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New Rules Bringing Greater Transparency to Letting Agents Fees

31 March 2015

New rules have come into force that will bring greater transparency to the fees UK letting agents charge clients, while additional regulation will provide greater protection for tenants’ deposits as well as removing barriers for want-to-be landlords in London.For some time there has been growing dissatisfaction with the practice by some letting agents to bundle different sets of fees together, to charge individual tenants separate management fees when letting out a joint property, and the practise of charging landlords and tenants of the same property different management fees.Under the new Consumer Rights Act, which came into force this March, letting...

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Landlord Gifts Encourage Longer Term Tenants

25 March 2015

Bad news stories may tend to dominate the headlines when it comes to relationships between tenants and landlords in the UK but new research reveals that the relationship is often much more convivial, reports Property Wire.According to a survey by tenant insurance provider Endsleigh conducted as part of its 2015 Better Relations campaign, just over a third (34%) of landlords have given a welcome or farewell gift to a tenant and 30% of tenants have received an act of kindness.It shows 54% of tenants received help with DIY and 29% a bottle of wine, as a result 72% of tenants...

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International Demand Driving Growth of UK Private Schools

23 March 2015

Private school experiences may be a staple of English literature, from Tom Brown to Harry Potter, but a private UK education is seen as increasingly desirable not only from a domestic perspective – controversially, almost the entire UK Government was privately-educated – but also among non-British students, with boarding school particularly seen as offering a stable learning environment for families often on the move.Recent research by the Financial Times in collaboration with the Independent Schools Council (ISC) – representing over 1,200 private UK schools which between them count 511,000 students – shows that just under a third of UK boarding students...

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Prime London Rental Demand Reaching New Highs

19 March 2015

Recent new stories in the UK press of £4m deposits and properties being let in less than a minute reflect anecdotal evidence from agents of seemingly insatiable demand for prime London properties among international clients. But such headlines do not tell the entire story.Two articles particularly caught our eye this month, which in their own way each say much about the state of the rental market in London and the dramatic lengths some will go to in order to secure a property in a prime location.The first story appeared in the Daily Telegraph and concerns a young Chinese woman who...

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Simon Johnston The Fastest Man at Icon

02 March 2015

This month will see Icon Relocation CEO, Simon Johnston, head down, leathers on and eyes fixed to the road, as he powers round the Isle of Man in a homage to the TT Races. A dedicated motorcyclist since his teens, when not leading Icon Relocation to EMEA DSP of the Year 2014 or a fourth consecutive EuRA Quality Seal, Simon can be found tearing along Europe’s roads – recent months have already seen him and his Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 cover the A roads of south west Ireland, Scotland and a cross-Europe trip to Budapest.This March is no different and will see him...

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