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Looking for the UK's spookiest road...

Posted by: Adam Male on 22 October 2015
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Ghosts House Lane, Witches Walk, Black Cat Drive...




The UK is full of spooky road names! Do you live somewhere even scarier?

Let us know below!

Cashing in on Generation Freelance

Posted by: Adam Male on 22 October 2015
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With more and more people choosing to work from home, properties with space for an office, desk, or even a workshop are becoming more and more popular. There is no tie to transport links, there’s the opportunity to live wherever in the country you fancy, and there’s not even the dreaded early morning commute to worry about!

According to the European Forum of Independent Professionals, the number of independent professionals working as freelancers in the UK has increased by 63% from 2004 to 2013, and this number is continuing to climb. Projections say that by 2018 the number of self-employed workers will outstrip public-sector workers for the first time in history. So it is worth considering when you are looking at a property to buy, either as a home for yourself or as an investment property, the potential for ‘home-working’. Likewise, if you’re selling or renting your property, don’t forget that your viewer may be looking at the property as a potential as a place of work, so make sure you point out any potential spaces. 

At, we know what 'works', whether your'e looking to buy a home-with-office, or looking for pointers on how to sell to Generation Freelance, we're perfectly placed to share the business buzz on 'home-working-houses'. 


Ipswich, Suffolk

This five-bed detached property in Ipswich at £314,000 provides plenty of family space, with off-street parking and a spacious garden, as well as a completely separate study (with potential to extend into the garage) for a home-worker to separate themselves from family life during the working day. Being able to shut the door on the office at the end of the day helps many home-workers juggle family life and work.


Bishops Castle, Shropshire

This two-bed mid-19th century stone-built cottage is picture postcard pretty, but despite being surrounded by mature gardens and mature trees it could be a hive of industry, with not one, but two options for home-working! An internal study on the landing provides a compact option, or if you need something a little more spacious there is a detached garage which would make a perfect workshop or office space away from the main house.


Dalry, North Ayrshire

If your work is creative, why not take inspiration from this three-bed stone cottage in Dalry, once the home of famous Ayrshire artist George Houston. The house itself, priced at £345,000, has been renovated to a high standard, but the beauty of this property lies at the bottom of the garden, with a large timber summer house, providing a perfect space for creative work!


Staincross, Barnsley

It’s not often a property provides a way of working, and unwinding, but this unique detached property at £450,000 offers just that! With an endless option of room layouts, you could do anything from run a B&B to a small empire from this property – and once you have finished for the day, you can take a dip in your very own heated pool to relax!


Loughton, Essex

If want to keep family life and work firmly separate, where better than under the floor! With two spacious cellar rooms, this three-bed, three-reception room detached cottage at £895,000 is the perfect option. A paddock, horse field and garden storage room also make it a great solution for anyone who is looking to cater for the four-legged members of the family.



For the ultimate home-working solution, why not look at a shop? This three-bed property (with easy potential for a fourth bedroom) at £82,000 once served the community as a local shop, and the storeroom at the back would make a perfect home office. Set over three floors it would make a great buy to let opportunity.


With recent research suggesting that in just five years’ time 40% of the workforce will be working as freelancers, investing in a property that provides a solution to what is set to becoming one of property’s biggest problems is a smart move.

Right to Rent goes nationwide in February 2016

Posted by: Adam Male on 21 October 2015
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It has just been announced that the Right to Rent scheme will be extended across England from February 1st 2016. 


What's it all about?

The scheme has been put in place to allow landlords to check check the immigration status of tenants. 

A pilot scheme has been running in the West Midlands since December 2014, and during the first six months of the scheme, 109 illegal immigrants were found to be living in the region.

Landlords can be fined up to £3,000 if they are found to be renting a property to someone who isn't legally allowed to live in the UK, and it cannot prove that their 'right to rent' has been checked.


When is it happening?

The scheme will be extended across the UK on the 1st February 2016. All tenants that apply to rent a property must be subject to the new legislation.


What do I need to do?

There are four main steps which a Landlord must follow in order to carry out a Right to Rent check. They are:


  1.  Check which adult will live in the property as their only/main home

  2.  Ask tenants for the original documents that show they have the right to live in the UK 

  3. Check that the documents are valid, with the tenant present
  4. Make and keep copies of the documents and record the date that you made the check

‚ÄčThere are a number of documents that can be accepted as a valid example of a right to be in the UK. These include:


  • A valid UK passport 
  • A European Economic Area passport or identity card
  • A permanent residence card or travel document showing indefinite leave to remain
  • A Home Office immigration status document 
  • A certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen 

A full guide to acceptable documents available here. 


Are there any grey areas? 

The Human Rights Commission provided guidance in the creation of a Code of Practice, which provides guidance on how to avoid unlawful discrimination when carrying out a Right to Rent check on a new tenant.

If a potential tenant has an outstanding immigration application or appeal with the Home Office, you can conduct a check on that person’s ‘right to rent’ via the Landlords Checking Service.


Can you help!?

The team at are able to assist you however you require – if you have any questions our lettings team are more than happy to help!

Contact us here, or give us a call on 0800 689 9955 if you'd like any further information

Mercedes apartments race onto London market

Posted by: Adam Male on 20 October 2015
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Mercedes-Benz have unveiled six flats in Kensington, aimed at the high end market, designed to be reminiscent of a luxury car.


Whilst there is no denying that they were certainly not designed with the first-time buyer or anyone working to a budget in mind, they certainly provide a racy alternative to an expensive hotel! The furniture, accessories, décor and lighting all take their inspiration from the interior of a Mercedes, and are intended to give the impression that you are cocooned in a giant luxury sports car.


Intended to be used by ultra-wealthy clients who need somewhere to stay in London on a short term basis, the properties all boast more than 1000 square foot of living space, a spacious kitchen, living and dining space, as well as two double bedrooms, and can be rented for around £300-£400 a night – much cheaper than many hotels of a similar specification in the same area of London.


Nine more of the Mercedes properties are planned for development in Singapore in 2016. 

Are you getting the right signals about 3G living?

Posted by: Adam Male on 15 October 2015
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Different cultures around the world have very different views when it comes to multi-generational living.

In India, France and the Ukraine, adult children legally have to support their elderly parents – with many choosing to support them within their own home. In Greece it is commonplace for multiple generations to live under one roof, and the younger family members go to work to pay the bills, whilst the older generation assist with childcare, cooking and housekeeping.

This integrated approach often benefits both parties in more ways than one. If an older generational family member suddenly needs more care – illness, the loss of a loved one for example -  often the responsibility of care can fall to the younger generation, maybe a son or daughter, who may have a young family of their own, a job and a home. For the younger family member, trying to juggle their family life, and ensure that their parent or family member is cared for can be a challenge, and often the chain breaks.

At this stage, 3G living can be a perfect option. Moving the whole family into one home helps ensure that everyone receives the support that they need, and often the result is a happier family unit.   

However, if you are looking into the option of 3G living, it is important to find the perfect property. You need to consider every party who will be living in the house, their needs today, and their needs in the future. This is not a home you will want to move from quickly, so make sure it is right and will grow with you.

Many people prefer a separate ‘Granny Annexe’ for elderly relatives, although be aware that this can be counterproductive further down the line if mobility ever becomes a problem – why not look instead for a ground floor space that can be converted, and don’t forget that a bathroom will be needed as well. If you’ve got young children in the household, do bear in mind that they will eventually become teenagers – and they need their own space too!



This East London-based property is perfectly placed for the commuters in the family, with three tube stations all within easy reach of the property. With five bedrooms and four bathrooms at £659,000, one of each on the ground floor, makes it a great size for three generations – and means that everyone has plenty of space to grow and be happy in the property for many years.



In the South East, there are plenty of properties available that are ideal to be converted, but you have to look at floor plans with an open mind. This four-bedroom detached property in East Grinstead at £899,950, would be ideal for a growing family, and the dining room would make a great size downstairs bedroom, with availability to create an adjoining en-suite using the existing downstairs WC. The existing study would make an ideal replacement dining room, so there would be no compromise on family space.


This beautiful four-bedroom detached property in Bath for £599,000 would be a great project for a hands-on family! With an integrated garage with existing cloakroom and WC, perfect to be renovated into a large downstairs bedroom with en-suite, as well as extensive mature grounds, whether you want to get your hands dirty inside or outside this could be the perfect property for you.



In a great school catchment area, with a park just a short walk away, this five-bedroomed detached house in Sutton Coldfield, priced at £399,950 is made for the younger members of the family. A secure garden means that even this would be a great house for even the youngest tots to grow up with their family.



For the adventurous families out there, there’s a property in Scotland that could be just for you. Perched on the edge of a friendly fishing village, the Rosehearty Tower is a four-bedroomed detached property like no other. With unsurpassable 360-degree views of coast, sea and countryside, the property provides quirky family living and a self-contained annex, wrapped up in a package of village life and hearty outdoor pursuits, for £450,000.


Looking for a property to keep the whole family happy can be a challenge – but once you find the perfect home, it can revolutionise family life

If you are having to sell your home - and possibly a relative’s home too - in order to make your dreams of 3G living come true, we can help. Give us a call or get in touch here.