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Average York rents increase by 5%

25th January 2020

Rents in York are increasing at almost double the rate of the rest of the country, new research shows. Housing search engine Zoopla found the cost of renting a home in the city rose by 5% in 2019, and now stands at around £844 a month. The average rise in the rest of the country […]

Boom in almshouse building to meet growing need

15th January 2020

New almshouses are being built at the fastest rate since the Victorian era, with an increasing belief that their emphasis on neighbourliness and support increases residents’ wellbeing, according to the Almshouse Association. Almshouse charities provide low-cost homes for vulnerable adults and/or elderly people who would otherwise struggle financially. York alone has 143 almshouse homes, operated […]

What buy-to-let landlords need to know in 2020

7th January 2020

2020 could well bring an overhaul in regulations affecting York landlords, which they’ll have to be aware of if they’re thinking of investing in a buy-to let or are already renting out properties. Consumer advice experts at Which? have come up with some top tips to watch out for this year, and we’ve added a […]

For sale: How much would TV’s Christmas houses cost today?

23rd December 2019

How much do you think it would cost to buy some of the homes on your tv this Christmas? While you’re lazing on the sofa watching your favourite festive films, quiz your nearest and dearest on the cost of the properties featured on-screen. Estate agent comparison website has calculated how much it would cost […]

Tracy celebrates 25 years as lettings agent

13th December 2019

Our Head of Lettings, Tracy Winteringham, is celebrating 25 years in the business this week – and she’s been reflecting on the changes she’s seen during that time. The internet was in its earliest stages and social media was unheard of when Tracy joined the industry as a young lettings negotiator in 1994. Prospective tenants […]

What does the election mean for landlords & tenants?

6th December 2019

With the election now less than a week away, the three main parties have been talking up their housing policies – and all of them propose measures which will have a direct effect on landlords and tenants in York. The National Landlords Association has compared the three main parties’ manifesto commitments to highlight the key […]

Letters welcomes new addition to block management team

28th November 2019

Letters has further boosted its successful block management team with the appointment of Laura Street as its Block Property Manager. Laura, who is an Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a member of the National Association of Estate Agents, has worked in the property industry for eight years. She has […]

Looking to rent in York? Questions to ask

18th November 2019

It’s exciting looking for a place to rent, especially in York which is relatively compact and has some great housing stock. You’ll save yourself a lot of time – and potential heartache – if you have a clear idea of what you’re looking for and ask the right questions of your agent or landlord. Follow […]

Why inventories give important protection for landlords & tenants

2nd November 2019

The recent court ruling that pop star Tulisa Contostavlos must pay her former landlord more than £70,000 after an inventory report showed she had “trashed his flat” is a warning to both landlords and tenants about the importance of inventories. Tulisa, a former X Factor judge, denied she had caused the damage to the £1m […]

Vast majority of tenants happy to rent

25th October 2019

Three quarters of tenants are happy to rent and a third of those would be happy to rent their homes for ever, according to new research. Men are slightly more likely to be happy renting forever – 36 per cent against 31 per cent for women – and nearly two thirds of renters aged 55-plus […]