Most of the blogs on our site are written in the third person with no specific personal reference in mind. This blog is different as it comes from a place where personal experience and a background in education is brought to the fore. Training/teaching the delivery of - is as a natural as breathing for me. It’s been part of my adult life for a little over 30 years. From being a newly qualified teacher working with 11 to 18 year olds in a secondary school to leaving the profession as a Head of Sixth Form and the challenging transition into the private rented sector, my place of Zen has always been the classroom. Creating a safe, comfortable and fun environment for people to learn in, interact and want to come back to, is really not like hard work.
This week saw the start of a new school term for many children across the UK - some will be new to school life, some will move to a bigger establishment, some will move into a different year group. There will be excitement, trepidation, nerves, tears - feelings not just experienced by the children but by parents too. Six weeks of summer holidays have disappeared which means for most parents a new autumn routine which includes, of course, back to work.
We communicate in a variety of different ways - words, actions, signs, silence, body language, - all communication is important to us. Yet it appears to be the spoken and written word that is crucial across so many cultures, the emphasis of both is so much more powerful, especially with the advent of the digital age. Whether through a video message or twitter feed, words can create havoc, despair, dialogue, laughter and start trends. Even though the old adage states that actions are stronger than words, “The pen and the written word wield a great deal of power.”
As England has been getting used to the Tenant Fee Ban over the last few months, In Wales the fee ban comes into force on 1 September, with some key differences. Unlike England, there is no cap on the security deposit, one very major difference given the amount of work English agents are having to do in relation to security deposits.
Being a business person isn’t easy and being a business person when your focus tends to be your Passion is even harder. Take chefs and fashion designers as an example. Their creativity is sparked by their love for what they do - creating a new recipe and designing a spectacular gown is far more rewarding for them than running the numbers, setting targets, putting together projections for a five year business plan.
Now more than ever you should take the time to add your opinions to a Government Consultation. If you don’t have time or you think your voice won’t be heard, then think again. Anyone who has a vested interest in housing - Private Landlords - corporate or buy-to-let, Housing Associations, Local Authorities, Letting Agents, Estate Agents, Landowners, Investors, Landlord Associations, Tenant Associations - understand what this change means for the housing sector.
Just over a week ago we were invited to attend a landlord event organised by Peter Greenwood and his team. Peter runs a lettings and sales agency, Greenwoods in Kingston-Upon-Thames and after 7 years of trading organised a “Thank the Landlords” evening which included bringing landlords present up to date on what is happening in the Private Rented Sector. As an observer, it was wonderful to see the interaction between the Greenwood team and the landlords - it is obvious that the landlords are benefitting from the personal relationship that Peter and his team offer.
Across Europe, mainly because of the heat, schools close much earlier and then “businesses” seem to start closing down, especially during the month of August. An Italian client of ours asked whether this is the same in the UK because in Italy holiday allowance is saved up and a lot of the Italian work force makes its way to the coast. In the UK things might slow down, dictated of course, by the school terms, but businesses do not really “stop”. Apparently Rome is empty during the month of August except for tourists who are brave enough to tolerate the midday sun!
Today we received a spike in the number of calls we usually have; it’s not an unusual occurrence because are a customer facing organisation who supports their membership with advice, guidance and help in any matters relating to Landlord, Tenant, and the Agency world . What caused the spike today’s announcement that the findings of ROPA (Regulation of Property Agents) presented to the Housing Minister on Monday, that the Private Rented Sector should be regulated