Lettings Claire Clark AuthorLettings Specialist 


Educated to degree level at Manchester Metropolitan University, Claire began her career in the property industry working in the New Homes Department of the International Sales Agent, Knight Frank.


When the property sales industry was struggling in 2007, Claire turned her attention to the Lettings and Property Management industry and began her role as the New Business Manager, for the Philip James Partnership.


During this time, Claire was able to achieve ARLA accreditation and was instrumental in the rapid growth of PJP in Manchester and Stockport.


After 4 years Claire decided to set up an independent Lettings and Management Company, CMC Properties.


The ethos of this company is to have a more open and communicative approach to Residential and Student Lettings with reasonable fees; fair maintenance pricing and to really work for our client, the Landlord.


Claire is now progressively growing CMC Properties with particular success in the student market in Manchester and would like to be able to provide assistance to landlords and investors about the Lettings and Management process.

Deregulation Act October 1 2015

Under the Deregulation Act 1st October 2015 landlords will be unable to end a tenancy with a Section 21 if they do not address a repairs complaint.   Many landlords are unaware of this fact. This will affect any ASTs (Assured Shorthold tenancies) starting on or after 1st October 2015.  All remaining ASTs in England will be included on the 1st of October 2018. So whats changing? A Section 21 can not be validly served in the first four months of tenancy. For a Section 21 to be validly served a landlord must have given them the following documents: - A valid EPC - A CP12 - A copy of the governments "How to rent guide" Expiry: If proceedings are not issued within 6 months of the service of a Section 21 Notice, then the notice will be invalid. Download the new Section 21 notice.  The Section 21 notice will...
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A Pre-Construction Checklist for Building Sites

  When preparing a piece of land or a building site for construction there are fundamentally important things to consider before beginning the job. As always, safety and a consideration of environmental factors must come first and foremost. There are then a few practical steps you should always follow including preparing the needed tools in advance. A well planned job should consider every element of the project beforehand and know what tools and machinery will be needed at each stage, and for roughly how long.  It is also worth researching via industry sites such as www.building.co.uk to get the latest information. Never fail to prepare a pre-construction checklist. It will make the job run more smoothly, within budget and set time-frames, and could even save lives! Pre-Construction Checklist Any building site for virtually any purpose will require you to excavate and prepare the land before laying foundations and beginning construction. You’ll...
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Office for National Statistics analysis

The ONS have released their statistical analysis for July 2015, here are the key facts: • UK house prices increased by 5.2% in the year to July 2015, down from 5.7% in the year to June 2015. • House price annual inflation was 5.6% in England, 0.3% in Wales, 7.4% in Northern Ireland and -1.3% in Scotland. • Annual house price increases in England were driven by an annual increase in the East (8.3%) and the South East (6.7%). • Excluding London and the South East, UK house prices increased by 4.4% in the 12 months to July 2015. • On a seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices increased by 0.8% between June and July 2015. • In July 2015, prices paid by first-time buyers were 4.4% higher on average than in July 2014. • For owner-occupiers (existing owners), prices increased by 5.5% for the same period House price index UK...
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What should you consider before investing in a rental property?

Are you thinking about investing in property? It may seem easy, however there are a number of points to consider before you dive into a long-term commitment, to ensure security, success and a strong return on investment.

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The New Face of Harrogate

When people think of the iconic towns and cities of the UK Harrogate is not the first place that pops into the mind. The historic Yorkshire spa town has barely made a dent on the national consciousness let along at an international level.

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Essential services landlords should provide

  There's more to being a landlord than just letting somebody live in a house or a flat in return for money. Landlords do have certain obligations to their tenants, both legally and morally, but unfortunately not all landlords meet these obligations all of the time. They can get away with it because often their tenants wont want to make a fuss. There are several reasons why this could be the case. The tenant may not realise that the landlord is breaking the law. Alternatively, the landlord may not technically be breaking the law, but is still failing to provide the level of service a tenant should expect. In both cases, a tenant might not complain for fear of a rent increase that they cant afford, or worse, eviction. Property management Many landlords choose to work with a property management company. Reputable managers like Hamilton King will provide a full service...
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Legionella Testing - Question and Answer

  As you may know, it is now law for all residential properties to have a risk assessment in place for Legionella. Similar to the legal requirement of a CP12 and EPC certifications, landlords are now required to have a risk assessment carried out of every properties water system. The aim of a risk assessment is to assess the water system in place to ensure no high risks are present that could possibly be fatal. There is useful information on the Health and Safety Executive website.  Please follow the link to their website that outlines your duty and the enforcement around this; http://www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/what-you-must-do.htm Also, heres a short video from RICS - Property Standards Director, Peter Bolton King FRICS puts members legionnella testing questions their UK Residential Director, Andrew Bulmer FRICS.    
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Furnishing options in rented properties

  For many people, renting a property offers many advantages over owning a home. Rather than being fixed to one particular location and having to deal with the costly maintenance of a property, people who rent have the flexibility to pick and choose how and where they want to live. However, such a choice can have its downsides. The relative insecurity and eventual cost of renting can lead to many people joining the property ladder. And a big decision that people face when renting a property will be whether to go furnished or unfurnished. Unfurnished home For many people, renting an unfurnished property allows them to feel like the house is much more like a home. It allows them the greater opportunity to use furniture and furnishings in a way that reflects their own personality and tastes. And for many people who have been renting for a number of years, they...
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Landlord faces agent who owes her £20,000

Channel 5’s ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’ is set to show how one rogue operator gives good letting agents a bad name. Margaret Wilson faces the agent that owes her £20,000 in a perfectly captured showdown on Wednesday 8th July at 9pm.

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Types of Property Investment: A Brief Guide

Property is, without question, one of the more popular areas of investment at present. It has long had a reputation for outperforming the stock market and equities in total net returns, and the difference is especially marked at present. Seasoned investors and newcomers are increasingly turning to bricks and mortar as a source of investment income.

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Know Your Market: What Tenants Say About Their Landlords

Have you ever wondered what tenants say about landlords? CIA Insurance have put together this infographic based on a study they conducted in order to find out how tenants feel about rental properties and the risks that they face. Take some tips from the results of the survey to ensure that you are targeting the right market and making sure that your tenants are happy.
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How much would you pay to live above Londons luxury retail?

Mayfair’s Sloane Street has always been a sought-after place to live, but the rise in designer retail outlets is drawing even more buyers to the area.

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Three Tips for Selling a Property Under a Busy Flight Path

When it comes to selling properties, both the buyers and the sellers know that location is very important. Unfortunately, properties located under very busy flight paths can present some unique problems due to unwanted noise. However, the three tips listed below can help your potential buyers overlook the noise and instead focus on the silver lining.

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Furnishing for landlords: common do's and don'ts

Furnishing for landlords: common do's and don'ts

Is it more advantageous to let an investment property in a furnished or an unfurnished state? Answering correctly is essential in terms of achieving the highest rental yields, appealing to your desired market sector and ensuring your property is let on a continual basis. While it is not possible to give a single definitive answer, an analysis of the fundamental factors that must be taken into account can be provided. The overview of common considerations set out below will help you determine the best course of action.

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Londons Housing Boom In 2014 Infographic

The housing boom in London is a widely discussed topic and it continues to keep so many of us guessing as time goes on. As much as some people like to believe they have a sixth sense when it comes to buying and selling at the right time, we do all rely on many factors which are out of our hands. For first time buyers it must be a nervous time as you see the prices rise then realise that you no longer have the funds to buy your ideal home in the location you desire. For those lucky enough to have purchased a London property from the early 90’s to the mid 00’s, you will be amazed as to how much money you have earned from your investment. Thanks to http://www.freehold-sale.co.uk/ for the article

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10 Tips For Getting Your Rental Property Ready for Tenants

Would-be first-time buyers have struggled to get a foot on the housing ladder as a result of stricter mortgage criteria, and renting has become the only realistic way of flying the nest for many people in their twenties and thirties.

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£40 off Tenant Find Service & Upad Webinar for Just Do Property

We had a great webinar with James Davis of uPad last week. If you missed it, dont worry we have the recording for you. We received great feedback from the webinar and will certainly be repeating it.
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The strong demand for rental properties

If you are thinking of renting a home at the moment you may change your mind after this article. Over the past 12 months the UK’s rental properties have soared and many are struggling to find affordable homes to rent. 

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SCHOOLS? HOSPITALS? BROADBAND? NO – YOUNG PROPERTY BUYERS LOOK FOR A DECENT MOBILE SIGNAL FIRST

National property prices are up 10% in the last year, and people dipping back into the market have a whole new set of property-buying priorities. According to a recent survey of more than 2,000 UK residents, commissioned by mobile analytics firm RootMetrics, having reliable mobile phone service at a new property is the #1 consideration – with a median score of 7.5 on a scale of one to 10 (one being the lowest considering, 10 the highest). This is followed by council tax band (6.8) and hospitals (6.4). Schools ranked the lowest on average, with a median score of 4.6.

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The Buy to Let Process for First-Time Investors

If you have never invested in property before but you’re interested in the process and would like to learn more; now’s your chance. When it comes to finding the right property, financing the investment and finding good tenants, there’s a lot to learn, but if you’re passionate about property and you’re dedicated to your investment, you should be able to learn everything you need to learn in not too long of a time, and then you can begin your journey into your first investment. So, without further ado, here’s a comprehensive guide to buy to let for first-time investors.
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