What do new 'right to rent' penalties mean?

The latest Ask the Expert column from our Director Neil Shaw FRICS focuses on the complex issue of 'right to rent'. Please read more below about the latest developments in this hotly debated legislation. Q: I keep hearing about new ‘right to rent’ penalties...


Have a  safe Christmas and New Year

Carbon monoxide and more generally gas safety is a critical issue at any time of year for landlords, tenants and lettings agents. However, it is particularly important to remain vigilant ocer Christmas and New Year when heating and fuel burning appliances can be running more...


Jamie tees up career with Chinneck Shaw

We're delighted to welcome Jamie McCutcheon to our team as a property manager. Former Springfield School student Jamie’s responsibilities include viewings, lettings and administration. Jamie, 25, who lives in the Farlington area, said: “I am enjoying the job...


Ask the Expert - the taxing issue of mortgage relief

Here is our latest Ask the Expert column from our Director Neil Shaw - this time about the taxing issue of mortgage relief: Q: As a landlord, I keep hearing about changes to the tax system; what does this mean for my tenants and I? A: You’re talking about Government plans...


Be Gas Safe - not Gas Sorry!

The latest expert column by our Director Neil Shaw has appeared in the Portsmouth News' Property guide. You can read the full article below - about Gas Safety Week - and don't hestitate to get in touch about any of the issues involved. Q: I’m a landlord &ndash...


New guidelines for foreign student checks welcome

The Government has issued new guidance regarding tenancy checks on foreign students arriving in the UK. This clarification over ‘ Right to Rent ’ rules – designed to close the door on illegal immigrants – will help streamline the complex process for the...


Expert View: Furnished or Unfurnished?

Furnished or unfurnished? Our Director Neil Shaw gives his professional opinion in our latest Expert View column: Q: As landlord new to the private rented sector, should I let my property furnished or unfurnished? A: Opinion is divided about the benefits of furnishing a...


Expert View: What do new energy efficiency rules mean?

Expert View By Neil Shaw FRICS, Director of Chinneck Shaw estate agents and lettings agency Q: I’m a landlord – what do new energy efficiency regulations for the private rented sector mean for my tenants and I? A: The Government has turned up the heat recently in its...


Amazing jumble sale find is full Monty

An eagled-eyed member of our staff snapped up a surprise find at a jumble sale – an old photo showing our owner, war hero Montgomery and a classic Pompey side. Our property management secretary Sandra Harris spotted the historic picture in Chichester. She promptly bought...


Call for re-think on Stamp Duty tax hike

It’s not too late for a re-think about proposed Stamp Duty hikes on second homes. Finals details of the controversial scheme – to introduce higher rates of 3% of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on purchases of additional residential properties – are due to be...