Electrical Safety to become a legal requirement
06 Nov 2019
06 Nov 2019
02 Aug 2019
Consultation on tenancy reform launched - HAVE YOUR SAY
28 Jan 2019
By law, Property Agents are required to join a government authorised consumer redress scheme. The purpose of this is to give consumers of the Property Agent an escalated complaints procedure if they are not satisfied with how their complaint has been dealt with by the Agent. This law came into effect from October 1st 2014 and since, College and County have been members of the Property Ombudsman.
15 Nov 2018
After a warm and well-deserved summer, Winter is fast approaching and it's officially time to hang up our summer dresses. As the days become darker and colder, what better time to warm someones heart and help the homeless?
14 Jul 2018
Read Victoria, Adrienne, Stephanie and Alexandra's Story...
29 Mar 2018
Want to help warm the homeless?...
22 Mar 2018
Taking simple measures to protect your property from the elements now could prevent much bigger complications down the line. Heavy rain, strong winds and cold snaps can wreak havoc on a home, while springtime is notoriously wet in the UK, so it’s vital that you make sure your property is weatherproof. Fortunately, this needn’t involve a drastic overhaul. With regular maintenance and the right precautions, you can easily create a safe haven for your tenants.
10 Mar 2018
Joanna is a 19-year-old student studying engineering at Oxford University and she is also a local resident of Barnes. On October 18th 2016, Joanna’s father tragically passed away from brain cancer, shortly after his 55th birthday.
21 Feb 2018
Following the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which raised concerns over electrical safety in the PRS and pushed forwards by the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June 2017, new, tougher electrical safety standards are being discussed and considered by the government in order to reduce the risk of electric shocks or fires caused by electrical faults. The Government has commissioned an Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The Private Rented Sector Electrical Safety Standards Working Group was established to provide a forum to discuss the current risk posed to private sector tenants in the home from electrical hazards and whether legislative intervention is required to improve standards. Below, we have summarised the Groups findings and recommendations.
04 Jan 2018
Further to the consultation on Residential Property Licensing reforms, which closed a year ago this month, it now looks highly likely that during 2018 minimum room sizes will be introduced as an amendment of schedule 4 of the Housing Act 2004. The schedule, (which allows the Secretary of State to include mandatory conditions in HMO licences) by inserting a new compulsory condition in every licence granted in England that local housing authorities are to disregard rooms of less than a prescribed size from being included as a room suitable for sleeping accommodation.
14 Dec 2017
05 Dec 2017
Autumn Budget impact on Landlords
15 Nov 2017
College and County are pleased to announce the release of the first bi-annual investors/Landlord Survey focusing solely on Oxford.
06 Oct 2017
How to resolve boiler issues
15 Sep 2017
19 Jun 2017
As letting agents, we are often asked about the correct protocol when leaving a property. There are a number of things that you should check before vacating your rental property to help ensure that you receive your full deposit back.