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Russell Cope Lettings

As one of the areas most well respected property agents, the experienced lettings team at Russell Cope are here to help you find the perfect rental property. From viewing to references, inventories to maintenance, make sure that the experience of renting your home through us is as stress-free as possible.

Russell Cope Landlord Services

We use the latest technology. We attract the right tenants. We make the right choice. We support your needs. Russell Cope offer a range of flexible services for landlords which are designed to help keep a complex area very simple.

Russell Cope Sales

if you want to sell your property to reliable, buyers, then look no further. Our local property experts are here to help and support you throughout the sales process, providing helpful and useful advice. Our powerful marketing package ensures the best possible awareness of your property and we match up the most suitable buyers for your needs, offering you the best all-round service.

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Latest Property News

Freeholder Gone Bust and I can’t Extend my Lease

I own a flat in a block of six, all six owners have agreed to purchase the Freehold. The Freeholder was dissolved in 2002, our solicitor has contacted the Treasurys Solicitors Dept, who have replied to say that that companies assets are distributed to persons entitled, no interest was passed to the Crown as bona......

My landlord is being evicted and gave me a 4 days notice to leave as well

I have been sub-renting a bedroom since February 2013. The couple who is sub-renting me the room have received a court order to evacuate the property on the 29th of July 2014. However, they only told me this on 25th of July at 11pm. I had a contract with them which was running for a......

Disappearing Tenant

I will try and keep this to the point; Tenant moved in Christmas Eve, signed the tenancy agreement as a rolling one month. Not received rent for the last two months despite texting, phoning, writing several letters, but no response. Visited the property last week, all curtains and blinds closed, garden overgrown and was met......

Accountant appears to have let me down?

I have just received back my accounts from who I thought was a very good Chartered Accountant . I have been looking for ways to reduce my tax bill and came across Property118 advising ways to reduce liability. One of the ways was to distribute some of the rental profits around the family using your......

Odd shaped garden – not sure if I should invest?

I  would like some advice on purchasing a house with odd shaped garden, for Buy to Let purposes. The house is perfectly placed, in  good condition, but the garden is sort of “V” shaped, just 7 feet at the back. Open Garden area is still available overall around 25-30 feet. The area is in demand......

Section 21 update – Spencer v Taylor

As reported by Nearly Legal concerning section 21 rules the tenant in Spencer v Taylor has been refused permission to appeal in the Supreme Court, because of the lack of an arguable point of law. Therefore the Court of Appeal decision stands: “Where an assured Shorthold tenancy has had a fixed term and a statutory......

Prospective Tenants not happy for visit – Should this ring alarm bells?

We have a nice big modern rental property and from taking on board a thread on here I asked my agent to ask my new prospective tenants if I could visit them in their home. My agent was absolutely shocked and said this had never happened before but would ask the ‘tenant’. She got back......

COUNTY COURT – The request for a Possession Order is premature?

I am a landlord that has applied to the local county court for possession of my property. My tenant has received a letter :- “The request for a Possession Order is premature, being only 4 days after issue and the same day as deemed service” What should I do now as a landlord Thanks Jaz
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Green Deal fund reduced – Not good for Landlords

Commenting on the reduction of Green Deal Home Improvement Funds (GDHIF) for solid wall insulation from £6000 to £4000, Richard Lambert, CEO at the National Landlords Association (NLA), said: “Just as the Green Deal looks like it will finally succeed, the Government seems determined to sabotage its own policy. “The NLA made a strong case......

The End Game

I am keen to hear more experienced Landlords view on their exit strategy’s. The reason I am thinking about this now is that it is time to refinance a couple of HMO property’s that I purchased with cash (property’s were not mortgageable). I am now 41 so have plenty of years left to obtain mortgages......

Buy to let portfolio – help me see the bigger picture

I have just cleaned up my act, paid my debts and now got 2 jobs earning avg £2500 a month and living with my mum! Now – I want to get into property development. Build my own buy to let portfolio! I can only save £10, 000 a year. looking at the figures, in order......

Legionella testing on a single private dwelling – really?

I rent out a property which belonged to my mother before she died. It is a 3 bed semi with an enclosed (multi-point) central heating system. My agent insists I have a Legionella report done on the property. Do I really need one, they have threatened to terminate my contract if I don’t have it......

Tenant demanding 2 months rent back plus deposit

So back in 2011 I use to take 2 months rent in advance and no official deposit. With this particular tenant this is what I did. 6 months passed and I renewed the tenancy with a new 6month AST. By this time I had realised that I should be properly registering a deposit and keeping......

The Property Development industry is growing at a rapid rate

With the UK continuing to recover from the losses suffered during the recession, the Property Development industry is currently seeing one of its fastest growing times. The demand for property has significantly risen in the first half of the year with construction of over 100,000 properties commenced in the first half of 2014. There are......

Will the Judge issue a possession order whilst tenant is in Hospital?

I purchased a flat to let a couple years ago. We have had the same tenant in for the full period. Although there have been several months of late payments, he has generally not been a problem. He has always suffered with kidney problems and this has left out of work on occassions, hence the......

Don’t end up giving it away – Another IHT thought provoker

How about an instant reduction in your IHT bill – no seven year wait? This will particularly appeal to BTL landlords who have most of their cash tied up in a property portfolio. Some readers will have heard of Discounted Gift Trusts (DGT) wherein you invested your cash into an Investment Bond and this would......

Immigrants en mass invade my property ?

Well my agent and I have been well and truly had. I’m a portfolio landlord and builder, and have just finished extensive renovation of a 2 bed terrace locally. Due to poor health I instructed a local agent friend to source me tenants and we chose very a plausible and presentable Polish working couple. They......

Newham are not granting any further change of use permissions?

I might have to sell my house because Newham council won’t let me let it to a group of professional sharers. It’s too expensive and large for most families (agents suggest 2k pcm) and Newham council have said they are not granting any more planning permission for change of use, which I have to have......

Loan to income ratio on Buy to Let – what could be next?

It has been announced that the Nat West and RBS group will be tightening their Buy to Let mortgage criteria even further. They will be limiting their loan to income ratio to 4.99. The move became effective as from the 14th July and this criteria change follows on the heels of a recent reduction in......

Tenant’s actions have made flat a Health and Safety danger

My tenant has a serious drink problem and has damaged the flat so badly it has caused a serious Health and Safety issue. The power points are hanging off the wall, the kitchen has evidence of a messy hob top fire and there is mold everywhere from lack of ventilation. On top of this I......