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Bridge to Own Home

21/09/2015

Perfect for first time buyers or buy to let, 4 Sutton Bridge is located less than a mile from Shrewsbury town centre at Belle Vue, a popular residential area just to the south of the county town.

Launched to the market by Balfours Property Professionals, town sales manager, Alistair Hilton, enthuses: “This Sutton Bridge apartment is purpose built, light, airy and contemporary and provides entrance hall access, a good sized living room, with well equipped kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.”

Number 4 has its own allocated parking space as well as dedicated bicycle and bin storage area. Its proximity to Shrewsbury – is ideal for those seeking a healthy lifestyle, with many amenities just a stroll away, including The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury’s individual shops and restaurants, plus night life too.

For commuting Shrewsbury station is 1.3 miles on foot, while the Midlands road network is less than two miles away, as is Meole Brace Retail Park.

Number 4 Sutton Bridge is marketed with a guide price of £165,000, for more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511 or visit www.balfours.co.uk.

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Landlords urged to act on Gas Safety Week

21/09/2015

Landlords are legally bound to arrange a “Gas Safe” test every twelve months and those failing to do so could be putting lives and health at risk and leaving themselves open to prosecution.

The message comes from Balfours letting agent, Charlotte George MARLA, during “gas safety week, (Sept 14)” she is highlighting the perils for both tenants and landlords. “Unsafe gas really does wreck lives, not only can it kill, there were six deaths and 300 injuries in the UK, last year alone, but it can also make people very ill. A poorly maintained gas boiler can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Most landlords would be utterly devastated if something dreadful happened to their tenants which they should have prevented. For most the economic damage would pail into insignificance compared to the guilt of such an occurrence.”  

Charlotte advises landlords to put rented accommodation in the hands of a registered agent, who will ensure the tests are carried out annually.

For tenants the advice is clear: “Rent your property through a reputable agent and be confident that your gas appliances are properly maintained,” she adds. Charlotte can be contacted on 01743 277069.

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Bridge to own home

18/09/2015

Perfect for first time buyers, or buy to let, 4 Sutton Bridge is located less than a mile from Shrewsbury town centre, at Belle Vue, a popular residential area, just to the south of the county town.

Launched to the market by Balfours Property Professionals, town sales manager, Alistair Hilton, enthuses: “Sutton Bridge is purpose built apartments, light airy and contemporary offering: Entrance hall access, a good sized living room, with well equipped kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.”

Number 4 has its own allocated parking space as well as dedicated bicycle and bin storage area. Its proximity to Shrewsbury – is ideal for those seeking a healthy lifestyle, with many amenities just a stroll away including The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury’s individual shops, restaurants and night life too.

For commuting Shrewsbury station is just 1.3 miles on foot, while the Midlands road network is less than two miles away, as is Meole Brace Retail Park.

Number 4 Sutton Bridge is marketed with a guide price of £165,000, for more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511 or visit www.balfours.co.uk

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South Shropshire farm on the market

18/09/2015

A rare opportunity to purchase a mixed farm extending 337 acres in South Shropshire has been launched to the market by Balfours Property Professionals.

Lower Down Farm, Lydbuy North, is on the market as a whole or in four lots. It briefly comprises of arable land, improved grassland and permanent pasture serviced by traditional and modern farm buildings, five bedroom farmhouse and three cottages.

Head of sales at Balfours, Tim Main says: “The opportunity to buy a working farm has become a relatively rare occurrence, particularly in Shropshire. Lower Down Farm, Lydbury North, is just such a farm – offering an exciting proposition for those seeking to expand or invest; be it the whole, or one of the four lots.”

Each of the four lots includes land and buildings: Lot one comprises the picturesque five bedroom grade II listed farmhouse, with 136 acres. The land mainly down to grass with a small amount of woodland and a pair of cottages, plus the main steading of traditional and modern farm buildings. Lot 2 comprises of the arable land extending 171 acres together with traditional buildings and a Dutch barn. The guide prices are £1.6m and £1.35m respectively.

While lot three, known as Blue Barn, offers 15 acres together with traditional and modern farm buildings. Lot four is a detached three bedroom cottage – presenting that dream combination of location and a refurbishment project. The Stanley Cottage package comes with 15 acres and outbuildings; it has a guide price of £245,000. Lower Down Farm as a whole is on the market with a guide price of £3,325,000.

Lydbury North is south east of Bishops Castle, which offers a livestock market and other services. There are also livestock markets at Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Welshpool.

For more information please call Tim Main on 01743 353511 or visit www.balfours.co.uk

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Residential Letting Law Changes

11/08/2015

I have a farm cottage already let and a barn we are converting that will be available this autumn. Will the changes in letting legislation just affect the barn or both properties?

This year has seen a significant number of changes to legislation surrounding residential tenancies, with further changes due towards the end of the year. The changes will affect both properties and include:Health and Safety: It is expected that by October 2015, that amongst other important duties, it will be compulsory for a landlord to fit smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, where necessary.

Immigration Act: A Landlord could face up to five years in jail for letting to a tenant with no right to reside in the UK. We therefore have to ensure that all the correct questions are asked and checks are made before agreeing any new let.

Tenants’ Deposits: With a few exceptions these should now be protected by an industry approved tenancy deposit scheme; regardless of when they were taken.

Notices: The procedures for serving notices are expected to change and more protection is to be granted to tenants facing eviction as a result of their complaining. Therefore where relationships with your tenants are deteriorating you need to discuss the best way forward as soon as possible with your letting agent.

All the above changes are intended to protect tenants against unscrupulous landlords, but could leave the most well-meaning property owner open to prosecution for getting it wrong.

The residential letting market is currently strong, with a traditional summer/autumn surge; demand for well-presented farm cottages and character properties in rural or semi-rural locations are no exception.Often these properties are a side-line to a busy farm business with many other demands and timescales, not least imposed by livestock and weather. With these demands and constantly changing legislation in mind, it is likely to pay dividends to take professional advice when it comes to your rental property, be it a single cottage or a portfolio with farmhouses and barns.


If you are unaware of these changes in legislation or would like any further information then please do not hesitate to contact me and I would be happy to discuss them in more detail with you. Charlotte George MARLA, Balfours Property Professionals, Senior Lettings Negotiator.

Charlotte George

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