Archive for Category: News

Right To Rent

The Right to Rent scheme was first trialled in the West Midlands when the Immigration Act 2014 was introduced to England. It requires landlords to check prospective tenants immigration status before they let a property to them. If they don’t meet the requirements, the property should not be let to...

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Safety Notice – Register your appliance

The source of the fire at Grenfell Tower was a fridge-freezer, a Hotpoint model FF175BP or FF175BG. Neither model had been subject to a product recall. Current advice to appliance owners is:- always to register your appliance when you buy one. leave space between the back of the appliance...

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Annual Canvass

Annual Canvass 2017 It is time for Annual Canvass for the Electoral Register again in Medway, it runs from 1st July to 30th November, with the Register being published on 1st December. A household Enquiry Form is sent to every residential property in Medway to check who lives there...

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Freelance/Consultant Planner

Freelance/Consultant Planner Michael Parkes Surveyors Ltd are based in Medway. We are a small practice with a friendly nature and our Director of Planning Pieter De Villiers needs a competent planning consultant to work with him providing additional support. In this interesting and varied role, you’ll assist with the...

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Advice following Grenfell Tower Fire

Interim measures recommended by independent panel of experts Inform your local fire and rescue service fire safety/protection department. Failure to do so may put fire-fighters as well as residents at risk. The fire and rescue service will carry out an urgent inspection with the ‘responsible person’ to ensure that...

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Fire Safety Advice for Residents and Managing Agents

IRPM have issued guidance to Property Managers as follows. If you are a resident in a block of flats this is just as useful for you to read too; Engage with residents to ensure they fully understand the emergency fire procedures in the building, particularly the meaning of “stay...

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Instructions following Grenfell Tower fire

Following the horrific Grenfell Tower fire, the DCLG have issued urgent instructions to Councils and Housing Associations and advised that all residential landlords should also be informed. We wanted to share this information too. If you have any concerns, please speak to your managing agents. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/620227/170618_local_authorities_and_housing_associations_re_checks.pdf  

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Civils and Infrastructure Award

Michael Parkes Surveyors Ltd has been shortlisted in the category of Civils and Infrastructure with our entry; Great Lines Heritage Park, for the Medway Design and Regeneration Awards. There is a People’s Choice Award – and we would love you to vote for us and our project. Please go and...

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The case for referencing

As members of ARLA Propertymark, we receive regular updates from them and we’d like to share this one with you as we thought it really set out what’s involved in referencing.   The case for referencing “Referencing ensures that tenants do not take on a financial commitment which is...

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Temp Position Valuer required

COMMERCIAL VALUER Click here for more information: Valuer   Consultant/Freelance/Employment all considered   Please forward your CV to,   Michael Parkes Surveyors Ltd Reading House, Waterside Court Neptune Close, Rochester, Kent, ME2 4NZ   Email: dford@michaelparkes.co.uk   No Agencies Please  

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What is a Valuation and why do I need it ?

Why might I need a Valuation? If you bought your home through a scheme which gave you an equity loan to help towards the purchase, then when you sell you will need to repay the loan.  This is usually calculated as a percentage of the value when you sell. ...

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Build, Build, Build

“Build, Build, Build” Over the last three decades, various governments tried to solve the housing crisis. All have failed to get Britain building enough, and attempts to correct this. Will the Housing White Paper be the exception? It is sold as a bold, radical vision for housing in this...

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Who can apply for Planning Permission ?

Who can apply for Planning Permission?   Anyone can, whether they own the land in question or not.  However, it is more usual in the case of completely new development for the owner of a site to apply in order to maximise the value in their property by developing...

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What is Planning Permission ?

What is Planning Permission ?

What is Planning Permission?   All developments and changes of use requiring planning permission are controlled in England and Wales by Local Planning Authorities (LPAs), within local Councils.  LPAs will consider whether your proposal for development or alteration meets with national planning policy and local policy set out in...

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What requires Planning Permission?

What requires Planning Permission?   Any new build construction Many alteration changes of use to properties, including dwellings Some changes of use of parts of a building Many extensions to existing dwellings and commercial premises Some changes to the external fabric of a building Internal and external alterations to...

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Kent Business

Did you hear us on the radio – Listen to Emma Catterall and Julie Anderson from RAP on the Business Bunker show http://www.kentbusinessradio.co.uk/show-244  

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Risk Assessments Required!

Landlords are being advised by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) to ensure that fire safety measures within their premises are satisfactory after the successful prosecution under the Regulatory Reform (Fire) Safety Order 2005. Mr Keith Newsum, landlord, of 19/21 Bursar Street Cleethorpes appeared at Grimsby Crown court on...

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August Update on the Rental Market

According to ARLA, The Association of Residential Letting Agents, of which we are licensed members, demand from prospective tenants rose in August 2016.   The supply of property dropped very slightly but overall it is up year on year. Overall the outlook for the rental market is still positive....

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Why use an ARLA agent?

Why use an ARLA agent? Watch this TV advert to find out more.   Michael Parkes Surveyors Ltd are proud to be licenced by ARLA

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We are exhibiting at the Construction Expo

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