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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.

Monthly Archives: June 2010

Two small bits of news illustrating Oxfordshire’s strengths

Many of you reading this are probably fortunate enough to be linked to Oxfordshire in some way. Two small bits of news caught our eye this morning and together they illustrate the ferocious brains trust which lives inside county lines. …
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The importance of having an electrical safety report

Our landlord in South Africa was delighted to receive confirmation that her insurance company has forwarded money for ‘loss of rent’ and ‘emergency repairs’ following the unfortunate fire at her property. The fire, which rendered the house uninhabitable, was caused by the …
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Two more awards – great news for our team and our clients!

Oxford letting agents, Finders Keepers, won two awards at this week’s Sunday Times Letting Agency of the Year Awards. We won silver in both “Best Medium Lettings Agency” and “Best Property Management”. What did the judges say? Best Medium Lettings: “Having …
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Question Time with two Vice Chancellors

We went to an open question time with the Vice Chancellors of Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford last night at the Said Business School. They are Professors Janet Beer and Andrew Hamilton respectively. It was a very …
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When I’m cleaning windows…

A vigilant window cleaner detected a strong smell of gas coming from a flat to rent in Abingdon.  The tenant’s cleaner had accidentally flicked on one of the hob burners, leaving gas pouring out.  The window cleaner alerted the next door neighbour, …
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The Housing Minister’s first speech

So Grant Shapps made his maiden public speech last night at RICS (the surveyor’s trade body). The speech seems to be long on rhetoric but short on detail. Perhaps that is inevitable at this stage. Some thoughts:

A lovely thank you

Thanks you’s are greatly appreciated and the meaning always outshines the message (to misquote the great Marshall McLuhan). These two lovely bottles were given to our expert Site Manager, Kelvin, who is a key part of the Bricks & Mortar building …
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