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Local online agent – saving you money! Changing with the times From experience we know that most people will now search for a property on their phone or PC. The high street isn’t what it used to be as more and more businesses moves online. To run a successful local business, it’s imperative to be …

Thank you to those who supported The Coffee Morning

Thank you to all of you who joined us for The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. It was a great morning for a great cause All money raised goes to support vital local services including the Macmillan Teenage and Young Adults Aftercare Survivor-ship Service at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Beacons crowned as one of the best new businesses in north Hampshire

On Thursday evening, the team at Beacons joined 500 businesses from across north Hampshire for the INSPIRE Business Awards 2016. We were delighted to attend, particularly as we were just one of three finalists in the New Business of the Year Award. To reach this stage, we went through a rigorous judging process, which delved …

Landlords – Why Beacons is for you

Beacons is an independent lettings agent, covering Aldershot, Fleet, Farnborough, Farnham and the surrounding areas. Formed in 1969 as Bourkes Estate Agency, Beacons is a third-generation, independent, local lettings and sales agent, recognised for our dedication, honesty and excellent customer service. With a wide variety of tenants of all different nationalities and cultures reflecting the …

Landlord Step By Step Guide

Step 1 – Accurate Valuation When choosing an agent to value your property, it’s important to consider the reputation and experience of the lettings agent, along with its fees.  Opting for a lettings agent with a strong reputation and years of relevant residential lettings experience appeals to tenants and provides them with peace of mind. …

EPC- Legal changes 6 things you need to know

Energy Performance Certificates are required when a property is: – built – sold – rented An EPC must be ordered before a property is let or sold.  An EPC contains: – information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs – recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money An EPC gives …

Electrical Safety Regulations & Landlords duties under the regulations

1/ Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 commencement The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 commenced on 8th December 2016 and apply to any electrical equipment first placed on the market on or after commencement. Any electrical equipment first placed on the market before 8th December 2016 continues to be governed by The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations …

Deposit Protection for Landlords

Government Guidelines for Deposit protection schemes and landlords 1/ Overview  You must place your tenants’ deposit in a tenancy deposit protection (TDP) scheme if you rent out your home on an assured shorthold tenancy that started after 6 April 2007. If you receive a valuable item as a deposit instead of money (for example a …

New HMO Regluations

The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation Order 2018 Under the Housing Act 2004 some houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) fall into Mandatory Licensing. Mandatory Licensing is a scheme where the local authority has to administer this type of licensing. Landlords must apply for a licence if the scheme applies in their area. Since April …

Buy To Let Update

Buy-to-let and Changing Markets The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association reported on 6 February that buy-to-let investment has seen a reduction in mortgage lending of 80% from 2015 (£25 billion) to 2017 (£5 billion). The main reason for this fall is explained by the recent changes in tax and regulations. About 21% of landlords have indicated …