richardjames

What makes us different?

This April (2022) sees us celebrate the 30th anniversary of Richard James, after opening our doors in Wroughton back in 1992. Since then, we’ve been fortunate enough to help clients of multiple generations find their dream homes and have expanded across 8 offices that cover Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. As well as Sales, we are also home to Richard James Lettings, Land & New Homes,...

What is a Leasehold property?

If you're thinking about buying a property, you've probably come across the terms 'Leasehold' and 'Freehold' along the way, but do you know what they actually mean? It is important that you have key information early in the process, so you can decide if a home is right for you. With that being said, we will be talking you through how leasehold and freehold properties differ and we will also touch on...

5 Reasons To Move In Spring

As winter draws to an end, the winter-spring transition is in full effect and is the time of year most associate with fresh starts. The frostbitten world is starting to move again and shake off the long and cold winter months which have passed. Many people will have spent these months thinking about moving, yet not taking any action.However, as the fresh start of spring approaches, the likelihood of...

April 2020: Changes in regulations for low-rated Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s)

A lot of landlords are still unaware of the regulations for MEES (minimum energy efficiency standard) and what it entails. So, we thought we'd break it down for you: The previous changes that came about in 2018, meant that landlords of low scoring properties were required to conduct repairs or changes to their properties to upgrade them to band E or higher, once their current tenant had vacated....

Landlord Rent Guarantee

When your tenants cannot or will not pay, you will be protected, not only from rent arrears but also from tenancy breach - Good news, hey? So, what does your rental protection guarantee cover*? full rent protection for the total monthly rent, for up to four tenants, as named on the tenancy agreement.Missed rental payments until vacant possession of the property or for up...

10 reasons to go fully managed

Are you a first-time landlord, considering the benefits of using a letting agent to manage your property?Perhaps you're an experienced landlord, who's tired of being at your tenants' beck and call. Not to mention having the time and experience to keep up (and comply with) over 170 government regulations!Let's break down the top 10 benefits of a fully managed service, and how it could help you... 1....

5 Reasons to Move in Autumn

September has been and gone and so has the summer sunshine. Nevertheless, Autumn is now in full swing and we thought we'd take the opportunity to put together 5 reasons why this season, is the season you should move house! 1 In our opinion, it really is the best time to move in terms of weather - never too hot and never too cold, which hopefully means it'll make your...

Buy-To-Let: 8 Questions you should ask before you buy

So you are looking to buy a property as an investment – what do you need to watch out for? You may be an established landlord with a large property portfolio, or you may be taking your first step in the buy-to-let market, but there are some common questions you need to know. The estate agent is obliged to answer your questions honestly by law, so make the most of this – after all, they know more about...

What to look out for when buying a rental property?

Within the last 12 months*, the average price of a home to buy in Swindon has risen to £254,003, which is over 9 times the average salary earnings in Wiltshire (estimated at £27,000*). This means the rental market in Swindon is on the rise, as more and more people earning average salaries simply cannot afford to save the deposit sums required. We've all seen the increasing reports in the media of...

How to approach a tenants rent increase?

We regularly get tenants coming into our office telling us they are looking to move house due to their landlords increasing the monthly rents. Whilst this is normal practice, there is a correct and legal way to increase the rent. Most landlords think that they can just increase it at any time, and by whatever amount they like. Unfortunately, this is not the case! So, how should it be done properly? It is...

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