Manchester Property News

  • VAT Increase

    David Boyd Dec 17, 2010, 11:09 AM

    Just a reminder which I am sure every Landlord is prepared for is the VAT increase to 20% with effect from 4th Januray 2011.

    All work carried out and completed *before* this date will be invoiced at the previous rate of 17.5%.

    Our systems will ...

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  • Children’s Drawing Competition

    David Boyd Nov 22, 2010, 14:34 PM

    A  great big thank you to everyone who entered our completion throughout November. We have been overwhelmed by pictures! We have found it very difficult to choose a winner, but ultimately we decided on Basma Ahmad (Age 9). Well done to everyone who entered, a few of the ...

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  • Levenshulme Festival and Traders

    David Boyd Nov 4, 2010, 11:44 AM

    If you didn't know already the Levenshulme Festival is in full swing.  Please visit to find out about upcoming events there isn't much time left!  Last night PAD4U were invited to the Levenshulme Traders evening @M19 Bar, which was a great event with local ...

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  • Landlords - Managing Risk Part 1

    David Boyd Nov 2, 2010, 15:39 PM

    David Boyd, Managing Director, PAD4U Estate and Letting Agents Mancheste r writes:

    I have listened to many landlords who have experienced difficulties (and lost money) after not assessing and managing the various risks associated with being a landlord.  I hope this article will help new landlords ...

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  • Government cuts to Housing Benefit

    David Boyd Nov 1, 2010, 13:54 PM

    David Boyd, Managing Director, PAD4U Estate and Letting Agents Mancheste r writes:

    The Government plans to cut Housing Benefit have been receiving their fair share of attention by the media recently.  Whilst I applaud any scrutiny of Housing Benefit, I find it difficult to watch or ...

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  • Investment Opportunity

    David Boyd Nov 1, 2010, 09:55 AM

    We have been approached by a client who requires a quick sale of their property and this will be sold, in my opinion, at a discounted price to the market.

    The property is situated in Levenshulme M19 post code and is a two bed garden ...

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  • Landlords: Prepare for the Government cutbacks and take preventative measures!

    David Boyd Nov 1, 2010, 09:54 AM

    Matt Binns, Negotiator, PAD4U Estate and Letting Agents Mancheste r writes:

    Over 800,000 jobs were lost during the recession, and with another 490,000 public sector job losses announced as part of the Government Spending Review many tenants could come under increasing financial pressure over the coming ...

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  • Where's the real value in your property?

    David Boyd Nov 1, 2010, 09:52 AM

    Where's the real value in your property? New investors into the market regularly ask this question The true value in your property... Most people think that "bricks and mortar" is the real investment when buying property but that isn't exactly the case. You see if you look at the ...

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  • Rent Arrears

    David Boyd Oct 6, 2010, 17:13 PM

    Alaine Bradbury, Estates Manager for PAD4U writes:

    Research has recently been published by the National Landlords Association (NLA) showing that nearly half of recent possessions by landlords are due to tenants not paying their rent.

    We have found that over the last 12 months many ...

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  • Paragon to resume Buy-to-Let lending

    David Boyd Sep 28, 2010, 09:56 AM

    David Boyd, Managing Director, PAD4U Letting Agents Manchester writes:

    Paragon have performed well during the recessions and this is bourne out by the fact they expect full-year profit to be at the upper end of analysts forecasts (40.5million-65million).

    Perhaps more importantly Paragon's book has performed very well ...

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  • Ready, steady, SALES!!!

    David Boyd Sep 3, 2010, 17:20 PM

    Alaine Bradbury, Estates Manager, PAD4U writes:

    As you may have noticed 2010 is the year of sales for PAD4U. We have started to take on a more proactive role and have teamed up with move with us (who works with the financial institutions to ...

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  • Is your Property Insured?

    David Boyd Sep 3, 2010, 17:05 PM

    I have currently been dealing with a few properties which have been broken into or vandalised over the last few months and those words never like to be heard by any Landlord. Although we aim to reduce void periods between tenancies these are the vunerable ...

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  • If you want to mortgage/remortage it pays to understand credit scoring

    David Boyd Sep 2, 2010, 10:59 AM

    Catherine Crooks, The Fresh Partnership, Mortgage Broker for PAD4U Letting Agents Manchester writes:

    What is a credit search?

    A credit search is when a lender/creditor obtains information about you from your credit file via a credit reference agent (CRA).  The CRA’s are called Experian, Equifax ...

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  • Market Update

    David Boyd Aug 31, 2010, 11:58 AM

    On my return from annual leave I soon scoured the papers and Internet to discover the latest property news.   I didn't have to look too hard as it was all over the headlines again, fear of the dreaded double dip!  Hometrack reported lower prices ...

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  • PAD4U Re Launch

    David Boyd Aug 5, 2010, 09:11 AM

    On the 19th July 2010 Peter Anthony Estates officially re launched as PAD4U, opening our newly refurbished offices to the public. Our office was opened and our red ribbon cut By Councillor Keith Whitmore who commented on the value of investing in the area and ...

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  • The Banks are making money again, but are they lending?

    David Boyd Aug 3, 2010, 17:37 PM

    David Boyd, Managing Director, PAD4U Letting Agents Manchester writes:

    This week HSBC has recorded a near doubling of it's profits for the year, Northern Rock has also reported profits (on the loan book now owned by the Government), Barclays results are also likely to be ...

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  • Boiler Replacements

    David Boyd Aug 3, 2010, 11:45 AM

    Does the boiler in your rented property or even your own home in need or replacement? Maybe it is not efficient at is should be or have you been paying out for repair after repair PAD can install a new ‘A Rated’ efficient boiler (24 ...

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  • Post Office re-opens in Levenshulme. But don't bring your letters!

    David Boyd Jul 20, 2010, 14:40 PM

    The Post Office has reopened in Levenshulme!  But you are more likely to see a sandwich than a stamp if you visit!  The POD (Post Office Deli) has reopened the pretty Post Office on Albert Road offering what has long been missing in Levenshulme.

    You'll ...

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  • Peter Anthony - PAD4U Re launch

    David Boyd Jul 13, 2010, 16:29 PM


    It's a long time since our shop has had a face lift (see photos above!).  Peter Anthony Estates (or PAD4U) have serviced Levenshulme for over 20 years now and have always aimed to have a positive presence in the area. The area around our shop ...

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  • How was the Budget for Landlords?

    David Boyd Jul 2, 2010, 10:17 AM

    David Boyd, Managing Director, PAD4U Letting Agents Manchester writes:

    In my post before the budget I urged landlords not to panic at the talk of 40% Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and a reduction in the tax free buffer from £10,000 to £2,000.  I expected that the propaganda ...

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