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LANDLORDS – IS YOUR MONEY PROTECTED?

Landlords who choose lettings agents registered with ARLA Propertymark can be confident that their money is safe. Under the Client Money Protection Scheme (CMP) all money is kept in a designated client account and these accounts are subject to annual independent inspections. Every year unprotected landlords and tenants lose money when funds are misappropriated. The…


Welsh Housing Minister Announces Actions to Reform Leasehold Market in Wales

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The next steps to reform the leasehold system in Wales have been announced by the Welsh Government. The following information can be read in full on the PropertyMark website Key findings of the research There are approximately 235,000 leasehold properties in Wales, representing 16 per cent of the housing stock. In general, purchasers buy a…


Extension of the current restrictions on evictions, which are due to expire on 31 March, to the end of June 2021

Extension on the Current Restrictions on Evictions Announced

The Welsh Government yesterday, 17 March, issued a statement confirming they have laid the Public Health (Protection from Eviction) (No.2) (Wales) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 (‘the No.2 Regulations’). These regulations replicate the Public Health (Protection from Eviction) (Wales) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021, and will extend the current restrictions on evictions, which are due to expire on 31…


Six Reasons Why You Might Be Considering Moving House

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As part of our introduction process when working with house sellers we often ask what the reason(s) is for their decision to move. We have looked back through the various reasons provided over the past twelve months and identified the following six most popular reasons. Perhaps some of these might be applicable to your current…


Wales Recorded the Highest Increase in Average House Prices in 2020

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Average UK house prices rose by 8.5% in the year to December and Wales recorded the highest increase of 10.7% according to the House Price Index released by the Office for National Statistics today. The average price of a house in Wales during this period rose to £184,000 whilst average property prices in England were…


Demand for Rental Properties Increasing

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The residential rental market has been steadily growing over the last few months with landlords and agents seeing a welcomed upturn in tenants looking for rental properties in all areas. The market has increased by 60% over the last few months with the demand for rental properties exceeding the supply as many more Tenants are…


Landlord and Tenant Bond Registration and Disputes

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Landlords are required by law to protect their Tenants bonds. There are several schemes available where bonds can be held for a fee or some free of charge. Any Landlord who is found not to have registered the bond and informed their Tenants where the bond is being held could face a fine of up…


A Very Warm Smooth Moves Welcome for Diane Jenkins

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As house prices increase across Newport and south east Wales, and with buyer demand at an all-time high, Smooth Moves Property Agents have been able to sustain strong growth and progress expansion plans for the company that has recently celebrated its 12th anniversary. Experienced property expert Diane Jenkins has joined the company in the role…


We Are In The News

Our comments regarding how we adapted as a business to Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown has been featured in the latest edition of The Business magazine. You can read our response and those of some of our fellow local businesses by clicking here: We have also included the comments made by Alison below. As well…


Are You A Landlord or Considering Renting Your Property?

If you are a landlord or are considering renting your property, please speak to our experts as demand for good quality rented homes has never been higher in Newport and surrounding areas. Due to a shortage in supply, tenants are paying more and staying longer. We strongly recommend that if you are considering becoming a…