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Will Brexit affect property rentals

Will Brexit affect property rentals

Around a fifth of the UK population is now renting from a private landlord and tenant numbers are predicted to continue to increase. This burgeoning market is one that, so far, doesn't seem to have been that affected by the political game playing and confusion that has surrounded Brexit negotiations. However, the sales market in the UK has taken a hit and so is it only ...

The winter lettings market in London

The winter lettings market in London

The seasons have changed, the leaves have fallen and it's time to readjust to darker nights and shorter days. When winter comes it's not just nature that shifts - there are other subtle differences that happen too. As letting agents in London we have a great deal of experience when it comes to understanding how lettings change as the seasons do. This is our overview ...

How might Government changes to section 21 affect landlords and tenants?

How might Government changes to section 21 affect landlords and tenants?

Section 21 is the process by which landlords have traditionally been able to facilitate a "no fault" eviction. This has effectively enabled tenants to be removed fairly quickly from a property without the requirement for there to be any specific reason for the eviction. However, Section 21 is now set to be abolished in a move that ...

Welcoming Mama Shelter & Ozone coffee shop to Bethnal Green

Welcoming Mama Shelter & Ozone coffee shop to Bethnal Green

Bethnal Green is a vibrant area and an exciting place to be, whether you're putting down roots or visiting for the weekend. New businesses pop up here all the time and some of the most creative and interesting entrepreneurs are starting new ventures in the area. As letting agents in Bethnal Green we always like to stay on top of the latest ...

The summer lettings market in London

The summer lettings market in London

Autumn has now very definitely arrived. We've had the last of the really sunny days and plenty of rain, indicating that we're about to start the weather changes that will lead us into winter in a couple of months time. The summer in London was a fairly momentous one this year, not just as a result of movements like Extinction Rebellion and the continuous uncertainty ...

Storeys/Goodlord rent protection for landlords

Storeys/Goodlord rent protection for landlords

Becoming a landlord is a great way to invest in your future and to generate profit from an asset like an old family home. However, it doesn't come without its risks. Perhaps one of the most significant for every landlord is the potential issues that can arise if the rent stops coming in. Many landlords today are reliant on rent payments to cover mortgages or ...

The importance of having a pro-active letting agent

The importance of having a pro-active letting agent

Letting agents come in many different shapes and sizes today. From those that are agile and favour the face-to-face approach (like Storeys) to the big operations with offices all over the country, there are plenty to choose from. We have been letting agents in Hackney for some time now and, in our experience, whatever else you opt for in a letting agent ...

Stokey...stoke Newington - why so many young families favour this north London hot spot

Stokey...stoke Newington - why so many young families favour this north London hot spot

Stoke Newington - 'Stokey' to the locals - has come a long way in recent years. It's gone from being a rather edgy environment to somewhere that's renowned as a hub for creatives and professionals, and which now attracts large numbers of families too. With its leafy streets, great schools and wealth of local amenities ...

Arlington Association Summer Fete

Arlington Association Summer Fete

As letting agents in Islington we are proud to be sponsoring the Arlington Association Summer Fete. This year the event will take place on 7th September from 1:30 - 5:30pm and will be a major fundraiser for the Arlington Conservation area in Islington, North London. For local residents, or anyone who appreciates a lovely London event, it's one for the late summer ...

Struggling to sell? Letting your property could be the answer

Struggling to sell? Letting your property could be the answer

The UK property market has been going through a tough time recently. This month it was reported that property prices in London were flat or falling for the 16th month in a row. That's even longer than the property downturn that happened after the 2008 financial crisis. If you're a property owner in London right now and you're struggling to find ...

Property Management and the maintenance costs associated

Property Management and the maintenance costs associated

"It takes a village to raise a child," as the saying goes - well, the world of property management is not that far off, as it takes an entire community of people to manage a property to high standards. As lettings agents in Hackney, we understand what tenants want when they move to this part of London and well maintained, attractive properties are ...

Landlords can profit as only 1 in 10 Millennials is getting a mortgage

Landlords can profit as only 1 in 10 Millennials is getting a mortgage

Looking at the UK property market today it's often difficult to find something positive to say about it. Sales are sluggish, house prices are unpredictable and many have had to accept that buying a home is simply not going to be possible. In fact, last month, research carried out by the Nottingham Building Society found that just one ...

What to expect from your managing agent

What to expect from your managing agent

The National Landlords Association describes letting agents as "a valuable resource" and says the "purpose of a letting agent is to alleviate stress for the landlord and to ensure that their property remains a savvy and profitable investment." Which sounds ideal in theory. However, as anyone who has experience of letting agents as a landlord knows, not all provide ...

The importance of great tradespeople

The importance of great tradespeople

One of the major causes of friction between landlords and tenants is a lack of responsiveness when it comes to repairs and maintenance. At Storeys we always advise our landlords to stay on top of these practical details, to preserve relationships with tenants and also to help avoid minor problems escalating into expensive issues. Great tradespeople are the key to this ...

Best coffee shops in Hackney

Best coffee shops in Hackney

Hackney has become Coffee Central these days with new fresh brew spots opening up almost every month. If you love your coffee - or you're just keen to find new, interesting people watching places - these are our suggestions for some of the best coffee shops in Hackney to try.

Lion Coffee + Records

Enjoy a flat white made from Allpress ...

Storeys proudly sponsors local schools

Storeys proudly sponsors local schools

Being a local letting agent in Hackney, at Storeys we are pretty proud of our East London community. It's in this part of the city where you'll find many of the most exciting and innovative projects, creative ideas and up and coming ventures in areas such as food or design. It's also a fantastically family friendly location and home to some great schools - among them ...

Best Parks in Islington

Best Parks in Islington

London is a city of a surprisingly large number of green spaces. As letting agents in Hackney, Islington and Shoreditch we have a pretty good idea of where to go for greenery in these areas, whether you're looking to sit and contemplate life or get active. Islington may seem like a part of London that's all about urban life but, no matter what your park preferences are, you'll find a ...

Islington Square Development

Islington Square Development - London's New Neighbourhood

Islington is one of London's most popular boroughs. Since 2011, the local population here has increased by 11%, and 3% annual increases are expected between now and 2029. If you've ever spent any time in Islington this probably won't come as much of a surprise. Cosmopolitan and ridiculously well populated with eateries and amenities - yet with a ...

Co-sharing rooms lets

Co-sharing rooms lets

Renting in London can be an expensive business - and the costs for tenants just keep on rising. In April 2019, it was 1.9% more expensive to rent in London than during the same period the year before. The average rent in the capital is now £1,617 a month. That figure is more than 70% higher than the rest of the UK - and that's before you take into account the cost of choosing ...

Storeys - specialists in large PRS developments in London

Storeys - specialists in large PRS developments in London

Storeys specialise in letting large PRS (Private Rented Sector) developments - we are a Hackney letting agent with specific expertise in this burgeoning market. The PRS is now the second largest housing tenure in England and development is ongoing in locations across London, including in Islington, Hackney and Shoreditch. Negotiating the process of ...

Are you a Hackney landlord? there’s never been a better time to switch letting agents

Are you a Hackney landlord? there's never been a better time to switch letting agents

Let's be honest, not all letting agents are made equal are they. And when you add in the complexity of the tenant fee ban and the increased fees that this could generate for landlords it becomes even more important to make sure you have the right professional support. If you're a London landlord looking for a letting ...

Future: PropTech

Future: PropTech

Technology and lettings go hand in hand as far as we're concerned at Storeys. Any opportunity to improve service and create a better experience for the landlords and tenants that we work with is worth investigating. And so we were excited to discover Future: PropTech last week - an event that is all about driving innovation and evolution in the property industry.

On the ...

What's going on in Hackney this summer?

What's going on in Hackney this summer?

We're a local business and our heart will always be in East London - as a letting agent in Hackney we're always interested in what's going on around us. And summer is a fantastic time to be in this part of London. Whether you already live here and you're looking for events to fill up your diary, or you're considering a move, Hackney in summer 2019 is the place to ...

Storeys - The agency of the future?

Storeys ‐ The agency of the future?

According to one of our clients that's exactly what we are! New (to us) landlord Petra described her experience of Storeys as “personable, always reachable, and team players who love what they do.” She said “Storeys stood out as estate agents of the future,” which left us pretty pleased ‐ as a hybrid agent with an eye on ...

Communication is key - especially in lettings

Communication is key - especially in lettings

Great landlord and tenant relationships don't tend to just spring up overnight. They require some nurturing ‐ and fundamental to that is the need for positive (and plentiful) communication. Most of us have experienced a situation in which communication broke down at some point, whether that's business or personal. Poor communication is often ...

How many photos should you use to generate the best leads?

How many photos should you use to generate the best leads?

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” as the saying goes. But, when it comes to generating leads from property listings is one enough? Or even six or seven? Given the wealth of technology now available to facilitate better photography ‐ and the myriad of options for locations to post your images ‐ how many photos should you ...

What not to do in-between tenancies

What not to do in-between tenancies

Untenanted properties can be frustrating for landlords. Not only do they create a sense of unease about future income but they also tend to feel like a lost opportunity to generate a return on investment. As a result, it's often tempting to focus on other things in-between tenancies and avoid thinking about it. However, the reality is that this is a time of ...

What is a hybrid letting agent?

What is a hybrid letting agent?

The auto world has gone mad for the hybrid car - and financial investors love their hybrid products - but what about the property sector? The hybrid letting agent follows the same principles as those behind a Tesla Model S or a Volkswagen Golf GTE: harvesting the still-relevant elements of something outdated and combining it with the innovative to create a better result. Whether ...

Airbnb and Short term demand in Hackney

Airbnb is often held up as a poster child for the gig economy but it has become a disruptor in the London property market too. The demand for short term lets in areas such as Hackney has increased significantly, resulting in a boom in listings on sites like Airbnb. Overall, Airbnb listings in London rose from 18,436 in 2015 to 74,153 in 2018. The Borough of Hackney alone saw an increase of 154%. So, what does this mean for the London ...

How to secure a tenant quickly in a tenants market. Supply Vs Demand

Finding London tenants, quickly

Being proactive is crucial. In a tenant's market, there is more leverage for those looking for properties than those who are letting. So, the emphasis is on landlords to be proactive. That means responding swiftly to contact requests, providing information and arranging viewings quickly, and being able to process all the key stages involved (e.g. referencing and producing ...

Reposit - Storeys now offer a deposit replacement for tenants

Security deposits are an essential part of the renting process. But they can be tough to find and may represent an obstacle for tenants who don't have lots of financial resources. That's why Storeys is offering a deposit replacement scheme that is designed to make it easier to get a foot in the door of your ideal rental home - Reposit.

Tenants and security deposits

The security deposit has been a pain ...

Furnished Vs Unfurnished

London's rentals market is booming right now. It's a great time to be a landlord for those who understand how to optimise the investment of London rentals. The furnished vs. unfurnished debate has a central part to play in this - where do tenant preferences lie in terms of furniture and, if you're going to furnish a property, how do you spend to get the best results?

What do tenants really want?

This ...



Services

Residential lettings
We pride ourselves on being genuine industry experts, providing a positive experience, from enquiry to after care. Storeys focuses exclusively on lettings, and we value properties, we don’t just list them. Knowledge and innovation mean we can be competitive on costs while also delivering an individually tailored service.
Property management
Storeys is a bespoke offering based on the fundamental principle of value for money – we want happy customers. Paperless tech and eSigning deliver efficiency and convenience, no high street office minimises costs. The result is a streamlined service nimble enough to tailor what we do to suit your needs.
Valuation
Aesthetics, natural light, building quality, and overall finish – these aren’t ‘extras’ in a Storeys valuation, they’re as much a part of the process as size, condition and location. We look at individual property potential, not generic criteria. Factors like space for modern living arrangements, such as flexible working, are incorporated too. Our valuations are all the more accurate and successful for it. There is a perfect tenant for every property if you know how to find them.
Short-term lettings
Providing value for tenants and continuity for landlords, Storeys short-term lets run from 4 weeks to 6 months. We work with major London relocation teams and a global contacts network to match international tenants to perfect London properties.
Vacant property Management
We can manage your vacant property in-between tenancies or refurbishment, giving you peace of mind that the property is being looked after and inspected on a regular basis.
Superior Marketing
There is just no comparison between static photos and VR when it comes to property marketing. VR allows tenants to do a virtual walk around and get a realistic feel for the property - their expectations are grounded in reality, and properly managed. This makes VR a very effective tool, not just for generating interest and viewings but also converting those to offers. That’s why we partner with VRPM to create a virtual reality perspective for every property we handle.
Airbnb Management
We can manage your Airbnb account and make sure each booking runs smoothly, keys are always available for handover and the property is ready for the next occupation. This can run very well alongside our short-term corporate letting service.
Rent Protection
If your tenant defaults on the rent, Storeys have you covered. We also cover your legal expsenses and pay you rental income if your property is vacant whilst we remarket for new tenants. Don’t worry Storeys have your back.*ask a member of the team for more info. This service is included for every Storeys managed property.