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Tenant Fee Ban

Jeremy Fletcher on the tenant fee ban

Tenant Fee Ban - Tipi residents have already saved over £215,000!  

"The lettings fees ban coming into force on 1st June 2019 is more great news for UK renters. For too long, tenants have been the victims of the private rented sector, but change is happening. The letting fees ban is a step in the right direction, but more still needs to be done.

"Tipi is already ahead of the game when it comes to putting tenants first. Our residents and potential residents don't need the Tenant Fee Ban to get a fairer deal as not only don't we charge our residents any fees, we also don't require them to pay deposits. 

"In fact, our records show that we've already saved our residents over £215,000 to date by dispensing with these fees!

Willow Grove Turns One

Willow Grove staff celebrating turning one

Leading developers Barratt and David Wilson Homes celebrated its Wixams development’s first birthday last Saturday (25th May) with a family event for its residents. 

Located on Southern Cross, Willow Grove is a popular development that has become a property hotspot with Bedfordshire buyers since opening one year ago. 

In honour of the occasion, Barratt and David Wilson Homes hosted a Family Fun Day last Saturday at the development, where attendees could benefit from a variety of sweet summer treats that were available.  

Lucky residents were treated to an ice cream van where they could take advantage of an abundance of flavours and scoops, including extraordinary rainbow cones. 

Apprentices Embark On Careers With Leading Builder

Billy Kettlewell - one of the Persimmon Homes apprentices

A leading regional housebuilder is gearing up to recruit even more apprentices looking to work in the construction industry.

Persimmon Homes Severn Valley is already paving the careers of 15 apprentices on sites across Bristol, Weston-Super-Mare and Gloucestershire, and is looking to recruit another 15 this September. 

Glen Fallon, apprenticeships manager, said: “Apprenticeships are the way forward as there is a distinct lack of skilled trades. They offer a fantastic quality of life as apprentices earn as they learn, experience a sense of achievement and provide a solid foundation to successful career progression.

“In our region we currently have 15 apprentices, covering all aspects of trade, from carpenters and bricklayers, to tackers/ dry liners and painters. 

Star wars themed room at show home in sandbach

The Star Wars themed bedroom inside the Harborough show home at Barratt Homes' J One Seven development

A leading developer is celebrating ‘Star Wars Day’ (4th May) in style with a themed room commemorating the movie masterpiece at its Sandbach development, J One Seven.

The Star Wars themed bedroom inside the Harborough show home at Barratt Homes' J One Seven development

Located on Old Mill Road, the intergalactic bedroom is featured in the Harborough style show home, a four bedroom family property that is perfect for those looking to upsize. 

The room features a wall that pictures an X Wing Fighter, a famous spaceship from the film franchise, as well as a character-covered duvet set and themed wall hangings, where residents will truly feel like they are in a galaxy far, far away. 

Busting The Myths Of Shared Ownership

Couple holding house keys after buying shared ownership home

People have got all sorts of strange ideas about shared ownership. From having fears that you will be forced to live with a complete stranger, to having little or no say on which property you buy, there are lots of things people tend to worry about.

However, Homefocus is here to separate the myths from the facts to help you find out more about how shared ownership could work for you.

SHARED OWNERSHIP HOMES ARE JUST TINY STARTER FLATS

Some of them may be starter homes, but they’re not tiny... You can expect the same standards of space, storage and eco-efficiency as in any typical new-build, so you’re not going to lose out.
IT MUST BE CHEAPER TO RENT THAN BUY!

New Bedfordshire Homebuyers Can Get Their Foot In The Door With Handy Offers

Street scene in Bedfordshire

A leading developer is making the move to a new home much simpler for house hunters this April, at its stunning developments across Bedfordshire.

David Wilson Homes is providing buyers with an abundance of fantastic offers when they reserve a property at its Clipstone Park development in Leighton Buzzard before 28th April. 

Home seekers considering making the move to one of the developments may be eligible to receive a £5,000 John Lewis & Partners gift card from the housebuilder.

The offer is perfect for those looking to buy a property for the first time, as it means there is less to save up for in the moving process, with the gift card enabling buyers to splash out on a new sofa, a dining room table or even a television. 

Children Enjoy An Eggs-tra Special Easter At Fairfields

Children with easter eggs at Fairfields

Pupils at Fairfields Primary School in Milton Keynes enjoyed an eggs-tra special Easter after taking part in a seasonal egg hunt at David Wilson Homes’ Fairfields development.

Three classes of youngsters at the school were challenged to find 10 especially designed Easter eggs that spelt out the name of the new homes site, which had been hidden around the Vespasian Road show homes.  

After they had hunted all of the eggs in the beautifully furnished properties, they put them all together to spell Fairfields and celebrated their triumph in front of the development. 

Once the children had completed the challenge they were each given a chocolate Easter egg as their prize. 

Grand Designs: The Street

Grand Designs: The Street

Grand Designs: The Street has been an epic five years in the making. In this six-part series, presented by Kevin McCloud, cameras follow the first 10 pioneering households who are building a brand new street from scratch, on what will ultimately be the UK’s largest self-build project. 

This ground-breaking experiment takes place in a prime location near Bicester, just 14 miles from Oxford and under an hour from London by train. The local council bought the land from the MOD, and instead of selling it to a developer for a quick profit, they have simplified the planning regulations and sold plots to the general public for around £100k each.

Family Ties At Northamptonshire Housebuilders Barratt & David Wilson Homes

Family Ties At Northamptonshire Housebuilders Barratt & David Wilson Homes

In celebration of Mother’s Day, local housebuilder David Wilson Homes South Midlands is celebrating the family ties being created in its close-knit establishment, with more than four employees having recommended the company to their family. 

A total of eight employees working for the Northamptonshire developer have relatives that they work alongside including mother and daughter duos: Amanda and Hannah Bridges (Sales Advisers), Carol Wilman and Georgie Lindsay (Sales Advisers), Catherine Duffy (Sales Adviser) and her daughter Abi Duffy who works for sister company Barratt Homes Northampton and sisters Amanda Jones (Sales Manager) and Victoria Barnaby (Senior Sales Adviser).