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New regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning

New regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning

An assembly member has welcomed the introduction of legislation for carbon monoxide detectors in rented homes in Wales.

The Welsh Government says new regulations are to be introduced to tackle the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Around 60 people a year are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in Wales and thousands are hospitalised.

The regulations will require landlords in Wales and their agents to install working carbon monoxide alarms, smoke alarms and undertake an electrical safety test at least every five years.

The time frame is not clear at this stage, but it would appear that it will be implemented as part of the introduction of Section 91 of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 and prior to the end of this Assembly term in 2021.

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar previously expressed concerns to the Senedd over the absence of legal requirements for the detectors to be installed in rental properties.

But he has welcomed confirmation that a new section of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 will include additional requirements for landlords to install working carbon monoxide alarms, smoke alarms and undertake an electrical safety test at least every five years.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to hear that new regulations will be coming into force to ensure landlords install carbon monoxide testers in their properties and the Minister is committed to ensuring they are implemented by the end of this Assembly term.”

Many people are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, particularly if they do not have a CO alarm in their property.

In the short-term, carbon monoxide poisoning can cause dizziness, sickness, tiredness and stomach pain, while prolonged exposure can lead to loss of consciousness and have a significant impact on an individual’s mental state, coordination and heart health.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is produced when fuel does not burn properly – usually from badly fitted or poorly maintained appliances.

Though carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas, it has no smell or taste, so it is not obvious when someone has been exposed to it. Just breathing it in can make somebody very unwell and it can kill if a person is exposed to high levels.

Millar added: Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas, but, being colourless, odourless, tasteless, and initially non-irritating, it is very difficult for people to detect.

“Unfortunately, many people across Wales still do not know enough about its dangers and it continues to claim lives or leave people with long-term chronic health problems.

“Currently 60 people a year are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning and thousands are hospitalised. Hopefully, these new regulations will help to reduce that figure.”

New housing court needed ‘for the benefit of landlords and tenants alike’

New housing court needed ‘for the benefit of landlords and tenants alike’ It now takes private landlords across the UK more than five months on average from making a claim to the courts for a property to be repossessed to it actually happening, with the problem most acute in London, new figures show.

The data reveals that the average length of time from a claim from a landlord in London to a court issuing an order for a property to be repossessed for legitimate reasons is currently 30 weeks, up from 23 weeks a year earlier.

Landlords in London have the longest wait in the country followed in second place by those in the North East who have to wait an average of 23.5 weeks.

The findings suggest that a major problem contributing to the backlog is the fact that the courts are unable to cope when landlords look to repossess properties for legitimate reasons.

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is warning that without major reform and greater funding for the courts the time taken to process cases will only get worse as Ministers prepare to end Section 21 repossessions.

The RLA is calling on the government to establish a dedicated housing court with a view to improving and speeding up access to justice for landlords and tenants in the minority of cases where something goes wrong.

John Stewart, policy manager for the RLA, commented: “If landlords feel that they might have to wait forever to regain possession of their property where they have good reason, such as tenants committing anti-social behaviour or failing to pay their rent, increasing numbers are going to feel it is not worth the risk of letting the property out in the first place.

“This will just add to the already growing shortage of investment in rented housing which is badly needed to meet a rising demand.

“The RLA was delighted when the government consulted on its proposal for a housing court a year ago but nothing has happened since. It needs to get on and get it set up for the benefit of landlords and tenants alike.”

Rightmove predicts 2% price rise in 2020

Property prices should rise by 2% in 2020 now the Conservative Party has secured a majority, Rightmove has forecast.

It added that sellers’ pricing power will be enhanced by a lack of choice for potential buyers, with the proportion of estate agent stock that is available for purchase at its lowest for over two years.

Miles Shipside, Rightmove director and housing market analyst, said: “The greater certainty afforded by a majority government gives an opportunity for a more active spring moving season, with some release of several years of pent-up demand.

“Given the Brexit track record to date, further political twists and turns should not be ruled out, though with a large majority there is a higher possibility of an end to the series of Brexit deadlines, and the prospect of an orderly resolution.

“Rightmove measures the prices of 95% of property coming to market, and we predict that buyers and sellers will on average see a 2% rise in those prices by the end of 2020.
“While this is over twice the current annual rate of 0.8%, it’s still a relatively marginal increase as it’s a price-sensitive market.”

Shipside added that there will be regional variations.

London is apparently showing tentative signs of bottoming out, while a more modest of increase of 1% is expected in Southern regions.

Sales numbers agreed so far in 2019 are down by 3% on 2018, while number of properties coming to market have fallen by 8%.

Josef Wasinski, co-founder of Wayhome, said: “Aspiring homeowners will be waiting to see how their route to homeownership might be impacted by the new government.

“A whole host of political issues and challenges face the Prime Minister and high on the agenda should be the homeownership crisis – which is a chronic problem.

“The reality for many is that buying a home is only possible with the help of friends and family.

“Thousands of reluctant renters will continue to be ignored without radical change from the Conservative party and we welcome any efforts to address this long-standing issue.”

House price growth set to pick up speed following an end to the political gridlock

House price growth set to pick up speed following an end to the political gridlockResidential property prices, much like the economy, are likely to grow faster than initially anticipated next year thanks to the greater political certainty unlocked by the Conservative Party’s decisive election victory last week, according to Rightmove.

The property website forecasts that average asking prices will increase by 2% in 2020, up from the existing annual rate of 0.8%, thanks to low-interest rates, high employment, rising wages, greater political clarity, and a widening supply-demand imbalance.

Rightmove’s December House Price Index notes that the number of sales agreed so far in 2019 is 3% lower than a year earlier, but the number of properties coming to market has dropped far more significantly by 8%, with estate agents’ stock levels at a two-year low.

Property price growth is expected to be led by northern areas, with Rightmove expecting to see an increase of between 2% and 4%.

In the south, which is generally more expensive, a more modest 1% growth rate is anticipated.

Miles Shipside, Rightmove director and housing market analyst, commented: “Home-mover confidence and activity have been dogged by political uncertainty since the 2016 referendum.

“With a clear majority in the election, there is now an opportunity to release some of the pent-up demand in the spring, and for some modest upwards price movement.

“Given the Brexit track record to date, further political twists and turns should not be ruled out, though with a large majority there is a higher possibility of an end to the series of Brexit deadlines, and the prospect of an orderly resolution.”

December National Market Update

 

Millions across the country start the countdown to Christmas by opening their advent doors each day, but who knows which party will be behind the door of number 10 Downing Street. Time is ticking to the first December election in nearly a century. The housing market has remained remarkably resilient in a year that has been dominated by Brexit and annual price growth remains in positive territory across much of the country.

Download the full report HERE.

 

Many landlords ‘have not recognised the need to educate themselves’

Many landlords ‘have not recognised the need to educate themselves’ How do you potentially balance property buying and management with a full-time job? What strategies have you developed to build wealth and generate passive income?

When it comes to investing in property there is a lot to learn.

Generic education has become one of the most important tools for landlords, according to Paul Shamplina, a director at Hamilton Fraser Group and founder of Landlord Action.

“One of the most common excuses I hear from landlords is ‘I didn’t know’,” he said.

Whether you are new to property or a long-term investor, it is important to keep on top of tax and regulatory changes, along with a wide range of other commitments.

Shamplina continued: “We enter education from a young age and then later, may take the path of further education which best suits our skillset or interests.

“No matter what we do, we are always learning. For example, when we start a new job, more often than not, we’re given training and guidance.”

Shamplina feels that part of the problem with the PRS is that for many, becoming a landlord started off as a “lucrative hobby, not a job”.

As the sector has grown, it has become entirely necessary to put some policies in place to protect the consumer and raise standards, just as a business would have in place for its employees and customer.

However, legislation has come so thick and fast that many landlords have struggled to keep up and have not recognised the need to educate themselves as a landlord.

He added: “If you are a landlord that likes managing your rental property yourself, building a relationship with your tenant so that they are encouraged to stay longer and treat your property as a home, that is fantastic.

“However, the latest count I read, was there are now 176 rules and regulations relating to letting a property, so my advice is to simply learn, learn, learn.

“I tell all the landlords and letting agents I train to go online at the beginning of the day before they get stuck into work mode, emails and calls, and just read what is going on in our industry.

Shamplina advises BTL landlords to visit various websites dedicated to the PRS, including Landlord Today.

He also advises landlords to join a landlord association such as NLA or RLA, as, in his view, they “provide the latest news, campaigns, lobbying, market trends and sign posting of recommended suppliers, as well as an advice line”.

He continued: “Being part of this community of professional landlords means collectively we have a stronger voice. This I have seen first-hand while sitting on the Fair Possessions Coalition in response to the government’s intentions to abolish Section 21.

“Along with many other organisations and associations in the industry, we’ve come together. We need more of this going forward.

“Landlord Redress will be mandatory in the not too distant future. Personally, I think this will be a positive move which will force landlords to be accountable, responsive and more compliant when renting out a property. And yes, this will require more learning because it means the consumer, your customer, will be able to make a complaint about your service.

“It’s tough enough working full time, being a parent, running your own house, etc. So, if you simply do not have the time to be a professional landlord, find a tenant, deal with all the compliance paperwork, arrange an inventory and handle regular communication with your tenants, I strongly advise you to use a managing agent.”

3 Bedroom Detached House High Street, Collingtree

 

The Old Chapel in Collingtree is a quaint converted Chapel dating back around 200 years. It is now a 3 bedroom detached house, benefiting from a quite location in the beautiful village of Collingtree. The property benefits from an adjacent plot, currently used as additional garden, which has a separate title deed. This could possibly be developed subject to planning.

Entrance Hall – Entering the property from the side, door leads in to the entrance hall, which leads to Kitchen/Dining room, Lounge and downstairs WC.

Wc – The Downstairs WC has a low-level toilet, with basin and plumbing for washing machine.

Kitchen/Diner – The kitchen/diner leads off the hall, fitted with solid wood kitchen with Butcher’s block worktops. There is an island unit with lots of storage beneath, the kitchen benefits from a range cooker and integral dishwasher, with plenty of space for a large dining table. There is a window to the side elevation and French doors leading to the rear garden.

Lounge – The lounge leads off the entrance hall, with windows to the front and side elevation, it is a comfortable size with a log burner. The stairs lead from the lounge to the 1st floor.

Landing – The landing is a large and spacious, it is also currently used as a family area. It has a beautiful pitched ceiling with exposed beams and doors leading to bedrooms & bathroom. There ar doors to two separate storage areas within the roof.

Bedroom 1 – Bedroom 1 is a comfortable double room, with windows to the front and rear elevation. There is lots of fitted storage space.

Bedroom 2 – A double room, with exposed beams, window to rear elevation and access to a wardrobe/storage area. Window to rear elevation.

Bedroom 3 – A double bedroom with exposed beams, window to front elevation.

Bathroom – The family bathroom is of a good size, with low level toilet, basin, enclosed shower and a corner whirlpool bath. Radiator.

Property Features

*Converted Chapel *Character property *Village location *Detached *Large Kitchen/Diner *Comfortable lounge with log Burner *Purpose built Home-Office *Additional Plot with separate Title *Off-street parking *Garage

 

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Antony Antoniou
Fine & Country Northampton
9 George Row
Northampton
NN1 1DF
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Mobile: +44(0)07564 161436
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Bedroom Detached House Hunsbury Close West Hunsbury

A beautifully presented detached cottage style family house with an attached carport and a detached garage located in a sought after cul de sac in West Hunsbury. This attractive property is set back from the road in a plot approaching a quarter of an acre with an in and out driveway to the front with off street parking for three or more cars.
On the ground floor is a welcoming central entrance hallway with a good size study to the front. The main reception room is off to the right and is a large bright room with a modern feature marble fireplace with living flame gas fire, doors lead through to a lovely conservatory overlooking the garden. The dining room is open to the reception room and again overlooks the garden and leads through to the kitchen/dining room which has an extensive range of quality bespoke units, integrated appliances and is large enough for a breakfast table. There is a spacious separate utility room and a cloakroom.
On the first floor is a central landing area with three of the bedrooms to the front and the master to the rear. The master bedroom is a lovely bright room and has fitted wardrobes and a smart modern en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle. There are a further three double bedrooms as well as the family bathroom which again is a really good size and has a smart modern suite with a separate shower cubicle.
To the rear is a large private south east facing garden which is bounded by mature hedges and well screened by trees, there is a large lawn and a paved sun terrace. To the side of the house is a drive in carport/workshop area which links to the detached garage
West Hunsbury is a popular residential area with parklands, a nature reserve and good access to the M1 motorway. There are good local amenities close by including a supermarket and sought after schools. Northampton town centre is easily accessible being approximately 2 miles away as is the railway station with fast links to London Euston and Birmingham both about an hour away.

Entrance Hallway –

Study – 3.10m x 3.05m (10’2 x 10) –

Reception Room – 5.33m x 3.81m (17’6 x 12’6) –

Conservatory – 4.09m 2.77m (13’5 9’1) –

Dining Room – 3.10m x3.10m (10’2 x10’2) –

Kitchen/Breakfast Room – 4.11m x 3.05m (13’6 x 10) –

Utility Room – 3.35m x 2.01m (11′ x 6’7) –

Cloakroom –

First Floor Landing –

Master Bedroom – 4.52m x 3.81m (14’10 x 12’6) –

En-Suite Bathroom –

Double Bedroom – 4.11m x 3.05m (13’6 x 10) –

Double Bedroom – 3.10m x 3.05m (10’2 x 10) –

Double Bedroom – 3.10m x 2.84m (10’2 x 9’4) –

Family Bathroom –

Garage/Workshop – 8.64m x 4.45m (28’4 x 14’7) –

Garage – 5.64m x 3.51m (18’6 x 11’6) –

Property Features

*Detached Family House With Garage And Carport *Reception Room And Dining Room *Study *Conservatory *Kitchen/Breakfast Room And Separate Utility Room *Master Bedroom With En-Suite Bathroom *Three Further Double Bedrooms *Family Bathroom With Shower *Large Private Gardens With In And Out Driveway *Sought After Location

 

Please feel free to contact me directly.

Antony Antoniou
Fine & Country Northampton
9 George Row
Northampton
NN1 1DF
Direct: +44(0)1604 214051
Mobile: +44(0)07564 161436
antony.antoniou@fineandcountry.com

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5 Bedroom Detached House Doddington Road Earls Barton

An amazing contemporary home located on the edge of the highly sought after village of Earls Barton. This stunning detached modern house is beautifully finished with an incredibly light interior. The house has been designed with a bespoke luxurious finish throughout and has the most amazing open countryside views to the front. This beautiful property sits in approximately 0.66 of an acre and is set well back from the road with electric gates opening to a long driveway which leads to a double garage and ample parking for numerous cars. The property has recently been extended and beautifully refurbished to create a superb home in excess of 3,700 sq.ft. On the ground floor is a bright welcoming entrance hall with a striking glass, steel and wood staircase, there is no shortage of entertaining space with a spacious reception room, a large family/games room with access to a home gym and a separate dining/sitting room which opens to a vast kitchen/breakfast room with large central island. There are also two ground floor double bedrooms, one of which has a luxurious en suite bathroom, and also a separate family bathroom.
On the first floor are three further double bedrooms all with amazing country views, two of the bedrooms have en suite shower rooms. This stunning property sits in approximately 0.66 acres of gardens which are mainly laid to lawn with matures trees and borders for privacy, there are large sun terraces and patio areas which wrap around the house catching the sunshine all day especially on the large terrace leading out from the kitchen. To the front is an integral double garage with electric doors and access to the home gym.
Earls Barton is well located for commuters with good access onto the A45 and accessible for both Northampton and Wellingborough both with excellent train services into London. The village has a good range of local shops and amenities yet is easily accessible for shopping in Northampton, Weston Favell, Rushden Lakes and Milton Keynes.

Entrance Hallway –

Reception Room –

Family/Games Room –

Sitting Room/Dining Room –

Kitchen/Breakfast Room –

Master Bedroom –

En-Suite Bathroom –

Double Bedroom –

Family Bathroom –

Double Bedroom –

Guest Suite –

En-Suite Wet Room –

Double Bedroom –

Shower Room –

Home Gym –

Property Features

*Stunning Detached Contemporary House *Five Double Bedrooms *Three reception Rooms *Kitchen/Breakfast Room *Beautifully Refurbished Throughout *Two Bathrooms And Two Shower Rooms *Approximately 0.66acre Garden *Double Garage And Home Gym *Open Countryside Views *Edge of Village Location

 

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Antony Antoniou
Fine & Country Northampton
9 George Row
Northampton
NN1 1DF
Direct: +44(0)1604 214058
Mobile: +44(0)07564 161436
antony.antoniou@fineandcountry.com
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Bedford Road Rushden

COMING SOON LUXURY DETACHED 4 BEDROOM HOUSE IN A 1/3 ACRE UNDER CONSTRUCTION! PART EXCHANGE CONSIDERED.
A superb newly constructed detached property due for completion Autumn 2019 with commanding open views to the rear over open farmland. The house will be built to the highest specification with four bedrooms, three en-suites , walk-in wardrobes and a family bathrooms, a reception room with wood burner and a family kitchen/dining and sitting room. Internal specifications will be to a high standard.
To the front a driveway will lead to an integral garage with further off street parking. To the rear the large garden has stunning views over farmland.
The property is located on the outskirts of this popular town directly opposite the Rushden Golf Range, Rushden itself has a good range of shops and amenities and the new Rushden Lakes development is just a few minutes drive away with a varied range of shops, recreational facilities and a large Waitrose. For commuters the mainline railway stations at Wellingborough (approximately 7 miles) and Bedford (approximately 10 miles) are easily accessible with services to St. Pancras International taking approximately 50 minutes. There are good local schools and the house is within Sharnbrook School catchment area.
Plans etc are available by request.

Entrance Hallway –

Study –

Double Bedroom –

Family Bathroom –

Master Bedroom With Walk In Wardrobe –

En-Suite Shower Room –

Kitchen/Breakfast Room –

Reception Room –

Double Bedroom With Walk In Wardrobe –

En-Suite Shower Room –

Double Bedroom With Walk In Wardrobe –

En-Suite Shower Room –

Integral Garage –

Property Features

*Newly Built Detached Luxury House *Completion Autumn 2019 Part Exchange Considered *Four Bedrooms, Walk In Wardrobes *Three En-Suites And A Family Bathrooms *Reception Room With Wood Burner *Open Plan Family Room And Kitchen Dining Room *Integral Garage *Off Street Parking *Open Country Views *Third Acre Garden

Please feel free to contact me directly.

Antony Antoniou
Fine & Country Northampton
9 George Row
Northampton
NN1 1DF
Direct: +44(0)1604 214058
Mobile: +44(0)07564 161436
antony.antoniou@fineandcountry.com
https://www.fineandcountry.com/uk/northampton

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