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Why short-term gain can lead to long term pain for landlords

Why short-term gain can lead to long term pain for landlords

We read an article recently which featured a letting agency encouraging its landlords to avoid rent increases and instead focus on keeping tenants over the long term. Apparently, this is down to an over-supply of property to let and political and financial uncertainty stretching into the future. It’s something we’ve been saying for years. When [...]
How ‘Available’ is Your Estate Agent?

How ‘Available’ is Your Estate Agent?

One thing the team here at Knights Property Services has in common is that we’ve all bought and sold homes in the past. This means we have walked a mile in our clients’ shoes and can see our business from their perspective. We were discussing this in our office this week. One of the biggest [...]
Six Super Tips for People Looking to Rent Property in Surrey

Six Super Tips for People Looking to Rent Property in Surrey

We speak with many prospective tenants who look for places to rent in Surrey and here are seven super tips we give all of them. It makes their lives easier and means our landlords know that any tenants that come their way are fully aware of the process and obligations involved in renting privately. Work [...]
How we handle the Three D’s – Death, Divorce & Debt

How we handle the Three D’s – Death, Divorce & Debt

What do you think of when you imagine an estate agent? Sharp suits, shiny pointy shoes and cheesy patter? Or is a slick bordering on smarmy approach that’s smoother than an oily dolphin? At Knights Property Services we pride ourselves on being different. More approachable, friendly and sensitive to whatever our client’s needs are. These [...]
Five ways to protect yourself from a terrible tenancy

Five ways to protect yourself from a terrible tenancy

We’ve written a lot about how landlords can reduce the risk of potentially troublesome tenants. However, it cuts both ways. There are unscrupulous landlords and indeed letting agents out there who potential tenants need to be made aware of. During our many years in the business we’ve come across numerous occasions when tenants have been [...]
Why we won’t just work with any or every landlord

Why we won’t just work with any or every landlord

The ability to have the freedom to have and make choices is one of the most taken for granted aspects of our society. During the 5 years and counting we’ve been in the lettings business we’ve come across and worked with hundreds of landlords. Those years of experience have taught us that there are certain types [...]
How to handle offers on your property – in five steps

How to handle offers on your property – in five steps

Whenever people sell their homes with us at Knights Property Services, one of the questions which nearly always comes up from them is - how do I respond to offers? Below is our five point advice on what you need to consider when deciding whether it’s an offer too good to refuse. An accurately priced [...]
The Truth about Legionella, Lettings and Landlords

The Truth about Legionella, Lettings and Landlords

Legionella is a hot topic in the lettings industry now and a subject many landlords will be anxiously googling for more information about. But what is it? Well Legionella is the bacteria which causes the potentially lethal Legionnaires’ disease.  In a home environment, it can potentially flourish in domestic water systems. A burgeoning market has [...]

A recipe for success: smarten up your kitchen

It’s not just the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver who love spending time in the kitchen. During the 16 years I’ve been an estate agent I’ve seen plenty of prospective buyers fall head over heels with a home after laying eyes on a well-designed, stylish kitchen. If a kitchen has the [...]