Residential Land support a Powered Wheelchair Programme through “the PROPS” Lunch in May, 2014

Residential Land was delighted to attend the 23rd PROPS Awards held at the Hilton Park Lane in May.  This prestigious annual event is organised by Variety Club for the very best in the property sector.  It was a wonderful afternoon raising over £300,000 to support the charity and especially the Variety Wheelchair programme.

For the second year the event was hosted by Martin Bayfield, a long-time supporter of the charity. He lent a cool and calm charm to proceedings, effortlessly taking a more comedic tone when required.  He was assisted by Miss World 2014, Megan Young, who helped him to present awards to the lucky winners.  Alongside the 800 property professionals in attendance were ambassadors Megan Wood and Freya Levy, both Team GB Paralympic basketball hopefuls whose wheelchairs are provided by the Variety Club.

Residential Land’s donation to the charity has been spent on a “Salsa-Midi” powered wheelchair for 10 years old Ellis Cull from Kent. Ellis’ family have explained the difference the wheelchair has made to their lives; “Having this powered wheelchair means a lot to us, as now we can enjoy more time together outside. Ellis already enjoyed couple of trips to the river and his first trip to a hockey game. All this is just a beginning”.

 

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We are looking for a Lettings Manager to join our Lettings team

Job Title: Lettings Manager Position Type: Full time (Monday-Friday)
Department: Lettings Level/Salary Range: Current OTE £50,000 based on existing portfolio
Location: Central London
Applications Accepted By:
E-mail:Stuart@residentialland.com

Subject Line:

Attention: Lettings Manager Job application

 

Mail:Residential Land
59/60 Grosvenor Street
Mayfair
London
W1K 3HZ
Job Description
Residential Land is looking to recruit an experienced Lettings Manager for two of its key sites in prime Central London.  The successful candidate must have experience within the property industry and have a lettings background.  They will take on the operational reigns of a multi tenanted residential buildings and will have the remit of ensuring that the site is maintained to the highest of standards.Role and Responsibilities For Your Buildings

  1. Negotiating and closing deals on the apartments
  2. Arranging appointments and attending viewings with Estate Agents
  3. Maintaining an accurate record of the allocation and movement of property keys
  4. Assisting in the reference and credit check process for new and prospective Tenants
  5. Overseeing all deals with Estate Agents and producing paperwork
  6. Assisting in the production and marketing of promotional material
  7. Updating the website on a daily basis
  8. Assisting the in house management team as required
  9. Assisting with banking for current rents
  10. Ensuring electronic paperwork and paper filing is kept up to date and accurate
  11. Contacting utility suppliers to inform of a change of occupant
  12. Reporting maintenance / health and safety issues to Head Office
  13. Visiting and building relationships with local agents
  14. Ensuring all rents are collected and debts are chased
  15. Handling tenant requests and managing complaints

Preferred Skills

The successful candidate must have experience within the property industry and have had a lettings background. Excellent communication skills are essential in this role as well as a ‘can do’ approach.

 

Residential Land sponsors London Marathon run for Guide Dogs UK

 

Residential Land is delighted to be sponsoring Ben Wilberforce-Ritchie  who will be running the London Marathon, on the 26th April 2015, for the charity, ‘Guide Dogs UK’.

To begin raising funds for this worthwhile charity, on Thursday 8th January 2015, Ben organised a cheese and wine tasting evening in the ‘Clive Room’, a private dining space, at the East India Club in St James’ Square, London. The event was a huge success with 35 guests attending, including Hilary Leacock and her guide dog, Coco. The evening raised an impressive £647.03 through ticket sales and a raffle alone.

As corporate sponsors, Residential Land Ltd, have agreed to double the total amount raised, which effectively means that the amount raised that evening was £1,294.06 for Guide Dogs UK

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”Ben comments: “I have pledged that by the day of the marathon I will have raised £2,000 for Guide Dogs UK. I have given my word to do so and I would like to surprise them by raising even more.”

The grand total is currently sitting at £1,769.96 out of the £2,000 target with less than 4 weeks to go.

If you would like to sponsor Ben on his marathon attempt and help raise funds for Guide Dogs UK then please visit Ben’s JustGiving page here.

Guide Dogs UK is a charity which relies totally on the support of the public to fund the guide dog service. They breed and train guide dogs which provide life changing mobility and currently have 4,500 working guide dog partnerships in the UK

 

 

What should I consider when renting a commercial unit?

 

Sibel Osman - Comercial Consultant

Sibel Osman – Comercial Consultant

 

There are a few areas of focus here, the main being location and demand for your type of business in that location.

It is very important to know you’re demographic in order to ensure that you are trading in an area that will work for your business. Research the area, other retail outlets and footfall to get an understanding of what current trade is like before committing. Often what we may think is a great area to live in, may not necessarily be the perfect area for a business, as the considerations are different.

The ‘usage’ type of your business may affect where you locate, as not every site may permit every kind of business use, for example; some mixed use developments may not permit  A3 usage (restaurants, pubs, cafes etc) due to the ventilation factor in order to eliminate food smells that may affect the residential units above.

Once you have established a desired area and researched its compatibility to your business in every way, your search for a retail unit can start. This process is much like the one you would apply for a residential research; the differences begin again at point of agreeing the terms.

The lease term, rent review and rent increases, Tenant improvements, sub leases and assignments, service charges, insurance contributions, business rates, size of unit and ITZA are all areas of discussion from the onset. Ensure you have a clear understanding of what you are signing up for, what is required of you and what your legal obligations are as a retail tenant.

Most retail leases are long term and may have an upward only rent review which means the rent can never go down. Therefore it is imperative to make informed decisions and do your number crunching before signing on the dotted line.

Residential Land become a Norwood patron

Charity has always been regarded as the act of selflessness designed to up heal the less privileged.

Residential Land is delighted to have the chance of donating generously for people who need our attention and care. We were recently put on the list of patrons by Norwood’s charity. We have been generous sponsors of Norwood for almost a decade and think of it as an honour to be able to help educate children. What’s important for us, is knowing that we are being beneficial to our society.

Norwood has been a leading charity for many years helping people who are in dire need of assistance. The charity’s services include providing education to children with learning disabilities and supporting people who lack the necessary facilities at home. Residential Land believes strongly in caring for the people, so that everyone is taken care of.

Our donations to Norwood started in 2006 and our strong resolve continues to grow even more. Providing education and family support to the children who have learning disabilities is a commendable task and ever since we heard about it we wanted to be a part of it. We proudly support a large number of charities and take part in charitable works because we believe it is important for an organisation to help the society they operate in. We are especially proud of being named on the Patrons list at Norwood because this is testament that we have been a helping hand to a charity that provides the best facilities to children and their families.

For more information on this charity please visit: http://www.norwood.org.ukNorwood-Logo-online

What is attracting buyers and tenants to Mayfair?

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Louise Savage
Sales & Marketing Director

In recent years Mayfair has become a hotspot for residential property.  With its wealth of restaurants and high end shops, as well as green open spaces on its doorstep, it is an obvious choice for a central London base, to rival that of Belgravia and Knightsbridge.  Many of the properties front traditional garden squares or are located in quiet mews streets, offering residents discretion and privacy amongst the hustle and bustle of Mayfair.

Additionally, there are simple and fast transport links to the city and canary wharf, further improved by the implementation of Crossrail, which will reduce the journey time from Bond Street to Liverpool Street to just seven minutes and from Bond Street to Heathrow in 29 minutes. Mayfair is host to a number of tube stations including Bond Street and Green Park and provides bus routes to all areas of London. Mayfair also provides residents easy access to all the major road ways, including the A4 towards Heathrow for those travelling by car.

A great example of a property to rent in Mayfair is Grosvenor Hill, a 1,760 square foot duplex apartment situated just behind Berkeley Square. Renting or buying in Mayfair is a lifestyle choice where residents expect the highest level of design, finish and technology to suit the needs for their central London base.

In the heart of Mayfair lies Mount Street, where tradition and fashion are combined. Hosting some of the world’s most well-known fashion brands as well as a number of high end restaurants, including private members club The George and Scott’s, Mayfair is the destination of choice for luxury residential.

Welcome to Lexham Gardens

Stuart Birke Corporate Lettings Manager

Stuart Birke
Corporate Lettings Manager

We are excited to be bringing to the rental market a block of fourteen residential apartments located in stunning Lexham Gardens.  The property is set across two stucco fronted period buildings benefitting from a lift and various areas of outside space.  The apartments have recently been refurbished to provide light and bright accommodation, many with high ceilings and original features.  There are a selection of studio, two and three bedroom apartments available to rent with asking prices starting from £350 per week for a studio, £600 per week for two bedrooms and £900 per week for three bedrooms.
Lexham Gardens is located moments from Kensington High Street with its array or high end boutiques, restaurants and bars.  Kensington High Street underground station (District and Circle Lines) is just a short walk away as is Gloucester Road underground station (Piccadilly Line).

 

As with all Residential Land properties these apartments are available to rent either furnished or unfurnished and on flexible tenancy terms.  By renting via Residential Land you will be dealing directly with us as the landlord of the property; we pride ourselves on offering great service to all of our tenants, we do not charge referencing fee’s and each building is looked after by one of our dedicated lettings team who can assist you throughout the moving process.

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What specification should I focus on while renovating my flat to suit corporate tenants?

To start, establish a budget based on your market expectation and location. Work out your priorities: What is the level of renovations required, are there structural works to be done and do you need professional consultants on board such as architects, structural engineers or designers. I advise not to cut corners on the infrastructure of your property. A good boiler and heating system is important for the long-term use of both letting it and maintenance. Areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and flooring are all key to the success of the property and should be priority investments. When selecting any of these items, focus on quality and life expectancy.

 

Tessa Ferguson Senior Design Consultant

Tessa Ferguson
Senior Design Consultant

Kitchen: Stone worktops, quality appliances and buying the best you can afford will be an investment both for letting and long-term capital investment. Choose a kitchen design that doesn’t date too quickly and suits the overall design of the apartment.

Bathroom: Stone or porcelain for floors and walls, to create a stylish and classical look, will be attractive to a majority. Underfloor heating, heated towel rails and de-misting mirrors are extras that add to the appeal of the flat.Beautiful taps add personality and appeal to the overall bathroom design.

Flooring: I’d advise using engineered timber for flooring, never laminates, and decent Wiltons carpets.

Lighting is also key to enhancing the ambience of a property. If your budget will stretch to it, a good lighting system with mood-enhancing controls are features which will demonstrate a premium property.

Tenants expect full Wi-Fi throughout and TV points in key areas such as reception rooms and master bedroom. Ensure that bedrooms have easily-accessible power points. Particularly with foreign markets in mind, consider
air-conditioning within your specification.

Join us at RESI 2014

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Residential Land is once again looking forward to being Platinum Sponsors of the RESI event, which is being held at Celtic Manor resort in Newport, South Wales from the 10th to the 12th September 2014.

As our CEO, Bruce Ritchie comments: “RESI is an extremely important event on the residential property calendar. It is a platform to meet with leaders in the field and to discuss current industry ideas. It also creates an informal forum for property professionals to network and discuss residential opportunities with colleagues and peers in the industry.”

We look forward to welcoming you to the Platinum Lounge where we will be serving sushi during the lunchtime session of the conference and pre gala dinner drinks from 5:30pm. Our CEO, Bruce Ritchie and the acquisition team of Emma Whitby-Smith, Paul Sennett and Sibel Osman would be delighted to discuss any opportunities with you.

Additionally, come and listen to Bruce Ritchie chairing the panel session “What do investors want and what are they actually doing” from midday on Thursday to get an insight in to the topics currently at the top of the agenda in the residential investment market.

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Anthony Quin completes 3rd JLL Property Triathlon

Congratulations to our Head of Management and Surveying Anthony Quin who took part in this year’s JLL Property Triathlon on Friday 4th July 2014 at Dorney Lake. For those that are not familiar with this event, it is one of the UK’s largest triathlons, co-sponsored by estates gazette and coordinated by Human Race. The event has raised over £1.1 million to date to many deserving charities and this year the money raised will go to the Samaritans. Comprising a 750m swim, 21km cycle and a 5km run, the event attracts many involved in the property industry to race as an individual or as a team of three.

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