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How the Tenant Fee Ban impacts landlords and tenants in Chester

11 July 2019

All rental properties in England will be impacted by the new Tenant Fees Act, which came into force on 1st June 2019 — here’s what the tenant fee ban means for landlords and tenants in Chester. What is the Tenant Fees Act? The Tenant Fees Act 2019 is a ban...

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How landlords can easily switch letting agents in the middle of a tenancy

02 July 2019

Changing letting agents in the middle of a tenancy is a really straightforward process for landlords. There’s a common misconception that you need to wait until your tenant contract has come to an end to appoint a new agent, but this is not the case. At Matthews of Chester, we...

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Buy to let in Chester

23 February 2018

What is buy-to-let, who is for and how does it work? As the leading independent estate agent in the area we have significant experience in buy to let in Chester and the surrounding area. In this article we discuss what it is, who is it for, how it works and...

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Preparing a house for Viewing

05 February 2018

How to prepare your house for viewing As we discussed in our previous post, making sure you are well prepared before putting your house on the market will make the process as stress free as possible. Marketing your property is key, but it’s only half the battle. Once you have...

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How can I get my Landlord to return my deposit?

28 December 2017

How long does a landlord have to return a deposit? 10 Days is the maximum time that a landlord has to return your deposit once you have both agreed how much you will get back. Make sure your agent or landlord has a note of your contact details, forwarding address...

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The Christmas Housing Market

06 December 2017

The residential property market at this time of year generally quietens down due to sellers and buyers directing their thoughts towards getting ready for Christmas, attending various festive functions and arranging to see family and friends. Few people want the hassle of tidying for photographers and viewings over Christmas so...

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How will the General Election affect Housing Supply, Home Ownership & Rental Market?

05 June 2017

With the General Election on the 8th June, Rebecca Matthew and Kevin O’Reilly represented Matthew’s of Chester at the Chester Business Club hustings event on 31 May 2017 at the Crowne Plaza. This event provided the opportunity mainstream party candidates to participate in a Q&A session as part of their...

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The Rise of the ‘Renty-Somethings’

12 January 2017

A recent policy paper issued by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with recommendations for the rental sector in England, highlighted the ‘flat-line’ of owner occupation since the recession of 2007/2008, the decline of the Local Authority rental sector and the dramatic increase of those renting from private landlords...

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Considering a rental investment? HMOs can provide high rental yields

10 January 2017

If you are thinking about investing in rental property there are many different options to consider. One option warranting serious consideration is investing in houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). First time landlords are often reluctant to look at HMOs because they are daunted by the prospect of finding multiple tenants,...

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Are you considering becoming a student landlord?

14 November 2016

With over 15,000 students attending the University of Chester every year the student property market in the city has grown significantly over the last decade. Add to this the students attending the College of Law in Chester and other institutions and there is high demand for accommodation from students of...

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