Berkshire and Oxfordshire Regional Meetings

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Greg Barnes

July 2018 

Let’s address the elephant in the room – the tenant fee ban. While many struggle to understand the benefits, I could argue good and bad – but mostly the latter. We need to face the fact that it’s on the way.

Most are finding it hard to find ways to compensate the loss of income but there are ways. You just need to think outside the box, rather than sit and wait in the hope that something changes. Look at additional income streams, analyse your business, identify how you can improve the delivery of services. Evidence ‘value for money’ in your services to offset some cost should you need to justify fees.

Nobody I have spoken to has a defining answer, but one thing is for sure, this is not a time to be despondent. There is always opportunity, particularly for those agents providing a high level of service, and with further regulation on the horizon, ARLA Propertymark membership will play a part in that.

So what’s our market been doing? Earlier this year, we saw a noticeable decline in the numbers of people that had at least maintained stock levels. This increased competition and put negative pressure on rents for the first time in a while, with a number of landlords having to agree price reductions; a rare occurrence in our region.

Spring saw change and we have been rewarded by an improved market and more settled rents, however the market remains harder than previous years and those conversations are still being had with landlords.

The Oxfordshire and Berkshire region is well supported but we are always keen to welcome new members so if you know of anyone please encourage them to join.

Greg Barnes FARLA, MNAEA
ARLA Propertymark Regional Representative

South West

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