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BuyNight’s Guide to Guildford

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June 11, 2019

BuyNight’s Guide to Guildford

Guildford is known for excellent shopping, its wide variety of bars and restaurants and easy access to the rolling Surrey Hills. However, if you’re staying here for business purposes, you might find you need to know about more than just the leisure opportunities. Richard Murray, Head of Buy Night, explains why Guildford has everything you need if you’re staying and working here.

  1. Dressing for success
    It can be a nuisance having to find a last-minute dry cleaners or professional tailor – especially if you have an important meeting. Trend Cleaners Ltd can take care of your laundering and repairs, and is conveniently located on the doorstep of Guildford's train station.
  2. Easy access
    Guildford station has direct routes into London Waterloo with journey times from just 33 minutes. For professionals travelling via train, Buy Night serviced apartments are all conveniently located in the town centre, within 10 to 20 minutes’ walk to the station.
  3. Big Brands
    Buy Night serviced apartments are perfectly positioned in central Guildford, with easy access to some major employers such as Sanofi, based in the town centre, and Phillips Electronics and Colgate-Palmolive, both located in Guildford Business Park. In addition, Buy Night’s apartments are all located a short drive or bus ride away from the renowned Surrey Research Park in Guildford which is highly regarded in technology, science, health and engineering.
  4. Something for everyone
    Guildford provides a range of different venues to host business get-togethers. Whether a formal business lunch (Guildford is home to The Ivy Castle View, Côte Brasserie and independent Italian Blue Sardinia), evening drinks in a hip bar (Komo offers an extensive cocktail menu and is an easy walk from the train station) or even just a coffee shop catch-up (Coffee Culture is really popular with the locals), you'll find something for everyone.
  5. On the move!
    All of Buy Night's serviced apartments have high speed Wi-Fi but if you'd like a change of scene, many of Guildford’s restaurants and cafés provide access to public Wi-Fi. The Harbour Café Bar and Grill, The Albany pub as well as all the well-known coffee shop chains offer customers free internet access so you can work on the go! 

Grantley Buy Night is dedicated to delivering exceptional customer service from the point of booking right up until the end of your stay. Offering further peace of mind, a 24-hour guest response line is available. Our service is tailored to you; if you require extra beds or would like to extend your stay, we are here to assist. Get in touch with the team by calling 01483 407640.

Buy Night https://grantleycopy.asdev.co.uk/serviced-apartments/current-listings/
Trend Cleaners Ltd https://www.trenddrycleaners.co.uk/
Guildford station https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/GLD.aspx
Surrey Research Park https://surrey-research-park.com/
The Ivy Castle View https://theivyguildford.com/
Blue Sardinia https://www.bluesardinia.co.uk/
Komo http://komo.co.uk/
Coffee Culture https://www.facebook.com/mycoffeeculture.surrey/
Harbour Café Bar and Grill https://www.harbourhotels.co.uk/guildford/eat-and-drink/harbar
The Albany pub https://thealbanyguildford.com/home

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What’s good for the tenants…

June 11, 2019

What's good for the tenants...

Mark Blakeway, Head of Lettings at The Grantley Group.

Landlords, agents and tenants have been counting down to June 1, when the rule-book on fees for rental properties is thrown out and some big new changes implemented with the Tenant Fees Act 2019. This is only added to the myriad of new taxes and regulation to raise the standard of rental properties which have seemed to punish landlords over recent years.

At first glance, the Tenant Fees Act certainly seems to favour the tenants at the detriment of landlords, overhauling and capping fees at the beginning of a tenancy and throughout, and banning many tenant costs outright.

However, this could mean higher costs elsewhere as landlords look to make back the money lost, an obvious area being the rental fee itself. In addition landlords will be less inclined to offer tenancies with six month break clauses and will seek longer lets. The consequence of higher rents and longer tenancies could mean the majority of tenancies will offer next to no flexibility for tenants – meaning tenants being able to negotiate out of a contract early will be a thing of the past - which is something many seek when finding their next home.

The Tenant Fees Act, coupled with higher tax arrangements for second homes and the further erosion of tax relief on the interest of mortgaged buy-to-let properties, may lead to an ever-increasing exodus of landlords from the buy-to-let market.

'No deposit' schemes, which are becoming more and more popular, could be costly to tenants over the long term if they wish to rent for more than a year, as landlords look for ways to replace deposits. This will all drive rents even higher for tenants, for whom the legislation was created to benefit in the first place.

On the industry side, we also expect to see competition pick up between supplies of services - such as referencing companies - which will lead to price wars as agents and landlords try to cut costs. Ultimately, we believe that what is good for the tenant is good for the buy-to-let owners who take their duty of care seriously. The series of changes affecting landlords is complex and varied, and those in charge of poor, non-compliant houses and apartments are far less likely to recognise the financial benefits of continuing with buy to let.

This will in turn mean that the number of high-quality, fit for purpose rental homes will increase, which is great news for the record numbers of tenants priced out of home ownership. It also means however that in the end, the weak are pushed out. The landlords left standing at the end will be the ones to gain financially from an improved sector.

If you need some advice on navigating the new rules, get in touch with Grantley's lettings team on 01483 407600.

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Celebrate with Grantley at Peper Harow on Saturday 11th May 2019

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June 11, 2019

Celebrate with Grantley at Peper Harow on Saturday 11th May 2019

To celebrate the recent partnership of The Grantley Group and Property Services Haslemere, we will be hosting a Hog Roast and Drinks Reception at the Peper Harow Point To Point event this Saturday 11th May. You’ll find us at the finish line, on the bookmaker’s side, where Grantley and Property Services Haslemere will be flying their flags outside the large stretch tent. Our Property Sales, Letting & Management teams will be on hand to chat about any of your property needs.

Gates open at 11:00 and the first race at 14:00, leaving plenty of time to study the form & picnic before racing begins. Please note that there is a non-refundable entrance fee, charged by the Surrey Union Hunt, of £15 per adult (£13 in advance) for the public car park and £20 per adult (£18 in advance) for the reserved car park. Children aged 15 years or under are admitted free. You can book online at www.surreyptp.co.uk.

David Williams, Sales Director at The Grantley Group comments: “We are excited to be attending the Peper Harow Point-to-Point event. We look forward to welcoming all our clients and friends to celebrate this new partnership, and enjoy the delicious food and drink on offer.

We hope to see you there...

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Grantley celebrates the very first Surrey Day

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June 11, 2019

Grantley celebrates the very first Surrey Day

With a head office in Guildford, Surrey, a new office in Haslemere following our recent purchase of Property Services Haslemere, not to mention our varied portfolio of properties for sale and to let across the county, it would be remiss of us to let the inaugural Surrey Day pass without some recognition.

Organised by Surrey Life magazine, Visit Surrey and BBC Surrey, Surrey Day – on Saturday 4th May - is an annual celebration of everything the area has to offer. With so much to celebrate however, one day just isn’t enough, and so the Grantley team will be celebrating Surrey throughout the month. 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram if you aren't doing so already, to see what we're up to:

  • The team will be out and about and will be posting pictures in various Surrey locations...can you guess where we are?
  • While you're there, take a look at our compilation of everything you need to know if you are working and staying in Guildford, compiled by Grantley's Head of Serviced Apartments Richard Murray. With a collection of serviced apartments available across Guildford, there is no one better placed to provide local knowledge in one of Surrey's best-known towns.
  • We will also be sharing some of our favourite Surrey properties, available for sale and to let with Grantley, for those of you looking to make a move. Whether you're looking for a luxury town centre apartment or a picturesque country pile in the Surrey Hills, keep an eye on Instagram for a round-up of our most impressive residential properties.

Happy Surrey Day!

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The Grantley Group purchases Property Services Haslemere

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June 11, 2019

The Grantley Group purchases Property Services Haslemere

Grantley is pleased to announce its purchase of lettings and management agency Property Services Haslemere Ltd (PSHL), further reinforcing its position as a provider of property services in Surrey, Hampshire, and West Sussex.

The purchase makes Grantley one of the largest independent lettings and managing agents in the area. Alongside its head office in Guildford, Surrey, Grantley will operate both its sales and lettings businesses from PSHL’s office in the centre of Haslemere, expanding the services of both teams.

Stephen Frost, Director at Grantley, comments: “The purchase of PSHL was an easy decision; PSHL is an excellent fit for Grantley, it shares the same customer-focused ethos and in-depth expertise of the areas in which it operates. We look forward to working with their excellent team, their clients and growing the combined businesses during 2019.”

Denise Gardiner, who is retiring from her position of Managing Director at PSHL after 25 years with the company, said: “I’m so pleased to see Property Services Haslemere join The Grantley Group. The teams will pool their expertise and build on the outstanding service that our clients have come to expect.”

For more information about Property Services Haslemere Ltd, visit www.pshl.co.uk.

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Mark Blakeway lends lettings expertise to industry magazine, The Negotiator.

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June 11, 2019

Mark Blakeway lends lettings expertise to industry magazine, The Negotiator.

This year will see the biggest legislation shake-up in private-rented sector history. Schemes including the tenant fee ban and Section 24 tax relief changes will impact agents, landlords and residents alike.

A poll taken by Outsourced Lettings Solutions during an industry led seminar found that 60% of lettings agents were considering outsourcing their tenancy administration and property management services due to the looming legislation changes. In industry publication, The Negotiator, Mark Blakeway, Head of Lettings at The Grantley Group, explains why choosing not to outsource is the best way to weather the storm.

“We wouldn’t outsource property management and we wouldn’t even consider centralising. I’ve found that in situations with multiple offices and a central property management and accounts system, communication breaks down. So while you can make efficiencies, especially with costs, it is almost always at the expense of service that goes for outsourcing viewings and phones calls too.”

“We have taken on whole portfolios of managed properties from other agents where services haven’t been up to standard, including a portfolio of over 40 properties which came over to us recently as a result of a communications breakdown. Centralised management and accounts had led to some serious errors and the client wanted to be in an operation where everything is under one roof and communication channels were simplified.”

Read the full article here: https://thenegotiator.co.uk/outsource-and-survive/

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Successfully let your property with Grantley.

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June 11, 2019

Successfully let your property with Grantley. Leading property agents in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire

It’s only a few days into the New Year but we’ve already secured a successful let on Glebe House, an outstanding seven-bedroom, Grade II listed country house in the village of Hambledon.

The home built in circa 1700 was once an old rectory and left to the National Trust in 1954; it is exemplary of classic Queen Anne-style architecture. The rooms display many original features including a marble fireplace, cornicing and internal shutters. The house is set on a country lane in the village of Hambledon, a charming and a much sought-after Surrey village. The area is surrounded by National Trust woodland which offers an excellent network of footpaths and bridleways in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Grantley Group has a long-established history in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire, offering a wide range of property services to landlords in the area. Offering peace of mind, our lettings team takes the hassle out of letting your home by preparing your property for rental including all safety certifications/requirements before commencing our comprehensive marketing and advertising.

Once a tenant has been found, we’ll carry out full referencing and credit checks, while also arranging inventory checks and a schedule of the home’s condition. With a close network of reliable and high-quality tradespeople, we can manage repairs and maintenance, as well as provide cleaning and gardening services if required. In addition, our lettings team will take care of payments and receipts, and provide you with a monthly statement of income.

If you are a homeowner wishing to let your property this year, whether it may be a characterful cottage or country home in the rolling Surrey Hills, or a townhouse in the centre of Guildford, get in touch with the team today on 01483 407600.

Alternatively, if you are interested in renting a home in the Surrey area, take a look at our impressive selection of properties available to let.