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Stonehouse Town Council have asked the whole town to join them in saying a huge thank you to the NHS and frontline workers during the coronavirus crisis. 
Despite all the uncertainty of the Coronavirus pandemic, July saw a £37bn UK house-buying boom. This was the busiest month of sales in a decade, according to property website Rightmove. Record-breaking transactions coincided with the country going into recession and the suspension of stamp duty. The spike followed a suspension of the housing market during the coronavirus...
Rishi Sunak has announced major changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in England and Northern Ireland.  The Chancellor of the Exchequer will temporarily extend the level at which the tax is charged from £125,000 to £500,000 with the aim of injecting confidence in the property market and driving growth.
The coronavirus pandemic has instigated several major changes in our industry.  When the Government enforced lockdown, this immediately halted all physical viewings.  Although the lockdown has eased and physical viewings are able to commence again, there are still many factors which mean not everyone is able to visit a property in person. 
As the UK starts to ease out of lockdown it is a good time to look back on our business over the past few months.  During the lockdown in March and April, the main focus of our business was to ensure all existing clients; including vendors, landlords and tenants were kept up-to-date and safe in their homes.  Almost all sales paused until the Government announced the re-opening of the...
During Easter 2020 we launched a competition for children to draw their dream home.  The prize for the competition was a box of delicious brownies from small local company, Hetty’s Kitchen in Gloucester.   We asked the children, from 0-18, to be as imaginative as they wished, from swimming pools to rooms for unicorns!?
The safety of the properties we manage is always of the highest priority to us.  During this pandemic, the Government has released guidance on how we can protect both tenants and engineers, required to carry out safety tests in properties.  Gas Safe and Government guidelines advise that gas safety tests must continue unless the tenants are self-isolating and if so, an appointment be...
This guidance applies to people buying or selling private residential homes which they intend to live in. Published 26 March 2020 From: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

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