Let By The Accommodation Shop
There has been a lot of hype in the media preying on the insecurities of both tenants and landlords regarding the length of tenancies. Journalists in search of a headline or politicians in search of a vote sometimes paint a misleading image of tenants’ experiences of the private rented sector.
We are told that private rented housing isn’t working for families as there is no security of tenure and no way of putting down roots in the community – really? The latest findings from the English Housing Survey show that “the average tenancy now lasts just shy of 4 years.” In fact the strength of evidence supporting the counter argument is compelling yet seems to be ignored or drowned out by examples which highlight the worst cases in the sector. There are approximately nine million renters across the UK – no wonder the politicians want their vote, but are they scare mongering?
Why rent or relocate to Dover in Kent? Dover is a busy port town on the southeast coast of Kent. Just 21 miles of English Channel separate Dover from France. You can look across the Dover strait and see Calais on a clear day. It has a varied architecture from ancient to modern.
The iconic white cliffs of Dover are world famous but they aren’t Dover’s only claim to fame. Dover Castle sits high on the cliff’s overlooking the town. Dover museum is home to a Bronze Age boat discovered in the town which is believed to be the oldest known sea going vessel in the world.
Dover has seen the arrival of invading armies across the centuries. Today the port of Dover is still very busy with freight ferries, passenger ferries and cruise liners. In fact it is the 5th busiest port in the world.
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Lettings…that’s all we do!
The Accommodation shop is a modern forward thinking lettings agency based in Kent. We have been here for 23 years and are still going strong! Our 700 + properties under management testify to that. We are truly independent and not associated with any chain or group. The boss started the company in 1980 and is still here!
Lettings, yes that’s all we do. We leave sales to the many other estate agents in town. We are experienced; many of our staff have been involved in the property letting business for a number of years. In fact if we added up all the experience it comes to well over 100 years.
It’s a challenging time in the property market so it’s essential for you to get the right advice when it comes to letting your property. We have our feet firmly on the ground; know the local market rates in the areas we operate in and have good relationships with all the local authorities.
Keep your property clean!
A common problem with disputes at checkouts is how clean a tenant has left the property. At The Accommodation Shop we do a full property inventory, written and photos, detailing how clean things like ovens, carpets, kitchen taps etc are.
When a tenant leaves we expect the condition of the property to be the same as when they moved in.
Ovens cause the most problems. If it has been listed on the inventory as clean then it must be handed back clean. Burn marks, grease stains does not mean that it is clean. Tenants are often surprised as to how much a professional oven cleaning company will charge.
Clive Emson Auctioneers
Thinking of investing in a property for the rental market?
With reports in the national press stating that the rental market is going to continue to rise now is the time to think about investing in a good rental investment.
One of the best ways into this market is to buy at auction. Over the past 12 months we have helped landlords new and old buy into the market and realise some very good purchases.
Working closely with Clive Emson auctioneers who have a thorough knowledge of the local area we have attracted many new people into becoming landlords.
With our own local knowledge of the rental market and the current housing trends people are looking for we are ideally placed to help you maximise your investment in a property.
We offer free advice and are happy to discuss with you our management fees once you have purchased.
Whether you want to buy at auction or have a property for sale call us today and use our 22 years of rental market knowledge!