The Best Things to do in North London

The Best Things to do in North London

Time Out have put together a list of the very best things to do in North London, including best bars for a tipple, Hampstead Heath's lush swimming ponds, antique hunting and partying at Ally Pally.  We've listed the top 5:

  • Swim in Hampstead's Ponds

Bathing ponds in the middle of the wild green space of Hampstead Heath, where you can splash about any time of year from just £2 for an adult day ticket. There are men's, women's and a mixed pond with a picturesque view.

  • Admire the View from Parliament Hill

This grassy hill on the northern side of Regent's Park has stunning views over the capital's skyline, both day and night!

  • Famous Resident's of Highgate Cemetery

Take a stroll through a magnificently gothic, overgrown, 53,000-grave cemetery (housing 170,000 deceased) in Highgate.

  • Smell the Roses in Regent's Park

A Grade I-listed Royal Park which hosts the London Zoo, a boating lake and the country's largest collection of lush roses in Queen Mary's garden.

  • Watch the Fireworks at Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace, known to locals as Ally Pally, was built in the 1870s as an entertainment and educational venue and it’s proudly still doing that job today by, among other things, hosting an incredible firework display to mark Bonfire Night every November.

Check out their full to-do list here

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Housing Market To Remain Open During Lockdown

Housing Market To Remain Open During Lockdown

The housing market will remain open during the new lockdown in England.

Boris Johnson has announced a set of new national restrictions for England, similar to the March lockdown.

But unlike the first lockdown, the housing market is to remain open for business.

Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus remains unchanged. Consequently, people in England will be able to move and removal firms, tradespeople, and estate agents can still operate by going inside homes. Adherence to safety and social distancing remains crucial.

Government advice on moving home: 

You can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary.

Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings.

Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering.

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Here's to a Brighter 2021

Here's to a Brighter 2021

The housing market has proved resilient in the face of the Covid-related disruption and buyer demand has been sustained at a high level since May 2020. Prices have also risen, reaching 4.7% growth across the UK in the year to September, the highest rate since October 2017.

London has experienced the same trends but with a notable divergence between the mainstream market and the higher value locations. Annual price growth across Greater London is around 4%, whereas prime London prices have fallen by 2%-4%.

Although the hangover from Covid-19 will be felt throughout 2021 and beyond, and despite the continuing Brexit uncertainties, the outlook for 2021 is positive.

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Wishing you a Safe and Healthy Christmas

Wishing you a Safe and Healthy Christmas

This year has been extremely challenging for everybody with many personal and professional sacrifices being make.  

We would like to wish you all a brighter 2021.

From all the staff here at Stella Lange.

 

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Second Lockdown - Here We Go Again

Second Lockdown - Here We Go Again

Good news, UK Government has confirmed under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions), estate, lettings agents and removals firms can continue to work.

The Regulations state that you can undertake the following activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property:

1) visiting estate or letting agents, by appointment only

2) viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or to rent, by appointment only

3) property a residential property to move in

4) moving house

5) visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental of sale of that property

We continue to follow the strict guidelines set out to ensure the safety of all our clients and customers:

  • Virtual video viewings in the first instance, wherever possible.
  • Physical viewings to take place where there is a serious intention to rent or buy, by appointment only.
  • Nobody with any Coronavirus symptoms takes part in any in-person viewings.
  • Physical viewings are limited to essential participants only, to a maximum of two households within the property at any one time, to include the agent.  If possible, please do not bring along children.
  • We will meet you at the property as we are unable to offer transport.
  • We will accompany physical viewings and seek to maintain a minimum of 2 meters distance.
  • Personal Protective Equipment must be worn (mask, gloves) & use hand sanitiser. Please ensure you have this with you and wear it at all times.
  • We kindly ask that you refrain from touching anything in the property.

Thank you for your patience during these difficult times.  

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Market Update

Market Update

With further restrictions already in place for this autumn, people’s homes have become more of a haven than ever. Meaning that despite ongoing economic uncertainty, buyers and renters continue to prioritise searching for a property capable of adapting to their changing needs.

This continues to drive buyers and prospective vendors into the market, with the number of properties going under offer up for the third consecutive month in September.

For lettings, however, we are still seeing the volume of new instructions outpace new lets agreed, which impacted achieved rents again in September.

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Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to work I go - Government Update

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to work I go - Government Update

As the Government announces that sales and lettings activity can resume, and although branches can open, we will continue to work from home as much as we can and only go to the office when necessary as per the guidelines.

They have confirmed that physical viewings are now allowed and following the strict guidelines set out to ensure the safety of all our clients and customers, we are pleased to offer the following:

  • Virtual video viewings in the first instance, wherever possible.
  • Physical viewings to take place where there is a serious intention to rent or buy.
  • Nobody with any Coronavirus symptoms takes part in any in-person viewings.
  • Physical viewings are limited to essential participants only, to a maximum of two, and currently live in the same property.  If possible, please do not bring along children.
  • We will meet you at the property as we are unable to offer transport.
  • We will accompany physical viewings and seek to maintain a minimum of 2 meters distance.
  • Personal Protective Equipment should be worn (mask, gloves) & use hand sanitiser. Please ensure you have this with you and wear it at all times.
  • We kindly ask that you refrain from touching anything in the property.

You can also begin to market your home and we are happy to offer property appraisals undertaking the following measures:

  • Before we visit, please ensure the property is well ventilated.
  • We will need to maintain a minimum of 2 meters distance.
  • We will remove our shoes and wear facemasks and gloves throughout the appointment.
  • We will not touch anything in the property.

 

Thank you for your patience during these difficult times.  To see the full guidance please click here:

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Coming Soon - Video Viewings

Coming Soon - Video Viewings

As viewings are not permitted under current public health guidance, with a pinch of creativity and the help of modern technology, we will be bringing you video walkthroughs of some of our properties!  Watch this space

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Landlord Income Tax Relief fully phased in

Landlord Income Tax Relief fully phased in

At the Summer Budget 2015, the then Chancellor George Osborne announced that the amount of Income Tax relief landlords can get on residential property finance costs will be restricted and gradually reduced from April 2017 until April 2020.

This means that from 6 April 2020 to 2021, 100 per cent of financing costs acquired by landlords will be given as a basic rate tax reduction. The final phase reduces the percentage of finance costs that can be deducted from rental income to 0 per cent and raises the percentage of basic rate tax reduction to 100 per cent.

As a result, from April, landlords will have to pay income tax on the full amount at the basic tax rate of 20 per cent. The rules affect UK residents who let residential properties in the UK or overseas as well as non-UK residents who let residential properties in the UK.

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Electrical Safety Standards Update

Electrical Safety Standards Update

Despite the current situation, the Electrical Safety Standards for private rental properties are still due to go ahead and we are advising Landlords to prepare for their introduction as best we can.

The regulations were passed by Parliament on 18 March 2020 and will come into force for new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.

Due to Coronavirus outbreak where landlords can show they have taken all reasonable steps to comply with the regulations, they will not be in breach of the rules - this includes duty to comply with a remedial notice.

Where agents are unable to gain access to a property because of work restrictions due to social distancing measures, a tenant is self-isolating, or electricians are not available, the Government recommend that agents document their efforts to do so and all communication with tenants.

Attempts to carry out the work should then start again once the Government’s social distancing and self-isolation measures have been lifted.

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