Daisy Sales

 

 

psst … Daisylets are now doing Sales …

daisysalesbackgroundsmallerWe are excited to be now offering a Sales service! Having dipped our toes in the world of sales of behalf of our landlords for a few months now, we are offering our same great customer service, transparency, ethos and attitude, traditionally provided by Daisylets, to the Sales market as Daisy Sales.

Super 3D floor plans
• Professional photography
Competitive commission
Advertising on all 3 main sites – Rightmove, Prime Location and Zoopla

We are now in the minority to offer this superb all round advertising package since the launch of a new in January (and at the moment little known) portal owned by the large estate agents. Most other local agents have joined as it is cheaper than the others, BUT the portal prohibits them advertising on more than one other portal – meaning they will be advertising on either Zoopla (and therefore Primelocation) or Rightmove – but not all. This means we are best placed locally right now to give 100% coverage on the two most popular and visited sites to our vendors!

A new website will be coming soon, but meanwhile here are some examples of our sales properties:

 

Flat 5, 22a Peckham Rye 3D plans

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Daisylets are a “Safe Agent” …

Daisylets are a Safe Agent…giving you peace of mind

What is SAFE?

SAFE – Safe Agent Fully Endorsed – is a mark denoting firms that protect landlords and tenants money through client money protection schemes. 

There are several schemes in the sector operated by ARLA/NAEA, the Law Society, NALS and RICS to which agents voluntarily belong. These schemes are run by recognised industry bodies or organisations operating in the private rented sector to provide accreditation and/or regulation. They are completely independent from the letting agent and they do not act on behalf of, or have a duty of care to the participating firm. Daisylets are members of UKALA.

Landlords and tenants often make decisions based on cost but it is important to ensure you ask your agent for details of the organisation they are regulated by and whether or not they are covered by a client money protection scheme. All agents who are part of ARLA/NAEA, the Law Society, NALS, UKALA and RICS maintain and operate separate designated client accounts where your money is held completely separate from the operating funds of the firm. If the agent you are using cannot provide you with the assurance of knowing they are covered by a client money protection scheme the question you need to ask is why not?

*The firms/members of CMP Schemes recognised by SAFEagent have common minimum standards. The schemes are provided by recognised industry bodies or organisations operating in the private rented sector to provide accreditation and/ or regulation. They are completely independent from the letting agent and they do not act on behalf of, or owe a duty of care to the participating firm.

For the benefit of consumers these organisations require
their firms/members to have:

– professional indemnity insurance
– defined accounting standards relating to clients money
– a customer complaints procedure
– membership of an ombudsman scheme

For the benefit of consumers the SAFEagent campaign restricts registration to agents who are part of such organisations as these agents meet the stringent standards expected.

Source: Taken from http://www.safeagents.co.uk/what-is-safe
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Daisylets comment in Absolutely Mag – Furniture for buy-to-lets

To furnish or not to furnish?

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Absolutely Dulwich Feb 2015You are faced with the choice of what to offer and how far to go.

Unless you plan to let out on a short term basis or holiday let, fully furnished is not the best approach and you should temper your initial enthusiasm to make it look like a show home, as you may well end up disappointed when your prospective tenant decides they don’t want the items you have spent your hard earned cash on and time installing..

If your property is in a popular area and empty, keep it that way and see who comes through the door. If you rent to a couple with a baby or a single professional who wants a study, putting that second double bed in will have been an annoying mistake!

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Daisylets and Heber School ‘International Evening’

IMG_2899Last Friday evening saw parents of Heber Primary School in East Dulwich rock up with dishes from around the globe to share. Whether they originated from that country, or had been there on holiday, all were encouraged to test their culinary skills on other parents and their kids – and teachers – with amazing results! The spread was very impressive and the food I sampled was yummy indeed :o)

Daisylets were pleased to provide pink napkins, reusable plastic plates (v important!) and soft drinks to aide the fundraiser for the Parents & Friends group.

Daisylets logo on a napkin!

The birth of the Daisylets napkin!

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Tim Henman day in North Dulwich

Daisylets were happy to sponsor a day with Tim Henman,  former UK  number 1 Tennis Player, at North Dulwich Tennis Club on 11th Oct… in fact we were a bit over excited about it to be honest.. ! We nipped down there on the day and snapped Mr Henman in action coaching on the courts, see some of our action shots below…

Promo video from the day

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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!

Daisylets sponsor Dulwich Piano festival

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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.

Daisylets at Dulwich festival Fair

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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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“Absolutely Dulwich” Nov 2013

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)

Heber School House plaque

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!

Goodrich School Fun Run

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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