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Reading Office Could Be Converted Into Flats 04 June 2018

More offices in Reading Town Centre could be converted into new homes. Reading Borough Council have been written to by Vocalism Ltd, an agent working on behalf of Reading Heights Ltd, to ask whether it needs permission to convert Clarendon House in Queen"s Road into 49 new apartments.... Read More

More Than 400 Homes In Reading Are Empty 04 June 2018

Figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats show that there are more than 400 homes in Reading that are empty. Councillor, Ricky Duveen commented on the information uncovered saying: "At a time when the homelessness crisis is worsening and more and more people are sleeping out in the cold on our streets, it is a scandal that so many homes locally are sitting empty.... Read More

The Plan To Build Flats At Former Auto Trader Office Has Been Refused Again. 22 May 2018

Wokingham Borough Council"s planning committee rejected proposals by Equity Real Estate Developments to convert the Auto Trader offices into 76 flats, despite a recommendation for approval by officers. Last year the council had rejected a previous scheme by the same developer to create 126 flats there.... Read More

TRA move highlights Reading`s key role in the post-Brexit UK 22 May 2018

Post-Brexit Reading has a bright future according to the town"s economic development boss. The Government announced at the end of last week, its new Trades Remedies Authority (TRA), established to take over powers from the EU to investigate unfair trade practices and unexpected surges in imports after Brexit, would be based in Reading, Berkshire and employ over 100 people.... Read More

New energy efficiency rules: final advice for landlords 02 May 2018

The introduction of MEES (Minimum Energy Efficient Standards), the new rules which aim to improve the energy efficiency and green credentials of all homes in the private rented sector, is here. What, though, are the new rules being introduced and how can landlords improve the energy efficiency of their homes if required? A more energy efficient private rented sector Since April 1, it"s now illegal for landlords to rent out a home to new tenants if it has an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating lower than a band E-.... Read More

Rents remain unchanged across much of the UK 19 April 2018

Rents have risen a negligible 0.9 per cent across the UK in the last 12 months according to HomeLet. The average monthly rent in the UK is now £912; when London is excluded, the average rent in the UK is now £759, up by 0.1 per cent on last year. Average rents in London were £1,569, up by 1.... Read More

Help To Buy Home Show 04 April 2018

***Saturday 14th April 10am - 3pm at Rivermead Leisure Complex*** Dream of owning your own home? Or need help to move to a different one? Perhaps you"re tired of living at mum & dad"s or paying expensive rents and have decided 2018 is going to be the year you become a home owner.... Read More

Reading Borough Council wants to introduce new pay and display parking bays in Oxford Road and Wokingham Road 06 March 2018

BUSINESSES will suffer if the borough council implements its plans to extend pay and display zones across the town, it has been claimed. Reading Borough Council (RBC) wants to extend the hours it can charge motorists to park in some of the town"s most popular shopping streets.... Read More

Spring is here - time to storm - proof your home 05 March 2018

Spring is here, so, in the UK this means snow and sub-zero temperatures followed shortly by blizzards, black ice and gales - time to wrap up and protect your property. Over 50s insurer, SunLife, offers their advice on storm-proofing your home. There are already more weather-related home insurance claims in the winter than at any other time of year.... Read More

Boiler Breakdown Due to Adverse Weather Conditions 02 March 2018

We have had lots of phone calls regarding boilers not working due to their condensate pipe from the boiler being frozen - this is the white pipe that"s comes out at the bottom of your boiler. If you boil the kettle and carefully pour the hot water over the white pipe this should defrost any blockage and get you up running. Read More

Top tips to sell your house this spring 02 March 2018

Well, it certainly doesn"t feel like spring at the moment. However, it"s always important to be prepared and never more so then when trying to sell your home. Many estate agents suggest that vendors to undertake an "MOT" on their property before selling and here are their top 10 tips: First Impression – This can be make or break.... Read More

Removals could be disrupted by the Beast from the East, warning 01 March 2018

House moves could be jeopardised tomorrow by Siberian weather conditions blown in by the Beast from the East. Some removals companies are saying that some moves scheduled for today and tomorrow may not be able to happen or may have to be ‘bumped". Weather bad enough to prevent removals taking place at all would almost certainly count as a ‘force majeure", meaning that all transactions in a chain could be delayed without penalty.... Read More