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Under the skin of the letting market

Here we share news and views on both the local letting market in & around Oxfordshire and all planned and recent legislation.


A Smooth Sea Never Made a Skilled Sailor

Sometimes things can go wrong when letting property – it would be naïve to think it will be smooth sailing 100% of the time – but how you deal with these situations is the true measure of success. Our Abingdon team recently demonstrated their calm, decisive expertise when a tenant vacated a property without warning. The Property Manager and Letting Specialist – both based locally to the property – worked together to get the property back to standard, relist it and let it within a week.


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Diligence and flexibility are essential for success

Overall we have had a positive start to 2018, although across our eight offices it is apparent there is an overall air of caution in the market. We have been proactive in advising our clients on rent and presentation of their properties in the current market and we are still successfully letting homes across the county. As the Japanese proverb says, “The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists” and the most success has been achieved where landlords have been flexible to meet current demand.


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Don’t miss the summer letting wave

The peak time to let your property is between May and August. Get your property on the market now.


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Family-Fun Activities for the Easter Weekend 2018

With the long weekend ahead of us, it’s time to think about what activities are available for our families this Easter. Whether there is rain or shine, here are our favourite events coming up.


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Countdown to MEES: Will your property be lettable in April 2018?

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) were introduced in March 2015 with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of privately rented properties. From 1st April 2018 all buildings in England or Wales will need to have a rating of A-E on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before they can be rented (this applies to new tenancies and renewals of tenancies) and from 1st April 2020 all existing tenancies will need to have a grade of A-E (there are limited exemptions, such as some listed buildings or very short lets). After these deadlines it will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating, which carries a penalty of up to £5,000.


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Feefo Trusted Service Awards 2018

Another year has come and gone, and we have received the Gold Trusted Service Award on Feefo’s fantastic platform for a second year. Thanks to the tenants and landlords who have given us positive feedback, we have achieved an average score of 4.5 stars while collecting at least 50 reviews over 2017.

With an exciting year ahead, our goal is to continuously foster our relationships with our landlords and tenants. Here are some examples where landlords have been able to describe our service, better than we could:

“Would thoroughly rate Finders Keepers – superb customer service.” –Ms. Cook, Bicester Office

“Professional, efficient, courteous yet friendly – experts in their field.” –Mrs. Colaco, East Oxford Office

“Design offers, overall design management, project management and ability to be very flexible and patient. Great company to work with.” –Mr. Lloyd, Bricks & Mortar Client

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Over £12,000 has been raised for Sobell House

Our team at Finders Keepers worked hard last year to raise money for Sobell House Hospice, their charity of the year 2017. Across our network of eight offices, the team ran, cycled, baked, gardened, marshalled car parks and manned bucket collections all with the aim of raising money for Sobell House or helping out by volunteering time. Even our landlords got involved, donating some of their rent for this fantastic local charity. At the end of the year of supporting Sobell House, we had raised an impressive £12,015.56 and donated 76 hours of time.


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