management as well as residential sales. Their team cares about the community and is committed to helping them grow. If you are looking for a home to let, or you are a landlord and need a dedicated team to help you find tenants or manage your property, contact Chamberland Residential today and let them assist you and answer any questions you might have.

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Getting ready for Spring/Summer

Published: 03/04/2017 By Penny

The equinox has been and gone and with this comes the changing of seasons. In the northern hemisphere we are getting ready for the warmth of summer to grace us whilst we try to get our bodies into shape and retrieve our summer wardrobes out of storage. It is not only our bodies that we can prepare, but our home spaces as well to welcome in the summer sun and open air. In this blog I will be sharing with you a few tips to help you begin to prepare your home for the coming spring/summer months.


Flowers
A wonderful way to welcome in the spring and summer is by decorating your home with flowers. Flowers can either be harvested from your own garden or purchased at your local florist/shop. Flowers are not only a great way to add a splash of colour but they bring a fresh and fragrant scent into your living space that is just as beautiful to look at. Flowers cause us to think of spring and they are a great way for you to begin welcoming the change of season into your home with a fresh positive attitude.


Prepare Your Garden
You may not have been able to do much gardening during the cold, wet and windy winter months but now is a good time to begin tidying up your garden space to get ready for you and your guests to be spend some time outside. You can use this time to trim back trees and shrubs and to perform any other necessary pruning and prepping work. It is also a good time to sow seeds and bulbs that will be able to sprout and grow during the summer. If you start working on your garden now; you will ensure that it will be looking beautiful by the time summer arrives.

Put Away Your Winter Gear
Just before the arrival of summer it’s a good time to begin packing away your heaters, heavy blankets, bulky sweaters, jackets and winter boots as well as any other bits and pieces that you only make use of during winter. Use this new space for the spring/summer wardrobe and perhaps to add some colour to your home with new artwork, prints or framed pictures of loved ones that capture the mood of the season.

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How to make the most of small spaces!

Published: 15/02/2017 By Penny

Is your home small? Would you prefer more space but can’t afford a larger property? If you feel that you need more space and can’t move, keep reading for some tips that will help you get the most out of a small space and give it a much larger appearance.
 

 

 

Paint
Painting in a lighter color will give the room a much larger appearance throughout whilst brightening it up at the same time. Sometimes a contrast color wall will give the illusion of space, just choose the right wall and a color that isn’t too dark.

Let the Light In
If the room you want to make appear larger has windows, purchase curtain rods that extend beyond the window. This will allow more light into the room and draw your eyes outward from the window.

Center the Room
Rather than pushing all of your furniture to the edges of the room, bring them towards the center of the room to create warmth and space.

Create Reflections
Mirrors are the best way to add space to a room without removing furniture. The reflection will give the room a more open feeling and make it look much larger than it really is.

Find Multitaskers
Select furniture that does more than one thing. An ottoman can become a storage piece helping to hide any clutter. You can also find tables that double as book storage or sideboards for clothes storage. There are many options online for these types of items.

Put Function First
Your home should be usable for you and your guests. If you spend more time in the kitchen, be sure that the space if functional. The same goes for the living room, bedroom or your home office. By making the room more functional, it will give it a more open feel as everything will be within reach and easy to access.

Create a Triangle of Efficiency
In extremely small spaces, efficiency is key. The primary tasks in a kitchen are carried out between the cook top, the sink and the refrigerator. These three points and the imaginary lines between them, make up what kitchen experts call the work triangle. By creating a triangle of efficiency, your small space will seem less cramped and it may even become your favourite room in the house!


 

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UK’s 'Generation Let’ Chooses Not to Buy, for Many Different Reasons

Published: 16/01/2017 By Penny

It appears as though many of the UK’s millennial's are choosing to rent property rather than buy their homes throughout the country. This isn’t new information as young adults have always started out renting and this trend will continue well into the future which is good news for property letters. So why is this news today? A recent study has shown that many of the UK’s millennial's have a wide range of different reasons for renting that aren’t as obvious as you might think.
      According to the survey results, millennial's in the UK are split equally between two main issues, one being the fear that their credit scores are too low, and the other being that many of them just don’t have the deposit funds in place. Another factor for young adults to let instead of buy is that many millennial's have gotten so used to the letting lifestyle of property management and building maintenance that they just don’t want to be tied down to a mortgage.
     Whether this comes from high amounts of student debt or credit card debt, which they usually carry, isn’t quite clear, but the fact that many of them aren’t ready to commit to a home is very apparent. With renting, they are able to move from one location to another without the hassles of having to sell their home or get financing for another one. They can simply finish their lease and move wherever their career, lifestyle or interests take them.
     Many UK property management companies are seeing their profits increase as ‘generation let’ continues to delay purchasing a home. As a leading UK property management company, Chamberland Residential wants to remind property owners and investors that this is an important segment in our society and we should cater to them as tenants to ensure they feel like staying for longer periods of time in a specific rental property. In many cases, this will entice them to spend more money on the right rental property as the features and benefits will become well worth it to them.
     If you want more long term tenants in your properties, contact Chamberland Residential and let us show you how. Our team of professionals are standing by to help in any way they can.
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Winter checklist, Fire & Safety

Published: 07/12/2016 By Penny

The cold weather has now officially arrived in the UK and that means winter is soon to follow. With many tasks on Landlord’s minds this time of year, many may be forgetting one important aspect that could save their tenants lives. I am talking about fire safety and ensuring their rental properties are free from fire hazards. 

Landlords in the UK are legally required to protect both the property and the people who live in it by keeping all electrical equipment safe and working. To help our readers understand these requirements, we have created our own checklist that will help you be fire safety ready.
• A smoke alarm should be installed on every story and a carbon monoxide alarm should be installed in any room containing a solid fuel-burning appliance. At the start of every new tenancy, landlords must check all alarms are working.
• Annual tests of all appliances that have a plug, known as Portable Appliance Tests (PAT) should be made and kept up to date.
• To prevent electric shocks should someone touch live wiring, landlords should have a Residual Current Device (RCD) fitted by a professional electrician.
• Five-yearly checks of the electrical installations and hard wiring (EICR) must be made by a registered electrician.
• Chimneys should be swept at least once per year.
• Fire extinguishers must be placed in all high-risk areas.
Landlords are held liable for any injury or fatality in their rental property through fire safety. Many Landlords could potentially overlook any of the items on the above checklist which is why hiring a responsible and up to date property management service is so important. A good property management service can ensure a Landlord is informed of their obligations and that all safety checks are performed correctly saving time and money as well keeping in line with legislation and helping to keep their tenants and their properties safe.
Chamberland Residential offer a superb property management service to take care of you and your property, whilst being personable and helpful. If you have any queries on our Property Management service, please feel free to call us on 020 8704 1313 or email nicole@chamberlandres.co.uk

 

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Christmas & New Year!

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Tenants - is it time to get moving?

Published: 11/11/2016 By Penny

As they say, “A change is as good as a rest”! It may well be time you took the leap and moved home. Perhaps it’s something you have been saving for a while, or it’s just time to start afresh in a new area? Generally speaking it’s safer and usually easier to rent via an agent, as they will be up to date with all the latest legislation and you know that the essentials are being taken care of properly (your deposit is being registered with the correct government scheme, for example).
With that in mind, here are some reasons you might consider using Chamberland Residential for your property search:
• Friendly and informed staff with the majority being licensed ARLA members
• Great local knowledge with over 15 years of area expertise
• Helpful third party referencing provider
• Smooth transition from making the offer to moving in with your own progressor
• Independent third party inventory provider
• Service throughout your tenancy


You can see all our properties on our website as well as the major property portals – please see below for links and don’t hesitate to call the office on 0208 704 1313 or contact us via email at lettings@chamberlandres.co.uk to get your property search started and speak to a consultant.

 

Who knows – it might be the first step to moving into your dream home!

http://www.chamberlandres.co.uk 
Right Move – our properties
Zoopla – our properties to rent

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How Has Brexit Affected the UK Property Market?

Published: 28/10/2016 By Penny

With the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the typical summer housing slowdown, many people are concerned with the UK housing market and rightly so. Just how has Brexit affected our property market and what does it mean for you? Will home prices rise and will interest in the property market come back? With the full effect of Brexit not able to be seen for many more months, there are still some things that we do know about the effects it is having on the UK today.
First off, housing prices are on the rise. Still not as sharply as they were for this quarter last year, with the difference being a 0.5% increase this summer over last year’s 5.2%. Now, that may not seem like much, but compared to what the country was expecting, a small rise is good. That meant that the average UK home is valued at £205,715.

Simon Rubinsohn, the chief economist at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, said "All indications suggest that whatever the outcome of the...referendum, in the long term, the imbalance between demand and supply will still exert a strong influence on the market, with house prices expected to rise by close to 25% over the next five years.”
Certainly, Brexit has affected the way we shop and make major purchases. The economic uncertainty will always create a slowdown in sales and this is apparent with the lag that we are having just after Brexit. When major purchases slow down, so will mortgages and that will in turn, slow down home sales as purchasers are more concerned than ever.
However, we are not seeing an overall housing price decline after Brexit, just a slowdown. As supply remains “constrained” for the time being, demand is falling and home buyers who were once anxious are now postponing buying new property. London seems to be the hardest hit but experts are predicting that as more confidence in the UK grows and inward investments are made, the housing market will turn around many areas including London seeing the effects.
So just how concerned should you be about the UK housing market after Brexit? With arguments for both sides of the topic, we feel that the UK housing market will rebound and we will see a surge in home sales when it does.

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it's Hot Hot Hot!

Published: 21/07/2016 By Penny

We are finally seeing some summer weather and true to British form, it's not a comfortable temperature, it's over 30 degrees this week! Obviously it's fantastic to be outside enjoying the weather, and so it seems most others are as well.
Brexit has been the hot topic for the last few months and probably will be for the next year, but what impact has it had on Lettings and Residential Sales? According to the Independent, London property prices are falling following UK’s vote to leave the EU. The vote triggered a wave of discounts as nervous owners slashed their asking prices following the surprise victory of the Leave campaign. The number of cuts to asking prices surged by 163 per cent in the 12 days following the referendum, compared to the 12 days ahead of the vote, according to figures from LondRes, a property research firm. For more in this article see: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/london-house-property-prices-asking-real-estate-eu-referendum-brexit-a7142281.html.  but other than that, it seems to be the typical quarter 3/ summertime levels of business with applicant levels unchanged other than lettings which seems to have slightly increased helping rents rise...great news. As the new Prime Minister is getting Article 50 in place, we have at least 2 years to figure things out, hopefully without panic and dramatics as we can see the GBP is already increasing. The property market will see alterations of course, but what they will be and to what level no one knows, and with predictions all seeming to contradict themselves constantly, its a guessing game for the moment until the government comes through with some actual relevant information on the exit....whenever that may be.
So lets enjoy the rest of our British summer and get out to the coast, I know that's where I will be.
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Another GOLD at the ESTA's 2016!!

Published: 22/04/2016 By Penny

 

Well, we did it again....winning the Gold award at the ESTA's 2016 for Best Letting Agent London (South). We couldn't be more proud of this achievement, especially as its our 5th award (and third Gold) in as many years.

 

 

 

As many of you may already know, the ESTA's are a very special award because they are voted for solely by our clients, our harshest critics...not a panel of industry judges who have never met us. We couldn't be happier with the outcome as this year the competition was at an all time high. Each team member works tirelessly all year to stand out from all the other agents, offering a unique and personal customer service that's unlike any others in the area. To be bestowed with this honour is not only gratifying but shows hard work and real customer service pays off.

 

 

 

A Big thank you to all our clients who took the time to vote for us this year...we're nothing without you!

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LOCAL BUSINESS WE LOVE AND WHY!

Published: 12/02/2016 By Penny

Putney is a fabulous place to move to, with lots of local amenities, restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. Barely 20 minutes to Waterloo from the overground station and with plenty of links by bus and the District Line Tube, it also has a buzzing High Street with all the best shops and lots of local, independent businesses just like Chamberland Residential. Here are just five of our favourites!
1. Edward James, Aveda (hairdressers), Putney High Street
http://www.edwardjameslondon.com/ 
Conveniently located on Putney High Street, this Salon and Spa provides an excellent service – reasonably priced, with most products cruelty free which is really important to me. They provide a very high level of customer service from attentive staff members and nothing seemed to be too much trouble. A real treat in my opinion!
2. Midori Sushi, Upper Richmond Road
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d4495226-Reviews-Midori_Sushi-London_England.html 
Just moments from our office, the friendly proprietor Sean makes exceptional Japanese food to eat in or take away, from scratch before your very eyes. A favourite haunt of Chamberland Residential staff, just be sure to get there before the mad rush at noon where people are often lined up out the door!
3. Artisan (coffee shop and café), Upper Richmond Road
http://www.artisancoffee.co.uk/ 
The name says it all – artisan coffee and delicious food from the Putney branch of this small South West London franchise. Always busy and buzzing, it’s the place to be on Upper Richmond Road making the most fabulous coffees in the area!
4. Cobblers (key cutting/cobblers), Upper Richmond Road
http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/cobblers-of-putney-london 
This friendly, family run business has been going for many years. With welcoming staff and a customer greeter to rival our own (black Labrador Harley!) they are our first point of call for key copies and show repairs. Reliable, professional and best of all very prompt!
5. Five Guys Burgers, Putney High Street
https://www.fiveguys.co.uk/findstore 
Ok, this isn’t an independent company but it’s very much our guilty pleasure! With their reasonable prices, flexible menu and mind blowing burgers with Cajun fries it’s just the thing to take the edge off the week with Burger Friday. Literally the most delicious burgers we have ever tasted!
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Thinking of Becoming a Landlord for the First Time?

Published: 31/05/2018

By Penny

Becoming a new landlord can be quite a challenging experience and you may have heard the horror stories regarding rogue tenants and the consequences to a Landlord. Whilst some of these stories are true, most tenancies are drama free and becoming a Landlord can actually become a profitable and enjoyable experience. If you are planning to become a landlord for the first time, keep reading as we are going to share with you some of our top tips to being successful and being a first-time landlord.

Research Makes It Easy
Many times, new landlords don’t do their research and end up finding out the hard way that using the wrong forms or not having the right certificates or permissions from your lender can get you in hot water, however, these are all quite simply attained once you’ve completed a checklist.

Is It A Business?
Another oversight some landlords make is being too personal with tenants and/or the property. This may have been your home at one stage or currently and with that comes a lot of emotion, especially if you’ve been there a long time and put your heart & soul into the property. This is only natural. Sometimes this works in your favor, but there is a fine line between a personal and business relationship with your tenants, and once crossed, tenants can potentially manipulate the relationship with empty promises and tardiness with rent etc.  Keeping a trustworthy and fair relationship between yourself and your tenants is imperative and its what can often dictate whether you have a great tenancy or a terrible one, but treating the tenancy as a business is equally important for any potential profitability. You should visit them regularly and pay attention to what they report and respond promptly in all cases without any emotion. When properly researching how to become a property owner and renting your properties, it’s easy to reap the rewards and avoid many of the common pitfalls.

Set up a screening process:
Landlords often find that getting a new tenant is relatively easy, especially in large cities. However, it is much more difficult to find “quality” tenants who can take care of the property and pay their rent on time. It is essential to perform thorough background checks on their employment, credit history, residential history and of course the new legislation of Right to Rent checks. If you find tenants through an agent such as Chamberland Residential, we do all this for you and take away the hassle.

Treat it like a real business:
Renting a property is a real business. Like any business, you need to have proper processes and systems to get everything well organized. With a good system, you may manage marketing, accounting, customer supports and maintenance tasks quite efficiently. This can be quite tricky as a private landlord as you are often not allowed to market your property on the main portals that all applicants look to find a property on, therefore limiting your catchment significantly. By using Chamberland Residential as your Agent, you get maximum exposure and we take care of everything for you.

Use the proper forms:
It is imperative that you prepare and use all the necessary forms. These may include non-resident landlord tax forms or lender agreements giving permission to let.

Focus on security:
Security is a very important factor for tenants as they need to protect their family members and belongings. Rental properties must be properly secured against crime and it’s even better if they are located in safe areas, with a very low crime rate. Tenants are willing to pay extra for properties that are secure and in better areas for this purpose.

Make it easy:
Relationships will remain strong if landlords make things easy for their tenants. Conflicts often arise when a few things are not clear from the start and expectations are not managed. By making things easier for tenants, it will also be easier for landlords in the long run.

Prepare a financial reserve:
It’s advisable that Landlords should save for the “rainy day”. There will be unexpected costs due to vacancies, large repairs and unfortunately even rent arrears. Properties will deteriorate when not maintained properly and it will then be less likely to get good tenants and a good market value rent.
The best way that you can become a successful and effective new landlord is to use a professional letting and property management company that can guide you easily through the whole process whilst taking some of the liability and pressure off of you too.

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Decorating Your Home For Christmas

Published: 04/12/2017

By Penny

As a mutli award winning independent letting/estate agent, we can help with more than just residential sales, lettings and property management. Check out our top tips for decorating your wonderful home at Christmas below.






Tartan Never Goes Out Of Fashion




Really want to make your home the coziest and most fashionable place of all this Christmas without it looking too overbearing? Go tartan! Pairing greenery and tartan together is the perfect look for a living room / kitchen area. Basing your Christmas decor on a Scottish-Highlands inspired look will achieve a festive feeling in the most simplistic way.


Incorporate Traditional With Modern


Want to achieve the perfect balance between a modern and traditional look? Begin with the Christmas tree. A real tree will encourage a vintage and homely feeling, however, decorate it with lights and baubles rather than tinsel, which will add a modernistic feel. A deer head ornament on your wall will really encourage a rustic feel in your living room, as seen in the picture above. Also, if you’re lucky enough to have a gorgeous fireplace don’t neglect it! Decorate it with tinsel and greenery to really ensure it reaches its full Christmas look potential. 


 Make It All About The Tree



Want to make it all about the tree? Why not! We love real trees, however we also appreciate the fact fake trees don’t only last multiple years but are much easier to take care of. Either way, purchase the best quality tree you can within your budget (fake or real) and decorate it with lights, subtle tinsel and eye catching baubles. As you can see in the image above, keep the rest of your decor simple and neutral to ensure your guests really appreciate the beauty of your tree.



You Don’t HAVE to Have A Tree

Believe it or not.. you do not have to have a tree to complete your Christmas look. If you aren't having the family over this year and/ or simply just want to be a little individual, then why not keep things as simple as possible and decorate items like the fireplace, windows and surrounding to create the nostalgic and yet simple atmosphere with garland, bows and fairy lights etc. This lends to an elegant and Christmassy feel without the tree and all that comes with it. Colourful plants around your home will also really achieve a festive and fresh feeling. Good quality silk plants will not only stand the test of time but add vibrancy without the risk of them wilting before Santa arrives down your chimney! Pair your plants with some antique decorations and candles to reinforce a festive feel.

 

We hope our tips inspire you this Christmas and we at Chamberland Residential wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas... Ho Ho Ho! 




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Are These the New Upcoming Interior Design Trends?

Published: 16/10/2017

By Penny

2018 is almost upon us and with it comes many new trends in clothing, technology and interior design. It seems that every year, many of us feel the need to change up our look and for some, that includes the look of our homes. Landlords can benefit from freshening up their interior design by attracting new tenants and the right design can even turn a previously empty home, into a rented property that is turning a profit.

At Chamberland Residential, we are focused on helping our clients lease their properties quickly and for the most money possible. We understand the needs of our Landlords and we have created this list of some of the hottest, upcoming interior design trends. These are trends that will make your property look more appealing to renters and offer pride of ownership. Here are some of 2018’s trending home design trends, according to leading UK interior designers:

Sophisticated Pastels
Pastels have gone beyond being simple colours to add to your walls and have become more complex. New trends are bringing pastels back and they are being used for more than just an accent wall.

Rounded Furniture
Hard edged furniture has made way for a softer, more rounded approach. Substantially sized furniture with round shapes and edges add a modern look that is also comfortable and inviting.

Relaxed Maximalism
Forget minimalism, and go for a maximalism look for your home with furnishings that are actually functional and provide maximum comfort.

Utilitarian Materials
Add a natural look with utilitarian materials including canvas, reclaimed fabrics and natural wood finishes.

Black-Finished Metals
What used to be frowned upon in the home furnishings realm, has finally gone mainstream. Black finished metals on lighting fixtures, ceiling fans and table lamps add a modern, trendy look.

Blush Pink
Blush pink is being used by leading interior designers from bathroom fixtures and vanities, to kitchens, playrooms and more. We are seeing it trend in textiles, paint colours and accessories as well.

Moody Interiors
Dark, moody interiors are fast becoming the new trend as darker walls, jewel tones and earthy colours are being used more and more by leading UK interior designers.

To make your rental property stand out, you might have to consider an interior re-design to update the look and make it more appealing to potential renters. For more information on how you can make your rental property stand out, contact Chamberland Residential today.


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London lettings market to grow as many priced out of owning their own home

Published: 12/07/2017

By David Brough

London’s residential lettings market is set to expand in the coming years as so-called “generation rent”, today’s 20-39 year-olds, struggle to buy a house, and as the population of the UK capital continues to grow.
A recent study about the UK property market outlook by PwC, which took into account the impact of Brexit, said, “Since the millennium, the share of 20-39 year olds who rent privately has more than doubled from 20% to 50% and we anticipate that this rise will continue.”

This UK trend clearly applies to London where average earnings are likely to fail to keep pace with property market growth over the longer term. This will make it harder for many people to save up to buy their own homes. While London house prices are stuttering in the near term due to uncertainties over Brexit, the longer term outlook seems to be robust due to a shortage of supply relative to demand. Demographic projections point to continuing population growth in the UK capital in the coming years, intensifying demand for somewhere to live. Although it will typically take many years for a “generation renter”, on average, to be able to buy their first home, PwC says that Brexit may have brought that dream a step closer.

“The average generation rent households starting to save for a first home in 2016 without family assistance, are estimated to need to save for around 19 years to afford their first home,” it said. “Without Brexit we estimate this would have been around 21 years, so there is a slight improvement.”

These figures are clouded by uncertainties, such as risks of unemployment due to the economic shock associated with Brexit, fears over real earnings growth as inflation picks up, and the impact of interest rates, which will rise from historically low levels at some point.  
In the near term, increased tax demands on buy-to-let landlords, combined with uncertainty over the economic future due to Brexit, seem to be increasing the supply of rental properties in London.

“I suspect there may be a fair amount of property coming back to the lettings market that isn’t selling and this will mean more properties on the market than tenants looking,” said Nicole Chamberland, owner of Putney-based estate agent Chamberland Residential.

“I believe the future lettings market will be buoyant and busy, but with rents staying the same and/or potentially having a slight decrease over rents from last year due to the extra property being available and more choice. Since I started in 2001, the rental market has always been busy. Rents may have gone up and down considerably at times, but there has always been demand and that’s what I love about the lettings market in London,” she said.
 
Taking into consideration the difficulty of younger people to step onto the housing ladder, Build to Rent could be a positive step to ensure delivery of new, high quality homes to the increasingly high portion of the population who will be renting in London in future.
 
“At Chamberland Residential we take pride in knowing our market and what’s happening here in our town, not just London as a whole because, believe it or not, it often differs from one end of the city to the other. We take into consideration what’s really happening out there and we adjust for it. That often means managing expectations for applicants and for our landlords so there aren’t any surprises.”

About the Blogger: David Brough has been a buy-to-let investor for over 20 years, originally letting out properties in London while he was working as a Reuters foreign correspondent. David’s Blogs on the Chamberland Residential website look at some of the major issues in the lettings and sales markets, as well as the market outlook. Apart from his interests in property, David is Editor of digital jewellery trade magazine Jewellery Outlook, and of interior design website ChelseaCross.com. He can be reached at: davidbrough2@btinternet.com

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Online Agent vs The High Street Agent? The answer is in the quality of customer service

Published: 26/06/2017

By David Brough

The rise in popularity of online estate agents raises the question about the real value of opting for a bricks-and-mortar agency: the answer lies in the quality of customer service.
Online lettings and sales agents cannot compete with the personal touch – that is, having a personable point of contact with a qualified professional at a High Street agency who can push hard to solve problems and get things done.
Online agents tend to pile the time onto the client – lengthy forms to be filled in, with the onus of getting deals done just as heavily placed on the client’s shoulders as the agent’s.
Nicole Chamberland, owner of Chamberland Residential, says high quality customer service is what really sets her business apart from online agencies, which depend on the efficiency of their websites to drive their businesses forward.
She says the advice that her team can give to applicant tenants and to landlords about residential requirements, eases the burden for people during a stressful period.
“With the ever demanding items of legislation that are being imposed upon landlords for monitoring tenants and tenancies, it is getting more and more laborious with the specific checks and paperwork involved,” Nicole says.
“Having an actual agent there to guide you or take the burden away will help immensely, especially when some of the penalties can be prison time. An online agent will almost certainly not be willing to perform such a service with any level of liability or diligence.”
Nicole says the online agent takes away the personal, face-to-face  dimension required to be the best possible intermediary between tenant and landlord, or buyer and seller.
“The old saying goes ‘People buy People’ and with the increase of online agents and getting rid of the ‘middle man/high street agents’ it can be fairly daunting for new tenants to simply take a risk on a major decision, like where to rent, without ever having met someone.
“Especially if there are special conditions to their offer, which almost all tenancies have nowadays.”
The heart of customer service is how to solve a problem quickly and efficiently. The best solution that an online agent typically offers is a phone call or a Helpdesk message to an agent.
But a bricks-and-mortar agency delivers the personal service to get things moving again quickly.
Nicole says the frontline High Street agent is the best means of solving practical problems faced by tenants, for example.
“Who do they speak to when they move in and their conditions haven’t been met or there are problems and the landlord is not interested in assisting?
“This is where the High Street Agent comes in for support and of course Duty of Care.
“Face to face contact is often key and a relationship based on trust is what we strive for as it usually makes the entire process seamless.”


About the Blogger: David Brough has been a buy-to-let investor for over 20 years, originally letting out properties in London while he was working as a Reuters foreign correspondent. David’s Blogs on the Chamberland Residential website look at some of the major issues and challenges faced by tenants and landlords, and buyers and sellers in the lettings and sales markets today, and how best to solve them. Apart from his interests in property, David is Editor of digital magazine Jewellery Outlook, and of interior design website ChelseaCross.com.

 
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The Corporatization of Rental Properties in the UK

Published: 17/05/2017

By Penny

Over the past decade, the UK has seen a significant shift in the housing market, specifically rental properties. The first factor affecting the PRS (private rental sector) is that the cost of rent has gone up considerably and in some areas, that cost has doubled, even tripled. Many renters are finding that they can no longer afford to live in a neighbourhood that they have lived in for years and this is causing them to move to less expensive neighbourhood's that are less desirable, further from their jobs and sometimes from their children’s schools. Now, this is an understandable occurrence in many of the UK’s newer housing developments, but we are seeing this in neighbourhood's that have been around for many years as well.
     A second factor impacting rental properties in the UK, and the one that many are more concerned about, is the shift in ownership from local to foreign investors. Many cities across the UK are seeing large foreign-held property management companies buying up the properties as investments and having no/little personal stake in the occupants themselves. Just a few decades ago right here in Putney, most of the rental properties were owned by local landlords and managed by local management companies. Now we are seeing the emergence of corporate landlords and management companies that are based outside of the UK.
     Does this lead to many tenants being treated indifferently and being pushed out of the neighbourhood's they have lived and raised their families in for decades? The short answer is “not always” in my opinion. My personal experience with foreign investors is that they do actually care about the happiness of their tenants as they know unhappy tenants do not usually take care of the property and are more likely to have rent arrears. With that in mind, it would make no financial sense to treat tenants like commodities as it will cost them much more in the end.
    As well, I have noticed that foreign companies get local agents to actually manage the properties for them and therefore keep that level of customer service up, especially ourselves, which take great pride and understand the needs of both landlords and tenants. So as there are many foreign corporate landlords across the UK that are not interested in anything other than profit margin, its these that can impact on rent rises and essentially pricing people out of their neighbourhood's. Fortunately though I wouldn’t say this is the norm and it certainly is not my experience in Putney and its surrounding.
     Chamberland Residential is a locally owned and operated independent company specializing in residential lettings and property management as well as residential sales. Their team cares about the community and is committed to helping them grow. If you are looking for a home to let, or you are a landlord and need a dedicated team to help you find tenants or manage your property, contact Chamberland Residential today and let them assist you and answer any questions you might have.

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Getting ready for Spring/Summer

Published: 03/04/2017

By Penny

The equinox has been and gone and with this comes the changing of seasons. In the northern hemisphere we are getting ready for the warmth of summer to grace us whilst we try to get our bodies into shape and retrieve our summer wardrobes out of storage. It is not only our bodies that we can prepare, but our home spaces as well to welcome in the summer sun and open air. In this blog I will be sharing with you a few tips to help you begin to prepare your home for the coming spring/summer months.


Flowers
A wonderful way to welcome in the spring and summer is by decorating your home with flowers. Flowers can either be harvested from your own garden or purchased at your local florist/shop. Flowers are not only a great way to add a splash of colour but they bring a fresh and fragrant scent into your living space that is just as beautiful to look at. Flowers cause us to think of spring and they are a great way for you to begin welcoming the change of season into your home with a fresh positive attitude.


Prepare Your Garden
You may not have been able to do much gardening during the cold, wet and windy winter months but now is a good time to begin tidying up your garden space to get ready for you and your guests to be spend some time outside. You can use this time to trim back trees and shrubs and to perform any other necessary pruning and prepping work. It is also a good time to sow seeds and bulbs that will be able to sprout and grow during the summer. If you start working on your garden now; you will ensure that it will be looking beautiful by the time summer arrives.

Put Away Your Winter Gear
Just before the arrival of summer it’s a good time to begin packing away your heaters, heavy blankets, bulky sweaters, jackets and winter boots as well as any other bits and pieces that you only make use of during winter. Use this new space for the spring/summer wardrobe and perhaps to add some colour to your home with new artwork, prints or framed pictures of loved ones that capture the mood of the season.

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How to make the most of small spaces!

Published: 15/02/2017

By Penny

Is your home small? Would you prefer more space but can’t afford a larger property? If you feel that you need more space and can’t move, keep reading for some tips that will help you get the most out of a small space and give it a much larger appearance.
 

 

 

Paint
Painting in a lighter color will give the room a much larger appearance throughout whilst brightening it up at the same time. Sometimes a contrast color wall will give the illusion of space, just choose the right wall and a color that isn’t too dark.

Let the Light In
If the room you want to make appear larger has windows, purchase curtain rods that extend beyond the window. This will allow more light into the room and draw your eyes outward from the window.

Center the Room
Rather than pushing all of your furniture to the edges of the room, bring them towards the center of the room to create warmth and space.

Create Reflections
Mirrors are the best way to add space to a room without removing furniture. The reflection will give the room a more open feeling and make it look much larger than it really is.

Find Multitaskers
Select furniture that does more than one thing. An ottoman can become a storage piece helping to hide any clutter. You can also find tables that double as book storage or sideboards for clothes storage. There are many options online for these types of items.

Put Function First
Your home should be usable for you and your guests. If you spend more time in the kitchen, be sure that the space if functional. The same goes for the living room, bedroom or your home office. By making the room more functional, it will give it a more open feel as everything will be within reach and easy to access.

Create a Triangle of Efficiency
In extremely small spaces, efficiency is key. The primary tasks in a kitchen are carried out between the cook top, the sink and the refrigerator. These three points and the imaginary lines between them, make up what kitchen experts call the work triangle. By creating a triangle of efficiency, your small space will seem less cramped and it may even become your favourite room in the house!


 

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UK’s 'Generation Let’ Chooses Not to Buy, for Many Different Reasons

Published: 16/01/2017

By Penny

It appears as though many of the UK’s millennial's are choosing to rent property rather than buy their homes throughout the country. This isn’t new information as young adults have always started out renting and this trend will continue well into the future which is good news for property letters. So why is this news today? A recent study has shown that many of the UK’s millennial's have a wide range of different reasons for renting that aren’t as obvious as you might think.
      According to the survey results, millennial's in the UK are split equally between two main issues, one being the fear that their credit scores are too low, and the other being that many of them just don’t have the deposit funds in place. Another factor for young adults to let instead of buy is that many millennial's have gotten so used to the letting lifestyle of property management and building maintenance that they just don’t want to be tied down to a mortgage.
     Whether this comes from high amounts of student debt or credit card debt, which they usually carry, isn’t quite clear, but the fact that many of them aren’t ready to commit to a home is very apparent. With renting, they are able to move from one location to another without the hassles of having to sell their home or get financing for another one. They can simply finish their lease and move wherever their career, lifestyle or interests take them.
     Many UK property management companies are seeing their profits increase as ‘generation let’ continues to delay purchasing a home. As a leading UK property management company, Chamberland Residential wants to remind property owners and investors that this is an important segment in our society and we should cater to them as tenants to ensure they feel like staying for longer periods of time in a specific rental property. In many cases, this will entice them to spend more money on the right rental property as the features and benefits will become well worth it to them.
     If you want more long term tenants in your properties, contact Chamberland Residential and let us show you how. Our team of professionals are standing by to help in any way they can.
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Winter checklist, Fire & Safety

Published: 07/12/2016

By Penny

The cold weather has now officially arrived in the UK and that means winter is soon to follow. With many tasks on Landlord’s minds this time of year, many may be forgetting one important aspect that could save their tenants lives. I am talking about fire safety and ensuring their rental properties are free from fire hazards. 

Landlords in the UK are legally required to protect both the property and the people who live in it by keeping all electrical equipment safe and working. To help our readers understand these requirements, we have created our own checklist that will help you be fire safety ready.
• A smoke alarm should be installed on every story and a carbon monoxide alarm should be installed in any room containing a solid fuel-burning appliance. At the start of every new tenancy, landlords must check all alarms are working.
• Annual tests of all appliances that have a plug, known as Portable Appliance Tests (PAT) should be made and kept up to date.
• To prevent electric shocks should someone touch live wiring, landlords should have a Residual Current Device (RCD) fitted by a professional electrician.
• Five-yearly checks of the electrical installations and hard wiring (EICR) must be made by a registered electrician.
• Chimneys should be swept at least once per year.
• Fire extinguishers must be placed in all high-risk areas.
Landlords are held liable for any injury or fatality in their rental property through fire safety. Many Landlords could potentially overlook any of the items on the above checklist which is why hiring a responsible and up to date property management service is so important. A good property management service can ensure a Landlord is informed of their obligations and that all safety checks are performed correctly saving time and money as well keeping in line with legislation and helping to keep their tenants and their properties safe.
Chamberland Residential offer a superb property management service to take care of you and your property, whilst being personable and helpful. If you have any queries on our Property Management service, please feel free to call us on 020 8704 1313 or email nicole@chamberlandres.co.uk

 

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Christmas & New Year!

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Tenants - is it time to get moving?

Published: 11/11/2016

By Penny

As they say, “A change is as good as a rest”! It may well be time you took the leap and moved home. Perhaps it’s something you have been saving for a while, or it’s just time to start afresh in a new area? Generally speaking it’s safer and usually easier to rent via an agent, as they will be up to date with all the latest legislation and you know that the essentials are being taken care of properly (your deposit is being registered with the correct government scheme, for example).
With that in mind, here are some reasons you might consider using Chamberland Residential for your property search:
• Friendly and informed staff with the majority being licensed ARLA members
• Great local knowledge with over 15 years of area expertise
• Helpful third party referencing provider
• Smooth transition from making the offer to moving in with your own progressor
• Independent third party inventory provider
• Service throughout your tenancy


You can see all our properties on our website as well as the major property portals – please see below for links and don’t hesitate to call the office on 0208 704 1313 or contact us via email at lettings@chamberlandres.co.uk to get your property search started and speak to a consultant.

 

Who knows – it might be the first step to moving into your dream home!

http://www.chamberlandres.co.uk 
Right Move – our properties
Zoopla – our properties to rent

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How Has Brexit Affected the UK Property Market?

Published: 28/10/2016

By Penny

With the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the typical summer housing slowdown, many people are concerned with the UK housing market and rightly so. Just how has Brexit affected our property market and what does it mean for you? Will home prices rise and will interest in the property market come back? With the full effect of Brexit not able to be seen for many more months, there are still some things that we do know about the effects it is having on the UK today.
First off, housing prices are on the rise. Still not as sharply as they were for this quarter last year, with the difference being a 0.5% increase this summer over last year’s 5.2%. Now, that may not seem like much, but compared to what the country was expecting, a small rise is good. That meant that the average UK home is valued at £205,715.

Simon Rubinsohn, the chief economist at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, said "All indications suggest that whatever the outcome of the...referendum, in the long term, the imbalance between demand and supply will still exert a strong influence on the market, with house prices expected to rise by close to 25% over the next five years.”
Certainly, Brexit has affected the way we shop and make major purchases. The economic uncertainty will always create a slowdown in sales and this is apparent with the lag that we are having just after Brexit. When major purchases slow down, so will mortgages and that will in turn, slow down home sales as purchasers are more concerned than ever.
However, we are not seeing an overall housing price decline after Brexit, just a slowdown. As supply remains “constrained” for the time being, demand is falling and home buyers who were once anxious are now postponing buying new property. London seems to be the hardest hit but experts are predicting that as more confidence in the UK grows and inward investments are made, the housing market will turn around many areas including London seeing the effects.
So just how concerned should you be about the UK housing market after Brexit? With arguments for both sides of the topic, we feel that the UK housing market will rebound and we will see a surge in home sales when it does.

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it's Hot Hot Hot!

Published: 21/07/2016

By Penny

We are finally seeing some summer weather and true to British form, it's not a comfortable temperature, it's over 30 degrees this week! Obviously it's fantastic to be outside enjoying the weather, and so it seems most others are as well.
Brexit has been the hot topic for the last few months and probably will be for the next year, but what impact has it had on Lettings and Residential Sales? According to the Independent, London property prices are falling following UK’s vote to leave the EU. The vote triggered a wave of discounts as nervous owners slashed their asking prices following the surprise victory of the Leave campaign. The number of cuts to asking prices surged by 163 per cent in the 12 days following the referendum, compared to the 12 days ahead of the vote, according to figures from LondRes, a property research firm. For more in this article see: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/london-house-property-prices-asking-real-estate-eu-referendum-brexit-a7142281.html.  but other than that, it seems to be the typical quarter 3/ summertime levels of business with applicant levels unchanged other than lettings which seems to have slightly increased helping rents rise...great news. As the new Prime Minister is getting Article 50 in place, we have at least 2 years to figure things out, hopefully without panic and dramatics as we can see the GBP is already increasing. The property market will see alterations of course, but what they will be and to what level no one knows, and with predictions all seeming to contradict themselves constantly, its a guessing game for the moment until the government comes through with some actual relevant information on the exit....whenever that may be.
So lets enjoy the rest of our British summer and get out to the coast, I know that's where I will be.
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Another GOLD at the ESTA's 2016!!

Published: 22/04/2016

By Penny

 

Well, we did it again....winning the Gold award at the ESTA's 2016 for Best Letting Agent London (South). We couldn't be more proud of this achievement, especially as its our 5th award (and third Gold) in as many years.

 

 

 

As many of you may already know, the ESTA's are a very special award because they are voted for solely by our clients, our harshest critics...not a panel of industry judges who have never met us. We couldn't be happier with the outcome as this year the competition was at an all time high. Each team member works tirelessly all year to stand out from all the other agents, offering a unique and personal customer service that's unlike any others in the area. To be bestowed with this honour is not only gratifying but shows hard work and real customer service pays off.

 

 

 

A Big thank you to all our clients who took the time to vote for us this year...we're nothing without you!

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LOCAL BUSINESS WE LOVE AND WHY!

Published: 12/02/2016

By Penny

Putney is a fabulous place to move to, with lots of local amenities, restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. Barely 20 minutes to Waterloo from the overground station and with plenty of links by bus and the District Line Tube, it also has a buzzing High Street with all the best shops and lots of local, independent businesses just like Chamberland Residential. Here are just five of our favourites!
1. Edward James, Aveda (hairdressers), Putney High Street
http://www.edwardjameslondon.com/ 
Conveniently located on Putney High Street, this Salon and Spa provides an excellent service – reasonably priced, with most products cruelty free which is really important to me. They provide a very high level of customer service from attentive staff members and nothing seemed to be too much trouble. A real treat in my opinion!
2. Midori Sushi, Upper Richmond Road
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d4495226-Reviews-Midori_Sushi-London_England.html 
Just moments from our office, the friendly proprietor Sean makes exceptional Japanese food to eat in or take away, from scratch before your very eyes. A favourite haunt of Chamberland Residential staff, just be sure to get there before the mad rush at noon where people are often lined up out the door!
3. Artisan (coffee shop and café), Upper Richmond Road
http://www.artisancoffee.co.uk/ 
The name says it all – artisan coffee and delicious food from the Putney branch of this small South West London franchise. Always busy and buzzing, it’s the place to be on Upper Richmond Road making the most fabulous coffees in the area!
4. Cobblers (key cutting/cobblers), Upper Richmond Road
http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/cobblers-of-putney-london 
This friendly, family run business has been going for many years. With welcoming staff and a customer greeter to rival our own (black Labrador Harley!) they are our first point of call for key copies and show repairs. Reliable, professional and best of all very prompt!
5. Five Guys Burgers, Putney High Street
https://www.fiveguys.co.uk/findstore 
Ok, this isn’t an independent company but it’s very much our guilty pleasure! With their reasonable prices, flexible menu and mind blowing burgers with Cajun fries it’s just the thing to take the edge off the week with Burger Friday. Literally the most delicious burgers we have ever tasted!
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