Britain’s Most Expensive Houses

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Media Requests for UK Sotheby’s International Realty:
Deborah Battsek: pr@deborahbattsek.com

 

Britain’s Most Expensive Houses follows top agents from UK Sotheby’s International Realty as they offer insight on some of the most spectacular properties on the market. Channel 4 picked up on the need to provide a little escapism whilst also acknowledging a world-wide trend as people sought properties with more space in light of the pandemic and the stamp duty holiday. The documentary will air at 8PM on the 28th of December.

6 Tips for using Washable Face Coverings

As of 15th of June, face coverings will be required on all public transport in England

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

As we emerge from lock-down, staying alert is part of the new normal. We are open for business and we continue to follow the guidance provided by the government. We are booking viewings and valuations as per usual with respect to new safety measures.

See our other post for advice on Disposable Face Coverings

 

8 hours is the limit, and replace if it becomes damp
Put away used masks until washing
Wash reusable masks after each use
If mask becomes damaged remove it and replace with a new one
Wash for at least 30 seconds by hand or in a machine. It is safe to wash with other items
Masks are only effective in combination with frequent hand washing

Using face coverings | 6 Tips

As of 15th of June, face coverings will be required on all public transport in England

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

As we emerge from lock-down, staying alert is part of the new normal. We are open for business and we continue to follow the guidance provided by the government. We are booking viewings and valuations as per usual with respect to new safety measures.

See our other post for advice on Washable Face Coverings

Using face coverings | 6 Tips

1. Wash your hands thoroughly before putting on your mask
2. Ensure it covers your nose and mouth completely and watch for gaps
3. Avoid touching your ask once it’s on, and wash your hands first before readjusting your mask
4. Replace as soon as it’s damp and do not reuse single-use masks
5. Remove the mask from behind and dispose immediately in a covered bin
6. Wash your hands with soap and water, or an alcohol-based rub

New Electrical Safety Regulations Are On The Way! (England 2020)

This regulation will affect new private residential tenancies from 1st July 2020 and all other tenancies already in existence from 1st April 2021. Currently, this level of regulation only applies to licensed House of Multiple Occupancies (HMO).

Properties let on statutory periodic tenancies where the fixed term expires between July 2020 and April 2021 will require an inspection and test at this point under the regulations. For statutory periodic tenancies – where on expiry of the fixed term the tenancy rolls over into a periodic tenancy automatically by statute (rather than by contract) – the periodic tenancy would be a new tenancy.

There are some tenancies that will be excluded from the new regulation; social or resident landlord, long leases or tenancies granting a right of occupation of seven years of more, student lettings in halls, tenancies granted to occupiers of hostels, refuge care homes, hospitals or hospice. All electrical wiring and fixed electrical installations will need to be signed off and reported by a qualified electrician.

This report will be required to be shown at the beginning of every new tenancy and renewed at least every five years or earlier if any electrics or fixed electrical installations are altered or changed by the landlord. If the report highlights any issues, the landlord will be required to remedy these within 28 days or sooner dependent on the recommendations contained within the report.

If landlords don’t comply with the recommendations made in the report and this is reported to the Local authority they have the power to issue a fine of up to £30,000. They will also be granted the power to carry out any required works and seek to impose the costs of such actions onto the Landlord. It is more likely that they will serve a further notice of 28 days in order for Landlords to carry out the specified works before imposing any further actions and potential fines.

An Electrical Installation condition report (EICR) is a report carried out to assess the safety of the existing electrical installation within a property and is used to describe its condition. Parts of the system that are reported on include consumer units, protective bonding, lighting, switches and sockets etc.

The EICR will be graded Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory and will detail a list of observations affecting the safety or improvements required.

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These observations will be supported by codes

Unsatisfactory codes are:

C1 – DANGER PRESENT, RISK OF INJURY, IMMEDIATE REMEDIAL ACTION

C2 – POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS, URGENT REMEDIAL ACTION REQUIRED

F1 -FURTHER INVESTIGATION REQUIRED

 

Satisfactory code is:

C3 – IMPROVEMENT RECOMMENDED

 

These regulations do not place any defined requirements on fixed portable electrical appliances provided by the landlord, however due to the awful tragedy of Grenfell it is recommended to all my landlords.

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Covid-19 Pandemic vs. New EICR Regulations

If landlords can show they have taken all reasonable steps to comply with their duties under the regulation

you will not be in breach of the duty. You could show reasonable steps by keeping copies of all communications with your tenants and with electricians as you’ve tried to arrange the work.

Further information:

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector ( England ) Regulations 2020: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780111191934

Explanatory Memorandum to The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector ( England ) Regulations 2020 :

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780111191934/memorandum/contents


If your property is managed by Sotheby’s International Realty please contact Andy with your instructions to carry out on your behalf.

andy.berthier@sothebysrealty.co.uk

m: 07525 595 504

Owning a Private Island

From the UK to French Polynesia

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Recorded on Wednesday 13th May, 2020
1800h GMT | 0700h Tahiti

Join Guy Bradshaw, Director of London Residential at UK Sotheby’s International Realty, as we discuss the property market in French Polynesia. Jacques Menahem, Owner of French Polynesia Sotheby’s International Realty will give us an overview of the benefits of owning a private island, including price points, the right steps to take, and what to watch out for. Explore the benefits of having property in French Polynesia as we’ll answer questions about permanent residency vs. secondary home and island ownership. Find out what you need to know to invest, buy and rent property in that region.

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Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

Our response to Covid 19 | Now Open for Business

UK Sotheby’s International Realty Open for Business

As of 19 May, 2020

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

We welcomed the Government’s announcement that people can now begin to move home again and our teams are excited to be able to help and assist in person. We are acutely aware of the associated risks and concerns that many people have in relation to Covid-19 and as a business our staff and clients safety is our primary concern at all times. We are also very aware at the sad loss of life that has occurred over the past few months across the Globe and the UK being particularly hard hit – we thank the NHS for their unwavering support and dedication, it is our responsibility as one of the first industries allowed back to work to act responsibly and protect the tremendous work our doctors, nurses and front-line key workers have undertaken so far.

We are aware that some agents have made the decision to immediately open branches and bring people back to work. We have embraced the last few weeks and months and remote working has been a success for a number of our teams, in fact this is something we had been doing for some time prior to lockdown. Our communication methods may have adapted but our message and dedication to our clients hasn’t. We have therefore made the decision to only open the office by appointment and if necessary – we will not be asking our staff to undertake unnecessary journeys to simply work from an office.

Other businesses around our office remain closed, including coffee shops, restaurants and other hospitality sectors, and people continue to Stay Alert and therefore Stay home. However, it is very apparent that the market has “bounced” in light of the lifting of restrictions and viewings and appointments have begun in earnest, our brokers are reporting that they are very busy with buyers and tenants alike. Offers are being made and negotiations taking place.

If you would like to book an appointment we would kindly ask you to speak with your broker or email london@sothebysrealty.co.uk or country@sothebysrealty.co.uk and in the first instance you may be offered virtual viewings and then if there is a property that you particularly would like to view then an appointment will be scheduled. Please note that owner occupied properties may come with particular time slots and restrictions our brokers will guide you on this.

  • After our initial contact via video call, phone call or email – we will invite you to a virtual viewing in the first instance
  • All of our brokers will be wearing masks and gloves, we would kindly request you do the same
  • Our brokers will greet you with a friendly approach but will not shake hands or come into contact with you
  • Our brokers will ask direct questions and will ask you to confirm your health and whether you or a family member has been affected by Covid-19
  • In most circumstances no more than one person, or one household, accompanied by the broker will be allowed in the property – Social distancing will take place at all times.
  • If there are too may people present then you may be asked to stagger entry to the property to ensure that correct social distancing can take place
  • You may be able to view a property alone if it is unoccupied and the broker and homeowner consent – our broker will wait outside
  • The property will be clean
  • Our landlords and vendors instructions with our guidance will be explained to you before an appointment, for the safety of our team and our clients if these instructions aren’t adhered to then we may ask to reschedule or postpone to another time.
  • We will follow up appointments with a video call
  • At all times we are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have and look forward to helping you

We fully appreciate that this is a different approach to business but an essential one. We want to ensure that we do our part for our staff, clients and customers. We are dedicated to customer service, we are dedicated to your health.

Yours Sincerely,

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential


As of 17 March, 2020

We are in unprecedented times and naturally like all businesses we are constantly adapting our strategy to do our part to protect our Staff, Clients, Agents and Partners. Our number one priority is the health and safety of everyone we work with and their families and friends. We are taking the Coronavirus outbreak seriously and constantly monitoring the advice from WHO (World Health Organisation) and PHE (Public Health England)

For your piece of mind none of our staff have returned from a location whereby isolation would be required. Any of our staff who have reported the slightest of symptoms we have asked to remain at home for the advised isolation period. We have no reported cases of Covid-19.

We are implementing the following precautions

  • Monitoring and implementing the advice given to us by UK Government, WHO and PHE
  • We are assessing all risks associated with travel, work and meetings
  • Our staff will begin working remotely, but will be readily available on the phone, email or the communication medium of your choice
  • We have the full technical capability for our business to operate a fully functional service remotely offering our staff a safe environment, whilst minimising any disruption to our clients
  • Our landline phones have the capability for our team to answer your calls in any location that our staff are working from
  • We have spoken to all of our partners who similarly have capabilities to move their businesses online and therefore continue Sales and Lettings progression as required

While we love to see all of our clients and customers in person, we are fully prepared to move our business online if you prefer to work with us remotely including:-

  • Virtual viewings via FaceTime, WhatsApp or other comparable technology
  • Video calls and meetings
  • Video conference calls
  • Detailed property video tours
  • Online document Signing
  • WhatsApp/ Skype – and any communication medium that you prefer

 

For any property maintenance queries or requests please email: andy.berthier@sothebysrealty.co.uk

For any Accounts related queries please e-mail: aamir.ahmed@sothebysrealty.co.uk

For any general enquiries please email:  london@sothebysrealty.co.uk or country@sothebysrealty.co.uk

The office numbers are 020 7495 9580 (London) or 01932 860 537 (Country)

Clearly in the short term we will be arranging the majority of our meetings via video or by phone and our teams are here to support you. We are readily available to offer you any personal or professional support that you may need.

Our hope is that you, your families and friends remain safe and we will continue to do our utmost to support you in any way that we can.

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

As of 16 March , 2020

During these challenging times, we at UK Sotheby’s International Realty have our clients and our colleagues best wishes at the forefront of our mind at all times.

We continue to monitor the Government Advice along with the WHO (World Health Organisation) and PHE (Public Health England). Whilst there are currently travel restrictions in place, we continue to serve our clients in whatever ways we can and adapt accordingly.

We remain here for you both professionally and personally and if you have any questions, queries or concerns please feel free to contact the offices or your broker accordingly. We are well prepared with a dedicated team to continue to serve you with video calls, WhatsApp calls, and Video Viewings as required. We are available via phone, WhatsApp, Facetime or Skype, or your preferred medium of communication.

Our highly technological marketing platforms which include an Apple TV app, social media posts, 4K videos, 3D video tours, and a multi-tiered cascading online platform make it possible for anyone around the world to view our listings from the comfort of their home.

We wish that you and your families remain healthy and safe and look forward to helping you during these unprecedented times. We will continue to update you over the coming weeks.

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential