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Act to Tie Welsh Landlords In for Longer


Proposed changes by the Welsh Government will double the length of time before a landlord can obtain possession at the beginning of a periodic standard contract from six months to one year; providing the tenant does not breach the terms of the contract.

Currently in Wales a landlord cannot obtain possession, again assuming no breach, until two months after giving notice which, in turn cannot be served within the first four months – equating to a total of six months.

However, the Bill currently being considered to amend the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016, which has not yet been implemented, would extend both those periods: Namely the landlord will be required to give at least six months’ notice and this cannot be served until six months after contract commencement, meaning a total of twelve months – double the current minimum contract length.

After the initial period the Bill proposes Landlords wanting mandatory possession will be required to serve six months’ notice rather than the current two months. The Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill is currently going through evidence sessions and should the Bill be passed it is anticipated to come into force in Spring 2021. 

Charlotte George MARLA, Head of Lettings. 


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Kingsland - Period Contemporary


A period home in one of Shrewsbury’s most sought after locations, combined with an interior which has been successfully extended to offer a superb design layout, with exemplary contemporary finishes is for sale with Balfours Estate Agents Shrewsbury.


Striking Four Bedroom Property For Sale in Shrewsbury

The striking detached four bedroom home, number Nine Ridgebourne Road, Kingsland, is located within walking distance of Shrewsbury town centre, plus top class private and state schooling. Major cities to the north and Midlands, plus airports are easily commutable.

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton comments: “This house has significant appeal as a result of being sympathetically extended to provide a wonderfully light modern classic home.”

Hub to the home the kitchen breakfast room has double doors to the dining room, with the drawing room linking through. The kitchen with serviced island opens through French doors to the terrace, while the drawing room benefits from bi-fold doors. Beyond is a beautifully presented south westerly facing garden, naturally softening with mature trees as it ebbs the Bow Brook.

A study, utility and downstairs cloakroom, complete the ground floor. The master and guest room benefit from en-suites. A single garage and courtyard parking for five vehicles completes this appealing package, which is marketed with a guide price of £745,000. Call Balfours Estate Agents Shrewsbury on 01743 353511.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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County’s Seven Figure Homes – Market Indicator


Shropshire’s higher end, seven figure property market, has responded to the election positively according to one of the county’s leading estate agents.

Head of sales at Balfours Estate Agents, Alistair Hilton, says there have been more exchanges and offers accepted. Also they have undertaken more appraisals on behalf of prospective vendors in the first six weeks of 2020 than in the final three months of 2019.

“We have had a very strong January. February is more than matching it, but what is particularly marked is the increase in interest in properties on the market in excess of one million pounds. The Old Bell House set by the River Teme in South Shropshire attracted two buyers in the New Year and is now under offer.

Also to find buyers and exchange in the last six weeks are; Bow Bridge House, Shrewsbury - A large house requiring full restoration, set in 2.5 acres with planning for five new houses, marketed with a guide of £1.7 million. The Mount, Cressage - A country house with land, Coach House and swimming pool is also under offer, with a guide price of £1.5 million.

Alistair explains: “It is clear that there is much more confidence at all levels, purchasers are taking a view on minor hurdles within conveyancing and financing, dismissing those in preference of the common goal.

“Here at Balfours we pride ourselves on both understanding the very individual needs of our clients and also how the market is reacting; it is using this knowledge and experience which enables us to achieve positive sales,” he adds.

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Five Plot Development Near Welshpool


Balfours Estate Agents Shrewsbury have launched to the market land with outline planning for five detached dwellings.

The residential development for sale near Cefn is less than four miles from Welshpool and within walking distance of local amenities in Cefn, including the local Primary School. 


Rural Living With Easy Commutes

Called The Wallers the site enjoys rural views to open countryside and will benefit from its own private drive. Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton comments: “This is a well presented and highly accessible plot with services nearby and conveniently close to trunk roads; overall it is an excellent opportunity to purchase a freehold site which is chain free.”

He adds: “From a developer’s viewpoint it is likely to attract house buyers seeking a balance between rural village living with accessibility: While Welshpool is close by, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Newtown, Wrexham and Chester are all sensible commutes.

The Wallers is marketed with a guide price of £300,000, call Balfours Estate Agents Shrewsbury on 01743 353511.

For further information please visit our Property Sales Page.

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Equestrian Paradise


A superb equestrian facility near Presteigne with access to outstanding off-road hacking has been launched to the market.


Property For Sale in Powys With Fabulous Forest Track Access 

Forest Green comes with more than sixteen acres, six stables and an attractive well maintained three bedroom property. The secluded location in the hamlet of Cascob enjoys outstanding views, maximised on the terrace where there is a 180 degree southerly panorama.

On the market with Balfours, Scott Kemsley, Ludlow sales manager comments: “The accommodation has been modernised to provide a truly delightful contemporary and spacious living space.” This includes entrance hall, kitchen breakfast room, a large living room with dual aspect fireplace, study, cloakroom and three double bedrooms, including one en suite and a family bathroom, with potential for an annexe if desired.

Meanwhile the roomy stables, including one foaling box, are all laid with rubber matting and fitted with automatic drinkers.  In addition, the top grade facilities come with tack room, feed room, hay barn equipment store, and hot horse shower. Schooling and fitness are taken care of with an arena, cross country jumps, horse walker and of course the fabulous forest tracks accessed straight from the property, and quiet country lanes.

Scott adds: “This is a rare gem which will be of infinite joy to anyone seeking to pursue and enhance their equestrian activities.” 

Planning for a holiday chalet, now lapsed, offers an additional interest. Forest Green is marketed with a guide price of £695,000, call Balfours Estate Agents Ludlow on 01584 707100.

For further information please visit our Property Sales Page.

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Building Opportunity Bicton Heath


An exclusive build opportunity in the popular area of Bicton Heath, less than three miles from Shrewsbury town centre, is for sale with Balfours.


Bespoke Build Opportunity For Sale in Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury

Half Acre is a bungalow with the benefit of planning permission to convert into a four/five bedroom house together with a building plot to erect a single detached house. Each property will have its own drive from different aspects and good sized gardens incorporating parking; Half Acre also has a double garage with planning to turn part of this into a utility.

Agent, Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours, comments: “This is a rare opportunity either for a self-builder or small builder to develop two very well located plots, just west of Shrewsbury. Amenities close to hand include an excellent choice of private and state schools, including Oxon Primary School, it is also hugely convenient to Shrewsbury Hospital.”

Alistair adds: “This is a chain free sale with huge potential to build something truly bespoke, current floor plans are available.” Half Acre House and building plot are on the market with a guide price of £450,000. Call Balfours Estate Agents Shrewsbury on 01743 353511.

For further information please visit our Property Sales Page.

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Half Acre Building Plot

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