New laws in the lettings market

Written by Andrew Ellinas LL.B.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

New lettings laws now and in the immediate future reshape the private rental market

If you’re looking at flats to rent in London there are several new lettings laws that will have a bearing on your tenancy. The new rules introduced by the Government in October 2015 are designed to make the private rental sector fairer and safer for tenants.

Legislation Update

Written by Andrew Ellinas LL.B.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015


On the 1st October 2015 new legislation is expected to come into effect, making it a statutory requirement for all rental properties where the tenancy commences on or after 1st October 2015, to have sufficient smoke alarms (one on each floor) and a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in any room which is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance. Both alarms must be tested and operational at the commencement of each tenancy. Although this is still awaiting parliamentary approval, there is expected to be no grace period in which to install the alarms therefore we are advising all landlords to fit any required alarms ahead of the planned implementation date of 1st October 2015.

Change in anti-money laundering legislation is crucial for London market says Sandfords

Written by Andrew Ellinas LL.B.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Despite having tight controls in place to prevent them being used for money laundering, Sandfords, a Central and North West London agent, are urging the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) to lobby the government immediately in order to bring about a fundamental change in the current anti-money laundering legislation, with regards to sub agent due diligence, which will support London agents in their everyday business.

How does your garden grow (your property's value)?

Written by Andrew Ellinas LL.B.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

London is one of the most unique cities in the world; it offers a sprawling metropolis tempered with acres of green, open space. Central London estate agents themselves are often set in the heart of this juxtaposition, including Sandfords, with branches in Regent's Park, Primrose Hill and Marylebone bustling neighbourhoods revolving around the 395 acres of Regent's Park and adjacent Primrose Hill.

How to appeal to the right calibre of tenant

Written by Andrew Ellinas LL.B.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Information released in July 2015 by property data company Lonres and intelligence firm Dataloft showed that one in four homes in the capital is let to tenants. Boiled down, that makes for a lot of properties to rent in Central London - over 66,000 in fact. While tenant demand in the capital remains strong, there is still an element of competition among landlords who have houses and flats to rent in Central London.

Professional property management: never miss a new law or legislation

Written by Andrew Ellinas LL.B.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Buy-to-let is gaining in popularity, comment Central London letting agents Sandfords. Many people are using this year's pension reform to release funds to invest in property, while younger generations are forgoing traditional pensions altogether in favour of bricks and mortar. Together, this means an influx of novice and inexperienced landlords servicing an ever-growing tenant population.

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