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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.

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 overheating of the external electric supply with the integral garage and bedroom above taking the brunt of the damage.
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Two more awards – great news for our team and our clients!

Our silver award for “Best Medium Lettings Agency”

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 opened nearly 40 years ago as an acquisition service, they expanded into property management following client requests and have adhered to this philosophy of expansion and following client feedback ever since. Offering a vast range of services, Finders Keepers truly is a “one stop shop” for lettings services, all of which are of an exceptional standard. Well respected in the local area, they are strongly committed to helping local causes both in terms of fundraising and hands on involvement. A fantastic all round agency who work to their strengths.”

Best Property Management: “Finders Keepers demonstrate an attention to detail which enables them to work with high quality tenants and landlords….Clients are assured they can reach a representative of Finders Keepers at all times (including midnight on New Year’s Eve) for any maintenance issues and it was apparent that the entire staff are passionate about the company and strive to provide the best possible service for their clients. The detail on the check-out notes was impressive and clients are allocated a designated property manager enabling all involved to build a strong relationship and enjoy exemplary communication.”

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 stimluating hour, not least due to the chair being the wonderful Jon Snow of Channel 4 News.
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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, who happened to be an FK tenant too and knew that our Abingdon office manages this property.

We got there in minutes and the neighbour, the window cleaner and an FK manager rushed in to switch off the hob and took it in turns, with breath held, to open all the windows in the flat and ventilate the stairwells.

This heroic window cleaner reminded us of the crime-fighting milkman who was recently awarded an MBE

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:
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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 division.

In this instance Kelvin helped an existing landlord by giving an objective 3rd party view on a lengthy specification of works. Kelvin was happy to help an existing client…..and our client appreciated the advice given.

A Banbury market update

Two weeks ago our Banbury office had a record week.

They negotiated more deals in a week than ever before.

Last week they negotiated five new properties.

Suffice to say that the market in Banbury is busy with a slightly alarming (if that isn’t a paradox) shortage of property.
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