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HELP WARM THE HOMELESS. Here’s how…

HELP WARM THE HOMELESS. Here’s how…

28 Nov 2018

After a warm and well-deserved summer, Winter is fast approaching and it’s officially time to hang up our summer dresses. As the days become darker and colder, what better time to warm someone’s heart and help the homeless?

New Cycle challenge for Our Lizzie

New Cycle challenge for Our Lizzie

04 Sep 2018

At Open Doors we are delighted to announce Lizzie Brand’s next challenge is Escape the City Bike Ride on 30th September where she will be cycling a distance of 80 miles alongside a friend to raise funds for the Stroke Association.

Pest Control Under Control…

21 Aug 2018

Pest control responsibility in UK rentals is often a very unclear topic for all parties. There are literally thousands of ways pests can be introduced into the property, which makes it hard to determine who should take matters into their hands and deal with the problem. Please take a moment to read below as the answer isn’t as straight forward as you may think and with the heat wave set to continue this could help answer your questions you may have…

Our Lizzie is doing a charity bike ride from London to Paris

19 Jul 2018

Lizzie Brand, Lettings Negotiator at Open Doors is taking part in a charity bike ride from London to Paris next week. Lizzie a keen cyclist is participating with her grandfather; father and brother and his girlfriend so it will be a family experience for all involved.

Carbon Monoxide Laws Under Review

10 May 2018

It was announced on 30th April 2018 by the Government that they will be reviewing the requirements for carbon monoxide alarms in homes in England and examining whether existing legislation remains suitable as well as considering reforms.

Coat Campaign

22 Mar 2018

Help Warm The Homeless…Simply drop off any spare clean coats you may no longer need to our office and we will ensure it gets to the right people. Watch the video below.

100 Mile Row from Oxford to London – Joanna’s Story

09 Mar 2018

Joanna is a 19-year-old student studying engineering at Oxford University and she is also a local resident of Barnes. On October 18th 2016, Joanna’s father tragically passed away from brain cancer, shortly after his 55thbirthday.

Legal updates

20 Feb 2018

Here at Open Doors we regularly attend training courses and meetings to stay up to date with the legalities of the letting industry.

The Housing and Planning Act Changes

31 Mar 2017

As of next week, the Housing and Planning Act will come into force in England. The changes will be effective as of 6th April 2017. The amendments are as follows;

Electrical safety under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

31 Mar 2017

Following on from the previous post that we posted in February, the provisions in Part 5 of the Housing and Planning Act allowing for regulations to be made requiring Electrical Safety testing by landlords are now expected to come into force in October 2017. Under the provisions the Secretary of State may by secondary legislation impose an obligation on a residential landlord in England to ensure that Electrical Safety Standards are met during any rental period.

Housing and Planning Act 2016 & Electrical Safety

10 Feb 2017

Housing and Planning Bill has now received Royal assent and is now officially the Housing and Planning Act 2016. All kinds of secondary legislation will need to be passed before it is in force, which is likely to be April 2017.

Ban of Letting Agent Fees Charged to Tenants

23 Nov 2016

Today’s Autumn Statement has imposed a ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants in England. The ban is to come in “as soon as possible”. Crucial details are yet to be revealed