Property Letting, Selling and Buying News


Letting Agents in Chichester for Hassle-Free Rental Management


Chichester has long been a fantastic location for property investors and landlords, with demand continuing to outstrip the availability of premium quality residences, well-maintained flats, and apartments for students studying at the nearby university. From holiday properties with views over the South Downs and Chichester Harbour to housing for professionals commuting into Chichester during the […]

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Secluded and Charming Properties for Sale Near Chichester’s Quaint Villages


One of the key priorities many buyers ask for is a blend of privacy and tranquility without sacrificing convenience. The West Sussex region delivers beautifully, with a number of characterful and charming villages that remain close to major transport links, outstanding schools and universities, and amenities such as shops, theatres and restaurants. Living in a […]

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Three-Peat for The Guild of Property Professionals


On Friday, October 20th, The Guild of Property Professionals achieved an extraordinary three-peat victory, clinching the prestigious ESTAS award for Best Agency Network for the third consecutive year. This remarkable achievement was based on the collective ratings garnered by participating Guild agents from homeowners across the United Kingdom, utilising the esteemed ESTAS review platform. The […]

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Chichester Property Rentals With Expert Agents: Making Renting Easy


As anybody who has visited, lived or worked in Chichester will agree, the elegant cathedral city is a beautiful place to live, with a wide array of properties from period homes and charming coastal residences to ultra-modern new-builds and central apartments. Being just a stone’s throw from the wide, sweeping open spaces of the South […]

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New Build vs Period Property: Understanding the Pros and Cons


Buying a property comes with multiple decisions, not least whether to opt for a beautiful period home packed with original features or a modern, efficient and low-maintenance new build that is ready to move into – and can often be fitted out according to your preferences. There is no right or wrong decision, and much […]

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Why High Mortgage Interest Rates May Be a Positive for Landlords


It’s no secret that the multiple consecutive increases to the Bank of England (BoE) base rate, currently at 5%, have had a significant and sometimes dramatic impact on borrowing costs, not least for homeowners with variable-rate tariffs. The same applies to landlords, with current rates on buy-to-let mortgages hovering at around 6% for five-year fixed […]

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Update on Current Rental Property Standards


Following the long-delayed Renter’s Reform Bill being introduced in parliament in May, many landlords may be considering whether their rental properties remain compliant with standards and regulations. One of the complexities is that the revised Decent Homes Standard, first published in September 2022, was excluded from the Bill due to ongoing consultations. Therefore, while the […]

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Why Schools Directly Affect The Value of Properties in West Sussex


Every homebuyer looking for a property close to a prestigious or heavily oversubscribed school, college or university will know that proximity to a high-demand educational institution can have a tangible impact on the average selling price and desirability of properties within a catchment area. The phenomenon is not new but can make a quantifiable difference […]

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Local Businesses Collaborate to Champion Sustainability


Chichester based Pinksauce Leasing and Tod Anstee Property Consultants have joined forces to pave the way for a greener future. The two local businesses were recently introduced by V2 Radio and subsequently collaborated on an initiative to invest in electric cars, with Pinksauce Leasing supplying a brand new Cupra Born and Tod Anstee taking steps […]

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Risks to Be Mindful of Selling Through Quick-Sale Online Property Agents


Selling a property can feel like a challenging experience, but sacrificing value for an expedited sale can be a mistake. We often hear from clients who have received marketing promising a sale within seven days or even, in some cases, within 48 hours. Although a guaranteed sale can be attractive, the reality is that any […]

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The Long Term Growth of the Private Rental Sector as Demand Spikes by 57%


Landlords, property professionals and investors have a bright future ahead, according to Propertymark, which has revealed new data showing that demand for private rental accommodation has risen significantly by 57% over the last four years. Rental properties, as an inflation-resistant asset, have proven a positive component of a long-term investment strategy, providing capital appreciation over […]

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How to Protect Your Property Portfolio from Rising Inflation


Property assets appreciate gradually over time and are considered a fairly inflation-proof investment since, although the economy may be sluggish, it is very unusual for bricks and mortar to drop in value. However, with rising inflation putting pressure on other aspects of owning rental properties or managing a portfolio, there is the likelihood that higher […]

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Changes To Rules For Overseas Owners of UK Properties


The government announced new rules linked to UK properties owned by overseas businesses in August 2022. Businesses and owners had until 31st January 2023 to report to the Register of Overseas Entities. However, various issues, from lack of awareness to non-compliance, mean that only 19,510 of 32,440 overseas organisations submitted their details to the register […]

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Local Knowledge is Essential to Select Profitable Rental Investment Properties


Location is always an important factor in property, especially when deciding on the best opportunities to expand a buy-to-let investment properties portfolio. Landlords may have a preferred niche, such as high-end apartments for professionals or semi-detached family residences, but local knowledge is key. For example, a well-maintained rental property marketed to tenants with children is […]

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Renting a Property in 2023: Find Quality Accommodation


Every renter will likely be conscious of the shortage in rental properties and how difficult it can be to find a well-maintained home in high-demand areas without sacrificing priorities such as location, the number of bedrooms or outdoor space. Tod Anstee often supports prospective tenants who have been searching for suitable rental accommodation for lengthy […]

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How Important is the ARLA Propertymark in Choosing a Letting Agent?


Landlords rely on a letting agent to take over the management, advertising, maintenance, and tenant communications linked to their rental properties, and need an agent they can trust to fulfil their expectations in terms of tenant care and professionalism. One of the many ways to assess the quality and standard of a prospective letting agent […]

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Stamp Duty Levies: Worth Investing in Property Through a Limited Company?


A swiftly changing tax landscape is adding more confusion to the pros and cons of purchasing a rental property as an incorporated company vs as a private individual. Many landlords have opted to transfer ownership of property assets to an SPV, a limited company specific to the property letting sector. However, where the rental property […]

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How Much Should You Pay for High-Value Property Management Services?


Tenants in exclusive locations have high expectations from their landlords, with many owners delegating day-to-day maintenance tasks to professional property management companies, adding value to the rental experience and ensuring that all necessary services are available on demand. We often hear from portfolio landlords looking for efficient property managers yet who need to understand the […]

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Update for Landlords on New Government Announcements and Changes


On 17th November, Rishi Sunak delivered the new budget via the delayed Autumn Statement. There was a lot of information to take in, from extensions to the Energy Price Guarantee to tax band freezes and reforms to Capital Gains Tax. Although the overall impact is a reduction of £30 billion in public spending, the intention […]

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How To Choose a Buyer in a Property Bidding War


In a high-demand property market, particularly for property sales in West Sussex, where buyers outstrip sellers many times over, it can be very difficult to gauge competing offers. Selecting your preferred bidder may be easier if there is a significant price differential. Still, other factors might make Tod Anstee more inclined to recommend one buyer […]

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Unpicking Rental Property Trends: 4 Reasons for Landlord Optimism


While every media outlet is packed with attention-grabbing headlines about taxes, interest rates and inflation, it is essential to take a step back from the noise and assess what property market conditions really mean – now and in the long term. The reality is that although higher borrowing costs and a rapidly changing tax situation […]

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How To Identify Optimal Property Investment Locations


It’s often said that the most important factor in property investment is ‘location, location, location’ – but if you’re interested in expanding your rental portfolio, purchasing a different property type or branching out into a popular West Sussex region, picking the right spot isn’t always easy. There are multiple variables such as average rental income, […]

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What the Recent Chancellor’s Announcements Mean for Landlords


Last week’s ‘mini budget’ delivered by the new chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, has dominated the headlines. While economists debate the potential outcomes from a raft of sweeping tax reforms, ultimately aimed at easing the cost of living crisis, some of the detail has been lost amid the noise. Here we unpick some of the specific tax […]

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Evaluating the Optimal Time to Sell Your Property


Estate agents will often say that spring is the best time to sell your property – but several other factors affect the speed with which you sell and your prospects of achieving a favourable offer. While seasonality is one consideration, it is also important to understand the supply and demand within the local property market […]

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Returns on Property Energy Efficiency Upgrades


Rising utility costs and the new government requirements for rental property EPC standards are putting increased pressure on professional landlords. Many may perceive that investing in property energy efficiency upgrades and new appliances is a sunk cost – but the reality is that a high-performance rental home with low running costs, excellent ratings and modern […]

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How a Lettings Agent Can Make Investment Properties More Profitable


Many landlords perceive that the cost of using a lettings agent might impact their profitability, however, the opposite can be true. Presenting a well-managed property with comprehensive professional oversight can directly improve your bottom line. There are numerous advantages to using an experienced agent, not least avoiding vacant periods. Boosting Your West Sussex Rental Property […]

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Dispute Resolution Tips for Professional Portfolio Landlords


Disagreements between landlords and tenants can be time-consuming, stressful and costly – but approaching a matter of contention correctly can go a long way to dissipating tensions and reaching an agreeable outcome. As West Sussex lettings experts, Tod Anstee often takes over portfolio management and engages tenants in a productive, meaningful way. We know that […]

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Guidance for Landlords Preparing for the Renters Reform Bill


The Renters Reform Bill has garnered a lot of press attention and raised concerns for landlords unsure where this newest piece of legislation might take the property rental market. However, it is vital to appreciate that the bill isn’t necessarily harmful, nor should it be perceived as a negative for responsible landlords. Most headlines have […]

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Key Services to Look for in Quality Property Management


Working with an accomplished team of professional property managers can significantly impact your vacant periods, profitability and overall peace of mind. But, it is important to choose the right company and ensure your agent has sufficient skills and resources to represent your rental property. Let our Lettings experts explain how a property management service can […]

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Choosing the Right Chichester Property Investments for the Rental Market


Chichester has long been one of the most desirable UK cities, with a unique blend of cosmopolitan living, heritage and culture, access to green spaces and extraordinary natural beauty. While the Pallants might be a trendy place to live, the rental market is all about assessing: What sort of tenants do you expect to market […]

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The New-Build Landlord Opportunity: Selling Up vs Refocusing Your Rental Business


The Tod Anstee team speaks to landlords, tenants and property managers daily and appreciates that property professionals have a range of challenges to contend with: Ever-changing regulations that can be difficult to keep pace with. Higher property running and management costs. Lower tax-deductible allowances impacting profit margins.   While these factors are a reality, landlords […]

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EV Charging Point Grants for Landlords


There are three significant reasons that electric vehicle (EV) charging points are rising to the top of a tenant’s wish list – particularly for professionals who are more likely to have company cars: Electric cars are exempt from road tax, and the declarable P11D benefit for business vehicles is now at 2%. Exact savings vary, […]

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Spring Statement Support Roundup for Landlords


The Spring Statement was a mixed bag, coming amid a tough time for living costs – although a very different picture from the same date two years ago, when the UK went into lockdown for the first time. Headlines include VAT exemptions on energy-efficient property upgrades, a slight income tax drop (although not immediately) and […]

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What is the EPC Band C Rating and How Can Landlords Ensure Their Properties are Compliant?


The government has committed to energy-efficiency and low-carbon emission targets, and has announced plans to pass on some of the legwork to landlords within the next three years. Let’s take a look at what landlords need to know about energy performance requirements, deadlines, and the costs of non-compliance. What is the Energy Performance Band C […]

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Safe Sailing and Safe House Sales with Tod Anstee


Tod Anstee have a high proportion of Chichester’s waterside houses for sale at present, as vendors put their faith in one of the leading independent estate agents in Chichester with a long connection to Chichester Harbour as well as an understanding of the discerning London buyer. Director John Anstee explains the unique allure of the […]

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Increase the Value of your Chichester Property – Top Items on a Buyer’s Wish List.


When listing  a Chichester property for sale, every seller wants to achieve the best possible price. It’s well worth knowing some of the tips and tricks that the property specialists at Tod Anstee recommend since you can considerably bump up the value of your home and drive buyer interest. Let’s run through some features that […]

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How to Vet Tenant Applications for Chichester Rentals


The rental market in Chichester and throughout West Sussex is remarkably strong, with high-quality homes and excellent living standards attracting tenants from across the UK. Tenant checks are a key step in the lettings process and are essential for landlords to ensure they accept great tenants who will enjoy living in their residences. Here we […]

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Why the Renters Reform Bill is Good News for Landlords


Much has been reported about the sweeping changes anticipated in the Renters Reform Bill – but the reality is that this legislation will take a good two years of debate and modification to come into force. Whilst the bill is under discussion, there aren’t any immediate impacts on landlords. And, after careful analysis, the Tod […]

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Beautiful Birdham Property


Throughout West Sussex, you’ll find peaceful market towns and charming countryside villages tucked away within the rolling South Downs hills and offering exceptional living standards. As part of our series highlighting some of the best places to buy property in West Sussex, now we turn our attention to the picturesque village of Birdham. This small, […]

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The Rental Property Market Rise in Detached Family Residences


Over the last few months, we’ve shared several articles about the shifting trends in the UK property market – and recent industry reports indicate that demand remains exceptionally high. Detached properties and family homes are now the most sought-after rental accommodation, surpassing conventional investments such as student accommodation. Let’s take a closer look at the […]

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Visiting Itchenor: The Best Postcode in West Sussex?


It’s no secret that the small village of Itchenor is one of the most sought-after locations in the whole of the southeast. The coastline stretching between Emsworth on the Hampshire border to the elegant city of Arundel is dotted with incredible harbours and some of the most beautiful villages in the country. From our base […]

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The Autumn 2021 Landlord Update


It’s been a rollercoaster 18 months for landlords, with soaring demand and, of course, the prospect of the new Rental Reform White Paper. Here our Landlord Update sums up everything landlords need to do as we head into the Autumn, and the potential changes to be aware of! If you need any support with the […]

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Focus On Fishbourne Property


West Sussex is a wonderful part of the south of England. It has long been desirable with people looking for a perfect blend of modern conveniences, rural life, and outstanding local amenities. The pandemic highlighted the draw of our peaceful county, as millions of families looked for homes outside of congested cities and placed a […]

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The West Sussex Towns with Staggering Post-Pandemic Property Booms


The Tod Anstee team has shared several guides and articles exploring the tremendous growth in the West Sussex property market over the last 18 months. As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, there is no sign of any slow down! Many experts anticipated a slump when the Stamp Duty holiday ended, but as that […]

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Lovely Lavant Property


As leading West Sussex property experts, the Tod Anstee team loves little more than showcasing some of the fantastic towns and villages in our beautiful corner of the British countryside! This time, we’re looking at Lavant, just two miles north of the elegant city of Chichester and nestled into the southern borders of the renowned […]

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Finding a Home in a Competitive West Sussex Property Market


The huge demand for properties in West Sussex is excellent news for homeowners and landlords! However, it can be less so for buyers or tenants looking for a home in such a fast-paced property market. While our beautiful county presents great investment potential and incomparable living standards, the Tod Anstee team often supports clients who […]

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Exploring the Historic Arundel Property Market


Tod Anstee is one of the longest established property consultants throughout West Sussex, offering years of local experience to support buyers, vendors, tenants and landlords in navigating the highly competitive property market. From our base in the wonderful city of Chichester, we work across the county, managing property sales and rentals in a wide range […]

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Petworth as a Prime West Sussex Property Location


West Sussex has long been a sought after UK region, attracting home buyers looking for the perfect blend of rural living, modern conveniences, easy travel links, and beautiful properties. As the property market has exploded over the last year, the Tod Anstee team has reported record enquiries as millions of people in the UK re-evaluate […]

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Exploring The Help to Build Development Opportunity 


Property investment is undoubtedly booming – but could there be another lucrative opportunity on the horizon for developers in West Sussex? Here we explore the new Help to Build funding initiative (worth no less than £150 million) and what the government calls the ‘self-build revolution’. This project aims to drive revenue through the construction sector […]

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Why West Sussex is a UK Property Hotspot


As West Sussex property experts, we are regularly asked for our advice on the best places to buy – and which of our beautiful local towns and villages are in the most significant demand. Choosing the right place to buy depends on many factors, such as: Proximity to travel links, schools and workplaces. Whether you […]

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The Appeal of Idyllic Selsey Property


West Sussex is a perfect location for so many buyers and investors looking for properties that offer the ideal combination of coastal living within proximity of London. Much of the county comprises the celebrated South Downs, the third-largest national park in the UK, offering 2,000 miles of walks, the renowned beauty of the South Downs […]

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Tax Relief For Landlords on Multiple Dwellings


It’s little secret that landlords have found the staggered changes to tax relief rules over the last few years challenging. As a brief recap, from April 2021, landlords cannot claim tax relief on mortgage interest costs. This change has been implemented in phases, with each tax year seeing a 25% drop in the allowance. However, […]

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The West Wittering Property Market


The astonishingly beautiful West Wittering village is well worth a visit if you’re considering moving to West Sussex or would like to relocate. Just 6.5 miles from the Tod Anstee property hub in Chichester, West Wittering is renowned for having peaceful sandy beaches, sweeping dunes, and idyllic coastal life resting close to the mouth of […]

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Why Remote Letting is a Big Opportunity for West Sussex Landlords


Property investment has long been an excellent way to invest in long-term, stable assets with rental income to balance out the cost of mortgage payments. West Sussex is one of the most sought-after areas in the UK for landlords who want to purchase high-quality, attractive homes. There is a reliable demand from tenants who aspire […]

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Exploring the Bognor Regis Property Market 


Next up in our series of articles discovering the property market opportunities available throughout beautiful West Sussex, we are focussing on Bognor Regis. The famous coastal resort town is well known for its glorious beaches and old-world rustic charm, but a lesser-known fact is that Bognor is one of the sunniest towns in the UK, […]

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Beautiful Bosham Properties


Our team is proud to manage property sales and tenancies for clients throughout West Sussex. From our base in the picturesque cathedral city of Chichester, we deal with exceptional towns and villages that make West Sussex such a unique place to live and work. Join us on a tour of Bosham, a stunning village right […]

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Moving to the Town of Midhurst


As West Sussex property experts, Tod Anstee is delighted to introduce prospective house hunters to some of the most popular, and prestigious, addresses in the beautiful towns and villages surrounding our Chichester base. Here we’ll wander through the market town of Midhurst, the top spot for independent eateries and boutiques. West Sussex as a Relocation […]

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What the Budget Means for First Time Property Buyers


With yesterday’s Budget announcement came a raft of extensions, new schemes, financial support initiatives and tax allowance freezes. To help decipher the information, we’ve recapped here which news is relevant to first time property buyers and what it means for your opportunity to make 2021 the year to purchase your first property! As West Sussex […]

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The Potential of Pet-Friendly Rental Properties 


Private landlords are always striving to improve the appeal of their property portfolios. More competitive rentals command higher rates, suffer from fewer vacancies, and attract high-quality, long-term tenants. Top of the agenda, therefore, is looking at what tenants want from their ideal rental home: Excellent quality decor and condition. Convenient locations and generous room sizes. […]

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Home Rental – Key Steps to Renting a Property


Renting a property involves so many decisions – and each is important to ensure you find a comfortable home, affordable rent, a friendly landlord, and a convenient place to live. With years of experience managing high-quality rental homes for families, couples, students, professionals and retirees throughout West Sussex, the Tod Anstee rentals team wants to […]

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Investment Property – What to Consider in a Buy to Let


The Tod Anstee lettings team has collated our years of professional expertise into one comprehensive guide to help you make the best decisions about which buy to lets present a compelling investment opportunity. One of the property market’s challenges is that, as much as the long-term stability of bricks and mortar is a good investment […]

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Letting Your Property – What to Consider When Becoming a Landlord


As a landlord, there are core demands of the business – finding new tenants, managing maintenance tasks and collecting rent. However, there is an increasing number of legal and contractual requirements to be mindful of, whether your rented properties are based in central Chichester or a more rural location. Factors such as insurance, appliance safety, […]

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10 Key Factors to Consider when Buying a Property


Whether investing in a new rental property, or searching for your forever family home, deciding on a house can be a tough decision, and involve a significant budget! It is, therefore, essential to be practical, as well as understanding factors such as maintenance costs – to make sure you are led by your head as […]

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Moving Home During 2021 – Update from Tod Anstee


This week we heard the prime minister’s announcement that further pandemic restrictions are now being enforced across the country, and at least until mid-February. While this might not have been the way any of us hoped to start the New Year, the Tod Anstee team has been working diligently behind the scenes to clarify exactly […]

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Electrical Safety Standards – What Landlords Need to Know


With all the disruption of 2020, UK landlords have another pressure to bear in mind. New electrical safety inspection rules were announced earlier this year, and come into force from 1st April 2021 for all existing tenancies. As a Chichester letting agent with years of experience supporting a vast range of landlords, we’ve created this […]

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COVID-19 Update from the Tod Anstee Team


As we emerge from this second UK lockdown, the Tod Anstee team would like to update all of our buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants about our COVID-safe working practises, and how we are continuing to ensure that all those that need to move home during the virus, are able to do so safely and with […]

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Golden Summer Ahead for Property Buyers Following Chancellor’s Statement


This week the Chancellor’s Summer Statement brought welcome good news to the UK property market, signalling the start of a bounce-back in sector recovery. The UK government plans are all about growth, confidence and recovery as we emerge from the Coronavirus lockdown and look to the future. Let’s take a look at the highlights, what […]

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Relocating to the Countryside? What makes Chichester Property so Attractive?


For many city dwellers, the appeal of the countryside has never been so compelling. A relaxed pace of life, strong communities and the health benefits of more rural living have never been in higher demand. Here in Chichester, we continue to see sharp increases in demand for properties – and wanted to explore what makes […]

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New Year, New Budget, New Property Tax Rules – All the Updates for the Rental Sector


Amidst the chaos surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, there have also been significant changes quietly announced as part of the 2020 budget that will impact the rental and buy-to-let markets. If you have missed any of the news, here we recap on the biggest changes: Property Taxes – The Headlines Capital Gains Tax (CGT) payable on the […]

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Coronavirus & the UK Housing Market – Where are We Heading?


Given the international impact of COVID-19, property owners would be forgiven for thinking this might spell problems for the UK housing market. However, let’s take a realistic view of how the pandemic is affecting the property market, and how quickly we need to get prepared for the bounce back! Demand for Homes Housing across the […]

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How to price your home to sell


Arguably, the most crucial element to get right when selling a property is listing it for the correct price at the outset. Of course, you do not want to overprice your property and deter prospective buyers, but at the same time you don’t want to undervalue your home because you may be inundated with offers […]

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Press Release


Independent West Sussex estate agency Tod Anstee celebrates 11th anniversary with rebrand and pledge to plant local trees Optimism lives on as John and Sam recognise the green shoots of property recovery in early 2020 and the anticipated uplift post COVID-19 in Chichester and surrounding areas. 8th April 2020 – Leading independent property consultants Tod […]

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Call an estate agent to discover off-line properties for sale


Are you looking to buy the perfect property, perhaps to extend your portfolio or to upsize to your dream family home, but struggling to find the right one on the usual property portals and agents’ websites? Have you considered that there may be unlisted properties which agents aren’t openly marketing? Take the hard work out […]

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Property Maintenance – What are the tenant’s responsibilities?


One of the many benefits of renting a property is that property maintenance jobs are often the responsibility of the landlord or the landlord’s appointed letting agent. However, they are not accountable for all maintenance jobs in a property, some are the full responsibility of the tenant. Knowing which party is responsible for which maintenance tasks can […]

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How to vacate your property at the end of a tenancy


As you’re packing your belongings into boxes and planning your move to a new home, there will be a number of things to organise and check before you move out of your rental property. This is the final, important step to ensure everything is correctly in place in order to receive your deposit back. So, […]

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