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Ask the Agent

August 30, 2013

Northwood’s Compliance Manager AC Forscutt answers the questions that every landlord should ask a letting agent.  1. Are you a member of an accreditation scheme such as ARLA, RICS, NALS, NAEA? Professional standards are of the utmost importance to us and we encourage all of our offices to be licensed by the National Approved Letting […] View article >

Details for the Funeral of Nick Cooper, Managing Director, Northwood

August 27, 2013

Funeral Arrangements for Nick Cooper (Managing Director of Northwood and Chairman of SAFEagent) have been confirmed for Thursday 29th August.   The Funeral is open to all who would like to attend and everyone who knew him will be warmly welcome.  It was also Nick’s wishes that flowers be sent, he loved the countryside and all […] View article >

Housing Minister pays tribute to Nick Cooper

August 27, 2013

Housing Minister Mark Prisk has paid tribute to Nick Cooper.  SAFEagent contacted Mr. Prisk to let him know of Nick’s passing, and he responded with this tribute which we are publishing with the Minister’s kind permission: “I was saddened to hear of the death of Nick Cooper, who was the inspiration for the SafeAgent campaign, […] View article >

Industry Pays Tribute to Nick Cooper

August 23, 2013

Tributes from across the lettings industry have been flooding in following the death of Northwood Managing Director, Nick Cooper, who peacefully passed away on Thursday 22 August.   Nick, aged 50, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer nearly two years ago.  He sadly leaves behind a wife and two children. Nick’s career in the lettings industry spanned three decades, during which time he spent nearly […] View article >

Northwood’s Sean Brickley Talks Guaranteed Rent with PM

August 19, 2013

Northwood Barnstable’s Branch Director Sean Brickley had a chance encounter with Prime Minister, David Cameron last week (Wednesday 7 August) and jumped at the opportunity to tell him a thing or two about the North Devon rental market and Northwood’s Guaranteed Rent service. Prime Minister David Cameron had made a surprise visit to the North […] View article >

BBC documentary “Meet the Landlords” highlights the need for Guaranteed Rent

July 24, 2013

Last Thursday, (18th July 2013), the BBC aired an hour long documentary titled “Meet the Landlords”. The programme attracted 2.4 million viewers as it attempted to portray a true and balanced picture of landlords and tenants clashing in the private rented sector. (PRS). Inevitably, it focused on landlords and tenants with stories that would make compelling […] View article >

Debunking the myths: Sub-letting vs Guaranteed Rent

July 19, 2013

AC Forscutt, Northwood’s Compliance Manager, explains the difference between rent to rent and Guaranteed Rent. “Rent to rent”, “rent the rented”, “multi-let”, “let to let”: four different terms but each a synonym for sub-letting.  It’s a controversial subject and one that’s stirred up heated headlines and debates in the national papers and within the industry […] View article >

Minimise Buy-to-Let repossession risk with Guaranteed Rent

June 10, 2013

Northwood Managing Director Nick Cooper advises how landlords can limit the risk of repossession. “Buy-to-let has never been so appealing. With the temptation of gross rental yields of 6.2% , everyone from aspiring property moguls to pensioners hoping to boost their income are turning to buy-to-let. However, it’s become clear that many are jumping in […] View article >

SAFEagent Awareness Week: Playing it SAFE

May 15, 2013

Northwood MD Nick Cooper explains why Northwood supports SAFEagent Awareness Week: “Landlords and tenants place a huge amount of trust in letting agents – after all, deposits and rents add up to a hefty sum of money.  However, headlines of rogue agents absconding with money suggest that too many of us don’t choose our letting […] View article >

Eleventh hour reform for ‘Wild West’ industry

May 7, 2013

AC Forscutt, Northwood’s Compliance Manager, examines what the amendment to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill means for you “Wild west agents outlawed”, “A win for tenants’ rights”… You’ll have seen the headlines that resulted from the recent (Tuesday 16 April), eleventh hour amendment to theEnterpriseand Regulatory Reform Bill, meaning all letting and management agents in the private […] View article >