EICR new rules in 2020

Subject to approval by the Houses of Parliament, Landlords will need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from 1st July 2020.

Existing tenancies will have until 1st April 2021 to comply.

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector state that Landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years. This inspection must be carried out by a qualified person.

Landlords are also required to obtain a report following the results and provide it to their tenant(s) within 28 days. The Landlord must also keep a copy for their own records.

Current EICR rules

Currently, Landlords are not required by law to carry out an electrical safety test. However, we have always advised that these tests are carried out for the safety of tenants and to cover a Landlord in case any electrical problem arises.

Other EICR details

If required, the Landlord must supply the inspection report to the local housing authority within seven days.

In addition, the Landlord could be fined up to £30,000 if they fail to comply with the new regulations.

EPC warning

This is just one of many new legislative changes for Landlords. In 2018, Landlords had to ensure that a property EPC rating was at least an ‘E’ or above. It is expected that this will change to a ‘D’ rating within the next few years.

Confused about Landlord legislation?

Walton & Allen Letting Agents in Nottingham are always available to answer any questions regarding your property investment. We also ensure your property remains compliant to avoid any fines.

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Independent Estate Agents Nottingham

Walton and Allen are one of the leading independent estate agents in Nottingham. We are also rated as one of the top 3 estate agents in the city by Three Best Rated. Here’s how we work for you.

Free Property Valuations

Need to know how much your house is worth? Our expert Senior Valuers are on hand to visit your property to value your property at the best possible price. Just get in touch to arrange a visit your home, at a time convenient to you.

You can call us to arrange a valuation on 0115 924 3304 or use the form below.

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Experienced sales team

Our sales team have over 50 years combined experience working in the Nottingham property industry. Once you instruct us they will will begin to market your property, book in viewings and negotiate offers. They will be in constant contact to ensure you receive expert advice, every step of the way.

You can reach them any time by calling our office or emailing salesteam@waltonandallen.co.uk.

Marketing your property

As estate agents we are always proactively looking to enhance property views for our clients.

Walton & Allen has a modern, digital approach to marketing. This is why we use window touch screens to showcase all of our stock. We also offer 360 virtual reality video tours. These are just some of the reasons why we are head and shoulders above our competition!

Best estate agents in Nottingham

Walton and Allen have been rated as one of the top 3 estate agents in Nottingham by Three Best Rated. We have been chosen for this award because of our value for money and excellent customer service.

About us

Walton and Allen are estate and letting agents in Nottingham. We provide property sales, lettings, property management and mortgage advice.

Walton and Allen Property Management collects rental payments and manages maintenance for our Landlord clients. Our block management division also maintains blocks of flats and residential estates.

Nottingham Selective Licensing Fee Increase

Nottingham City Council have announced that the fee to obtain a Selective Licence will rise in March 2020.

Landlords currently have to pay £780 for a 5 year licence if they wish to rent their property to tenants, or £480 if they are accredited by DASH or Unipol.

This fee is set to rise to £890, or £670 respectively.

Why is the fee increasing?

Nottingham City Council have stated that the current fees are not high enough to cover their overheads, despite having the highest Licencing costs compared to every other scheme in the country.

They are also experiencing a shortfall because approximately 15,000 Landlords are still yet to apply for a Licence and there appears to be no clear plan in place to tackle this.

Landlords are running a risk by not applying for a Licence. If you rent a property to tenants within the Nottingham City Council boundaries then it is a legal requirement to have a Licence in place. Failure to comply could result in a £30,000 fine. Tenants could also reclaim all their rental payments, backdated to 1st August 2018.

Rents rising as a result

Rents in Nottingham have risen faster this year than anywhere else in the country. Most suspect that this is due to the cost of obtaining a Selective Licence, passed from the Landlord to the tenants.

What should you do next?

Those who have already applied

There will be no increase in fees for you until you have to renew your Selective Licensing application. This will be 5 years from the date your application was originally submitted.

If you are yet to receive information on your application, do not worry. Nottingham City Council have not yet granted Licences to everyone who has applied.

Those who are yet to apply

Remember, you are at risk of being fined at least £30,000 by Nottingham City Council. We would recommend that you apply immediately if you rent your property to tenants within the City Council boundaries. Talk to us on 0115 924 3304 if you do not know what to do.

Find out more about Selective Licensing

Visit our Nottingham Selective Licensing hub to find out more about the scheme.

Block manager receives IRPM qualification

We would like to congratulate block manager Vanessa Hardy on passing her IRPM member status.

IRPM stands for the Institute of Residential Property Management and is the leading body for residential property management professionals. Their website states that their mission is to “raise standards in the management of residential property in the UK and provide individuals with independent professional accreditation”.

Vanessa has worked hard to pass a number of exams which will ultimately provide our block management clients with a top level of service.

Considering a new block managing agent?

Talk to our block management team to see how we can help to manage your building or estate. You can call us on 0115 924 3304 or email blockmanagement@waltonandallen.co.uk.

Can’t Afford Your First Home? Think Again!

Can’t afford your own home to buy?

Getting on the property ladder is the primary goal of many under 35s (and some over that age too). It has become more common to rent for long periods of time before putting down routes. Whilst there are several reasons for this, what you really want to know is how you can obtain your first home.

It may seem like an impossible dream, but there are several schemes in places that can help you buy a home so we’ve summarised a few of the most popular below.

We also recommend booking an appointment with our dedicated mortgage advisers, who independently look at the whole of market to find a great deal that matches your circumstances. You can book a mortgage advice appointment here now.

Receive instant advice and see if you can actually afford your own home!

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So how can you afford your own home?

The first thing to do if you don’t think you can afford your own home is talk to a mortgage advisor. Our team are rarely not able to find a mortgage for someone, even if they have a low desposit or a number of debts.

Why not talk to someone today, for free? It only takes 5 minutes and we can respond via phone, email or in person. Appointments are free of charge and can be made at almost any time to suit you. You’ll be surprised at what you can potentially afford even in your current situation and you may be putting an offer in on a house in no time at all.

Be quick though! Mortgage interest rates are expected to rise soon and deals could change.

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Some of the below schemes may help you in affording to buy your first house. 

Help To Buy Scheme

  • Equity loan
  • You own a share of the property and can increase it over time
  • Pay rent on the part you don’t own
  • Own with a smaller deposit

Help to buy is an affordable home ownership scheme launched by the government. In a nutshell you will only own part of the property and pay rent on the rest. This scheme is most popular amongst those who can afford to pay a mortgage but can’t afford to save up a substantial deposit.

It enables you to buy a percentage of the property (for example 25%) which means you can buy with a much smaller deposit. For example on a £100,000 property this would mean a deposit of only £2500 for a 25% share. Whilst you pay into your mortgage you can set aside a little each month to save for a larger deposit, or you can increase your mortgage once you’ve paid some of it off.

You can eventually extend your share to 100%. It’s an excellent way to get on the property ladder if you’re struggling to save your hard earned money. And the best part is, although you’ll be paying rent on the part of the property you don’t own, you’ll still be building up equity in the part you do own.

Help To Buy ISA

  • Get up to £3000 towards your first home
  • For every £200 you save the government gives you £50
  • For first time buyers aged 16 and upwards
  • Couples can each have an HTB ISA
  • Used on property costing under £250,000 or £450,000 in London

The help to buy ISA was introduced in the UK last December. The aim of the scheme is to give first time buyers a helping hand towards getting a mortgage and rewarding you for your diligent saving at the same time.

You can open the account with a maximum deposit of £1000 and you may save up to £200 every month thereafter. You will be given a maximum of £3000 which means if you can save £12000 you will be eligible for the maximum bonus amount giving you a deposit of £15000.

Couples are treated separately so if you and your significant other choose to buy a house together you will both be eligible for the bonus and have double the money to put towards your mortgage.

5% Mortgages

  • Own your own home with a smaller deposit
  • Typically higher interest rates
  • Deposit of at least 5%

Whilst this isn’t technically a scheme, the availability of 5% mortgages has become more and more common over the last few years. Because many would be first time buyers rent, they have less disposable income to put towards a deposit.

The 5% mortgage makes owning a home more accessible than ever. There are some drawbacks with this method, you are likely to pay a higher interest rate because of your loan to value ratio; however it will afford you the opportunity to put money into your own home rather than spending it on rent.

You can then formulate a plan to save a further deposit and overtime you can pay off chunks of your mortgage and potentially reduce your interest rate.

Many first time buyers do this and accept a mortgage with the maximum term length and high interest rates. The reason for this is the monthly repayments become less and when they receive a pay rise or save up a large sum of money, they are then in a position to renegotiate their mortgage for a lower rate and a shorter term.

A very sensible move. Not all banks offer a 5% mortgage though and some may demand a guarantor so be sure to do your research.

Find out if you can actually afford your own home

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Visit our Financial Services page to book a phone or in-person appointment now, to see how much you can borrow on a house whatever your circumstances!

If you’re a first time buyer looking for a reasonably priced home in the Nottinghamshire area, why not have a browse at those on offer from Walton & Allen? Click here to find your dream property.

View our video blog with Paul, mortgage adviser in Nottingham.

We also have a first time buyers video guide for those who are looking to get on the property ladder. Watch here.

Landlord Compliance

Gedling Borough Council has recently issued a fine of £2,500 to a local Landlord for non-compliance.

What was the fine for?

The fine was issued because the property did not have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). These certificates last for ten years and must be valid when tenants are renting a property. They are also required when you come to sell.

What else should you look out for?

Remember, you need a number of different documents to remain legally compliant when you rent your property. These include:

  • Nottingham Selective Licence
  • EPC
  • Gas Safety (If applicable)
  • Electrical Safety (Not required but recommended)
  • PAT test (If providing electrical appliances)

How can you prevent Council fines?

You must ensure that you are fully compliant when renting your property to tenants. Details on Selective Licensing compliance can be found here. You can also read more about preparing a property for tenants on the Nottingham City Council website. This information applies to every local Council area.

Another safe option would be to have your property fully managed by Walton & Allen. All properties managed by us are monitored for full compliance on a regular basis. This means you should avoid any fines without having to monitor compliance yourself!

If you would like to talk to us about staying compliant through our fully managed service, please call Ricky on 0115 924 3304. You can also use the form below to get in touch.

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Free Mortgage Broker in Nottingham

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Are you looking for mortgage advice, Nottingham or a trusted mortgage broker in the Nottingham area?

Our recommended Nottingham mortgage advisor has years of experience in finding some of the best Nottingham mortgages for home buyers, potentially saving them hundreds of pounds on interest rates.

We’ll compare 100s of deals to find the right one for you. This will potentially save you the money over the mortgage term.

Finding a deal yourself can be a stressful and time-consuming process. This is why our mortgage broker is trained to help take all the stress away when finding a new mortgage deal. The’ll also follow the application process through for you, right up to sale completion.

Need advice on finding one of the best mortgage deals available to you? We are available to chat with over the phone, or in person – at either your own home or at our branch in Nottingham. Call 0115 9243304.

Our broker

We don’t work for a bank and are not affiliated with any particular lender. This means we only have your own interests at heart. We’re also not a big corporation. We are a local, family run and independent agency and also very friendly!

Our broker would always recommend seeking mortgage advice before viewing properties with estate agents. This will help you decide how much you can borrow and avoid unnecessary viewings on properties you may not be able to afford.

Mortgage advice tailored to you

We can usually help you in all situations. Perhaps you are unsure if you can get a mortgage, or you are self employed and want to know how much you can borrow? Maybe you are a first time buyer looking for mortgage advice. Our brokers also help those who are looking to buy a new home and remortgage or those purchasing an investment property with a buy to let mortgage. We can also offer mortgage advice for several other schemes – just ask! We offer mortgage advice you can trust, from a local, family run, mortgage broker service.

During your mortgage advice appointment you can find out:

  • Which lenders will approve a mortgage based upon your personal financial circumstances
  • How much you could borrow from a lender
  • Which lenders have the best interest rates based on your income
  • How you can gain approval for a mortgage if you have any debts, CCJs or loans
  • How much your monthly repayments would be on a mortgage
  • If any mortgage lenders are offering deals such as cashback or free property valuations
  • Plus much more!

We also provide mortgage advice for

Whilst our office also houses the estate agent Nottingham team, we are not affiliated to any particular lender. This means the mortgage broker you speak to can compare potentially hundreds of different lenders to help find you the best mortgage deal. This is what is meant by the ‘whole of market’.

We’ll also look at any hidden mortgage costs and help you decide whether each deal is suitable for you based upon your individual circumstances.

Walton & Allen are always available for a quick chat to discuss any mortgage questions, just phone 0115 9243304, or email financial.services@waltonandallen.co.uk.

Steps when working with a mortgage broker

We’ve created a short video to explain the steps when working with a mortgage broker.

You can visit our financial services page to book an appointment. The initial appointment is free and can be conducted over the phone, in branch or at your own home.

Can’t afford your first home? Think again!

Mortgage approvals also have hit an all time high at the end of 2018. This means that mortgage companies are willing to agree lots of deals for property buyers. If you’re worried that you may not get a mortgage then you could be wrong! Talk to our mortgage broker today to find out.

Got a complicated financial situation and need to know if you can get a mortgage?

Talk to us today – You can probably get a mortgage deal with bad credit or on a low income. We always give 110% to try and find you a mortgage deal – it’s what we’re here for! We receive a large amount of enquiries from those looking to buy their own home but cannot afford to do so because of low credit, debts or other issues. Whilst we cannot absolutely guarantee we can find a mortgage deal for you, we will certainly try every avenue we can.

Looking to book a mortgage advice appointment in Nottingham? Use the form below and we will call to advise or book an appointment.

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Buy to let mortgage advice

Nottingham is rated as one of the best cities for buy to let property investments. We offer free initial mortgage advice appointments to investors looking to buy to let on a regular basis. Whether you are looking to buy a house, flat, or swap your mortgage from a residential to a buy to let, we can help and provide local advice! Our mortgage brokers can also help with splitting your money across several mortgages in a process called Gearing. This would help you increase your property portfolio. Why not talk to our property sales team whilst you are here on a mortgage appointment? They can advise on some of the most lucrative investment properties available.

First time buyer mortgage advice

If you are a first time buyer looking to buy your first home then we can help. If you have no idea what to do when applying for a mortgage then our mortgage brokers will explain everything to you, there’s no need to worry about a thing. Whilst you’re chatting about your first time mortgage, why not chat to our sales team about Help To Buy schemes and see which first time buyer properties we have available to buy?

Self employed mortgage advice

It is a fairly common thought that those who are self employed may struggle to get a mortgage deal compared to those who are employed. This is often not the case though. If you are self employed and looking for self employed mortgage advice then we should be able to find a great mortgage deal available for you. Our mortgage advisor will be able to answer all of your questions and make recommendations based on your own financial circumstances.

Mortgage Calculator

You can also find out how much you could potentially borrow by using our Mortgage Calculator. By submitting just a few details our recommended mortgage broker will look over the details and find some of the best deals available to you.

You can also download our free mortgage advice e-book to explain the whole mortgage application process. It is definitely worth a free for all first time buyers.

A mortgage is a loan secured against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage or any other debt secured on it. Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. 

Walton & Allen Financial Services: Mortgage Advice Nottingham. Walton & Allen are also estate agents and letting agents, Nottingham.

About our mortgage brokers in Nottingham

Our mortgage broker provides advice in our branch, however they are employed by another company.

Mortgage and Protection advice is provided through our association with the mortgage brokers at Premier Mortgage Services (Nottingham) Ltd. Their mortgage advisors have been providing advice for well over 20 years and have access to almost every lender. They also have some exclusive deals which wouldn’t be available if someone went direct. They also help clients from all over the UK and even have a broker based in London. There’s almost nothing they cannot do when it comes to helping you!

mortgage advisor nottingham

Our recommended mortgage brokers, Premier Mortgage Services, is a trading name of Premier Mortgage Services (Nottingham) Limited, which is an Appointed Representative of Stonebridge Mortgage Solutions Ltd. It is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Registered in England and Wales No 3476608. Registered office: 10 Derby Road, Stapleford, Nottingham, NG9 7AA.

Nottingham estate agents see spring price boost

Nottingham estate agents have seen a big spring boost in the property market.

Rightmove have reported that property prices have grown by over 1% in the last month alone. This rise is the biggest month on month for over a year. It is also the largest rise at this time of year since 2016.

This growth is particularly good news with the uncertain political climate.

2019 Nottingham Property Market

The Nottingham property market has been mixed throughout 2019. Property prices have continued to steadily grow but there has been a shortage of property coming to market compared to people looking to buy. This is no doubt due to delays and problems with Brexit.

The good news is that most are deciding that they cannot hold off any longer and the Nottingham property market is now looking more positive than ever this year so far.

What does this mean for the property market?

Miles Shipside, director of Rightmove says: “This extension could give hesitating home movers encouragement that there is now a window of relative certainty in uncertain times.”

He also stated that he would expect people to take advantage of “static property prices” and “cheap fixed-rate mortgages”.

Thinking of selling your property?

Want to make the most of this property market news? Talk to our estate agents today by calling 0115 924 3304 and get a free property valuation. You can also use the form below to get in touch.

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Lettings Fire Safety – Top Tips

Fire safety is obviously extremely important when letting your property to tenants. Below we provide some basic tips on how to ensure your tenants stay safe throughout the tenancy.

We would always recommend talking to a fire safety expert to ensure your tenants are completely safe, however we have issued some guidelines below.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list and other fire safety methods may need to be considered.

1. Ensure there are adequate means to escape the property

This may seem obvious but you must ensure that tenants are able to escape the property easily in case of a fire.

2. Carry out a fire safety inspection

Before you let your property you should carry out a fire safety inspection. We would recommend to do this with a fire safety expert.

During the inspection you should look at all fire hazards and detect the level of risk they pose to the building and the tenants. Those

Significant hazards should be addressed and safety measures should be put in place where possible.

3. Use smoke detectors

Smoke detectors should be installed on all floors of a building as a legal minimum. For most, this means placing one in the hall way and one on each landing of the property. These can be battery operated or mains powered.

You also need carbon monoxide alarms in any room with a solid fuel burning appliance.

Remember to check alarm batteries when a tenant moves out as they may fail to replace them.

4. Fit self closing doors

It would be advisable to fit self closing fire doors into your buy to let property. These will contain any fire and help tenants to escape.

5. Have doors open from the inside

It is advisable to have front and back doors with a thumb turn lock. These can easily be opened from the inside without a key.

6. Get an electrical safety certificate

An electrical safety check is always advisable when renting out a property. This is a document issued by a certified electrician to test all electrical circuits and appliances in a property.

You should also check all sockets are in good working order at the end of the tenancy.

7. Ensure any furniture is fire safe

If you leave any furniture in the property, ensure it is fire safe. It is also advisable to leave fire safety tags still attached to each individual item.

HMO Fire Safety

Note that there are additional fire safety regulations for HMO properties. This includes providing fire extinguishers. HMO properties are also required to have self closing fire doors fitted.

Remember, always check with a fire safety expert to ensure your property is fit for tenants to live safely. You can also check the government website for more fire safety information.

Need your lettings property fully managed?

Walton and Allen Letting Agents Nottingham can help manage your property, including advising on fire and safety matters. We will also manage the Nottingham Selective Licensing process for you.

Have everything taken care of for your own piece of mind. Chat to us today on 0115 924 3304 or use the form below.

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Mortgage Advisor Hucknall, Nottingham

Walton & Allen mortgage advisor Hucknall

Are you looking for a mortgage advisor in Hucknall, Nottingham? If you’re looking to get a mortgage on your first property, or if you are looking for a new mortgage deal, we can help you.

Walton & Allen offer free initial mortgage advice to compare the whole of the mortgage market. This means our recommended mortgage brokers can look at almost every deal available to you, based on your own financial circumstances.

You can contact our recommended mortgage broker by calling 0115 924 3304 or by using the form at the bottom of this page. They would be happy to chat to you over the phone or in person.

What will happen when you speak to our mortgage advisor in Hucknall?

So, what can you expect when you speak to our mortgage advisor in Hucknall?

Firstly, they will speak to you either over the phone or in person during a mortgage appointment. They will be able to tell you how much you could potentially borrow. To do so they will need to ask questions such as how much you earn every year and if you have any credit cards or loans. They will also likely check your credit score.

Once a great mortgage deal has been found for you, the mortgage broker will ask that particular lender for an agreement in principle. If you are approved, they are likely to approve you for a mortgage.

Our recommended mortgage broker will help you every step of the way with the application process. You’ll never feel on your own and you’ll be looked after right up until completion of your property purchase.

What do you need to provide our recommended mortgage advisor?

When you speak to the mortgage advisor it would be a good idea if you can bring at least three payslips if you are employed. If you are self employed it would be useful if you could provide two years accounts. These will be needed when the mortgage application is submitted but are not completely necessary during the first mortgage advice appointment. Access to bank statements is also key in helping the lender to look at all your monthly outgoings.

Talk to our mortgage advisor today

Based on this advice, are you ready to talk to our recommended mortgage advisor, Hucknall? You can call us today on 0115 924 3304 or use the form below.

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A mortgage is a loan secured against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage or any other debt secured on it. Think carefully before securing other debts against your home.

Mortgage and Protection advice is provided through our association with Premier Mortgage Services (Nottingham) Ltd. They have decades of combined experience working to find some of the best mortgage deals available to you.