Category Archives: Dawns Blog

Renovation rules

Q.  I am carrying out renovations on my property, a Leasehold and have just been told by the building surveyor acting for the Landlords of the development that I will need to get a ‘Schedule of Condition’ carried out for … Continue reading

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Do I need planning consent for my refurb?

Q.  I have just completed on a leasehold property situated on a very nice residential development and have plans to completely gut the place and start again, to include the removal of some non-load bearing stud walls. Given I am … Continue reading

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New HMO regulations from October 2018

Landlords need to be aware that the government is launching new regulations for HMO’s (Houses of Multiple Occupation) from October 2018. With significant growth in the private rented sector and many landlords converting smaller properties for use as HMO’s the … Continue reading

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How do I ensure I choose a good quality tenant!?

Q.  What do you think I can do to protect myself from dodgy tenants? I’m a first time Landlord and have become increasingly nervous about the thought of allowing someone to rent my home, I’ve seen all the nightmares that … Continue reading

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Parking and purchasing?

Q.  I am buying an apartment and I have been told that it has a parking space which is paramount for me as a driver and particularly because I am buying in canary wharf where I understand street parking is … Continue reading

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My managing agent is a nightmare – how do I get out?

Q.  I am really unhappy with the management company I have looking after my rental property, they seem to be charging extortionate fees to do little to nothing and they are not even looking after the property the way they … Continue reading

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Property market update

The decline in the property market over the last 12 months is now pretty obvious for most to observe, even those that have fiercely fought against it and refused to believe what’s really going on in the canary wharf market … Continue reading

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The sale process for dummies!

Q.  I am a first-time buyer and a little naïve as to the whole process of what happens now my offer has been accepted. Can you give me a general idea of what happens next so that I don’t feel … Continue reading

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Dealing with demanding tenants

Q.  New tenants moved into my rental apartment twelve months ago and they have been happy so far with everything which has prompted them to renew the contract. However, following the renewal they asked for a few new additions to … Continue reading

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Investing for Dummies

Q.  My grandmother has left me a large inheritance and I have decided to invest it in property. I want to buy somewhere close to work but I have only been in London for the past nine months and really … Continue reading

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