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

Lambeth logoLondon Borough of Lambeth
Private Sector Housing 
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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Landlords need letting agents, survey reveals

 

Landlords need Letting Agents survey revealsSee original article here

 

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Daisylets are number 1 out of 108 Agents for new listings in the area!

We knew it was busy at the moment (the phones don’t stop), now we know why! Rightmove inform us this week that we are ranked number 1 out of 108 agents in our area for new instructions from Landlords.

This means we have gained the most new property out of all the agents on Lordship Lane and surrounding area and are currently ranked 5th for having the most stock available. So new any potential landlords out there not currently with us – jump on the bandwagon and take advantage of all the extra tenant leads these properties will bring us, quick!

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Beware: the taxman only rings once…

We think this article from the Residential Landlords Association is one landlords should read, just in case…

“HMRC has made it clear that private landlords in some areas can expect a knock on the door in the coming weeks as it launches a special taskforce to investigate and recover up to £17m in unpaid taxes.

However, it is unclear what has prompted the investigation, and HMRC did not respond to our requests for clarification.

The initial announcement was confusing, as although it was headed ‘HMRC targets property rentals’ it referred to ‘transactions’ – a word more often used in property sales rather than lettings.

The announcement said: “A new taskforce to tackle tax evasion on property transactions was announced today by HMRC.”

The taskforce is initially focusing on private landlords in East Anglia, London, Leeds, York, Leicester, Nottingham, Lincoln, Durham and Sunderland, but could easily be extended to cover the whole country, warns accountants and business advice firm James Cowper.

Stephen Barratt, private client director at James Cowper, said: “Landlords can reasonably expect HMRC to gather information from across government departments, and many other sources including press and internet advertisements, universities and colleges.

“HMRC is also using increasingly sophisticated techniques to identify those who are not paying sufficient tax, and the chances of going undetected are rapidly vanishing.”

The firm believes that it is not just unpaid income tax that HMRC will be looking for, but unpaid VAT.

Many landlords providing temporary accommodation – perhaps to seasonal agricultural labourers, students or even homeless people – may not realise that VAT is chargeable on temporary accommodation as HMRC treats it in the same way as hotel or guest house accommodation.

Landlords may not be registered for VAT when they should be and so could face a back-dated VAT claim.

James Cowper offers this advice to those who individuals who believe they may have an outstanding tax liability:

  • Do not approach HMRC directly without first speaking with your accountant or tax adviser. HMRC are increasingly tough negotiators, and without detailed knowledge of the tax system a larger tax bill and penalty than necessary could be charged.
  • Do not ignore this clampdown. It is possible that HMRC is already aware of your financial details and so, having publicly drawn attention to this area, it is likely that future penalties might be higher.”

(Source: www.rla.org.uk/landlord/newsletter/June2012)

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Daisylets Sponsored events all in one day


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Daisylets Sponsored the Festival Fair and Heber School Car Boot Sale this Sunday

Dulwich Festival Fair

Dulwich Festival Fair

We were very happy the sun was shining for once this month! The boot sale was a big hit we hear, we skipped the chance to offload our unwanted goods this year in order to hand out our famous pink balloons at the fair all day – nearly 500 balloons later (we ran out of gas at 3.15!)  we were exhausted! 

We had a great time chatting to fellow locals, helped as usual by the smallest members of the family :)

Thanks to all that attended the fair this year, it was a fabulous (and surely a record) turn out! Dulwich Festival Fair is part of the Dulwich festival, which Daisylets are also sponsoring this year.

http://www.dulwichfestival.co.uk/

 

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Sunday Times Lettings Agency of the Year Awards 2012

lettings agency of the yearDaisylets have just completed the interview rounds for the Sunday Times Lettings Agency of the Year Awards to be held on May 25th at the Lancaster London Hotel. Wish us luck!

Daisylets Team Entry

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Dulwich’s first NLA meeting

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Daisylets attended East Dulwich’s first ever National Landlords Association Meeting on Tues 13th March at The Mag, upstairs, Lordship Lane, SE22

Daisylets met with a few local (and some not so local!) landlords and offered advice for new landlords on the local area and renting in general. Richard Blanco, landlord developer and East London NLA Rep presented the pros and cons of buying at auction and offered up tips on preparing for the big day, how to behave in the auction room and what and where to buy. It was a great opportunity to hear advice and opinions from other landlords present who have attended auctions in the past and hear their tips.

A fascinating meeting, we are looking forward to the next one!

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Inventory Clerk Steve on LBC!

Smart Steve gets his plug in on LBC 97.3 radio with Nick Ferrari

An inspiring story from Steve, one of our inventory clerks on life after major injury during his service with the police force.

 

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Daisylets Xmas Party!

Much fun was had at ‘The Palmerston’ on Lordship Lane just before Xmas… great food and company – thanks everyone!

Justin & Claire

Justin & Claire

Eliot & Demina

Eliot & Demina

Demina & Nicky

Demina & Nicky

Belinda & MaryAnn

Belinda & MaryAnn

Alice & Eliot

Alice & Eliot

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Find a Flatmate

London Homes and Property‘London Homes and Property’ Magazine pick up on Daisylets’ message board for flatmate hunters:

www.daisy-exchange.com

Flat mate finder

'London Homes and Property' Magazine Dec/Jan issue

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Hot Property

‘London Homes and Property’ magazine picks up a Daisylets property as being cream of the crop in December issue

Hot Property

'London Homes and Property' Dec/Jan Issue

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Hidden Boiler Flues – new regulations to comply to before end 2012

Important advice for landlords (and homeowners) who have flues which run in ceiling spaces or walls

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Some properties, mainly flats and apartments, have been built with boiler flues which cannot be inspected because they are hidden behind walls or ceilings. The boiler flues that this information relates to are connected to room-sealed fan assisted boilers.  If you live in one of these homes then please read on for more information so you know what to do.

Gas Safe registered engineers need to be able to see the flue − which take fumes away from the boiler − as part of essential safety checks whenever the boiler is worked on. A flue in poor condition, combined with a boiler that is not working properly, could put you and your family in danger from carbon monoxide poisoning, which can cause death or serious injury.

If your boiler is situated on an outside wall, it is unlikely you have this type of flue. Alternatively, if your engineer can see all of the flue, you will not need to take any further action in relation to this matter.

If you do have a boiler where all, or part of, the flue cannot be seen, you, or your landlord, will need to arrange for inspection hatches to be fitted. This does not mean that your flue system is suddenly unsafe. As long as the boiler passes a series of safety checks − including having audible carbon monoxide alarms fitted − it can be used normally for the time being.

Carbon monoxide alarms are not an alternative to being able to see the flue and you will still need to have inspection hatches fitted. You have until 31 December 2012 for this work to be completed. It is recommended that inspection hatches are fitted as soon as you are able to do so. From 1 January 2013, any Gas Safe registered engineer will turn the boiler off, with your permission and formally advise you not to use it until inspection hatches have been fitted in appropriate places.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/fluesinvoids.htm

If you believe this affects you and you are in a Daisylets managed property, please email us. We will be reviewing our properties in the next few months to accsertain which will need to have work done before the end of 2012 in order to to comply.

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Daisylets ranked 2nd out of 18 Agents in East Dulwich for leads on Rightmove!

FAO all landlords – you can be sure we are generating leads on your behalf -
Rightmove are always keeping tabs on our performance:

Dear Daisylets, East Dulwich branch
Your branch performance in SE22 compared to your competition Your logo
Click through rate: Your click through rate was 7.22% ranking you at 2nd out of 18agents during October 2011 in your local area.
Properties seen: In October 2011 your properties were seen 73,765 times
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Winners! London Letting Agent of the Year 2011/12

London Letting Agent of the Year Winners 2011/12Daisylets has been voted the winner of the London Letting Agent of the Year for 2011/12 in the prestigious Landlord & Letting Awards for the second year running.

 

Daisylets wins London Letting agent for the second year running

Directors Eliot Giuralarocca & Claire Empson with TV's Melissa Porter

Managing Director Claire Empson said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to win this Award. The competition was really tough, so this accolade really is testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone at Daisylets. This achievement has really spurred us on and we will continue to build on our expertise and deliver high quality levels of service across the private rented sector.”

 

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

“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. This year’s response was phenomenal, with over 1000 entries received, so Daisylets has done brilliantly to win their category.”  

Trophies were presented by TV presenter and property investor Melissa Porter at a gala dinner and disco held at Birmingham NEC, on Wednesday 16th November 2011.
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