Archive for Category: News

news-header

The Nucleus Limited Time Offer

Limited Time Offer   Located in the heart of Dartford, The Nucleus, has a fantastic range of fully serviced Office Space, Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms for a community of innovative companies. If you’re a start-up company looking to move into your first office, or a growing company looking...

Read More
news-header

What is a development appraisal?

What is a development appraisal? The RICS define a development appraisal as “an objective financial viability test of the ability of a development project to meet its costs including the cost of planning obligations, whilst ensuring an appropriate site value for the landowner and a market risk adjusted return...

Read More
news-header

Asbestos Eradication

The All-party Parliamentary Group believes that we need a new law on asbestos with a clear timetable for the eradication of asbestos in every single workplace in Britain in order to protect future generations from the risk of exposure to this deadly fibre. Read their paper here asbestoseradication

Read More
news-header

Garden Maintenance AST Dispute Outcome

Garden-Maintenance-Case-Study

Read More
news-header

Burden of Legislation in Property Management

Did you know? There are 28 pieces of legislation listed in the RICS Commercial Property Management guidance note which we have to be aware of. Let us carry that burden for you. Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 Occupiers Liability Act 1957 Occupiers Liability Act 1984 Health and...

Read More
news-header

Why use an RICS agent?

Read More
news-header

RICS Service Charge Code 3rd Edition

The RICS, Service Charge residential management code, 3rd edition has now been released and approved by the secretary of state. It became effective from 1st June 2016. The code deals with matters such as Ethics Appointment of a managing agent Conduct of a managing agent Complaints and disputes Accounting...

Read More
news-header

Housing and Planning Bill receive Royal Assent

Housing and Planning Bill receive Royal Assent The controversial Housing & Planning Bill has, after a torrid run with multiple defeats in the House of Lords, became law after receiving its Royal Assent. This after the House of Lords agreed not to insist on its final proposed amendments to the...

Read More
news-header

Hidden property management charges

Hidden property management charges – a lesson in reading the small print      At Michael Parkes, we pride ourselves on being completely transparent with our fees. We make no bones about the fact that we will not, and do not, charge “ad hoc” fees or a percentage fee on top...

Read More
news-header

Forthcoming planning changes

Forthcoming planning changes The Housing and Planning Bill makes provision for changes to the planning system with the aim of getting more houses built. However, some planning reform proposals which have been announced by Government do not have provision in either the Energy Bill or the Housing and Planning...

Read More
news-header

Leasing and renting commercial property in Kent

Check out our news piece on Kent Online:- http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/commercial-estate-agent-or-residential-91804/

Read More
news-header

Unsafe asbestos removal at a tenants’ home

Barnstaple gas engineer prosecuted following unsafe asbestos removal at a tenants’ home Date: 10 March 2016 A gas engineer removed potentially dangerous asbestos material during a gas boiler replacement putting himself and others at risk from exposure to asbestos fibres. Brian Hockin, aged 58, was removing an old warm...

Read More
news-header

LED lights give great savings

LED Lights We may be property managers and not electricians but we are also members of the ECA as we get important updates and information through from this trusted association. I have just read with interest one of their case studies about LED lighting and the impact is so...

Read More
news-header

First property agent to use digital advert on Medway City Estate in Kent

First agent to use digital advert on Medway City Estate in Kent We are really excited to be the first property agent to use the digital advertising board on Medway City Estate. We are even using it to advertise property to let on the estate. Michael Parkes Surveyors Ltd...

Read More
news-header

Rent Review savings of over £23,000 pa!

We are very pleased to have just completed a rent review in Medway saving our client (the tenant) £23,324 per year!! If you need rent review advice, please read through the guidance on our website at http://michaelparkes.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Rent-Review.pdf or contact Emma Catterall to discuss further.

Read More
news-header

Self Employment

Self Employment Just last month, in February 2016 Julie Deane OBE from The Cambridge Satchel Company gave an independent report to the Prime Minister about her findings regarding self employment. I read this with interest as the report shows that the number of self-employed in the UK currently stands...

Read More
news-header

Business Rates

Did you know that from 1st April 2017 the Valuation Office Agency, sometimes called the VOA is updating the rateable value of all business properties. This affects you if you rent a business property or you own a business property and pay rates. The amount of business rates you...

Read More
news-header

Sale completed at Riverside III Medway City Estate

Deal Done! We agreed the sale of a property for sale in Medway Kent. It was business unit at Riverside III with a lease of 999 years from 1987. We achieved £97,000 for our client and we are pleased to confirm this has just completed.

Read More
news-header

Commercial Agent V Residential Agent

Commercial Estate Agent V Residential Estate Agent   So you have a commercial property that you would like to sell or rent out and you don’t know who to turn to. Maybe you grab the local newspaper or look on Rightmove to see who is advertising properties local to...

Read More
news-header

Landlords can keep rent paid in advance of a break date!

The long awaited decision about whether Marks and Spencer were due back a pro-rata amount of rent after they issued a break in their lease has finally been made. A very short recap: – There was a dispute about the law of implied contract terms. M&S believed they were...

Read More