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July 2019

Property NEWS Prepare for BBQ season PAGE 8

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Get your property picture perfect


Creative decorations for your home


Tips on how to be ‘festival ready’


MAKE YOUR Editor’s Letter Welcome to the July issue. The year is flying by quickly, with thoughts for many now turning to the annual summer holiday and relaxing weekends to be spent in the garden, enjoying the sunshine! In this issue we look at how to get your garden BBQ ready – and give you some recipes to try out too.




When it comes to heading off on your holidays, ensure you travel in style with our favourite picks of luggage which will ensure they stand out on the carousel! And while you’re off relaxing on your welldeserved holiday, you can be safe in the knowledge that we will be working away to ensure that the sale of your home goes smoothly. Also, inside this issue, we take a look at the role good photography plays when it comes to marketing your property – so read our top tips of how you can ensure your property is captured in the best possible way.

Simple native flowers… such as lavender, buddleia and sedums all produce plenty of nectar, ensuring a buzzing, populated garden of bees

Your garden, when at its best, is a natural wonder to behold and, if the right preparations are made, a home for wildlife

Enjoy reading and we’ll see you next time. Linda McKeown Editor


Look after the birds – all year round Agricultural changes to the environment have meant that the number of wild birds in our beautiful world is diminishing, a fact which highlights just how important it is to care for and help our feathered friends. You may be surprised at the types of food you are able to feed birds – which will be sure to keep them coming back for more.

Cheese: avoid soft or mouldy cheeses; only use hard cheeses, cutting it down into small, bite-size chunks.

Eggs: cooked eggs are a great source of nutrients for birds, while the shell itself can also be a brilliant source of calcium and helps aid digestion.

Pasta and rice: both contain plenty of great carbohydrates for birds but wash thoroughly beforehand to get rid of any oils and salt.

Vegetables: mix with sunflower seeds for the perfect bird treat!

Meat: meat, such as beef fat, would be an ideal feast for birds, but make sure it’s in small digestible chunks. Plenty of protein on offer here! A selection of other great leftover food to use would be cereal (with little to no sugar content), pet food, and baked goods (such as bread, cakes and biscuits). All of these, if you’re putting them into your bird feeder, should be soaked with water beforehand to make it easier for birds to digest.

Protecting our beloved bees We need bees to survive. Bees pollinate, helping plants to grow, breed and produce food. They do so by transferring pollen between flowering plants, thus keeping the cycle of life turning. Many plants we depend on for our food rely on pollination. Therefore, looking after our bees and helping them do their all-important work is one of the best things we can do for nature. Some simple actions could help tremendously.

The right flowers: simple native flowers (rather

than other, more elaborate flowers), such as lavender, buddleia and sedums all produce plenty of nectar, ensuring a buzzing, populated garden of bees.

Other great features to add to your garden Growing a range of trees, shrubs and climbers will provide food and shelter for certain

wildlife. Larger plants, particularly trees, support more wildlife by offering food in the form of flowers, fruit and seeds, and provide cover and nesting sites for garden animals. Some smaller trees and shrubs that are particularly good for blossom and berries include rowan, crab apple, elder, blackthorn and hawthorn. Fruit trees attract and support a range of wildlife, whilst also supplying you with a useful crop. One of the most effective, promising ways to bring wildlife to your very own garden is a pond. The size doesn’t matter too much – even a container holding enough water where various wildlife can swim, drink and rest is beneficial. Allow water plants to grow and colonise to help encourage the presence of wildlife; and try to ensure the pond has a sloping base to help amphibians get in and out easily and enjoy the shallower waters. Steep or sloped ground and rocky areas are another way to attract wildlife to your garden. If planted well, rock gardens and gravel beds can bring in wildlife such as mason bees. With a rock garden, a pond and a meadow, your garden will soon look like the bee’s knees! Creating a meadow isn’t particularly complicated and it can add so much charm and wildlife to your plot. A meadow consists of a mixture of grasses and wildflowers, so all you need are the right seeds and a bit of time!

Leave the weeds alone: although weeds are generally considered the villains of any garden, wild-growing dandelions can be considered a free food and a beneficial weed, rather than a nuisance, offering bees a brilliant source of sustenance. Quench bees’ thirst: a water feature, such as a

water basin, is a perfect way to feed bees (as long as there are some floating objects in the water, such as corks, so the bees don’t drown). Sprinkling your meadow with wildflower seeds could also produce the likes of poppies, nigella and corn marigolds. Meadows are great for insects, and mowing paths through the meadows invites plenty of exploration.

Fruit trees attract and support a range of wildlife, whilst also supplying you with a useful crop



picture perfect

Here are some simple tips to get your property ready for those all-important viewings

When it comes to marketing your property, the first thing buyers look at are the photos. Good photos of your property can have a huge impact on the number of viewings you receive. The more viewings you have, the more chance you have of getting an offer. So, get your property picture perfect before we take the photos. Here’s how… Tidy up the living areas and bedrooms A potential buyer wants to look at your property and see if they can imagine themselves living there. If they, however, cannot look past the clutter they may lose interest in what could otherwise be their perfect property. Ask us to come around at a suitable time, for example; when

the kids are at school and after you have had time to clean up after them, before we take the photos.

property. No viewing means no chance of an offer. Remove the pet food bowls and keep ‘Spot’ off the bed during photos.

Do the washing up Similar to tidying up the living areas, no-one wants to see what you had for dinner last night when they are looking at your property online. Do the washing up in the morning and put the washing up away; this will make your kitchen look larger with more working surface area.

Open the curtains When we are at your property, open the windows and let in the natural light. This will result in better photos. Avoid having photos taken at night as they will make the property look dull and dark, which are two words no-one ever mentions when discussing what they want from their new property.

Keep pets out of the picture We understand that you love ‘Spot’, but your potential buyer may not be an animal person: and the fact that a pet has lived in the house may be enough for them not to view your

Make the beds No-one wants to see your underwear on Rightmove; pick up any clothes, books or toys off the bedroom floors and make the beds. It is amazing

Other hints & tips n Clean windows - grubby and smeared windows can impact the natural light coming into your house. n Remove personal photos you don’t want pictures of your wedding on property portals, but an edited photo with a blur effect is even worse, taking the viewer’s attention away from your property. n Don’t leave your car on your drive - similar to wedding photos, you don’t want to advertise your license plate number. Plus, a car on the drive hinders the viewer’s ability to visualise the size of the drive. n Take down posters and stickers remove posters and photos from the walls to avoid distracting your potential buyers. n Turn off your TV - Piers Morgan in the background of any photo will be a massive turn off for many!

When it comes to marketing your property, the first thing buyers look at are the photos

what these little bits of cleaning will do when you see the photos of your property online. Keep any furry friends off the beds and out of the way during photos too.

after themselves, but on the day of the photos try to put away as many toys as possible, get the floors clear and wash off any marks on the walls. Make their beds as well and remove the overflowing rubbish bins.

Clean the bathroom Get your bathroom sparkling clean before we come around; but remember to put away the cleaning products as a mop bucket in the shower cubicle or bleach bottle by the bath ruin the vision that your potential buyer is creating in their mind. Scrub the dried toothpaste from the sink and dust and polish any windows. The kids' bedrooms We understand how children are, and how little they enjoy cleaning up

Cut the grass and tidy the garden A garden is an extension of the home, and people want to imagine themselves out there on a sunny day. If it is overgrown in photos, you are making it harder for people to visualise themselves living there. Cut the grass, sweep any patios, trim back the hedges and pick up any toys – children’s or animals! If it is raining on the day, ask us to come around for external shots on a sunnier day.

Remember, our aim is to help you make the most of your property. However, there is only so much we can do for you if your property isn’t photo ready, and it isn’t an exaggeration to say that doing these simple jobs could help you receive higher offers and sell quicker.

For a free no-obligation valuation, talk to one of our friendly and helpful team today.


Get back to basics

and be

creative Don’t want to spend much on buying new things for your home? Here are some creative ideas on how to make beautiful and individual decorations for your home. The kids can get involved too!

Pottery painting Whatever the weather, children can enjoy pottery painting – and it can be fun for adults too. There is a great range of different styles and techniques you can learn, and you can make these personal and unique to you – or make them as a gift. Pottery painting cafes are very popular for creating your own masterpiece and meeting new people, so keep an eye out for what’s going on in the community.

Make your own photo frames Photo frames are a great addition to any room, and displaying photos is great to personalise your home and remind you of the special moments in your life. However, they can be expensive, so why not make your own! To make a picture frame you’ll need to assemble a cardboard mat, four wood and metal sides creating the outline of your frame, and the glass or plexiglass front used to protect the picture. You can also personalise the frame with decorative elements.

If you think that making your own from scratch is too fiddly, then you could buy a plain photo frame and personalise it how you’d like. Stickon tape is a cheap and quick way to add a personal touch to the frame, and kids would enjoy repainting frames or sticking crafts on such as shells, flowers, sequins or buttons.

A day at the beach is fun for all the family, and doing crafts with shells you collected can extend the experience

Paint plant pots This is something which will be great for summer days in the garden. Turn plain plant pots into a piece of art with the help of the kids. Whether you choose a solid colour or a pattern, repainted plant pots will help add a touch of personalisation to your garden. For the best results ensure pots are well brushed down of any dirt or dust so you have a nice smooth surface for painting on.


Fake Flowers Spruce up your home by creating your own flower arrangement from artificial flowers to give your home a spring-feel all year round. Why not buy a plain vase and decorate it with lights, paint or a ribbon too? As well as being low maintenance, arranging artificial flowers and decorating the vase can provide hours of entertainment for kids.

Shells from the beach

Sewing - blankets, throws, cushions, bunting Sewing is a great hobby to get involved with, and there are a range of sewing kits for all skill levels. Whether you sew by hand or with a machine, cushion covers are relatively easy to make. All you need to do is cut and measure the fabric to fit the size of the cushion and sew the sides of the fabric together inside out. The easiest technique to use is the envelope back cover where one side of the fabric overlaps, which creates a flap where you can insert the cushion, with no fastening required. You could even sew blankets and throws in a similar style to the cushions so everything on your sofa or bed match perfectly! Children will enjoy choosing their own fabrics, whether it's their favourite colour, a superhero or one covered in animals. There’s so much you can do with these, including folding and sewing the fabric into triangles to create bunting to go in their bedroom or playroom.

A day at the beach is fun for all the family, and doing crafts with shells you collected can extend the experience. If you have collected your own shells, here are some fun and creative crafts to make with them! Putting them in a pretty jar is probably the easiest thing you could do, but it can have a big impact and make a nice ornament in the home.

Candles The sight, sound and smell of a candle can lift any room, and making your own candles is a lot easier than you may think! The beauty of making your own candles is that you choose your own smells and decorate it how you’d like. You can buy simple candle making kits and fragrance oils which will spread a lovely aroma. Setting your candles in Mason jars, or something similar which can withstand the heat, will make your homemade candles look even more decorative.

Glue seashells to a mirror or photo frame to add some beachy personality to a room. You could even paint the shells before fixing them to a photo frame with a nice family photo for keepsake. If your kids want to go back to school and show their friends what they did in their summer holidays, you can turn the shells into jewellery, or a keyring for them to attach to their school bag. A big shell could even be used as a candle holder or a soap dish!

Spruce up your home by creating your own flower arrangement from artificial flowers to give your home a spring-feel all year round

Paintings This might take some time and practice depending on how experienced or confident you are with a paint brush! Whether you want to paint a canvas or frame a painting on card, creating your own piece of art and displaying this on your wall is a cheap but effective way to add some character to a room – and can be a good conversation starter too!





Nothing says summer quite like the sight and smell of a sweet, smoky barbecue sizzling in your garden. Now is a great time for a big clean of your grill and to get your garden ready for BBQ parties in the sun!


Give your BBQ a good clean Whether you’re cooking on gas or charcoal, it’s important that your grill is clean and wiped down before you start cooking. Take off the grates and scrub them down; there are plenty of products on the market specially made for BBQ grates. If you have a charcoal BBQ which has been stored inside the garage or shed over the winter, wipe down the inside to get rid of any dust or insects. Also wipe the exterior of the BBQ and your tools. When you’ve finished cleaning your BBQ, rub your tools and the grates in olive oil to help prevent rusting.


Create/clean up dedicated BBQ area If you have spare space in your garden, or would like to cook away from guests, try building a dedicated BBQ area! Whether it is raised decking, a small area of paving or some decorative gravel, you can find the perfect spot even in the smallest of gardens. Pick somewhere which enjoys a little shade and provides easy access for transporting food. You can install your brick BBQ or even build your own outdoor kitchen, equipped with a grill, sink and that all important drinks fridge! If your garden has a great view, whether it’s countryside, a local landmark or the seaside, raise the BBQ area so the cook gets the best seat in the house.

And if your BBQ area has been deserted during the winter, pick out any weeds and wash down the decking or patio with a jet washer to bring it back to life.

Clean down/buy new patio furniture Once you’ve cleaned down your patio or laid some new decking, now is the time to kit it out with some furniture! There are tons of different styles and designs for garden furniture, all suitable for a range of budgets and garden types. Rattan and weaved furniture are a popular choice, as are wooden tables. There are even dining sets with a fire pit built into the middle; perfect for keeping warm and toasting marshmallows.

Now is a great time for a big clean… to get your garden ready for BBQ parties in the sun!

Sticky Chicken Wings Succulent meat with sticky glaze, these messy wings are perfect finger food for a warm summer’s day, or can be cooked indoors if the weather isn’t on your side. Serve with creamy blue cheese ‘slaw made from mayonnaise and gorgonzola cheese. Ingredients: 8 large chicken wings 2 tbsp honey 3 tbsp dark brown sugar 3 tbsp tomato ketchup 4 tbsp soy sauce 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1-2 tsp sundried tomato paste Pinch of dried chilli flakes

SIZZLING BBQ RECIPES! If your garden furniture has been sat on the patio or stored inside since last summer, give it a wash down. If you have wooden furniture, use ‘wood cleaner’, then finish off with wood sealer to preserve its colour. For weaved or iron furniture, you can use warm water and soap to wash it down, followed by a rinse with the hose.

Add lighting Now that you’ve got your garden all set up, add lighting so you can entertain guests after the sun goes down. Solar lights are environmentally friendly and cheap to run. Lighting up a fire pit or a chiminea will keep your guests warm whilst you sit back, relax and drink into the early hours.

2. T  o make the blue cheese slaw, mix together creme fraiche, gorgonzola cheese, juice of a lemon and mix in some shredded vegetables. Season to taste and leave to chill for up to five hours. 3. If cooking the wings on a charcoal bbq, once the coal is white hot, cook the wings over direct heat for around 6-8 minutes on each side, then give them around 1 minute of indirect heat, turning them and brushing with the marinade to give them a sticky outside.

Make the most of your summer with our BBQ recipe ideas, including tender sticky chicken wings and grilled halloumi burgers – served with some great sides. Ideal for entertaining meat lovers and vegetarians!

Halloumi Burgers Slices of grilled, charred halloumi in a sweet brioche, served with your choice of salad. Perfect for both veggies and the whole family. Ingredients: 250g block of Halloumi, cut into 8 thick slices 1 tbsp olive oil 4 brioche buns 4 tbsp hummus 1 large ripe tomato, thinly sliced 4 Butterhead lettuce leaves 4 tbsp tomato salsa * Images for illustrative purposes only

1. Mix the marinade ingredients into a bowl and toss in the chicken wings, making sure they are all generously coated. Cover and chill for an hour, or overnight if you have time.

1. When the charcoal has stopped flaming and is glowing white hot, brush the halloumi slices with olive oil on both sides and grill for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden. 2. S  plit open the buns and slightly toast on the grill (without burning them!) and spread the hummus on the bottom halves. Add some tomato then the halloumi, then finish with the lettuce and the salsa with the top half of the bun. 3. S  erve with skewered barbecued veg, rice, potato salad or barbecued corn on the cob with butter.



If you’re heading off on your travels this summer, take a peek at these fun and funky travel cases!

Gruffalo Trunki Children’s Ride-On Suitcase

Now this is just perfect for the kids! Ideal for keeping them entertained, its multi-functional strap allows parents to tow tired children on their luggage or conveniently carry over the shoulder. Lightweight and durable. £44.99

Myleene Klass 4-Wheel Hawaiian Leaf Suitcase - Large Give your travel a taste of the tropics with this 4-Wheel Hawaiian Leaf Large Suitcase by Myleene Klass. Strong yet lightweight, its polycarbonate case keeps your valuables well protected. With height adjustable handle and external zip locking security.

Batman Scootcase

This Batman scooter, suitcase combo may seem a bit pricey, but you do get a suitcase and a scooter all rolled into one! £70



Monogram Personalised Suitcase by KOKO BLOSSOM Mickey 4 Wheel Cabin Case

Heading off to Disney this summer? Then why not pay homage to Mickey with this light cabin case which incorporates elastic fastening tapes plus a small pocket in one compartment, and a zipper net separator in the other.

Stand out from the crowd with this black monogram personalised suitcase featuring your initials. Available in three sizes; cabin, medium and large.



And don’t forget your accessories! We love this quirky tag and passport holder... Bando The Getaway I’m Outta Here! luggage tag Upgrade your suitcase to first class with this Getaway luggage tag with super cool ‘I’m Outta Here!’ design.

Women’s Gold Champagne Hearts Cabin Case


We love the heart details of this sturdy cabin case from Next. Single expander provides an additional 25% extra space for your personal belongings. Packing capacity: 34 litres. £70

All prices correct at time of going to print

Fat Face Leather Stripe Passport Holder The Ultimate Travel Bag

Made from lightweight and durable materials, this travel bag is waterproof and has many multi-purpose pockets and compartments hidden inside. It can be completely rolled out flat ready for you to put your suit or dress safely inside for wrinkle-free journeys. £70

Stay organised whilst trotting the globe with this leather passport holder. Cotton lined and featuring card slots to keep all your essentials in one place. £16




If you have failed miserably, yet again, to secure Glastonbury tickets and need some alternative options, then look no further. Here we’ve compiled a few of our favourites which take place throughout July and August

Reading and LeEds If you are after a bit of variety then Reading & Leeds will be just up your street. Noted for promoting new and upcoming artists, side by side with more well-known acts, this well-established festival won’t disappoint. This year’s lineup is jam-packed with talent; from the likes of The Foo Fighters, Post Malone, The 1975 and Bastille. Spread over three days and at two different locations, Reading and Leeds are not to be missed. There are multiple stages, all promoting the best of each genre of music, along with an


alternative stage featuring the likes of Josh Widdicombe and Russel Kane. With so much to see, it’s probably best to plan ahead; after all, you can’t be in two places at once! Both festivals run from the 23 25 August, with both day tickets and weekend passes available.

BOOMTOWN Boomtown festival takes place over four days from the 7 - 11 August in Winchester. It is an independent festival showcasing the very best of underground and global music, including reggae, folk, jazz, drum and bass and

hip-hop. The lineup for this year includes big names such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chase & Status and The Streets. This unique festival promises to catapult you into a different world, with its innovative set designs, street recreations and theatrical performers. With such a diverse lineup, it’s no surprise that day tickets aren’t available for purchase – only weekend tickets are on sale. There are several accommodation options on site, from pitching a tent to booking a wagon, or staying in their rustic Teepees! This festival is most definitely one for the bucket list.




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Voted ‘Best Family Festival’ at the UK festival awards 2018, Latitude has an abundance of family friendly activities available

Latitude festival Set in the beautiful surroundings of Henham Park, Suffolk is Latitude Festival. Running from 18 - 21 July this popular festival serves up iconic and fresh new artists, with headline acts to include the likes of George Ezra, Snow Patrol and Lana Del Rey, along with huge names in comedy such as Jason Manford and Frank Skinner. There are also several unique areas such as; the Theatre arena, which offers diverse performances for all tastes and the Listening post, brand new for Latitude 2019, which is a stage dedicated to the creative art form that is podcasts, and The Speakeasy, which offers awardwinning writers, poets and authors all under one roof. Voted ‘Best Family Festival’ at the UK festival awards 2018, Latitude

has an abundance of familyfriendly activities available, such as, the kids’ area, which serves as an entire festival in itself. Very much centred around kids, you will find everything from pond dipping to star gazing.

Spread over three days and at two different locations, Reading and Leeds are not to be missed

If you are staying for the weekend, Latitude offers an array of affordable and more boutique accommodation. From standard camping to more luxurious cabins,

there is something for everyone and every pocket.

Larmer Tree festival Quite possibly the friendliest of all the UK festivals, this weekend event – running from the 18 - 21 July – offers three days of music, comedy and eccentric activities, catering for the whole family. This small but long-standing festival prides itself on clean, family friendly fun. So much so, they were awarded the UK Festival award for ‘Best Family Festival’ in 2015. Larmer Tree’s lineup offers a diverse range of artists: their headline acts include the likes of Kate Tempest, The Cat Empire and Jack Savoretti. This small festival offers much more however, with comedy shows, theatre, poetry and talks, workshops and a whole heap more.





This year’s Tour de France will be taking place throughout July; but will Britain keep hold of the Yellow Jersey for another year? On the 6th July, 126 riders from all over the world will compete in the world’s largest sporting event – cycling over 2000 miles in 23 days hoping to win one of the famous coloured Jerseys, in front of over 12 million spectators.

This year’s race will be the 106th edition of the Tour de France since Henri Desgrange created the event as a marketing scheme for his newspaper back in 1903

The Grand Depart will be from Brussels this year, for only the second time in its history, before finishing in Paris, at the Champs-Elysees on the 21st July. There are 21 stages in total, with two rest days, taking in famous French cities and towns such as Reims, Nancy, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse. There are four Jerseys up for grabs, worn by the leaders in different categories throughout the race. Here is a breakdown of each individual Jersey.

THE YELLOW JERSEY The Yellow Jersey is world-famous, having been worn by some of the most successful riders from the past 100 years. It is given to the rider with the lowest overall time at the end of each stage after bonuses and penalties have been added or subtracted. The rider who wears the Jersey after the last stage in Paris is the overall winner of the Tour de France.

THE GREEN JERSEY The Green Jersey is the second most prestigious jersey. It is awarded to the leader in the points category at the end of each stage. A rider wins points for high finishes and winning intermediate sprints, which is why it is also known as the ‘Sprinter’s Competition’. Most points are scored on the flat stages of the race.


THE POLKA DOT JERSEY The Polka Dot Jersey, otherwise known as the King of the Mountains, is worn by the leader of the mountains classification. Points are awarded to the first riders to reach the summit of designated hills and mountains during each stage.

THE WHITE JERSEY Similar to the Yellow Jersey, the White Jersey is awarded to the rider with the lowest overall time at the end of each stage; however, the rider must be under 25 to win the honour of wearing the White Jersey for the next stage. The Favourites THE FAVOURITES Geraint Thomas was last year’s winner and will start this year’s race with the Yellow Jersey. He was the first Welshman to ever win the Tour de France and continues the British domination of the competition since 2012 when Sir Bradley Wiggins won Britain’s first ever Tour de France. Since 2012 Britain have only lost once, in 2014. With Chris Froome, the champion from 2013, 15, 16 and 17, ruled out of the race after his horror crash during a practice ride in June, Nairo Quintana is now the favourite to win; the Colombian rides for Movistar, but Froome’s teammate Geraint Thomas will fancy his chances again this year. This year’s race will be the 106th edition of the Tour de France since Henri Desgrange created the event as a marketing scheme for his newspaper back in 1903.

HMO Laws AND Guidelines 2019 A House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) is a fantastic investment for any property investor, offering over 2x the rental income of a standard let. However, there are laws and guidelines you will need to adhere to

HMO’s are popular with investors as they offer double the rent for the same property you could rent to a single household. For example, a family may pay £800pcm for a three-bedroom property, however, if the rooms are of the legal size, you could put three individual tenants in each paying £500pcm, totalling £1500pcm in total. But beware: HMO’s are strictly regulated by the government, so it is best to get advice before moving into HMO property investment. The government defines an HMO as being a property that is rented out by at least three people who aren’t from one household but share facilities such as the bathroom and kitchen. They are commonly called house shares. However, there are other rules to determine whether the property is an HMO. A property is considered a large HMO if at least five tenants live in the property and share the toilet, bathroom and the kitchen. If you have a property you are considering turning into an HMO, there are government guidelines you must follow. The most important guideline is the bedroom size, with each room offering a certain amount of space depending on the age and the number of people. For example, a room must be 6.51 m2 for an adult, 10.22 m2 for two adults and 4.46 m2 for a child under ten years of age. If you have a large HMO and are based in England and Wales, you must have a license. For a standard HMO, you will need to check with your local council if

you need one. You will need a separate license for each individual HMO you own, and the licenses are valid for a maximum of five years. There are other conditions you must follow if you are the owner of an HMO; you must ensure that the manager of the house, whether that is you or an agent, is considered being ‘fit and proper’ and has no criminal record or breach of landlord laws or code of practice. You must also send the council an updated gas certificate every year, install and maintain smoke alarms and provide safety certificates for all electrical appliances when requested.

If you have a property you are considering turning into an HMO, there are government guidelines you must follow

There are further conditions that may be specific to you or your property which come from the local council – these can range from improving the condition of the facilities through to attaching warning stickers to glass doors. Your local council will let you know when you apply. HMO investment can be daunting and time-consuming, but with the right advice, it can offer higher returns on your property investment. For more information, talk to one of our letting’s team today.



Eskdale, London Colney £900 pcm

SPACIOUS TWO BEDROOM GROUND FLOOR APARTMENT situated in this popular development just a short walk from the extensive shopping facilities of Colney Fields Shopping Park, and a short drive to major motorway links. The accommodation comprises entrance hall, large living room, two good size bedrooms, bathroom and modern kitchen.

Holywell Hill, St Albans £3,000 pcm

Ribbledale, London Colney £900 pcm

This FOUR BEDROOM grade two listed period property has been recently refurbished throughout, but still retains many of its original features whilst adding a blend of modern living. This end of terrace property offers four floors of flexible living accommodation with the benefit of a newly designed kitchen with Quartz worktops, separate utility room, wet room/WC, master bedroom with rooftop terrace, courtyard garden, secure private parking and useful basement room.

A WELL MAINTAINED TOP FLOOR TWO BEDROOM FLAT situated in this popular development within walking distance of Colney Fields Shopping Park. The property comprises living room, fitted kitchen, two bedrooms, modern bathroom, residents parking and communal gardens. | | |

Bushey Heath 020 8950 3434 St Albans 01727 844444 Park Street 01727 875555 London Colney 01727 824311

Perham Way, London Colney £485,000

A surprisingly spacious detached family house with an impressive 18ft kitchen/breakfast room extension, together with a useful utility room. The property which was built around 1994 is ideally located for the village centre and regular bus services into St. Albans and the Main Line Station. An early viewing is recommended. The property is available CHAIN FREE.

Floral Drive, London Colney £650,000

Meadow Close, London Colney £250,000

WELL PRESENTED FOUR DOUBLE BEDROOM DETACHED HOUSE with many benefits to include: three reception rooms, kitchen/ breakfast room, utility room, integral garage, family bathroom, en-suite and cloakroom. Outside you benefit from ample off street parking and a private rear garden. Situated on a peaceful and popular road in the village centre, the property is perfectly placed close to all local amenities and transport links.

Well presented TWO BEDROOM top floor apartment, situated in an ideal location for local shops and great transport links. The accommodation comprises entrance hall, lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room and two good size bedrooms. The property further benefits from a fully boarded loft and Amtico Luxury Vinyl Tiles to both bedrooms, which have a 25 year guarantee. Outside you benefit from well kept communal grounds and residents parking.


Park Street Lane, Park Street £875,000

Four bedroom luxury detached house, finished to the highest of standards and situated in a sought-after location in a gated development of just two homes. The accommodation comprises; a large open plan kitchen/family room with separate utility room, lounge, cloakroom, study, three bedrooms on the first floor with a family bathroom and master bedroom with en-suite, plus a double bedroom and EN-SUITE on the second floor. The property benefits from ample off-street parking and a good size landscaped garden.

Ringway Road, Park Street £399,950

Dell Rise, Park Street £585,000

Modernised and superbly kept house, situated in a

A very well presented three bedroom semi-detached

peaceful location. The accommodation comprises of

family home, boasting a large rear garden and located

a modern kitchen, shower room, open plan lounge/

in a quiet residential road. The property has spacious

dining room, garage in nearby block, front garden and

accommodation which comprises living room,

a delightful private rear garden with rear access.

separate dining room and a kitchen/breakfast room, plus the benefit of a ground floor shower room. Other benefits include, ample off-street parking and a garage. | | |

Bushey Heath 020 8950 3434 St Albans 01727 844444 Park Street 01727 875555 London Colney 01727 824311

Coldharbour Lane, Bushey £850,000

Impressive three bedroom detached house which has been extensively modernised and extended by the current owners. The property is situated close to Bushey Village with its excellent transport links, plus shopping and recreational facilities. The accommodation briefly comprises porch, entrance hall, sitting room, family room, cloakroom, utility room and open plan kitchen/breakfast room with bi-fold doors. The property further benefits from a 116ft rear garden and ample off street parking.

Elstree Road, Bushey Heath £799,950

The Rutts, Bushey Heath £379,950

Grade II listed three bedroom Georgian Villa built

Two bedroom terraced cottage situated in the heart

circa 1798, retaining many of its original features.

of Bushey Heath within close proximity to the High

This fine home offers versatile living accommodation

Road with its local amenities, public transport links

and is arranged over three floors. Benefits include

and places of worship.


This charming two bedroom cottage comprises;





gardens, integral garage and block paved driveway. Offered with no upper chain.

porch, lounge, dining room, fitted kitchen and great sized rear garden perfect for entertaining.


David Smith

Tom Smith

Jack Smith

David is a fully qualified chartered surveyor who has 35 years’ experience in dealing with all aspects of property including sales, lettings and property management. He has worked exclusively In the St Albans area for the last 20 years and has been active in dealing with new developments and conversion schemes for many large financial institutions. He is a keen sportsman and is a single figure handicap golfer. Email:

Tom has had a successful career as a professional footballer and has always had an interest in property. The purchase of two existing businesses with extensive local interests was too tempting to resist. This gives him the opportunity to combine his football career with sales and property management. Tom lives in Berkhamsted with his wife Nina and three children. Email:

Jack is very proud to be involved in this exciting and vibrant Company. He has always had an interest in property and is delighted to be able to transfer his skills from professional football to this new area. “We have a very strong team of employees and I am looking forward to working closely with them”. Jack has played professional football for Swindon, Watford, Millwall and AFC Wimbledon and currently lives with his wife Sophie and beloved dog, Lola in Berkhamsted. Email:






Neil Hughes

Ruth Bearne MNAEA

Lauren King

Lettings Property Manager

Property Negotiator

Neil has worked for JW&Co Langleys since 1993 and has been Manager of the Park Street Office since 1995. He has lived in St Albans his whole life and attended Verulam Boys School. Neil has spent most of his working career with us and has become responsible for moving JW&Co Langleys into the 21st Century with the implementation of our modern marketing ideas and technology upgrades. Other responsibilities include training of new staff and assisting developers in acquiring land. Email:

Ruth joined JW&Co Langleys in 2014 as a Trainee and has quickly progressed to a Sales Negotiator at our Park Street branch. Ruth passed her NFOPP exams with flying colours and is now a member of the National Association of Estate Agents; with over 6 years in the property industry, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team. Ruth’s interests include travelling to new places, cooking and seeing friends and family. Email:

Lauren joined our company as a trainee in 2011 and has worked her way through the ranks. Lauren quickly became a very valuable member of our team. Lauren is now part of our busy lettings team and is a successful negotiator, and prides herself on being helpful, professional and efficient. As a local, born and raised in St Albans, she is an ideal team member, able to offer insight into the local market and what the area could offer you. Email:

Catherine joined the company in September 2018 as a Trainee Sales Negotiator in our St Albans Branch. St Albans born and bred, attendee of some of the top local schools - she has an extensive knowledge of the area and is a strong advocate for living in Hertfordshire. A variety of roles in both corporate companies and experience working abroad, has helped her to cultivate a number of different skills. Her knowledge of the local area, work experience and a penchant for property has resulted in Catherine quickly becoming an active and valuable member of staff. Email:

Sales Director

Sales Negotiator

Catherine Grimer | | |

Bushey Heath 020 8950 3434 St Albans 01727 844444 Park Street 01727 875555 London Colney 01727 824311


Meet our team

Tim Griggs

Nick Tidball

Danielle Saville

Tim is Bushey born and bred after attending local schools and still lives in the Bushey area. In 1998 Tim joined JW&Co Langleys. and brings with him his seventeen years’ experience and continues to bring the company forward and develop the business with his initiative and marketing ideas. Whilst Tim currently works in the Bushey Heath office, he has also previously established offices in Bushey and Oxhey village making his knowledge of the surrounding area second to none. Tim goes the extra mile for his clients and builds up great rapport with those he works with. Email:

Nick started his career in estate agency here at JW & Co twelve years ago, working alongside Tim Griggs across multiple offices. Having left the company in 2006 Nick pursued his career in the buoyant London market selling luxurious homes in Hampstead and surrounding areas. Re-joining the team in our Bushey Heath office for 2017, he returns with a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry, keen to help drive the business forward. Born and bred in Bushey, Nick’s extensive local knowledge and history of the area is an asset to building new and existing relationships when both valuing and selling properties. Email:

Having joined the company in 2018 Danielle has already flourished in her role as a Trainee Negotiator bringing an enthusiastic approach to sales in addition to bringing buyers and sellers together. Under the management of Tim Griggs, she hopes to climb the ranks in the company and become a fully-fledged member of the National Association of Estate Agents, helping her bring an unrivalled level of professionalism to her clients. Danielle enjoys spending her spare time with her young family and reading, her favourite author being Deborah Harkness. Email:

Sales Negotiator

Trainee Sales Negotiator


Sales Director

Mark Antony Saville

Debbie King

William Calver

Nina Smith

Mark joined JW&Co Langleys in 2011 as a Senior Sales Negotiator. He quickly progressed to become Sales Director of both St Albans and London Colney. As a member of the National Associations of Estate Agents, Mark takes an active part in ensuring that the emphasis on training and the expected high levels of customer service, are being delivered.Havingworkedwithintheproperty industry for 15 years, he brings a wealth of experience and insight to the company. He has an excellent knowledge of the St Albans area, and lives locally. In his spare time Mark enjoys travelling, running, going to the gym, watching F1 and dreams of one day, attending the Monaco Grand Prix.

Debbie joined JW&Co Langleys in March 2015, having previously worked in St Albans in an accounts-based role. Having lived in and around St Albans all her life, Debbie is very familiar with the local fraternity and also brings valuable accounting and administrative skills to the Company, across our Lettings and Sales businesses. Debbie is also involved in processing all Tenant and Landlord payments for our rental properties. Keeping with the family trend, Debbie’s daughter Lauren is also employed in our St Albans office

Will joined the company in 2016 as a Trainee Sales Negotiator in our Bushey Heath branch after previously working in front of house service for two years. During that time Will developed excellent people skills and a first-rate understanding of customer needs and service. This allowed him to land on his feet when he joined the company as he knew exactly how to supply the exceptional customer service that JW&Co Langleys are renowned for. Since joining the companyWill has quickly progressed to the role of Sales Negotiator in our London Colney branch. In his spare time, Will enjoys participating in both individual and team sports, specifically golf, skiing and football.

Nina joined the company in 2017 as a member of our Administration department. Since joining, Nina has taken on the challenging role of dealing with all letting’s administration; whilst the role is very much behind the scenes, her contribution certainly doesn’t go unnoticed. Nina prides herself on providing an efficient and high level of customer service to both landlords and tenants, which has made her an essential part of the team. Outside of work, Nina lives with her husband Tom and their three children in Berkhamsted.

MNAEA Sales Director


Accounts Manager


Sales Negotiator


Lettings Administrator





12% (INC VAT)

11% (INC VAT)

10% (INC VAT)

amount to be deducted from the monthly rental payments received by the Agent

amount to be deducted from the monthly rental payments received by the Agent

of the rent collected for the first six months. Payable for each individual letting where the tenant is introduced through JW&Co Langleys, hereafter referred to as ‘the Agent’


A minimum reserve amount of £150.00 (amount to be confirmed) will need to be obtained prior to the initiation of the tenancy as a contingency in the event of any maintenance work. The contingency reserve will be deducted from the first month’s rent and will be held by the Agent. The fees under the above service are payable when any one individual or organisation enters into an agreement to rent the Property as a result of our promotion, introduction, or viewings conducted by the Agent.



Tenancy set up and referencing (managed) Inc deposit registration

£230.00 (INC VAT)

Tenancy set up and referencing (let only) Inc deposit registration

£275.00 (INC VAT)

Deposit Registration Fee

£60.00 (INC VAT)

Inventory Service plus check-in & smoke alarm and sensor testing

From £190.00 (INC VAT)

Inventory update plus check-in & smoke alarm and sensor testing

From £150.00 (INC VAT)

Checkout Fee (payable at the end of each tenancy)

From £115.00 (INC VAT)

Legionella Risk Assessment

£130.00 (INC VAT)

Property inspections (Introduction Only Service)

£60.00 (INC VAT)

Utility set up (Introduction Only)

£60.00 (INC VAT)

Energy Performance Certificate

£90.00 (INC VAT)

Annual Gas Safety Certificate

From £75.00 (INC VAT)

Annual Gas Safety Certificate and service

From £135 (INC VAT)

Section 21 Notice

£108.00 (INC VAT)

Section 8 Notice

£108.00 (INC VAT)

Accelerated Possession Order & Court Attendance Rent & Legal Protection for a period of 6 Months

From £840.00 (INC VAT) £96.00 (INC VAT)

Rent & Legal Protection for a period of 12 Months

£192.00 (INC VAT)

Rent & Legal Protection Renewal for a period of 6 Months

£121.00 (INC VAT)

Rent & Legal Protection Renewal for a period of 12 Months Short Lets (Of a duration less than 6 months)

£217.00 (INC VAT) 18% of the rent due (INC VAT)

Tenancy Renewal (Managed)

£90.00 (INC VAT)

Tenancy Renewal (Let only Service)

£250.00 (INC VAT)

Change of tenant

£250.00 (INC VAT)

Arranging Contractors/Maintenance Works (let only)

£45.00 (INC VAT)

PAT testing for the first five appliances

We are required by law to disclose all the charges you will incur during the set up procedure. Please do not hesitate to contact us and one of our dedicated team members will be happy to talk you through the process.

FEES IN RELATION TO A TENANCY THAT STARTED PRIOR TO THE TENANT FEE BAN ON THE 1ST JUNE 2019, UNTIL THE 1ST JUNE 2020 l Checkout fee – from £60 - £102 INC VAT (as stated in the tenancy agreement) l Renewal fee £90 INC VAT (as stated in the tenancy agreement)

TENANCY SET UP & DEPOSIT l Holding fee – one weeks rent that can be refunded or taken off the first month’s rent/deposit l Security Deposit – Up to five weeks rent


l Higher rent payment for pets – additional £50 rent per calendar month l Lost keys / security devices from £2.50 £175 INC VAT

From £150 (INC VAT) price on quotation From: £60 (INC VAT)

l Early exit charge £50 INC VAT

l Tenancy set up and referencing l Deposit protection fee l Inventory make/update and check-in l Checkout Fee l Rent & Legal protection for 12 months

Where the Landlord cancels the Agent’s instruction to provide a management service the Agent will charge. The Landlord will then be subject to to pay a fee of 8.4% (Inc VAT) of the agreed rent for the period not exceeding six months from the commencement date of the tenancy. VAT is payable at the prevailing rate on all our fees. In accordance with consumer legislation it is quoted as included in the prices stated above.

You should always choose your agent with care, only considering those displaying these trusted accreditations which provide the peace of mind that comes with the knowledge your money is protected and your agent abides by a strict code of conduct.

l Change of sharer / amendment to contract £50 INC VAT (plus the cost of any charges incurred by the company)


With nearly 40 years’ of experience and full membership of UKALA, the national Lettings Association (NLA) and The Property Ombudsman, JW&Co Langleys are experts in all aspects of lettings. We care about our Tenants and for that reason we pride ourselves on the level of service we provide.

l Fee for late rent payments – £TBC (up to 3% above the Bank of England base rate)

In the event that a dispute arises under the tenancy deposit scheme, we will undertake all of the administrative responsibilities in resolving said dispute (Introduction Only Service)

Electrical Fixed Wire Testing


COMPANY LETS l Set up fee £450 INC VAT T&C – A holding deposit is non-refundable when an application is rejected due to incorrect/misleading information given prior to the commencement of references.

Here’s what our customers have to say...

Bob & Pauline

There were no problems; we were kept informed at all times and there was a satisfactory result for everyone. We would recommend this agent to family and friends.


I heard of JW&Co Langleys through word of mouth. They’re a real part of the community so they were a natural choice for us to approach. In terms of what we’re looking for in our agent is someone looking out for us and anticipating and helping us with the needs of the whole process - and that’s what Neil gave us, including liaising with our solicitors, and really advocated us through the process.


I’ve always dealt with them and found their standards to be very, very high and they’ve always been extremely helpful and professional whenever I’ve dealt with them in the past.


I think the reason JW&Co differs from other lettings agent is that you really do get that personal touch and it’s all a very relaxed situation.


We met a couple of agents within our area and felt that JW&Co stood out, just because of their professionalism. As soon as they walked through the door, and the advice and the preparation they came with, is what stood out for us.



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