Tamlyns is pleased to announce that Anna Tucker has been promoted to company Head of Compliance and Training Co-ordinator.

Anna fills the role having worked for Tamlyns and the Property Group for 7 years, previously working in-branch as part of the Lettings customer-facing team, and more recently as PA to their Operations Director, David Powell.

Prior to joining the company in 2011, Anna had spent 15 years working in the property letting and management industry in managerial roles.

Tamlyns estate and letting agents have been out fundraising again, this time raising over £1,000 for Sport Relief.

This year’s efforts on March 23rd saw Tamlyns’ Sales Manager Mark Franklin team up with Mayfair Town & Country estate agents, as part of the Property Group,  to collectively cycle, run and walk the 104.4-mile distance from their most Northern office in Clifton, Bristol, to their most Southern in Dorchester, Dorset as part of the ‘South West Challenge’.

‘Challenge’ it was, with miles completed on foot, by bike, treadmill and cross-trainer across their 13 Bristol, Somerset and Dorset offices, leaving a few sore legs for several days after. The target miles, however, were well exceeded, with the teams achieving 190 miles in total - some 85.6 miles over the 104.4 target set!

The final total raised was £1,017, again breaking their fundraising target of £1,000.

Mark Franklin, Sales Manager at Tamlyns, said: “It was great fun teaming up with Mayfair for this challenge, as together we managed to raise a fantastic figure for the Sport Relief charity. Thank you to everyone who donated, prior to the event and on the day, and for the support from the public and passers-by who gave us such welcome words of encouragement on the day.”

The money raised for Sport Relief goes directly to the charity, helping vulnerable people, across the UK and the world, to live happier, healthier and safer lives.

Tamlyns are warning of the strict legislation for private landlords in the UK, after a 2016 case involving two Sheffield landlords came to a climax last month, with fairly weighty prison sentences for the pair.

A report published in Landlord Today told how Mark Cashin was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, for a number of property offences, including the harassment and subsequent illegal eviction of a man living in a property they own near Sheffield, in January 2016.

From 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for all new tenancies in England to hold a minimum performance energy rating of E, and from 1st April 2020 for existing tenancies. This means it will be soon be illegal to let out a property has a rating of F or G (as shown on a valid Energy Performance Certificate for the property). The fines for breaches are steep, so make sure you don’t get caught out.

With so many letting agents on the high street (and online) these days, how can you distinguish the ones that will best serve your needs and offer you the best value for money? Using an agent who is ARLA-qualified is a good place to start. Being a member of ARLA means your agent has undergone a gruelling examination process on the latest industry legislation and now follows a strict Code of Practice and the Rules of Conduct set out by the association. Annual CPD is required in order for members to retain their membership and ensure they’re always up-to-date on any law changes in the industry.