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Mrs Naomi Murdoch

Representative: Mrs Naomi Murdoch
Company: Foxtons Limited
Branch: Foxtons

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Naomi Murdoch

July 2017

As 30-degree plus heat has been hitting London and the requests for air conditioning have reached an all-time high, we are preparing for a busy summer for lettings.

Despite the fact that rents have been reported as dropping by around 6 per cent in Zone 2 and nearly 3 per cent in Zones 3–6, and the fact that the number of available properties has increased by 15 per cent, it is more important than ever that landlords understand how to make the most of the forthcoming flux of tenants coming to London and the summer market.

At this time of year with the large numbers of people coming to London who have not rented before, it is also crucial that we go through the lettings process and referencing with our applicants during qualification, so they are ready and aware of what they need to do to secure their new home.

Licensing also remains an important focus as we have seen the London borough of Hammersmith & Fulham announce changes to the licensing rules in operation for rental properties. It is expanding the range of properties that must have a licence from 5 June, which requires a landlord to meet certain standards to keep the property safe and in good condition.

Finally, I am writing this article in the days after the Grenfell Tower fire. The block is located in West Kensington, which is part of my region, and anything I write about the local housing market and issues affecting us pales into insignificance in the context of this disaster. While children in local schools are very aware of the fire, teachers and parents have emphasised the great and heroic deeds of the firefighters and the local community who have rallied amazingly to provide support to those in need. I would like to pass on my condolences to those affected by this tragedy.


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