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


The sun is out and our East Oxford team catch fire


Our East Oxford letting team are turning up the heat: between 11th and 18th of April they let five properties on the first viewing. This is not by chance: careful matching of applicant to property is at the heart of effective letting. The aim is to minimise voids for the landlords and save applicants time.

Property 1 is a charming 3-bedroom barn conversion outside Oxford near Thame. As you enter the home you quickly realise that the large kitchen is a perfect country kitchen which Jill Archer would fall in love with. The new tenants will have that rural experience but with Junction 6 of the M40 easy to reach.

Property 2 is a 3-bedroom 1930s detached family house in Marston which let on the first viewing to a couple in the medical community who are current Finders Keepers tenants. They have been living in an apartment managed by our East Oxford team and wanted more space. The property recently had a new kitchen by our building company Bricks & Mortar, which helped the rent go up 8%.

Property 3 is a 1-bedroom annexe in Old Marston. The landlord has done a great job of converting a detached garage into a high quality studio with a loft feel upstairs and a separate shower area downstairs. It is 15 minutes walk through The Parks to the University and when an academic researcher popped into our office on St. Clements we thought it might suit and it did.

Property 4 is a traditional detached Headington family house with 4 bedrooms which has been looked after by Finders Keepers for over 20 years. A family relocating form London snapped it up since one parent can walk to her new job and the other can jump on the London coach easily.

Property 5 on the fantastic Hurst St is unusual: it has 2-bedroom and 3 storeys, not a combination you see too often. The letting situation is also unusual, but we have made it work consistently for over 20 years. Each year we let the property for 10 months and the landlord returns to live in the property for 2 months each summer. This time the house attracted a great couple working in education and technology.

If your property in East Oxford or near Thame could do with more heat, contact Anna Turner on 01865 200012.