The consultation on the government’s proposal of minimum-term tenancies came to an end last recently, with many landlords left wondering of the outcome.
The official consultation had been triggered by the government saying that 80% of tenants currently have contracts of 6 or 12 months, but many want longer tenancies, with Housing Secretary James Brokenshire claiming this to be unfair - particularly for families with schoolchildren who may be required to uproot due to the terms of their tenancy.
Rightmove’s rental report for Q2 2018 has revealed some promising figures for us in the South West. The report has shown that properties in our region are being let out the fastest of the whole of the UK, taking an average of just 29 days (compared to 30 in 2017), with the slowest being 44 days in the North East. The national average is 36 days from the time a rental property goes on Rightmove until it is marked let agreed, which is the same as last year. Of particular note though is actually here in Bristol, which alone is averaging times as short as just 22 days.
The wider picture also shows that asking rents outside London rose 2.7% to £796 per month during Q2 (though the annual rate fell back to 0.7%) and new listings up 2.4% which means more choice for renters. In the South West specifically, the annual change in asking price of £797pcm stays the same.
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.