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Why Let Your Property Fully Managed

If you are a landlord with property in the UK, whether you have purchased an investment property, inherited a house, or temporarily relocated, your property is a valuable asset which needs protecting and managing it can be a demanding task.

Our in house, dedicated property management team will take full responsibility for making sure that rents are paid on time, maintenance problems are dealt with promptly, in and out of business hours, current legislation is adhered to, and your property is inspected at regular intervals to ensure it remains in good order and the terms of the contract are being observed.

Professional property management benefits both landlord and tenant, ensuring a smooth, trouble-free tenancy without the potential for confrontation.

The Country House Company offer a full bespoke Management service for your property. For further information or to discuss call Kate Morton on 01962 571189 or email kate@countryhousecompany.co.uk

There is rarely a ‘normal’ in the property market and the unpredictable external factors, which are outside of our control, are likely to affect us for the foreseeable future.

It is the events in our lives that stimulate the highest proportion of movement in the property market whether that be ambition, desire, or necessity.

Prices may rise and fall but there will always be a market driven by personal circumstance. We are a long standing property team who pride ourselves on offering a bespoke, co ordinated service.  We believe that we can help you, personally, to achieve your property goals in 2024.

If you are looking to sell, rent, let or have your property managed, our experienced team are here to help.

Contact: Katep@countryhousecompany.co.uk

This lovely property had been successfully let and managed by The Country House Company for many years and when it was time for the landlord to sell, our sales and lettings teams worked together to ensure a seamless process.

If you are looking for a coordinated approach to property get in touch: Katep@countryhousecompany.co.uk

A very attractive New England style house situated in a peaceful, private residential road in Itchenor, Chichester some ten minutes from The Hard.

The property offers excellent, spacious and flexible family accommodation and is ideal as a weekend retreat / holiday home or for full time living. It is partly, and very attractively, furnished in a simple modern style and has just undergone an extensive refurbishment including new kitchen, bathrooms, paintwork and carpeting. All fixtures, fittings and appliances are to an extremely high standard.

The mature garden beyond which gives way to glorious views over the open countryside. There are numerous cycle and footpaths within easy reach leading to the centre of the village and Chichester Harbour.

For more information please call Jessica on 02392 632275

A stunning three bedroom detached Grade II listed cottage, idyllically located in one of the most sought after addresses in the South Downs. This superb home is set within approximately 0.45 of an acre with magnificent views over downland.

Having been recently extended and refurbished, this property provides stylish, well presented, contemporary accommodation with all the features expected of its 17th century origins retained.

The property lies in a tranquil rural setting within the heart of the South Downs National Park. It is within 5 miles of the centre of Midhurst, which is a picturesque, historic market town with an excellent range of shops.

For more information call Kate Porter on 01730 771222

This superb 5 bedroom detached property is attractively positioned away from the lane in a desirable private enclave within this sought after village. Close by are an extensive network of footpaths and bridleways which give access to some of the best views in the Upper Meon Valley, Pinks Hill being five minutes from the house and Old Winchester Hill within an hour’s walk.

West Meon is under 2 miles away and has further amenities to include a village school, doctors’ surgery, a shop, butchers, café, and bistro pub whilst the centres of Winchester and Petersfield provide more extensive amenities to include train stations for London.

Well regarded schools within the area include Bedales, Churchers College, Ditcham Park and The Petersfield School.

Warnford, Nr West Meon, Hampshire

This beautifully restored 5 bedroom farmhouse is situated on a quiet rural lane within the South Downs National Park, set in glorious countryside with uninterrupted views from most aspects.

The property has recently undergone a full renovation to modernise yet at the same time retains many of the features expected of a property of its period. The accommodation is versatile and spacious throughout with a recently fitted, bespoke kitchen and modern bathrooms (all with separate shower units) and top of the range fixtures and fittings.

Key Features:
Fully Fitted Kitchen with Range Cooker
Separate Utility Room, Cloakroom/W.C.
Dining Room with Inglenook Fireplace and Wood Burner
Sitting Room with Wood Burner
Study/Bedroom Five with En Suite
Four Double Bedrooms (One with En Suite)
Family Bathroom
Separate Home Office and Thatched Granary
Large Well Stocked Garden
Stables and Paddocks Available by Separate Negotiation

We strive to provide the most up to date information for our clients.  Please see below information provided by Propertymark, the professional body for the property sector, with regards to the Renters Reform Bill.

Propertymark presented evidence at the first sitting of the Public Bill Committee on the Renters (Reform) Bill citing member data that demand for rental property was up 32% in August 2023 and underlining the importance of the private rental sector to the UK housing market, which is struggling due to the lack of affordable housing.

Propertymark raised several key areas where amendments should be made to ensure the Bill is fit for purpose as follows:

FIXED TERM TENANCIES
Propertymark stressed the the importance for landlords, tenants, guarantors – and students in particular – to have the option of fixed-term tenancies to give both security and flexibility in the system.

Citing a fixed term gives landlords and tenants a guarantee as to the length of time the tenancy will last. The tenant has security of tenure for the full tenancy period and the landlord knows that rent payments will be made for the whole fixed-term period.

STUDENT TENANCIES
Propertymark stated that more detail is required on the new student ground to be able to assess how it will work in reality. It’s difficult to define a student let due to the many different types of students, varying term times, mixed tenancies, and the needs of overseas students.

Propertymark confirmed they remained sceptical about how the ground will work and suggested that the simplest option would be to retain a fixed-term tenancy option for students and mixed households.

OMBUDSMAN FOR THE PRS
Providing the Property Ombudsman with more teeth should be a priority, Propertymark stated and suggested the UK Government is running before it can walk over creating a Private Rented Sector Ombudsman.

They urged MPs to sort out gaps in the existing redress schemes for lettings agents and provide a statutory code of practice before creating a new layer of regulation. For example, there is no current requirement or clear guidance for a complaints procedure, which results in inconsistency across the sector.

The variety of management arrangements (fully managed, let only, rent collection etc) means that any major change to systems for redress needs careful consideration.

HOUSING COURTS
Whilst Propertymark confirmed their support for the concept of housing courts, realism suggests that change will be made more quickly within the existing system. Propertymark made suggestions to have tribunals, which can take place in public buildings, and will speed up the process. To help improve the current system, the UK Government need to ‘focus on bailiff capacity’ and ‘to speed up the possession process provide landlords with an automatic right for a High Court Enforcement Officer to enforce the Court Possession.’

More detail and clarity are needed on how the UK Government plan to digitise the court system and improve access to justice for everyone.

ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR (ASB)
Renewed calls were made for a clear definition of ASB which would reduce instances of domestic violence or mental health crisis being treated inappropriately. This would also allow courts to more easily prioritise and deal with genuine cases where suitable evidence could be provided.

COMMONS COMITTEE PROCESS
The first committee session took place without the outgoing and incoming Housing Ministers with the removal of Rachel Maclean, MP, on 13 November as part of a UK Government reshuffle. Maclean has been replaced by Lee Rowley, MP, who has briefly held the position before under Liz Truss’s short premiership.

Propertymark  have confirmed that they look forward to engaging with Lee Rowley to help him understand the issues and how they can play a part in forming the Bill to make it fully functioning for agents, landlords and tenants.

The Committee is scheduled to meet each Tuesday and Thursday up to and including 5 December to carry out line-by-line consideration of the Bill and any amendments that are tabled.

Following the Committee stage the Bill will have its Third Reading and it will then pass on to the House of Lords, where it will receive First, Second and Third readings, and go through further Committee and Report stages. The Bill is planned to receive Royal Assent before the next general election.

If you have any questions, please call us on 01730 771222

An elegant, attached 3-bedroom barn conversion with garage and parking which is positioned in the South Downs National Park within easy access of commuter links. This stylish home is beautifully presented, with impressive features to include vaulted ceilings and exposed timbers throughout. The property also benefits from a versatile layout which is ideal for modern living.

Accessed via an entrance vestibule, is an elegant sitting room with a superb, vaulted ceiling and a double-sided log burning stove set within a central brick fireplace. This room has oak flooring which extends into the open plan kitchen/dining room which is an excellent entertaining area with well fitted contemporary kitchen with integrated appliances and granite worktops. There is a main bedroom suite again with feature vaulted ceiling an en suite bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe cupboard. There are two further bedrooms and a bathroom. In addition, there is an integrated garage with utility area and two loft areas which are boarded and lit.

Outside
The property is approached via a shared access driveway which leads to a garage and two parking spaces. The gardens have been beautifully landscaped and lie to the front of the house. Patio is flanked by lawn which is interspersed with mature shrub specimens and feature planting.