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Corelia Maskell-Moseley

May 2017

It is a tale of two halves in the North West. While the fees issue is an unwelcome distraction with agents revisiting business plans to find ways of compensating for the potential loss of income or additional administrative burden, the welcome announcement regarding CMP at the ARLA Conference has brightened many an agent’s day.

We will be watching with interest how the high street changes as this requirement comes in to bring a more level playing field and protect landlords and tenants alike. The market remains stable with rent increases being sought and gained, particularly for family housing available for long-term initial lets. There is clearly a demand for a settled environment for families requiring access to good schools.

Transport links are also playing a part in a larger way than we have seen historically with tenants looking for properties with access to motorways and public transport, giving a greater freedom of choice for employment opportunities. End-of-tenancy deposit disputes seem to be on the increase. Unfortunately, it would appear that housing advice blogs, centres and offices are encouraging tenants to dispute any deductions without reviewing their cases properly. Never has a good independent inventory been more important for both landlords and tenants, and let’s face it, the poor member of staff who has to negotiate this minefield.

Having had a call from a despairing member agent, it is worth ensuring that routine visits are made as these can give a strong indication of how a property is likely to be left. The case referred to had never had a routine visit in three years because the landlords and tenants were ‘friends’. Sadly this property had a thriving cannabis crop which according to the tenant was purely for personal use. As I am sure you can guess, the police had a different opinion!

Corelia Maskell-Moseley MARLA
ARLA Propertymark Regional Representative
coreliamaskell-moseley@arla-reps.co.uk