Right to Rent – Immigration checks

The Home Office has announced a roll out across England of ‘Right to Rent’ checks from 1 February 2016, as part of the Immigration Act 2014.

Please read Residential Land’s terms and conditions here

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Right to rent – Immigration checks

The new measures mean that anyone allowing a tenancy to begin after 1 February 2016 must, if asked, be able to produce evidence that they have seen and made copies of acceptable ID prior to the start of the tenancy.

Eligible Documents
Landlords will need to check and retain copies of certain documents that show a potential tenant has the right to live in the UK.

These include:

- UK passport
- EEA passport or identity card
- Permanent residence card or travel document showing indefinite leave to remain
- Home Office immigration status document
- Certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen.


What is the “right to rent” legislation?

From the 1st December 2014, UK landlords could face civil penalties if they rent homes to illegal immigrants without carrying out the appropriate checks, ‘right to rent’ checks.

This means all private landlords, or their agents, in England, including those subletting or taking in lodgers, will have to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property. It does not apply to Wales or Scotland at this point.

More information can be found on the GOV website here

Top 10 most sociable areas to rent in Central London

Central London is a place where you can arrive on a Monday knowing no one and have a large circle of new friends by Friday. While some people choose to rent a Central London property for professional reasons, many choose the capital for the bars, café culture, live music scene, restaurants, clubs and cultural opportunities.

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If you’re new to renting a  Central London property or are moving to a new area in the city, here’s our snapshot of the most social areas:-

If you choose….

Property to rent in Chelsea

Choose Chelsea and your ‘locals’ will include VQ 24-hour café, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, The Five Fields, Benihana, Bluebird, The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Canvas, Juju, Boujis and Raffles. Plus your new social circle just might include royalty!

Rent in Chiswick

Drink, dine and socialise along Chiswick High Street – which was shortlisted in the Great British High Street competition 2015. There’s also a weekly farmers’ market and the annual Bedford Park Festival – plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle.

Edgeware Road property to rent

For a cosmopolitan atmosphere and the sound of clinking mint tea glasses, head to the Middle Eastern restaurants at the Marble Arch end of the road. If you’re looking to meet fellow culture vultures, visit the Wallace Collection for free art tours and classes.

Rental property in Hyde Park

Hyde Park has become the epicentre for Central London social events. Two highlights include the Barclaycard British Summertime Concert and the Winter Wonderland. Book tickets and you’ll have no trouble persuading family and friends to visit.

Rent in Marylebone

Café culture is alive and well in Marylebone, with ample opportunities to catch up over a coffee. Marylebone Village has an extensive list of cafés and restaurants, including The Monocle Café, The Nordic Bakery, Coco Momo and 108 Pantry.

Properties to rent in Mayfair

Meeting with friends? Why not book an indulgent afternoon tea at one of Mayfair’s smart hotels? Recommended are the May Fair Hotel on Stratton Street and the Millennium Hotel on Grosvenor Street.

Paddington properties for rent

Paddington is quickly evolving to become more than just a transport hub. New residential quarters are emerging as part of the Paddington Waterside Regeneration, and social events already taking place include paddle boarding, dragon boat racing and a classic car show.

Renting in South Kensington

If you’re a lady (or gentleman) that likes to lunch, then South Kensington is for you. Book a table at one of the many restaurants along Old Brompton Road, Brompton Road, Bute Street or Fulham Road. Or be absolutely fabulous and sip champers with friends at Harvey Nichols.

St John’s Wood rental properties

St John’s Wood is the classic village within a city, making socialising a cinch. As well as a tight-knit atmosphere, there are three milestone community events – the early summer classic and super car pageant, the Christmas fayre and the summer fayre – when residents gather and celebrate living in London.

Homes to rent in Kensington

There’s a never-ending programme of exhibitions and events in Kensington, with many based in the museums (V&A, Science and Natural History) and The Royal Albert Hall. Don’t overlook the extraordinary Roof Gardens  - it remains a Central London social stalwart.

If you’d like more details on living in Central London, including a selection of properties to rent in the above areas, contact Residential Land today.

10 things to ask and look for when viewing a property to rent

Finding a property for rent in Central London is an exciting time for tenants as there is a fantastic choice of houses and flats out there (of course, your search should always start with Residential Land).

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It’s easy, however, to get carried away when looking at London property and some tenants might be tempted to make a snap decision when viewing. To stop you saying ‘I’ll take it’ before you’ve had time to think properly, Residential Land has prepared a list of 10 crucial things to ask and look for when viewing a property.

 Here’s our expert advice

 1. What can you afford? – make sure when starting your viewings that you know how much you can spend per calendar month. Once you know this and are confident with your limit, it makes your search much easier. Also ask yourself whether you have the deposit required (usually 4-6 weeks rent) and or you are able to pay in advance. Once you have these things sorted it will help you concentrate on your living requirements when on viewings.

2. Ask about the extra costs – ask the landlord or agent if there will be any extra costs such as heating, internet, water, electricity etc. That way you will know what to expect before you put your offer in on the London property you are viewing.

3. Do you have your references at the ready – if you are on a tight deadline it is always recommended to have your references ready so that the process of putting an offer in and moving in are as efficient as possible. Rental properties usually get snapped up quickly so it is important to be able to have everything ready so you don’t miss out.

 4. Find out what happens in an emergency – the unexpected does happen so it’s good to know who will deal with maintenance in the event of an emergency. Is round-the-clock support in place? Residential Land provides every tenant with a 24-hour maintenance service.

 5. Ask about the local area – location, location, location. Whether you do your own research or ask the landlord/ agent, make sure you find out before you rent a property that its well catered for in terms of transport links, restaurants and other available local amenities.

 6. Find out who your neighbours are – it is always worth finding out about who is living around you when looking for a property.

 7. Check communal areas and facilities – make sure they are well maintained and ask who is responsible for their upkeep. Some London rentals enjoy communal gardens and shared laundry rooms but you’ll need reassurance that these facilities will be professionally maintained by an experienced block manager.

 8. Ask to see the EPC certificate – every property for rent in Central London needs to have an EPC certificate as part of the marketing. The certificate will show you how energy efficient the property is. If it isn’t very efficient, your utility bills may be higher and the property might need works, such as a new boiler, double glazing and better insulation.

9. Check for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors – by law, every property offered for rent must meet new fire safety rules. Landlords have to install a smoke alarm per storey in a let property – including mezzanine floors – where there is some living accommodation present. The rules also state that a carbon monoxide detector must be placed within any room that contains a solid fuel combustion appliance. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors must be tested and evidenced as working at the start of a new tenancy or when it renews.

 10.  Ask to see the gas safety record – a landlord is legally obliged to carry out an annual gas safety check on every gas appliance/flue in a let property.  A valid gas safety record provided by a registered gas engineer will prove that gas fittings and appliances are safe to use.

If you are just starting your property search, browse our available apartments and contact us to arrange a viewing.

 

West London Day Centre

Residential Land made a difference for many  homeless Londoners this Christmas, by donating generously to the West London Day Centre.  Members of Residential Land Michelle Williams, Senior Project Manager and Lucy Metge, Design Assistant helped to raise and collect the donations. Our donations meant that 60 people left homeless could enjoy a three course lunch, prepared by a professional chef,  which really helped to make it a special festive treat. The lunch included donated hand-made table decorations and carol singing with a moving unaccompanied solo of “Do you hear what I hear”. Following the lunch many went to Crisis at Christmas shelters, while some stayed at the West London Day Centre which remained open for several days.

Day centre

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During December West London Day Centre’s team helped 33 homeless people off the streets and into accommodation. Their mission is to transform the lives of people  affected by homelessness, personal difficulties, offending or chronic addiction, empowering them to lead more fulfilling lives.

The centre relies on donations to enable them to continue to do this vital work. If you would like to make a donation for West London Day Centre please click  HERE

 

Residential Land becomes a Patron for The Children’s Trust charity

logo-fs8_13This year’s Children’s Trust Gala event was hosted by Nick and Holly Candy and was one of the first for the couple’s new charity which helps support children with disability, cancer and Alzheimer’s by raising money for research.  The event raised over £550,000 and Residential Land is proud to become a Patron for this charity, by donating generously.

Holly Candy, Ambassador for The Children’s Trust said: “The Children’s Trust is one of those amazing places you know would be there to help should the worst happen”

 

David Williams, Ellie Goulding with Holly & Nick Candy

Every year The Children’s Trust charity  supports thousands of children with brain injury, by providing expert rehabilitation , education , therapy and care  for them and their families across the UK. Charity also offers services in communities around the country and online support for parents.

Among the invitees was nine-year-old Seb Goold, who was joined on stage by his mother Tracey, after successfully completing intensive rehabilitation at The Children’s  Trust specialist centre. Dame Joan Collins, David Williams and Rory Bremer were also among the guests who were there to support the charity, as well as double Brit Award winner Ellie Goulding, who entertained guests with an acoustic set, while raising money for this great cause.

Nick Candy, David Williams and Joan Collins with the boys that received required treatments from The Children’s Trust charity

If you would like to make any donations for The Children’s Trust Charity please click HERE

 

 

Residential Land comment in Property Weeks article ‘Will resi run out of rocket fuel?’

Bruce Ritchie, CEO and founder of Residential Land comments in Property Week on the topic of ‘Will resi run out of rocket fuel?’

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“This will be a pivotal year as higher property taxes begin to impact the market. When George Osborne decided to hike stamp duty land tax on residential property in December 2014, he would not have guessed the national stamp duty take would fall. But that is what has happened, and a subsequent rise to up to 15% on buy-to-let investments will only cool the market further.

“The upshot, without a cut in stamp duty, will be a reduction in: the number of new homes starting in London; the amount of a° ordable housing built inside the M25; and the number of family-sized units in developments.

We’ll also see an above-average increase in the value of new homes under £1.5m, as people flood into property priced below the top stamp duty tax band. At the same time, Osborne is an accomplished politician and I expect that later in 2016 he will realise he has overcooked tax on residential and increase stamp duty on commercial property to level the playing field and help new-build.

“Finally, we’ll see an increase in the global appetite for property as an investor safe haven. And it will be ‘back to the 1970s’ – with many key London figures exiting the UK to become residents in other jurisdictions while jetting in and out to run their businesses.”

Will resi run out of rocket fuel? - property week

Why and how is the Central London rentals market growing?

London. It’s a dynamic, ever-evolving city where commerce, creativity and culture thrive. We’re proud to offer tenants first-class rental properties in high-quality locations so more people can enjoy living in the capital. The Central London lettings sector is growing at an astounding pace and as 2015 has now passed and 2016 starts, it’s a good time to assess the private rental sector and what might lie ahead.

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Why is the Central London lettings market growing?

There is no one answer, rather a combination of factors. These include:-

Flexibility and choice unique to renting – many tenants choose to rent so they can move about the capital as they need to, whether it’s for work or social reasons. Today’s tenants are confident in their choice of status and benefit from the quicker set-up timeframes and lower initial move-in cost compared to buying a property – especially when they deal directly with a landlord like Residential Land.

Better quality of Central London rentals – landlords such as Residential Land are focused on providing tenants with bright, well maintained, modern properties to rent where people would want to call home. One of the best things about renting a property is that they hold less responsibility than owning your own home, especially with a 24 hour maintenance service available, such as the one provided by Residential Land which suits busy London residents who have peace of mind provided by a professional landlord.

A more transparent, governed industry – protecting our tenants is of paramount importance and we ensure every let we manage is legally compliant and safe. We make it our business to stay on top of the industry’s laws and legislations for tenants’ peace of mind. We are determined to be the respected, trustworthy face of lettings in London, delivering a first-class service direct to tenants and pushing rogue landlords out of business.

A competitive buying market – more Londoners are turning to the rental market as they have found buying a property in Central London a frustrating or fruitless process. For many, a rental property has become the quickest way of securing a premium address in the capital, with some exemplary rental properties in enviable locations available through Residential Land.

Central London rentals – the future
There’s good news ahead, with plans to increase the number of properties to rent in Central London, catering for an increasing population and rising desire to live in the capital. Institutional investment in the private rental sector – of which Residential Land was one of the first – is being backed by the Government’s £1 billion Build to Rent scheme, with quality accommodation for more conscientious tenants who expect a professional service.

If you would like to know more about the rental market in Central London, including what it’s like to rent directly from a professional landlord like Residential Land, contact us today. Why not take a look at our current portfolio and find your next rental property in Central London. Search here >>

The secret of securing a property to rent in Central London

If you are looking for a property to rent in Central London, we can confidently guess you’ve searched the property portals and even letting agents’ own websites and found lots of suitable properties….only to discover a tiny tag on the corner of the photo that says ‘let’.

property to rent in Central London

Frustratingly, many agents choose to list properties they have already let to boost their online presence, while others may be slow to remove listings once a new tenant has been found. As you may have discovered, the Central London rental market moves at the speed of light and you might already have experienced disappoint that a rental property you have found has already been let by the time you make an enquiry.

There are a few tricks of the trade if you want first refusal on houses and flats to rent in Central London. Here are our top three suggestions that will put you in pole position:-

Cut out the middle man – a landlord can be a large reputable company as well as an individual, so don’t discount going directly to the property’s owner. Residential Land is one of capital’s biggest private landlords, with a portfolio of over 1,200 houses and flats to rent in Central London.  All the properties we let are clean and modern, managed by dedicated building managers and supported by a 24-hour maintenance team. When you deal directly with Residential Land, you skip the letting agent, resulting in quicker access to lets and less red tape.

Register directly with a landlord or agent – did you know that landlords and agents hold waiting lists of tenants who get first refusal on properties? To get on the list you need to register with the company directly, leaving your requirements and contact details. You’ll then be contacted as soon as a new rental property matching your description is taken on. It’s highly likely you’ll be notified before the property is promoted to the mass market or published online.

Set up property alerts – a great way to ensure you don’t miss a rental as soon as it goes live online is to create property alerts. Rightmove and Zoopla offer a ‘property alert’ facility, which emails you as soon as a property matching your requirements is published online. Residential Land is pleased to list all its houses and flats to rent in Central London on both Rightmove and Zoopla, so create an alert today!

Why not jump to the front of the queue by contacting Residential Land to register your details? By dealing direct with us – the landlord – we can notify you of new London rentals as soon as they become available, reducing the chance you’ll be pipped to the lettings post.

Property Week feature 39 Hill Street, Mayfair

Residential Land are delighted to be featured in Property Week regarding the acquisition of 39 Hill Street in Mayfair. You can read the full article below:

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“Prime London Ventures Partnership, a joint venture between Canadian investor Ivanhoe Cambridge and Residential Land, acquired 39 Hill Street in Mayfair for £100m. The rare residential block was sold by HSP and five individual vendors in a deal that Residential Land founder Bruce Ritchie had been pursuing for 10 years. According to the company, the idea is to refurbish the block and turn it into the “Claridges of Mayfair residential”.

39 Hill Street Property Week

Residential Land is a proud main sponsor of GWCT “Macnab” Ball 2015

dorchesterResidential Land have proudly sponsored this year’s GWCT “Macnab” Ball that was organised by Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and held at the luxurious Dorchester Hotel on Wednesday 18 November. Residential Land  was a main sponsor of the event and contributed to the £165,000 raised for the Trust, throughout the evening.  It was the 36th annual ball and was an enormous success.

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust has been running for over 80 years. It is a leading UK charity conducting conservation science to enhance the British countryside for public benefit. The charity use their research to provide training and advice on how best to improve the biodiversity of the countryside.

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If you would like to donate to this charity or find out more about the work they do please click HERE