Daisylets Sponsors Peckham MUNCH

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37leanne-dixon-munchOn the 12th and 13th July Daisylets sponsored the Peckham MUNCHThe Peckham Festival of Food and Culture. It was a weekend of food filled mayhem and bigger than ever! There was a plethora of stalls, cultural collaborations, workshops, talks and performances along with a food market and festival hub on Holly Grove Park with food themed stalls, street food traders, a bar, a stage for demos/talks/performances, and a bit of a knees up in the evening.

49leanne-dixon-munchWith pop up performances from local and national cultural organisations, and all sorts of interactive happenings in shops and venues along the high streets, it’s a festival that is sure to be back again year after year! MUNCH also supports Peckham Food Bank – very apt we think.

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HMRC steps up Let Property Campaign

HMRC TAX MAN COMETH

Source: http://news.rla.org.uk/hmrc-tax-man-cometh/

As many landlords know, HMRC launched their Let Property Campaign in Autumn 2013, which is the Government’s rental income declaration amnesty. The carrot is no stick, and the stick is now bigger than ever.

In its basic form, the campaign is telling landlords to come forward before HMRC come to them, the benefit being less stringent fines and reduced risk of criminal investigation.  Waiting until the tax man comes to you is going to cost a lot more than it would if you made the first step.

We have been made aware of a letter sent by HMRC to an RLA member, which you can view here.  The letter quite clearly states that HMRC are aware that this person is a landlord and that they now have just 30 days in which to get in touch before further, stronger, action is taken.

The letter also suggests that responding to it would class your declaration as “Prompted” and suggesting that this “may affect the penalty you will have to pay”.

It’s clear that the best way in which landlords can potentially reduce penalty levels is to declare rental income before they receive a letter like this.  RITA4RENT, the RLA’s official tax partner, have dealt with countless Let Property Campaign cases and in a number of instances, been able to minimise landlords’ exposure before they go ahead and declare to HMRC.

 A case study is available to download here.  The case study, covers an accidental landlord who  had been receiving over £800 per month in rent since 2006 and who had not made a single tax return since.  RITA4RENT was able to prepare the tax calculations before submitting a return to HMRC, under the Let Property Campaign, with a tax liability of £22 and a £4 penalty.

Whilst this may not be the case for every landlord, it also shows that it pays to discuss your situation with someone like RITA4RENT before approaching HMRC.

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Dulwich Piano Festival 2014

Daisylets sponsor Dulwich Piano festivalDaisylets were proud to once again witness the talent that Dulwich has to offer and sponsor the Dulwich Piano Festival this year for the second year running. The event was held in the Old Library at Dulwich College on Sunday 15th June and Claire was on hand to present a cup in the class for grades 5&6, huge congratulations to all the winners – the standard was amazing!

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Heber School Fun Run 2014

Claire from Daisylets at the Heber fun runDaisylets sponsored The Heber School Heber fun runFun Run 2014 which took place this Sunday in Peckham Rye Park. Luckily the rain just about held off, and I take my hat off to the adults who ran the 3 laps (5k) past me (being a marshal, not a runner!), panting their way round for a good cause :o) and of course all the kids who completed their lap in a very fast time I thought!

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Daisylets in “The Resident”

Claire from Daisylets writes in The Resident Magazine

The Resident Magazine June 2014

Read the full edition here

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Daisylets becomes an NLA recognised supplier

NLA recognised supplier scheme

Daisylets are happy to become an NLA recognised supplier

NLA recognised supplierWhat is the Recognised Supplier Scheme?

“We know that sourcing a new supplier can be a time consuming task, which is why the NLA works with a number of companies that provide products and services specifically for landlords. Our Recognised Supplier Scheme is a convenient way you can narrow your search, read reviews and find the supplier you need. In addition to this, a number of suppliers offer preferential rates for members of the NLA. NLA Recognised Suppliers meet a number of key requirements before being accepted on to the scheme. These due diligence measures mean that we do the hard work so you don’t have to.”

- See more at: http://www.landlords.org.uk/services/recognised-suppliers/about-scheme
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Daisylets joins UKALA

Daisylets are pleased to have joined UKALA

UKALAUKALA is a professional membership body available to letting agents that promotes good practice as well as representing the interests of their members.

We are pleased to be part of an organisation that is also part of the NLA (National Landlords Association), a body we have long been members of.

Being members of UKALA further demonstrates  our professionalism and also gives peace of mind to landlords and tenants that we have client money protection in place.

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Heber School Car Boot Sale

Daisylets once again sponsored the Heber School Car Boot Sale – What a scorcher of a morning it was today! Bargains a plenty…

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Goodrich Fun Run 2014

Goodrich Fun Run 2014

imageDaisylets were proud to enable Goodrich School to raise important funds for the children by sponsoring their Fun Run again on 11th May this year for the 6th year running.  Money raised from this event goes towards  essential equipment for lessons and play.

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Friends of Goodrich (FoG) focus in 2014 has been to help the school enhance the playground, invest in IT equipment and install a kiln, they also provide a large annual sum to the school to cover travel expenses for school trips.

It was a lovely day with 350 fast runners from both adults and children alike and trophies were awarded to the fastest girl and boy (looks like the same winners as last year to me!).

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Heber School car boot sale this Sunday 18th May 9.30am

Heber School car boot sale this Sunday 18th May 9.30am

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Dulwich Festival Fair on Goose Green

This Sunday marked the 7th year we have been sponsoring the Dulwich Festival Fair on Goose Green and giving out our famous pink balloons to around 500 children (not sure how many ended up in the trees this year due to the wind though!). Despite a gloomy and blustery day this year, the rain held off and it was as busy as ever with families out and about enjoying this local annual day out with music, donkey rides, food stalls and crafts and clothes galore.

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Our donation helps provide nightclothes to Hospice

St Christopher’s hospice in Sydenham

St Christopher's Hospice SydenhamOn Friday 25th April, Linda Rozario the MD of CWACause Project presented a donation of 50 nightclothes to St Christopher’s hospice in Sydenham, London. With the help of sponsorship donation from us at Daisylets. 

Usually providing leisure wear clothing, Linda could not turn down a challenging project for night clothing within the healthcare sector.

Palak Bhatt from St Christopher’s Trust team provided the following comment:

“We are extremely grateful to Clothing with a Cause for donating these fantastic items of nightwear to the hospice. Every year, St Christopher’s provides skilled and compassionate end of life care to approximately 830 patients on our four inpatient wards and this donation means we are able to ensure our patients are able to spend their final days in comfort, knowing they have the best care and support available to them.”

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A roundup of last year’s local sponsorship by Daisylets

An update from Claire…

Heber School House Project

Throughout 2013-2014

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In addition to myself helping to scrape off old wallpaper one Sunday morning along with some other faithful parents and friends of Heber School … Daisylets was one of the major sponsors of the refurbishment of the dilapidated caretaker’s cottage within the grounds of Heber Primary School.

The redevelopment of the School House has been an ambition of the Parents and Friends Group for some years and will provide dedicated space for small group work. It will be used by learning mentors during school hours, for afterschool clubs and lunchtime activities.

We set aside a percentage of our lettings fees for a year and were able to provide one of our contractors to decorate the entire schoolhouse inside. Much thanks goes to Eric from EPDec for his added time over and above our budget at the weekends to get it finished :o) (pictured here with myself, my two boys and Elaine Standish from Heber P&F with her son. Picture by Patrick Myers)

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The school house was opened officially by the headmaster David Block on 7th February 2014 and is now in use.

 

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Dulwich Piano Festival

June 2013

Dulwich Piano FestivalClaire Empson presenting the Daisylets Cup at the Dulwich Piano Festival

It was my pleasure to present the Daisylets cup at the 2013 Dulwich Piano Festival held at Alleyns School, as part of the Dulwich Music Festival. The worthy winner was Alanna Crouch, and I have to say the standard by all was AMAZING.

Heber School Summer fair

July 2013

Heber School Summer Fair

Heber School Summer Fair

 Heber School Fun Run

May 2013

Heber Fun Run 2013This year we sponsored the T-shirts as usual but we also paid for the medals and a cup filled with sweets was given to the class that raised the most money for the school… well done to everyone that ran around Dulwich Park!

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Goodrich School Fun Run 2013

Goodrich School Fun Run 2013

Well done all at Goodrich who ran around Peckham Rye in 2013!

Dulwich Festival including Dulwich Festival Fair

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Much fun was had handing out over 500 pink balloons on the day of the Festival Fair on Goose Green!

 

Dulwich Festival FairPrivate View Invitation Baroque The Streets Celebration - Dulwich Street Art Festival 2013I was also invited to the private view (being a sponsor of the festival has it’s perks!) of 265 Lordship Lane, which was taken over and made an art installation in it’s own right, by the biggest names in street art for “Baroque the Streets Festival”, they also transformed the Dulwich area with public murals based on Baroque era Old master paintings in the Dulwich Picture Gallery. It was fantastic to see inside and all the different artist’s styles,  the outside still remains covered almost year on and those mushrooms can still be spotted out and about on the tops of some shops along with some really brilliant street art.

 

 

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The Heber School Car Boot Sale

daisysign2The Heber School Car Boot Sale on 28th April once again was sponsored by Daisylets, we had 50 boards advertising the sale in and around East Dulwich this year – Crystal Palace Road was spectacularly pink this time around! There were pink balloons on the day and we were there too with our boys selling their old toys for extra pocket money!

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Maintenance Surgery in Eltham

NLA Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich Branch Meeting

Tuesday 23 April, Tudor Barn Eltham, SE9 6SZ

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Richard Blanco, NLA London Representative &
Claire Empson, Managing Director of Daisylets and
Former Property Woman Of The Year (Letting agent)

Richard and Claire hosted the first part of the evening with their “Maintenance Surgery”:

How well do you manage your maintenance and have you succeeded in putting together a reliable maintenance team? Do you ever feel ripped off by contractors and how good are you at identifying what kind of tradesman will be best suited for the job? How do you ensure the work is of good quality and should you ever just do it yourself? Richard maps out some key issues and Claire Empson, who manages over 100 properties, offers her top tips. We invite you to share your experiences.

The event went well, lots of interesting questions from the landlords and discussions and a beautiful setting at the Tudor Barn. Peter Cox, NLA Senior Policy Officer gave a talk on the Green deal which was very interesting and we’ll be updating our landlords on this shortly. Looking forward to the next one!

If you are a local landlord go along to your next local meeting, no need to be an NLA member, but we would definitely recommend joining for support if you manage your own properties, see more about membership here.

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Maintenance Surgery by Daisylets at Private Sector Housing Forum

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Forum: Spring 2013

 Tuesday 26 March 2013, 18:00-20:00

19:10   Maintenance Surgery:  

with Richard Blanco, NLA London Representative & Claire Empson, Managing Director of Daisylets and Former Property  Woman Of  The Year.   

How well do you manage your maintenance and have you succeeded in putting together a reliable maintenance team?  Do you ever feel ripped off by contractors and how good are you at identifying what kind of tradesman will be best suited for the job?  How do you ensure the work is of good quality and should you ever just do it yourself? Richard maps out some key issues and Claire Empson, who manages over 100 properties, offers her top tips.  We invite you to share your experiences.

South London YMCA 40 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9ES

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Dulwich is ‘the new Clapham’ (but much cheaper), experts say

Dulwich is once again in the limelight!

Evening Standard article 7th Nov 2012:

Dulwich is at the centre of London’s rental boom as a “Clapham exodus” sends prices soaring, property experts said today.

Hundreds of families moving east to snap up bigger homes are turning the area into a new “nappy valley” to rival the traditional breeding ground of Battersea’s Northcote Road between Wandsworth and Clapham Common, according to the capital’s oldest letting agency Edmund Cude.

The agency’s managing director Robert Nichols said: “There are quite a few people moving away from the Clapham area into the greener parts of Dulwich, because tenants can get somewhere bigger and increase their standard of living.

“They are very similar areas, with plenty of independent shops and boutiques, but what you pay for a two-bed flat in Clapham gets you a house in Dulwich. The commute is pretty straightforward and you see a lot of pushchairs and bumps around — Dulwich and East Dulwich are becoming the new nappy valley.”

Rents for four-bedroom houses in Dulwich have shot up by nearly 20 per cent in two years with those for such properties in Barry Road and Crystal Palace Road rising by £400 to £2,600 a month since 2010, Mr Nichols said.

A similar property in Clapham costs nearer £3,000 a month, according to estate agents Hoxtons.

The huge demand for rentals has filtered down to smaller flats in North Cross Road, off East Dulwich’s Lordship Lane, which boasts a wealth of independent shops and local landmarks such as the Blue Mountain coffee house.

Would-be tenants looking for a one-bedroom flat in North Cross Road are now paying £1,200 a month on average — 26 per cent more than in 2010.

Rents for two-bed properties have surged by even more, up 28 per cent to £1,410 according to Edmund Cude. Rents are also up by an average of 20 per cent in nearby Bassano Street and Melbourne Grove, its figures showed.

The price increases in Dulwich are nearly double the 12 per cent rise  across the capital as a whole since September 2010, according to LSL Property Services.

London renters now pay a record £1,092 on average, with rents rising 1.7 per cent in the past month — the fastest rate since November 2010. According to LSL, rents have risen for six months in a row because of a drought in the mortgage market, which has forced people to rent for longer.

View from east dulwich: ‘Pavements need pushchair lanes’

Lucy McCarthy, 31, full-time mother, lives with husband Dean, a desktop publisher, Daisy, five, and Lex, 18 months: “I’ve lived in East Dulwich all my life and there’s so much for kids here. But the schools are oversubscribed — there are five closer than the one our daughter got into.”

Cat Kyrke-Smith, 36, X Factor series producer, lives with husband Edward, 31, a tree surgeon and son Freddie, one: “The mothers around here fight for pavement space with the number of prams. You almost need a designated lane for pushchairs. The only problem is getting into pre-school. Apparently people get on waiting lists when they’re pregnant.”

Nicola Washington, 31, teacher lives with recruitment consultant Ray Famurewa, 33, and four-week-old Ada: “We moved here two years ago when having a family was on the cards. We had lived in Croydon and the fact that this is such a family-friendly area was definitely a factor in our decision.”

Russell Lynch, Evening Standard (Online) 7th Nov 2012
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NLA National Conference 2012

NLA conferenceThe NLA (National Landlords Association) Annual Conference 2012 was held on 31st October on Warwickshire. The theme this year was “Aspirational Renting: Inspirational Landlords” if you look closely at the publicity flier you’ll notice Daisylets’ Claire alongside one of our landlords and tenants being the cover stars!

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Lord Freud at the NLA Meeting October 2012

There were many interesting sessions, one of the most interesting was given by Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, Dept of Work & Pensions. It is safe to say that he was given a fairly hard time by the room full of landlords in the Q&A at the end. The general feedback was that a great many landlords are not going to be taking tenants on benefits in the future due to the lack of direct payment and caps. The new policy (Universal Credit will replace the current benefits system) will leave more under 35s homeless as they force those on benefits to rent rooms rather than flats (it used to apply to under 25s), but yet cut the available HMO houses for sharing due to an Article 4 Direction on HMOs that some councils have put into play. There was a sense of genuine anger in the room as the Lord obviously avoided answering the question of where they are all going to go directly – despite being asked several times – and actually intimated that they will try to slip tenants on housing benefit under the radar by combining all benefits into one payment (including tax credits), so it will be difficult to tell who is in receipt of housing benefit. All we can say on the matter is – as soon as we reference someone it becomes obvious. Any agency doing through referencing will soon ask a potential tenant clearly not working or on a low wage for a bank statement – and the payment coming in from the DWP will be clear for all to see, regardless of how it is made up. This may mean that tenants who may have passed referencing before that were in receipt of Tax Credits only, may now be refused for fear that it is actually Housing Benefit.

Lord Freud promised to look into Landlords’ concerns and main issues raised, especially the Article 4 Direction within C4 class to restrict shared housing in certain areas, for which he appeared not to have much knowledge. The question still remains … where will they all go?.. cardboard cities we fear.

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Finalist Landlord & Letting Awards – 3rd year in a row!

Daisylets have been once again shortlisted for a private rented sector Award for the third year running, an award they have won for the past two years

Daisylets have been shortlisted as a finalist for 2012/13 in the Letting Agent of the Year and Best Website categories of the prestigious Landlord & Letting Awards.

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Oliver Romain, editor of Landlord & Buy-to-Let magazine and lead judge for the Awards, commented:

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“The Landlord & Letting Awards are the premier nationwide private rented sector awards in the UK, and it’s great to be able to recognise and reward the best in the industry. The Awards receive industry wide support and it is encouraging to see so many companies and individuals wanting to take part; many even strive throughout the year to further increase their chances of winning. This year’s response was phenomenal, with more entries than ever received across the various categories, so Daisylets has done brilliantly to be shortlisted.”

The winners for each category will be announced at a gala dinner – hosted by television property presenter and celebrity Sofie Allsopp – being held at Stoneleigh Park in Coventry during the Landlord and Letting Show, Wednesday 28th November, 2012.

Claire Empson, MD Daisylets said:

“We are thrilled to be a Finalist for the third year running for Best London Agent and for the first time for Best Website: it really is testament to our hard work and commitment. We are now just keeping our fingers crossed that we are lucky enough to walk away with a winner’s trophy on the night once again!.”

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Daisylets Maintenance Surgery

NLA East London Meeting in Redbridge

Maintenance Surgery

Claire Empson, Managing Director, Daisylets

How well do you manage your maintenance and have you succeeded in putting together a reliable maintenance team? Do you ever feel ripped off by contractors and how good are you at identifying what kind of tradesman will be best suited for the job? How do you ensure the work is of good quality and should you ever just do it yourself? Clare Empson manages over 100 properties and won 2011 NLA Property Women Award. She offers her top tips and we invite you to share your experiences.

Hosted by Richard Blanco, NLA East London Representative

Thursday 20th September, 6.30pm for 7pm start to 9.30pm
Fairlop Waters, Forest Road, Barkingside, Essex IG6 3HN

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