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Right to rent – time to call the professionals

26/05/2021

Right to Rent checks are changing all the time, you might now be wondering if an EU citizen who arrived in this country six months ago has the right to rent a property without having settled or pre-settled status?

If you are not using an agent the responsibility falls to you, as landlord, to make sure you hold all the correct documentation, and it is up to date and correct.

It really has got to that point where having your property managed, by a reputable agent who monitors the checks on your behalf is usually the safer option. This is particularly, due to the introduction of unlimited fines or be sent to prison for renting your property to someone who is not legally permitted to stay in England.

Furthermore, because of coronavirus (COVID-19) there are temporary changes to the way you can check documents. Checks include which adults will use your property as their main home (your ‘tenants’). You will need original documents that prove they can live in the UK; and that those documents are genuine. Keep copies of all documents. 

In addition, right to rent checks continue in the same way as now until 30 June 2021 for citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Continue checking their passport or national identity card as before. For family members of EU, EEA or Swiss citizens, follow the usual guidance for documents you can accept for right to rent checks.

Check if the property is used as the tenant’s main home, for instance a property would usually be a tenant’s only or main home if:

  • they live there most of the time
  • they keep most of their belongings there
  • their partner or children live with them
  • they’re registered to vote at the property
  • they’re registered with the doctor using that address

Why not just call us – we have the systems in place to ensure you are the right side of the law.

Jackie Monro, FARLA, FNAEA, Head of lettings

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Home or holiday let classic two bed exudes character

26/05/2021

Balfours has launched to the market a grade II listed two bedroom house in the heart of Ludlow; 25 Bell Lane comes with a guide price of £395,750.

Situated off Broad Street it exudes charm and character while delivering convenience, culture and community associated with the mediaeval market town voted one of the best places to live in the UK by the Telegraph.

The classic front door opens to a small reception hall with staircase, to the left is the dining room with an open fire and through to the kitchen. Agent, Balfours Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley observes: “The property has been refurbished and is very well presented – with the rooms being light and contemporary.” The kitchen leads to the terraced garden at the rear – offering an intimate outdoor room.

On the first floor is a long living room, naturally dividing into a seating area with wood-burner and a study area. A bathroom is also to be found off the first floor landing. There are two bedrooms on the second floor, one with en-suite shower room. 

Scott adds: “While 25 Bell Lane might suit someone seeking to enjoy a Ludlow lifestyle, it would also be an excellent holiday let or holiday home.” For more information call Balfours on 01584 707100

25 Bell Lane Main

25 Bell lane Dining Area

25 Bell lane Kitchen

25 Bell lane Garden

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Spacious period home in stunning surrounds

10/06/2021

Three-hundred and sixty-degree views, three acres, exercise swimming pool, large pond and streams and heritage walled greenhouse are among the assets of The Lee, nestled in the valley, close to Knighton. This unique Gothic revival property offers four generous sized reception rooms together with a total of seven bedrooms and three bathrooms.

On the market with Balfours, Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley, says with over 4000 ft.² of accommodation the house offers a substantial and hugely flexible family home, with office or extended family space; its stunning surroundings also make it perfect for tourism and for Offa’s Dyke.

The fabulous and substantial entrance hall sets the scene and provides direct access to four reception rooms, each with character fireplaces. There is a large well-equipped kitchen with access to both the pantry and to the dining room, plus numerous service rooms associated with a country house of high calibre. 

There are four bedrooms on the first floor, one of which is en-suite, together with a family bathroom. Three additional bedrooms are to be found on the second floor plus a bathroom.

Scott Kemsley comments: “The Lee has so much to offer it is surrounded by its own three acres incorporating beautiful, landscaped and walled gardens, orchard and woodland. There is a triple garage and a single garage adjacent to the house, plus a number of useful outbuildings.

The Lee is 31 and 35 miles from the county towns of Hereford and Shrewsbury respectively, while Ludlow is renowned for its great cultural, foodie and sporting offers. Balfours are marketing The Lee with a guide price of £925,000 call 01584 707100.

The Lee Main

The Lee Pool View

The Lee Drawing Room

The Lee Kitchen

 

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Why use a qualified Propertymark estate agency ?

26/05/2021

When selling your home, which is likely to be one of the largest transactions of your life, choosing the right agent is crucial. And it is not just from a financial perspective there are many legal hurdles to clear, plus of course the likely mixed emotions of moving.

Despite all these factors the estate agency sector is mainly unregulated that is why we, at Balfours, have opted for endorsement through Propertymark, an independent body that verifies our credentials, reassuring you of our professional and principled practice; adhering to a nationally recognised Code of Practice.

That means that our team are not only trained and experienced professionals but that we undertake regular training too. That ensures that we are kept up to date with complex legislative changes and best practice – giving you peace of mind that we are going to achieve the best results for you.

Of course, lots of people sell their home and lots of agents do a good job, but by being part of Propertymark, at Balfours, we can give you the peace of mind that your home, your sale and your money are all in the safest hands.

Abigail Barker MNAEA,Property Sales Office Manager

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Imbalance ignites market

26/05/2021

Residential sale vendors are currently in the hot seat, with one in three properties - 32% - selling for more than the asking price, driven by an average of 16 buyers for every available property on the market.

Independent statistics revealed by Propertymark, endorse what we, at Balfours, are experiencing with buyers driving the post Covid economy. It has been an exceptional spring, with the number of sales agreed reflecting Propertymark’s average of 12 sales per estate agent in April, the highest ever month since April 2007, when the average stood at 13.

It is a simple fact that pent up demand has simply exploded into almost insatiable frenzy right now; at a time when the supply of properties is at the lowest since December 2002.

This is a concern to us, and it does illustrate a need to rebalance the market. As stamp duty and furlough are both phased out by the end of September this is likely to steady the market. We hope that the Planning Bill outlined in the Queen’s Speech encourages the development of more housing to be rolled out in Shropshire and the Midlands.

Meanwhile we would encourage those prospective vendors who are hovering, to get in touch. Each vendor’s aspirations are unique – and it is only through honest discussion that we, as professionals, can offer the opportunities and options your property could unlock for you. Alistair Hilton, head of sales.

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Idyllic Cottage Farm, with plot potential

21/05/2021

Cottage Farm, found in an idyllic rural location, half a mile from the sought after and vibrant south Shropshire village of Clun has been launched to the market.

The three-bedroom farmhouse, with studio annex is set within one acre of picture-perfect countryside, enjoying outstanding views. It provides potential for a building plot, subject to planning. Balfours Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley, comments: “This is a stunning property, the accommodation has charming character and the whole has much potential, including the studio annexe as an immediate homeworking space.”

Currently there are two reception rooms, each with original beams and the main lounge with impressive stone inglenook fireplace with woodburning stove; plus, the south facing garden room which opens to terrace and main lawn.

Also reflecting the age and history of the property, it has a true farmhouse kitchen with oak beams and feature stone wall; glazing to two aspects offers an abundance of natural light.  A lobby gives access to the utility and wc. From the central hallway, stairs ascend to provide three double bedrooms, one with en-suite and two with their own well positioned shower-rooms.

Cottage Farm is marketed with a guide price of £745,000, call Balfours on 01584 707100.

Cottage Farm Main

 

Cottage Farm Conservatory

Cottage Farm Garden

Cottage Farm Bedroom

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