Being a landlord, doesn’t need to be all about fixing broken pipes. Choose an agent who acts fast, knows the area and has good local contacts.
A good managing agent is worth their weight in gold. They deal with problems as soon as they arise, whether it’s a fire alarm sounding in the night or arranging a plumber to deal with that exhausted washing machine. Landlords need an agent who will look after their tenants and leave the landlords to live their lives. Here are 10 tips on how to choose the best managing agent.Read More
As the rental revolution continues to gather pace across Britain, Steve Cook, head of lettings at Henry & James, offers a practical guide on how to improve your property search.
Looking to rent in London? The renewed confidence in the property market since the election has certainly filtered through to the rental sector. But, as with buying property, you need to do your homework. Steve Cook, head of lettings at Henry & James, with ten years’ experience in the field, shares his top tips for families on how to find the best properties.Read More
From references to repairs, and pets to painting, there is a lot to consider when renting your next flat. Here are 10 things to remember before signing on the dotted line.
1. Question time
When viewing a property, don’t just take a quick look at everything and scuttle off. Quiz the landlord or agent, so you are equipped with everything you need to make a decision later. Check the heating and how much it will cost to run per month. Ask what is included: for example, white goods, curtains, light bulbs and rubbish bins. Is the property being let furnished or unfurnished? How much is the council tax per year?
Imagine the scene. Elvis Presley’s Heart Break Hotel is playing on the radio. James Dean is starring at the cinema. And the “rock ‘n’ roll” craze is taking hold across London’s hottest nightclubs.
These were the fabulous Fifties. But an important date in our history also took place during this golden era. The first Henry & James office opened in Motcomb Street in 1950. Not quite as memorable as Presley and Dean, but a decade defining moment for our family-run business.Read More
Continuing our new series, Matt Robinson, head chef at the Bluebird restaurant on King’s Road, reveals his biggest culinary disaster, favourite architect and his three luxuries, if stranded on a desert island.
Q. How did you get started?
I started in London through a contact in Australia. He was Marco Pierre White’s head chef at the time.Read More
No doubt in the mind of James Bailey what was the highlight of Chancellor Osborne’s speech.
“The best news to come out of today’s Budget is undoubtedly the ruling that people will be able to pass on estates worth up to £1m, free of inheritance tax”, says the chief executive of Henry and James estate agents..” It’s only fair and sensible that people who have worked hard to buy their home should be able to pass it on to their family.”Read More
Despite the occasional dip, the housing market remains a tempting way to make money. The rules are simple – you just need to stick to them to avoid any expensive pitfalls. Here are our 10 top tips to help you break into the competitive, but potentially profitable, world of property developing.
1 Do your homework
Buy with your head, not your heart. This isn’t your home. Pick a location that will appeal to your intended tenants or buyers. And a property to which you can add value. The old adage of “buy the worst house in the best street” is a good guiding principle. But remember, it is a competitive market. You will need to act fast. As each area becomes popular – look in nearby streets that maybe aren’t as smart yet. But in the best postcodes, there are hidden gems full of potential – just waiting to be discovered.
2 Money, money, moneyRead More
Continuing our new series, Jane Asher, the celebrated British actress and founder of Jane Asher Party Cakes & Sugarcraft, reveals her latest role, her inspirations and three luxuries if she was castaway on a desert island.
Q. How did you get started?
I was apparently spotted in the street by a film producer when I was around five years old and invited to appear in a film called Mandy. I played the very small part of a deaf and dumb girl, but it was enough to get me hooked and I went on working throughout my childhood in films, theatre and TV. My parents always said I was allowed to keep doing it as long as I kept up my schoolwork. I’ve never understood the bit about being spotted: I was told that it was my long, extremely bright red hair that attracted them – but as the film was in black and white that seems very mysterious…
Q. How long have you lived in London – what do you like about it?Read More
Motcomb Street has changed so much in the 65 years since Henry Brahm launched Henry & James, his lettings and management agency, that he would hardly recognise it.
Musty old antique shops have been replaced by cutting-edge boutiques and cafes. Mansion blocks are out. Loft apartments are in. Belgravia, south west London, has more of a buzz than in the grey post war years and Henry & James has had to adapt to survive.
The company celebrates its 65th anniversary in rude health this month, under its Chairman Pierre Brahm and energetic Chief Executive James Bailey, supported by an enthusiastic and expanding team. The original office in Motcomb Street is still there, but now has a funky younger sister in Cale Street in Chelsea. The Henry & James brand has never been more respected – or more visible.Read More
Here is your chance to win a horse-drawn carriage tour around the capital’s most historic sights. To enter, simply take a photograph of the carriage as it travels through the streets of London.
Look out for the horses as they trot along King’s Road, Chelsea or around Chelsea Green on Wednesday 27th May between 1pm – 2pm. Alternatively you may be lucky enough to spot them on Cadogan Square, Pont Street, Hans Place, Sloane Street or Motcomb Street between 2.30pm – 4pm. The horse and carriage will be taking the same route the following Wednesday 3rd June so you have more than one opportunity to get your photo!
The lucky winner can take five people on the tour with them, as part of our 65th anniversary celebrations.Read More