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Pimlico Flats Newsletter – July 2015

Pimlico Flat ended 2014 with a new management team who are yet to be formally introduced to the world, but have made themselves known to tenants as we introduce new ways of doing business. 2014 was a year of change in which we introduced a number of  new people, and new ways of doing business. However we have had a stressful start to 2015, which we are now fully on top of.

In 2014 we had a disappointing lack of support from the police in dealing with the drugs dealer living in 79 Winchester St. who was making the lives of local residents and neighbours a misery, however after a long legal battle with the dealer’s legal aid team she was finally evicted, albeit she trashed the premises on her departure. A repair and refurbishment of the premises is currently underway, hopefully providing new affordable homes for 4 people later this year.

We had a massive big flood last year when the tenants in 71 Winchester St. awoke to the sound of the fire alarm and saw a river of water pouring down the stairs (except for a single tenant who slept through it all until he was woken by Philomena). Fire engines were called, alarms going and water gushing, fire men marching up to the boiler room all before the birds on a cold dark early morning of a Sunday… fortunately on of our regular contractors attended at 04:00 in order to stop the flood – which was caused by a burst pressure vessel (possibly a unique event).  This left the common parts of 71 Winchester St. badly in need of repair & replacement which has now been completed with a new carpet throughout.
Consultant at work

The outside of the houses is left shabby and damp due to this flood and several other troublesome maintenance issues which have now been resolved. We are committed to supporting the local Pimlico community and consequently we have employed a local contractor to repair and repaint the fronts of the properties. The Scaffolding will be erected on the front of 79 & 77 Winchester St. from 20th July, being moved to 73, 75, 71 Winchester St. a month later, and the fronts of the houses will be repaired and repainted.

We have also had a major overhaul of our repair reporting system. We are trialling an online reporting system available at https://pimlico-flats.fixflo.com/Auth/HomeIssueCreate  which we hope will be the future of resolving tenant issues quickly and efficiently. Most tenants are using this system successfully.

Pimlico Gets 24 Hour Tube Trains

London is already a 24-hour city, and from September on Friday & Saturday nights TfL is rolling out a 24-hour Tube to match. Pimlico will be at the center of this night network with Pimlico and Victoria Stations seeing tube trains every 10 mins. This will meant that whatever your evening out in the West End has involved, there will be no reason to cut it short to get home to Pimlico!

Jubilee and Victoria lines – trains running on average every 10 minutes across the entire lines

Central line – trains running approximately every 10 minutes between White City and Leytonstone and approximately every 20 minutes between Ealing Broadway to White City and Leytonstone to Loughton/ Hainault

Northern line – trains running on average every 8 minutes between Morden and Camden Town and approximatively every 15 minutes from Camden Town to High Barnet / Edgware

Piccadilly line – trains running on average every 10 minutes between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5

Central Night Tube

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Pimlico Flats December Vacancies

2 Bedroom Flat
£1800 pcm

1 Bedroom Flat
£1600 pcm

Studio Flat
£1300 pcm

Studio Flat
£1100 pcm

Studio Flat
£1300 pcm

Pimlico Flats October Vacancies

OUR CURRENT VACANCIES IN PIMLICO:

Studio £1400 pcm Including Utility Bills, but not Council Tax

Studio £1300 pcm Including Utility Bills, but not Council Tax

Studio £1400 pcm Including Utility Bills and Council Tax

2 Bedroom Flat £2100 pcm

2 Bedroom Basement Flat with Garden £1800

Telephone: 07787 578746
eMail: admin@pimlico-flats.co.uk

A Guide for Renting

How to Rent

How to Rent

The government has launched a guide for private rented sector tenants today.

The idea is that new ‘How to rent’ guide will give tenants the knowledge they need at their fingertips and help raise the game of landlords who may not know what is expected of them.

The guide will help tenants whilst looking for property to rent as it can be viewed on smartphones and tablets.

The guide includes:

  • information and advice on tenancy deposit schemes, tenancy length and bill payments
  • a checklist of what the landlord must provide tenants, including gas certificate and deposit paperwork
  • information on the requirements of the landlord to maintain the structure of the property and give tenants at least 24 hours’ notice before entering the property
  • the legal requirements for landlords and tenants on ending tenancies and returning deposits

The Guide is available here: How to rent: the checklist for renting in England.

Government Review of property conditions in the private rented sector

 

Portcullis

Portcullis

This discussion document considers what more can be done and how best to tackle rogue landlords, without negatively impacting on the good ones.

The government announced a package of measures on 16 October 2013 to help ensure that tenants get a good deal when they rent a home. The measures included a commitment to undertake a review into property conditions in the private rented sector.

The discussion document is the first stage of the review, it sets out the issues that the review will cover and invites comments by 21 March 2014.

The Government Legislation Plan aims to:

  • avoid hidden fees from unscrupulous letting agents
  • get proper protection from rogue landlords
  • can request long-term rental deals that cut costs and provide stability for their family
  • feel confident to demand better standards and management of their property by landlords

The Legislation which is being prepared will:

  • Publish a new code of practice setting standards for the management of property in the private rented sector, with a view to making it statutory to provide greater confidence for tenants in what they can expect.
  • Publish a tenant’s charter to help tenants understand what they should expect from their rental deal, and how they can take action if they are the victim of hidden fees or poor standards of accommodation.
  • Legislate a new tenancy agreement, which landlords can use to offer longer tenancies of 3 years or more, which will, provide extra security and stability for families.
  • Produce extra guidance for local councils on how to protect tenants from illegal eviction, how to push for harsher penalties before magistrates for housing offences where these have a real impact on peoples’ lives, and to plan for new private rented developments in the future, including on their own land.
  • A mortgage lenders summit will consider how lenders can make it easier for landlords to offer longer tenancies that benefit families.
  • The government will review the process by which tenants can raise concerns about the standard of their private rented property and the response they should expect from their council in enforcing standards of safety and hygiene
  • The review will also consider requiring landlords to repay rent where a property is found to have serious hazards. This could include allowing councils to recoup housing benefit so that taxpayers’ money is not used to support landlords who provide sub-standard property.

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July 2015

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1 Bed Studio Flat £1100 pcm

2 Bed Flat £1800 pcm

Short stays £150/Night
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1 Bed (Double) Flat

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