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Inspections During A Tenancy - Essential


Inspecting a tenanted property is an essential part of a tenancy, but one that is often disliked by tenants and leaves landlords feeling uncomfortable.

As a result it is easily overlooked, yet landlords are leaving themselves open to finding themselves on the wrong side of the law and out of pocket, according to Charlotte George, MARLA, Head of Lettings at Balfours. 

She says: “While references must always be taken, new and short-term lettings should be inspected regularly to ensure a number of issues are in order and that the property is not being used illegally, for example growing cannabis. Also to check who is living there and that there are no unauthorised occupiers, as both these issues could leave the landlord liable to prosecution.”

The landlord also has legal obligations to keep the property structure, exterior, supply of utilities, space and water heating in good repair. By law the landlord has a duty of care, irrespective of action notice provided; ‘he ought in all the circumstances to have known of the relevant defect’.

Charlotte adds: “Inspections don’t have to be difficult. Using a third party to inspect what is the tenant’s home, puts a personal intrusion for the tenant on a professional footing. Once a tenant is established and settled for the long term it may be that such inspections can be less formal and done in the course of other management duties.”

Property inspections are a regular part of Charlotte’s job, therefore giving her the experience to progress an inspection quickly, with minimum intrusion to the tenant and none of the awkwardness. If you would like to discuss your rented properties, Charlotte George can be contacted on 01743 277069 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Herefordshire 583 Acre Farm Exceeds Guide Price


A prime Herefordshire farm with extensive woodland has sold for in excess of its £3,225,000 guide price within two months of launch to the market in mid-May this year. The 583 acre Hen House Farm at Bodenham, was snapped up by an investment purchaser, after being offered to the market as a whole or in two lots.

Agent, Andrew Liddiment of Balfours says: “Hen House Farm presented a combination of opportunities incorporating farming, forestry and superb sport including fishing on the River Lugg. The package comprised of a stone farmhouse, with associated traditional and modern buildings, 116 acres of arable, 165 acres of grass land and 79 acres of amenity woodland, totalling 360 acres. The balancing 223 acres, Dinmore Hill provided well-managed, principally mature Oak woodland.”

Andrew continues: “Access to Hen House Farm is via metalled road, running east to west through the farm. Current and past environmental stewardship schemes have achieved excellent habitat for farmland wildlife and game through extensive hedgerow restoration, tree planting and habitat creation.

 “We had strong interest, including a number of international enquiries and were delighted to agree a sale in early July, which has since been completed.  Andrew adds: “Farming businesses are still active market participants but face increasing competition from those seeking a lifestyle package or investment returnsWith strong interest and viewings from as far afield as the United Arab Emirates I think the take home message is you really don’t know who is in the market until launch.

For more information call Andrew Liddiment on 01588 673314, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Residential Sales on 01743 353511, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Bayston Hill, New 21st Century Bungalow


Clean contemporary lines wrap around this detached bungalow hinting of a 21st century interior – true to the flower from which The Bluebells takes its name, it does not disappoint.

This new build is situated some three miles south of Shrewsbury in Bayston Hill, at Betley Lane, off Lyth Hill Road. It is situated to the rear of its plot and offers glimpses of the Wrekin and open farmland, yet with a bus stop and stores just a few minutes from its door.

Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours says: “The Bluebells has been finished with an eye for design and to a high standard; it is those finishing fixtures that give this property its edge.” From outward appearance that includes brick finish to the lower quarter with cream rendered walls above and windows that stretch the distance of the rendering, an attractive feature.

Open the partially glazed front door to a tiled entrance through to the utility room. The utility lushly equipped and ready to serve its new occupants. A fully glazed oak framed door leads through to the open plan living space. This area is pleasurably light with a glazed bay, separate French doors, deep windows to a second aspect and a roof light above the kitchen area.

The kitchen is defined by units with solid wood countertop, incorporating breakfast bar and engineered wood flooring. A suite of integrated Neve electronics will entice creative cuisine.

Two bedrooms and a bathroom with shower and bath complete this new build which is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £280,000. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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The Bluebells Main

The Bluebells Living Area

The Bluebells Bathroom

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Retail and Residential - Entrepreneur, Investor Opportunity


A mixed use freehold property at the hub of Minsterley has been launched to the market offering great investment potential.

Holly House has commercial and residential space, comprising of a post office with sorting office; a butcher and a separate fish and chip shop. Above is a spacious three bedroom on the first and second floor.

Launched to the market by Charlie Giffard of Balfours, Holly House is of brick construction under a slate roof; the adjacent, but separate fish and chip shop is of similar construction. Says Charlie: “This is an unusual, but inspiring package which is likely to be of interest to investors and entrepreneurs. Currently the property is achieving a combined income, through the post office and rental, in excess of £30,000, with varying leases on the enterprises.”

The residential accommodation comprises of a three good sized rooms – the kitchen, living room and dining room, plus a utility and cloakroom. On the second floor there are three double bedrooms and a family shower room. A large, partially walled, garden is found to the rear, together with a courtyard to take five or six vehicles plus two garages.

Charlie adds: “This is a must view for anyone seeking a change of lifestyle and livelihood, or an investment project. Minsterley is a large and thriving village which also draws from a wide rural area. In addition to the retail at Holly House the village has a primary school, petrol station with grocery shop and public house. Secondary education is found just one and a half miles away at Pontesbury and in Shrewsbury, ten miles.”

Holly House is marketed with a guide price of £350,000 for more information call Charlie Giffard on 01743 353511.

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Holly House Sitting Room

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Shropshire’s Commuters Are On The Increase


A significant increase in market share has been achieved by Balfours sales team’s half year results. “The success, achieving some 12.5% more market share is attributed to a formula of factors,” according to head of sales, Alistair Hilton.

Of particular significance is the increasing thirst from Birmingham - recognised as the new technical hub for businesses and industry. Alistair explains: “As a consequence, newcomers who are seeking to live within an hour or so commute are turning to Shropshire more and more, particularly to the East and South of the county.

“At Balfours we are experiencing that growth in our marketplace, with strengthening brand awareness in the South, followed by the appointment of Charlie Giffard, our dedicated agent for East Shropshire and the Staffordshire borders.”

Another factor aiding success is the teams’ increasing conversion rate from market appraisals to winning an increasing number of instructions. Alistair reports: “This year we have also noticed considerable interest within the local area that is Shropshire and the borders. With local people confident to move, we are enjoying activity across a diverse portfolio, from multi-million pound farms, development sites, townhouses and country cottages.”

In conjunction with new instructions, vendors are taking heed of Balfours advice to prepare, not just the property, but the paperwork as well, and with total transparency. As a result, offers have, on a number of occasions, converted through to exchange and completion in much a shorter time frame. In some cases, all within the same calendar month.

Alistair adds: “The market is healthy despite the weak pound and uncertainty of Brexit. Without doubt, underpinned by interest base rates, even with the Bank of England raising the base rate to half of one per cent this week – the first rise in ten years – there would appear to be little danger of them rising above two per cent this decade.

“We currently have a good market flow, and while the majority of our residential sales are within the £400,000 to £1m price range, the macroeconomic climate that influences the housing market as a whole is positive. For anyone considering a property move, best make the most of the green light.”

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St John’s Hill - Classic Georgian Town House


A classic Georgian town house in a highly desirable town centre location is on the market.

Boasting views to St Chad’s church, 26 St John’s Hill is an exceptionally well balanced and proportioned four bedroom terraced townhouse – with grade II recognition. “This is one of Shrewsbury’s classic gems and is beautifully presented,” says head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton.

Number 26 opens into an entrance vestibule and onwards to a generous reception hall where the staircase reflects the quality and character found throughout its four floors. Ground level finds the dining room with two sash windows and traditional fireplace; across the hall is the sitting room, currently used as an intimate reading room with French doors opening to the garden. The kitchen is a clever addition with breakfast table.

Below stairs the semi-basement provides a spacious utility room and in the original kitchen, complete with Victorian range cooker and larder, is found a study which with 21st century technology has been tanked – waterproofed.

A classic drawing room is to be found on the first floor with Regency period balcony, period fireplace and coving all contributing to the graceful ambience of this room. The first floor also provides a double bedroom with en-suite facilities and a further three bedrooms are to be found second floor, with a family bathroom.

Says Alistair: “St John’s Hill is a sought after location – a peaceful area of town and yet a short walk from all amenities, restaurants, shops and an excellent range of private and state educational facilities. The quarry park amenities and river are only a few minutes away too, perfect for walking, cycling, rowing and swimming.”

Number 26 St John’s Hill is marketed with a guide price of £725,000, for more information call Alistair on 01743 353511.

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St Johns Hill Main

St Johns Hill Lounge

St Johns Hill Dining

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