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We are delighted to announce that we will be, once again, running our ‘Give a Child a Christmas’ campaign and our plan is to make this even bigger and better, but we need your help please!

We were overwhelmed by the support and generosity shown last year when we asked the local people of Romford to help us in not raising money, but by buying an extra Christmas present and donating it to this wonderful cause.

The toys donated will go to Children who are without family and presents this Christmas so your contribution will make a big difference to a child this Christmas.

GBP Estates Group Manager; Paul Ziff said “After last year, we knew that we wanted to get involved with this campaign once again” he added “The moment 107.5FM asked us, it was a very quick YES and we felt it was important to continue our great work in the local community”

If you can help and donate a toy or present, you do not need to wrap it, just simply drop it into our office on Victoria Road and all of the presents will be collected on Friday 21st December 2018 by Time 107.5FM.

Your support and generosity would be very much appreciated by the team here at GBP Estates and the local children who will be receiving their gift this year.


Landlords - Important information for you.



AS FROM THE 1ST OCTOBER 2018 - The Deregulation Act 2015 introduces a number of important changes to when a landlord may serve a Section 21 Notice in order to regain possession of their property. The Act is designed to improve the possession process for landlords and tenants.

There are new restrictions on serving Section 21 Notices early and a new template Section 21 form. The new rules also remove the need for
a landlord to specify that a tenancy must end on the last day of a rental period; unless the tenancy started on a periodic basis without any initial
fixed term where a longer notice period may be required depending on how often the tenant is required to pay rent (for example, if the tenant
pays rent quarterly, they must be given at least three months’ notice, or, if they have a periodic tenancy which is half yearly or annual, they must be
given at least six months’ notice (which is the maximum)). NB: These changes have put into legislation the change to notice periods created by the Judgment in the case of Spencer v Taylor – i.e. that landlords and agents can use Section 21(1)(b) to regain possession by providing two calendar months’ notice (unless the tenancy started at a periodic as noted above). However, in the event that a tenant has paid an amount of rent in advance and a Section 21 Notice requires them to leave during the period paid for, the tenant is entitled to a refund of the rent paid for the days they are not occupying the property.

The changes affect all new assured shorthold tenancies in England that start on or after 1 October 2015. All remaining assured shorthold
tenancies in England will be swept under the new rules on 1 October 2018.

Timing restrictions. Landlords cannot validly serve a Section 21 Notice in the first four months of a tenancy. However, where a tenancy has been
renewed the landlord will be able to serve a Section 21 Notice at any point during a renewed tenancy.

Expiry Section 21 Notices will only be valid for six months from the date of issue (as specified in section 2 of the new template Section 21 form).

However, where a tenancy is created on a periodic basis (i.e. no initial fixed term), then landlords will still need to regain possession using Section 21(4)(a). Therefore, the notice period needs to end at the end of a rental period and cannot be shorter than a rental period (up to a maximum of six months).

For example, where there is a quarterly periodic tenancy, the date specified on the Notice should be three months from the date of service. For tenancies which fall into this situation, the Notice is only valid for four months from the expiry date on the Notice.

Template Section 21 notices There will be a new template Section 21 form which will need to be used when giving notice on all tenancies which start on or after 1 October 2015 and which can be used to bring existing tenancies to an end after that date.

Required information

Landlords will not be able to serve a Section 21 Notice on tenancies that begin on or after 1st October 2015 unless they have provided tenants with the following information:

  1. A Gas Safety Certificate covering all fixed as well as portable gas appliances provided by the landlord for the tenants’ use.
  2. The property’s Energy Performance Certificates (EPC); except where a property is not required to have an EPC – such as where the landlord is letting a room on a single AST in a House in Multiple   Occupation (HMO).
  3. The Department for Communities and Local Government’s How to rent: This can be provided digitally or as a hard copy if the tenant requests it, or does not have computer access. Agents and landlords should not simply supply a link to where the document can be found. This should be given at the start of a new tenancy.
  4. The Prescribed Information relating to the protection of a tenants’ deposit.

Landlords will no longer be able to seek possession using Section 21:

1. During the first four months of the tenancy, or, in the case of a renewed tenancy, during the first four months of the original tenancy;
2. Where the landlord is prevented from retaliatory eviction under section 33 of the Deregulation Act 2015
3. Where the landlord has not complied with the Required Information specified above
4. Where the landlord has not complied with the tenancy deposit protection legislation; or 5. Where a property requires a licence but is unlicensed

The new rules come into force on 1 October 2015 and will apply to any Assured Shorthold Tenancies granted on or after this date.

NB: The provisions do not apply to Periodic Tenancies (when the fixed period ends) that arise on or after 1 October 2015 when the fixed term of those tenancies began prior to 1 October 2015.

However, the new rules will apply to all Assured Shorthold Tenancies in existence after the end of the period of three years (1 October 2018) regardless of whether the tenancy began prior to 1 October 2015.

NB: The requirement for landlords to provide the Required Information (specified above) about the tenancy will continue to apply to tenancies entered into on or after 1 October 2015.


New flats developed in Hornchurch

The centre of Hornchurch is a busy place and full of activity from restaurants and bars to banks and shops along with Queens theatre and Hornchurch train station. Over the past 2 years an exciting project has been developing which will create available apartments for people to rent in the heart of Hornchurch.

The £4,000,000 development began almost 2 years ago when they were initially bought and will be fully complete by the start of September this year with the end result being 23 fully furnished, 1 bedroom flats starting at 377 sq ft to 603 sq ft hosting a bathroom, living room, bedroom and kitchen. The flats also include car parking and CCTV and are located on the Hornchurch High street. Developed in a prime location you have easy access to shops, banks and the train station which is along the district line meaning an easy commute into London.

Once put onto the market many of the flats were reserved extremely quick, leaving just 6 remaining flats up for rent. If you are interested in enquiring about these flats please drop an email to our Development & Finance Director -


Welcome to "The Key Magazine"

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For more details of our lettings services. Please call Julie James on 01708 504455


Job title:              Property Consultant Required


The role:

Answer calls, registering new buyers & sellers directly onto our database and maintain regular contact. Maintaining systems, general office duties.

Source and access properties either already on the market through online portals or via direct canvassing, making contact with the owners to build relationships in order to generate valuation appointments for the Sales Manager.

Development of the role to deal with the day to day estate agency sales business and assist the Sales Manager in reaching personal and office targets


You will be directly responsible to the Sales Manager, who will offer training, advice, support and necessary marketing materials to assist your role.

Targets:                To be confirmed.

Salary:                  £16,000 - £23,000 per annum plus commission

Hours:                   8.30 – 6.00 pm

                               Monday – Saturday (one day off to be taken during the week (Either Tuesday or Thursday)

In addition:

You will need to be a car driver with a full licence and of smart appearance along with a confident assured telephone manner.

Must be I.T. literate with a good working knowledge of Word, Excel, etc.

For more information contact:

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