Does your property comply with the new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES)?

Does your property comply with the new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES)?

Because non-conformity could cost you up to £150,000!

The new energy efficiency requirements

The new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) come into effect in April 2018 and will affect you if you are a buy to let landlord. The 2015 Energy Efficiency Regulations set out minimum energy efficiency standards for properties in England and Wales.

These regulations make it unlawful for landlords to lease or grant a new lease for properties that have an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating below E, from 1 April 2018, unless the property is registered as an exemption.

After 1 April 2023, landlords must register an exemption for any building with an EPC rating of less than E if they wish to let the building.

The exemptions

Landlords can let a building if any of the following exemptions apply:

  • Where an independent assessor determines that all relevant energy efficiency improvements have been made to the property or that improvements that could be made but have not been made would not pay for themselves through energy savings within seven years. Relevant energy efficiency improvements may include such things as double-glazing and pipework insulation.
  • Where an independent surveyor determines that the relevant energy efficiency improvements that could be made to the property are likely to reduce the market value of the property by more than 5%.
  • Where the landlord is required by a contractual or legislative obligation to obtain a third party’s consent or permission to undertake relevant improvements relating to the minimum standard, and such consent was denied, or was provided with unreasonable conditions.
  • The landlord requires consent as above but the occupying tenant withholds that consent.

You need to register an exemption on the central government PRS Exemptions Register. The exemptions are valid for five years only and cannot be transferred to a new landlord.

The penalties for non-compliance

The penalty for renting out a property for a period of fewer than three months in breach of the MEES Regulations will be equivalent to 10% of the property’s rateable value, subject to a minimum penalty of £5,000 and a maximum of £50,000. After three months, the penalty rises to 20% of the rateable value, with a minimum penalty of £10,000 and a maximum of £150,000.

Where a property is let in breach of the MEES Regulations or where a penalty is imposed, the lease will still remain valid.

The rationale behind the new requirements

The built environment has been identified by the government as a major contributor to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.  Building Regulations ensure that new properties meet current energy efficiency standards and MEES will ensure that older buildings play their part.

The rental market has historically had the highest proportion of properties falling in the F and G bands. The minimum standard could rise in future.

You need to take action now  

If you don’t already know, your first step as a landlord should be to check your current rating. If the provisions do apply to you, you may then need professional advice about whether any of the exemptions are applicable to you and if they are, you need to register them.

You will also, of course, need to balance the financial cost of upgrading non-compliant buildings against the potential loss of income if a property cannot be rented out and the cost of a potential fine.

It’s not all gloom and doom

For forward thinking landlords, there is the potential to increase rental and asset value by making energy efficiency improvements and combining these with other upgrades.

And both finally and worryingly…

According to a report published by Landlord Today earlier this month research has found that 25% of landlords do not know about the new requirements, 42% admitted to being ‘only vaguely aware’ of the new rules and 27% said that they do not even know the EPC rating of their property to begin with.

https://www.landlordtoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2017/4/two-third-of-landlords-unaware-of-new-energy-efficiency-rules

If that sounds like you, now really is the time to find out.

www.ewemove.com/dorkingGraham Faulkner is Branch Director of EweMove Dorking and he’s also a portfolio landlord, as well as specialising in helping other landlords. Apart from his own experience and expertise, he can also recommend the right professionals, as tried and tested by him, to advise you.

Multi award winning EweMove in Dorking is a residential property sales and lettings agency who pride themselves on being refreshingly different and standing out from the crowd. EweMove Dorking covers from Ockley to Oxshott.

Enquiries to 01306 406 506 / 01372 701 702, or via email to dorking@ewemove.com

5 common mistakes to avoid when selling your home

5 common mistakes to avoid when selling your home

So you’re ready to move house 

The clocks have changed at last and there’s a palpable sense of relief that we’ve survived another winter. In the property world, that invariably means homeowners start thinking of moving. New beginnings and all that.

But before you fall in love with your next home and start packing your bags, watch out for these 5 common mistakes made by vendors:

1. Not preparing your house for sale. Moving house has a reputation for being stressful but it doesn’t have to be if you take time to prepare. Be realistic about the state of repair of your home. If needs be, get a survey done or ask a local builder.

It may be that some remedial work in advance will make your home more attractive to sellers. At the very least, it will save you being caught unawares when a potential buyer spots a problem and starts trying to negotiate you down on price.

If you know what needs to be done and the likely cost of such work, it immediately puts you in a better position when it comes to deciding on your asking price and / or during any subsequent negotiations.

home buyer adviceThe other element of preparation is cosmetic. A thorough declutter, clean and freshen up is essential. You don’t necessarily want to replace bathroom and kitchen units (because you rarely make your money back) but you do want to give your property some TLC. Light, bright, neutral colours are best. Declutter halls and be prepared to keep it clean and tidy for as long as it takes.

The last thing you want is for potential buyers to trip over smelly running shoes in the porch and find a stack of filthy dishes in the kitchen. First impressions count.

2. Not getting advice on valuation. It can be very tempting to over price your home. There’s a tendency to think that if you over price, it will test the market and you’ll end up getting more for it. Actually, more often than not, the opposite is true. Buyers have a lot of information available to them, including price comparisons, so over valuing really doesn’t work anymore, if it ever did.

Equally, don’t make the mistake of loving your home so much that you are completely unrealistic about what it’s really worth. You’d be surprised how often this happens. Use our online valuation tool as a starting point. It’s one of the most comprehensive online valuation tools available.

3. Not double checking your agent’s terms. Not many people like the small print but it is so important to check it. You want to avoid being tied to one estate agent for a period of time and you need to be clear about their fees and what happens in the event of a non-sale.

Tenancy agreement advice- EweMove DorkingYour estate agent is obliged to let you know what their terms are, but double check whether there are any hidden extras – for advertising costs, boards etc. At EweMove we operate on a no minimum contract, no cancellation fee and no sale no fee basis.

4. Failing to check advertising material. I’m still often shocked at the poor quality of some advertising material, particularly photos and descriptions. Check the quality of your photos. Is there a big pile of rubbish in the corner of the photo? Was it pouring with rain, meaning your photos make your home look grey and dull? Is the washing visible on the line? These things make a difference to how eye-catching your property is in a list of many. Don’t settle for second best. Check the written description and any floor plan too, to make sure they are both accurate and also make your home sound attractive.

5. Not preparing for the legals. Just because you’ve accepted an offer, doesn’t mean it’s all going to be plain sailing. You really need to do everything you can to make the process quick and efficient. That means:

  • deciding on who’s going to do your conveyancing early, so that you are ready to proceed as soon as you accept an offer,
  • keeping in touch with your agent so that you can provide all the information they need promptly,
  • making sure you are in a position to move. That means both finding somewhere else to live and making sure you have a mortgage offer in place as soon as possible. I can’t tell you how many sales fall through as a result of failure to do so,
  • taking time to read and understand the terms of the sale. Even the small print, otherwise you could be legally bound by something you were unaware of.

The above isn’t rocket science but they are very common mistakes which can scupper a deal and could cost you dear. The expression “make sure your house is in order” has really never been more apt than when it comes to moving house. Don’t be one of the ones who isn’t prepared.

Graham Faulkner is Branch Director of EweMove Dorking

www.ewemove.com/dorkingHe’s bought and sold a lot of properties over the years and is also a portfolio landlord, as well as specialising in helping other landlords. Apart from his own experience and expertise, he can also recommend the right professionals, as tried and tested by him, to advise you.

Multi award winning EweMove in Dorking is a residential property sales and lettings agency who pride themselves on being refreshingly different and standing out from the crowd. EweMove Dorking covers from Ockley to Oxshott.

Enquiries to 01306 406 506 / 01372 701 702, or via email to dorking@ewemove.com

To convert or not to convert – that’s the lofty question

To convert or not to convert – that’s the lofty question

Live with a loft conversion or move on?

Loft conversion is a booming business. And it’s not hard to see why. Stamp duty hikes and lots of media hype about housing prices and shortages. Suddenly, converting an empty attic into a useable room seems the obvious answer if you need more space.

But, before you call in the builders, what are the pros, cons and considerations of a loft conversion?

Lofts conversions increase value as well as space

loft conversions It’s estimated a loft conversion can add 10% or more to the value of your property. That means it can be a sensible option even if you’re going to eventually move. And the additional space, which might be used as an office, bedroom or snug, can add interest for potential buyers, giving your property a bit of an edge.

But not all lofts are right for conversion

A sloping ceiling, low beams and roof windows might seem appealing but are they practical? Will you have enough head room? There is nothing more annoying than constantly hitting your head, and low ceilings can work against you when you come to sell. You’ll need at least 2.5m in height before you start the conversion in order to be comfortable.

Will you also have enough room for stairs, a cupboard and a bed? How will the addition of stairs impact the rest of the house?  And what about heating, plumbing and anything else that is currently in the attic, like a water tank that will need to be moved?

Not all houses are right for conversions

A loft conversion has a significant effect on the structural integrity of your property. You will need to inspect the foundations and any load-bearing beams. Your house may need underpinning to support the added weight and that can really add to the cost of the build.

You also need to consider the pitch of your roof (no less than 30° is best) and any necessary internal supports. These may need replacing as will the joists for the floor and the room below the conversion.

Building regulations, control and notification

building inspector While you may not need planning permission (but check first), you will need Building Regulation approval. You will also have a Building Control officer, who will make fairly regular inspections during your build before hopefully issuing you with a certificate on completion.

If you have a shared wall with your neighbour, you also have to give them appropriate notification (if you’re in a terrace or semi-detached property).

Insulation 

There are different forms of insulation to consider, from between the ceiling and the roof, to internally by adding another layer to the ceiling. The latter is probably cheaper and easier to do but will eat into your headroom. The former will need to be done from the outside so will eat into your budget, as your builders have to remove the tiles.

Disruption

Don’t forget that a loft conversion is a fairly major building project and will involve a degree of disruption which could go on for weeks. Most conversions take 6 to 8 weeks, but some take longer, particularly if bad weather hits. That means dirt, dust, noise at times and builders working daily in your home. For some, that’s a breeze but for others, it can be a major challenge.   And you’ll have to re-home all that junk that you used to store in the attic.

Standard extension

Take some time to compare the costs and benefits of a loft conversion to a standard extension. Although an extension may cost more and require planning permission, they often add more in terms of both property value and space than a loft can.

And don’t rule out a move 

I know, I’m an estate agent so I’m bound to suggest a move, I hear you say. But the thing is, when you weigh in all the costs, risks and upheaval that can be involved in a loft conversion (often in order to achieve quite a small space), moving property may just be a better option. At the very least, you should talk to your local estate agent (that’s me) to get an idea of price, demand and what’s available on the market.

Graham Faulkner is Branch Director of EweMove Dorking

www.ewemove.com/dorkingHe’s also a portfolio landlord, as well as specialising in helping other landlords. Apart from his own experience and expertise, he can also recommend the right professionals, as tried and tested by him, to advise you.

Multi award winning EweMove in Dorking is a residential property sales and lettings agency who pride themselves on being refreshingly different and standing out from the crowd. EweMove Dorking covers from Ockley to Oxshott.

Enquiries to 01306 406 506 / 01372 701 702, or via email to dorking@ewemove.com

Helping the property market

Helping the property market

Is the UK housing market broken?

With the publication of a white paper last month, entitled “Fixing our broken housing market”, the Government clearly thinks so. But if you’re a landlord or looking to buy a property, what does that actually mean to you and what can you do about it?

The white paper itself is 106 pages long but Government policy is contained within just 60 of those pages.  Having recently been asked to give a presentation on the subject and to save you the trouble of wading through, here’s my at a glance guide and view on the report:

The Government recognises the urgent need for housing and a need to be more inventive in making housing available now and more supportive (both financially and practically) of those trying to find homes.

Looking to buy but struggling? 

tips for moving houseThe Government will continue to assist first time buyers. The help available will be in the following form:

  • ISAs to support saving for a deposit
  • Help to Buy ISAs with a 20% discount for five years, allowing you to purchase with a 5% deposit
  • Rent to Buy, meaning rent at a 20% discount to help save for a deposit
  • Shared ownership, buying a 25% or more share of a property

There will be continued efforts to crack down on empty homes and support areas most affected by second homes. And the Government has said they will look at the buying / selling process to see if it can be improved.

Are you a landlord or tenant? 

Standards in the private rented sector remain below those in the social and owner-occupied sectors, but are improving: just 28% of homes are now non-decent compared to 37% in 2010. (A property is non-decent if it fails to meet a set minimum statutory requirement. Factors to be taken into account when deciding if a property is “decent” include level of thermal comfort, the state of repair and whether the facilities are reasonably modern.)

The Government is going to encourage institutional investment in the private rented sector, helping to deliver approximately 15,000 new homes for rent. There are currently 54,000 in the pipeline.

Fairer rents 

The aim is to make renting fairer for tenants and to promote transparency. That includes the growing number of leaseholders (there are around 4 million leasehold homes in England).

Renters often face upfront costs including fees charged by letting agents to tenants and tenants often have no control over these fees because the agent is appointed by and works for the landlord.

To combat this the Government has already introduced transparency in respect of fees and are going to consult early this year, ahead of bringing forward legislation as soon as Parliamentary time allows, to ban letting agent fees to tenants. This should improve competition in the market and give renters greater clarity and control over what they pay.

Safety and standards

landlord responsibilities The Government will also continue to try to drive up safety and standards in the private rented sector and drive out rogue landlords.

In the white paper, the Government repeated its intention to implement measures introduced in the Housing and Planning Act 2016, which will introduce banning orders to remove the worst landlords or agents from operating and enable local councils to issue fines as well as prosecute. But we’re still waiting for details.

Other measures may include making electrical safety checks for rented properties and client money protection for letting agents mandatory. An announcement on this is expected soon.

Finally, the Government also plans to extend mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) which will ensure greater protection for thousands of vulnerable tenants.

Family friendly private rented sector

According to a Shelter report last year, an estimated 65,000 families say that they were forced to move their child’s school the last time they moved within the private rented sector. The predominant use of 6 and 12-month contracts can mean that families who are renting need to move home before they had planned, and that’s alongside the uncertainty and costs associated with taking on a new rental property.

In light of this, it has become the Government’s intention to make the private rented sector more family-friendly by taking steps to promote longer tenancies for new build rental homes.

You’ll find the full white paper report here but I’ll keep you up to date with any developments.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/590043/Fixing_our_broken_housing_market_-_housing_white_paper.pdf

www.ewemove.com/dorkingGraham Faulkner is Branch Director of EweMove Dorking and he’s also a portfolio landlord, as well as specialising in helping other landlords. Apart from his own experience and expertise, he can also recommend the right professionals, as tried and tested by him, to advise you.

Multi award winning EweMove in Dorking is a residential property sales and lettings agency who pride themselves on being refreshingly different and standing out from the crowd. EweMove Dorking covers from Ockley to Oxshott.

Enquiries to 01306 406 506 / 01372 701 702, or via email to dorking@ewemove.com

The pros and cons of short term letting

The pros and cons of short term letting

So, you’ve got a spare room and your friends have told you to list it on one of those portals, you know the ones. It’s a great way to make easy money, they tell you. Or perhaps you’re taking off on holiday and could do with the cash or maybe, you have a second property and are attracted by the lure of high rents.

Short term letting is a booming business at the moment, as a means of providing both tourist and domestic accommodation. In London, the boom is putting untold pressure on the availability of housing as well as the hotel industry and even Airbnb agree there’s a need to monitor and regulate.

So, should you jump on the bandwagon and make your buck or is it more trouble than it’s worth?

Let’s start with what a short let is?

A short let is generally considered to be anything less than 6 months and normally the rent includes utilities, TV and internet. The premises in question is also normally fully furnished and equipped, with bed linen provided. Beyond that, there’s a great deal of diversity. Your short let might be letting your spare room, letting your house while you’re away or letting your second property / buy to let property. It might mean letting for a day, a week or 5 months.

The pros

bank-17816The main and obvious advantage is that tenants will normally pay more for short term lets. For example, lets of 3 months may earn you double the going rate of a 6-month tenancy and lets of a month or less, can earn even more. The rental transaction costs to landlords of using some of the popular portals are also usually lower than using a letting agent.

If you own your own place and are going away, a short term let in your absence can provide a great solution. Someone to water your plants, feed the cat and pay you rent while you relax and unwind. Or perhaps a lodger in your spare room a few nights a week may be enough to help make ends meet.

The cons

But don’t get carried away. For a start, don’t forget you’ll have other expenses to pay. For most short term lets, you’ll probably have to pay the council tax and water bill. If it’s a holiday let you may also have other services to cover like electricity and Wi-Fi.

Another key consideration is making sure your property is health and safety regulation compliant. That means risk assessments, gas and electricity inspections and appropriate fire precautions. In most circumstances you will need to ensure that you have a Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and this requirement applies to holiday lets (if you let your property for more than 4 months in a year) and room rental if the room is self contained and has its own bathroom, toilet and kitchen. In short, check the regulations carefully to make sure you comply.

beer-414914_1920You also have to consider the demands of a high turnover of tenants. That’s cleaning, marketing and managing your property in between tenants. And the chances are you won’t have much opportunity to vet them. Ask anyone who has let property on short term lets and you’ll probably find they’ve had mixed experiences: some tenants leaving their property spotless, others leaving it in an absolute tip. And there’s not much you can do about that if they do.

There’s also the day to day management of the let and the state of your accommodation. Short term tenants have high expectations of your property and if something goes wrong, they usually expect it to be dealt with within the day. Not much fun, if you’re on holiday the other side of the world or caught up in your working day.

Finally, as the owner of a property with a mortgage to pay, the big problem with short term lets is that you face a very real risk of long periods when your property is empty.

Don’t forget the legalities

There are of course always the legalities you need to comply with as well. In London, you cannot let your property on a short let for more than 90 days a year. Wherever you are, you should always check with your lender if you have a mortgage, whether that’s a buy to let mortgage or not, to see what the terms are about letting. And don’t forget you’ll need appropriate insurance, then there’s the tax implications of extra income and the question of whether you’ll need an accountant.

You should also check with your local council and if you’re a leaseholder, check the terms of the lease. After all, if you fail to comply with the legal requirements, those attractive rents will be eaten up very quickly if something goes wrong.

Is short term letting for you?

Short term letting has been revolutionised by the likes of Airbnb, and although controversial, short lets are here to stay. Whether it’s right for you will remain a personal choice depending on your particular circumstances but don’t just get caught by the pull of high rents. Make sure you consider all the implications and take appropriate advice from a professional before you jump on the bandwagon.

www.ewemove.com/dorkingGraham Faulkner is Branch Director of EweMove Dorking and he’s also a portfolio landlord, as well as specialising in helping other landlords. Apart from his own experience and expertise, he can also recommend the right professionals, as tried and tested by him, to advise you.

Multi award winning EweMove in Dorking is a residential property sales and lettings agency who pride themselves on being refreshingly different and standing out from the crowd. EweMove Dorking covers from Ockley to Oxshott.

Enquiries to 01306 406 506 / 01372 701 702, or via email to dorking@ewemove.com

Avoid being gazumped

Avoid being gazumped

In the face of gloomy predictions from the Government about the state of the property market, what is clear is that the demand for property is greater than ever.  In the south-east, that means if you’re a buyer, you face fierce competition.

Recent research by Market Financial Solutions (MFS) found that on average, 5% of buyers across the UK have been gazumped. That’s a whopping 1.5 million buyers with the figures, much, much higher in London. The costs of being gazumped are also high. There’s the stress and distress of losing out on the home that you loved as well as the potential to lose thousands of pounds in unrecoverable fees.

The practice of gazumping is not illegal. Even after your offer is accepted, and until contracts are exchanged, in theory, there is nothing to stop a seller accepting a higher offer. Even if you’ve spent money on surveyors and / or on solicitor’s fees.

hand-819279As spring approaches and the property market bursts back into full swing, if you’re looking to buy, now is the time to take all possible steps to protect yourself against the possibility of the dreaded gazump!

  1. Get your finances in order

Cash buyers or buyers who have already sold their own property are always an attractive prospect to sellers. Get your current property on the market well in advance of your search and if possible, make sure you have your finance in place. If you’re getting a mortgage, try and arrange to have an offer in principle.

Funding a deposit is also often a challenge but there are various Government initiatives available including the Help to Buy ISA*. Whilst it may mean a delay in your purchase, having funds puts you in a stronger position.

  1. Insist it’s taken off the market

stamp-1726355_1280When your offer is accepted insist the property is taken off the market and monitor what happens. If the property listing remains as it is (not marked sold or at least as under offer) that could be an indication that all is not well, as is a seller who refuses to take it off the market. Forewarned is forearmed.

 

  1. Keep in touch

Once your offer has been accepted it’s important to keep the sale progressing as quickly as possible. That may mean keeping in touch and chasing your solicitor if necessary. But it is also important to build a rapport with your estate agent. You want to both keep your estate agent in the loop and be kept in the loop, and a good estate agent will not condone the practice of gazumping.

Should the worse still happen and you are gazumped, the relationship with your estate agent could stand you in good stead. Not least if the gazumper’s purchase falls through, you may still be in with a chance.

  1. Consider protection

Ask your solicitor or estate agent about the possibility of insurance against gazumping or a lock-in agreement. A lock-in agreement normally requires a payment of a deposit and prevents the seller negotiating elsewhere for a set period of time. If they do, they forfeit their deposit which might not save you heartache but should cover any wasted fees.

*If you are saving for a deposit for your first home, and are eligible for a Help to Buy ISA, the Government will boost your savings by 25%. So, for every £200 you save, you receive a government bonus of £50. The maximum government bonus you can receive is £3,000.

Multi award winning EweMove in Dorking is a residential property sales and lettings agency who pride themselves on being refreshingly different and standing out from the crowd. EweMove Dorking covers from Ockley to Oxshott.

Enquiries to 01306 406 506 / 01372 701 702, or via email to dorking@ewemove.com

Update on Right to Rent and Banning Orders

Update on Right to Rent and Banning Orders

No Right to Rent

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you will recall back in June last year, I blogged about the new Right to Rent provisions. They include some very severe penalties (including criminal offences), for those landlords who fail to carry out Right to Rent checks. Back then, it was still unclear how quickly the authorities will act and what will be considered as “taking reasonable steps” to terminate a tenancy.

right to rentThe requirements

The Act came into force on 1st December 2016 making it a criminal offence to let to a tenant who has no Right to Rent. As a landlord, you now have to check everyone over 18, even if they are not named on the tenancy and regardless of whether you think they are a UK citizen.

You must check:

  • whether they will be using your property as their main home
  • original copies of their documents confirming their Right to Rent.

Make sure the copies are genuine, take and keep copies and make a note of the date of the check. It must be at least 28 days before the tenancy starts.

You must also do follow-up checks, either just before:

  • the end of your tenant’s permission to stay in the UK, or
  • 12 months after your previous check,

whichever is later. You don’t have to do a follow-up check if there’s no time limit on your tenant’s permission to stay in the UK. If you are in any doubt about any of the provisions, get in touch.

A slither of good news

On the bright side, a close inspection of the details of the Act reveals a slither of good news.

The Act provides that if there is no Right to Rent, the landlord can terminate the tenancy by serving a Notice to Quit in writing. That Notice to Quit can then be enforced as if it is an order of the High Court.

Without getting too technical, that makes enforcement easier and quicker with no prior court approval required. Of course, the Notice to Quit must contain the correct information so do take advice before serving. And while this may seem like a small win for us landlords, it still represents a little good news.

Banning orders update

banning orders You may also recall that The Housing and Planning Act 2016 introduces a new power to serve a banning order on certain landlords or property agents. The Act came into force in May 2016 but not the provisions in respect of banning orders which remained unclear.

To date, we know that the Act introduces measures enabling local authorities to tackle rogue landlords, including the provision of a national database of those convicted of certain offences.

We also know there will be fairly substantial penalties including fines of up to £30,000 and Rent Repayment Orders to cover illegal eviction, breach of a banning order or failure to comply with certain statutory notices.

Beyond that, there’s been very little clarity on what will constitute a rogue landlord and how the provisions will be rolled out. There is, however, currently a Government consultation which will close on the 10th February 2017. It is anticipated that some initial civil penalty provisions will come into force in April 2017 and further provisions about the database will be in force in October 2017. With luck, that means some long-awaited clarification, so watch this space.

Keep up to date 

It might be tempting to think that some of the new legislative provisions won’t affect you. After all, I don’t imagine you’re planning on becoming a rogue landlord. But however you came into your role as landlord (whether accidently or not), it’s really important to keep up to date with developments. Ignorance is normally no defence and little mistakes could cost you dear. I’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

Multi award winning EweMove in Dorking is a residential property sales and lettings agency who pride themselves on being refreshingly different and standing out from the crowd. EweMove Dorking covers from Ockley to Oxshott.

Enquiries to 01306 406 506 / 01372 701 702, or via email to dorking@ewemove.com