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“Vast majority” of private tenants are satisfied, national survey finds

23rd July 2019

The vast majority of private tenants are happy with the home they rent, according to new official figures by the English Housing Survey. The government-commissioned continuous national survey reveals 84% of private renters are satisfied with their current accommodation and 73% are happy with its repairs and maintenance. Renters also spend slightly less of their […]

Letters MD welcomes safety overhaul

17th July 2019

The system which ensures rented properties are safe to live in is to be overhauled, in a development welcomed by Letters MD Anya Mathewson. The Housing Health and Safety Rating system (HHSRS) is used by local authorities to assess rental properties against 29 identifiable hazards, ranging from damp to electrical faults. But it hasn’t been […]

Good news for buy-to-let landlords in York

12th July 2019

Potential landlords looking to invest in the York property market received good news this week when a mortgage tracker reported an “unprecedented” fall in some buy-to-let mortgage rates. It followed government figures saying that the average value of houses in York increased by 5.8% in the last 12 months, making property in the city a […]

How to get rid of damp and mould

9th July 2019

Damp and mould isn’t only unsightly, it can affect your health too, so it’s important to treat it as soon as you can. It’s all caused by excess moisture but there are three main types of damp in homes and they are treated differently. First, you need to identify which type you have and it’s […]

Letters MD welcomes almshouse review findings

1st July 2019

Almshouses in York look set to be exempt from selective licensing fees after a government-commissioned review recommended that the fees should not apply to non-profit charities. The law has been a grey area since 2004, when councils were given the power to require landlords to take out a licence in designated areas, to help tackle […]

Optimism surrounds buy-to-let market, survey finds

27th June 2019

Around two thirds (64%) of UK landlords are optimistic about the outlook for the residential buy-to-let sector over the next three years despite Brexit worries, according to a new survey. A significant number of landlords are using the current market volatility to grow their portfolios: nearly a fifth (19%) are looking to grow their portfolios […]

Spotlight on Letters’ wide experience across York property market

24th June 2019

Our wide property portfolio, caring ethos and emphasis on prompt communication with both landlords and tenants is highlighted in a newly-published profile of Letters Property Management Ltd by software provider Goodlord. Managing Director Anya Mathewson tells how she has built the independent and firmly local business on providing clients with solid advice based on experience […]

Letters’ new 24/7 repairs reporting service

18th June 2019

Reporting repairs is now easier after Letters introduced a 24/7 online reporting system which allows us to gather all the right information and instruct contractors quickly and effectively. Tenants in our managed properties access the step by step guide to reporting the problem via their smartphone, tablet or computer without download, and provide us with […]

New tenant fee ban – what does it mean for you?

1st June 2019

Tenants will no longer be charged fees at the beginning of their tenancy, after new rules banned agents from charging for credit checks, inventories and references. The only fees letting agents can charge after June 1st 2019 are ‘permitted payments’ such as deposits, certain changes to the tenancy agreement, late payment and lost keys. The […]

Letters joins sleepout to raise £1,250 for SASH

28th May 2019

Letters staff raised £1,250 for SASH, the local youth homeless charity it sponsors, by sleeping rough in York on Managing Director Anya Mathewson’s birthday. Landlords, tenants and contractors helped sponsor the group to spend the night under the stars with just sleeping bags, cardboard and tarpaulin for cover, in temperatures as low as 2 degrees. […]