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  • We’ll save you £1000’s from unnecessary fee and charges.
  • We will never make you sign any binding contract.
  • We’ll advertise your property on Rightmove, Zoopla, Primelocation, Globrix and more.
  • We also utilise Social Media to market your property, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and more.
  • Not only will we advise you on the best deal for you, you’ll get expert support throughout the sale process from your dedicated agent & the manager.

 That’s why we are fastest growing Hybrid Estate Agency – more than any other Agent!

Whether you are buying, selling or renting a house, our agents are on hand to ensure the experience goes as smoothly as possible.

Offering a new and revolutionary concept in estate agency, we are able to deliver a fully personalised estate agency service at a fraction of the cost of most other high street agents or online concepts.

With national coverage, local expertise and selling fees from just £325 +VAT or pay 0.69% of the sale (no sale no fees) and no binding contract, we offer a high-quality service that costs you less and gives you more. Our lines are open 24/7, so you’ll never miss a potential buyer.

 Free accurate valuations

The value of your home will determine how quickly it sells and how much it sells for – so it’s important to get it right!

Our valuation takes into account local market trends, location, property type, size, condition, unique features & all the local benefits.

Maximum online coverage

In addition to our website, your property will be promoted on ALL the major property portals like Rightmove, Zoopla, Primelocation, Globrix and more.

The majority of agents use one or two of these portals. We give your property the maximum exposure on the Internet to achieve the best results to sell or let your house faster.

Social Media

Open HouseTorbay utilise Social Media as another means of generating interest in the properties we market Facebook and Twitter are powerful tools when used correctly and our agents are trained in the art of Social Media. Log on and follow us to see how proactive we are.

Expert advice

It takes skill and expertise to negotiate a sale successfully through to completion and still achieve the best possible price.Through training and experience, we offer expert advice on both the selling process and your legal obligations as a homeowner.

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Our telephone lines are also open 24/7, meaning that our customers can contact us when it’s convenient for them and ensures that you never miss out on any potential buyer – even if they’re searching at 3 am!


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We believe no-one should have to sleep rough

  • Stronger advice and information duty

Legislation should more clearly set out the types of housing advice and information local authorities must provide to people before they become homeless or are threatened with homelessness. Services that deliver this should be designed to be able to meet the needs of people who are at particular risk of homelessness through working with local public and voluntary organisations.

  • A prevention duty for all eligible households

This new duty should be owed to all eligible households who are threatened with homelessness, regardless of priority need and intentionality. Local authorities would have to demonstrate that they are taking reasonable steps to prevent homelessness. Examples of these steps, including mediation with landlords, support in managing debt or an offer of alternative accommodation would be included in the legislation. Local authorities would also be empowered to intervene much earlier, for example almost as soon as an eviction notice is served. People would be considered as ‘threatened with homelessness’ if they are at risk of losing their accommodation within 56 days, rather than within 28 days, as is currently the case.

  • A relief duty for all eligible homeless people who have a local connection

If a local authority is unable to prevent an applicant’s homelessness, they should have a duty to take reasonable steps to help secure accommodation regardless of priority need and intentionality. Local authorities could help to secure accommodation in a number of ways, including offering accommodation in social housing, providing a grant or loan, or advice and advocacy to help secure a tenancy in the private rented sector. The relief duty should last for a period of 56 days. When the relief duty has ended, an applicant would be assessed to see if they were eligible for the main homelessness duty. People who are unintentionally homeless and in the priority need groups set out in current legislation would continue to be offered settled accommodation. The prevention and the relief duties would only apply if applicants cooperated with local authorities’ efforts to help.

  • A duty to provide emergency accommodation for people who are homeless and have nowhere safe to stay

We believe no one should have to sleep rough. If someone has nowhere safe to stay they should be entitled to emergency interim accommodation. Local authorities would have a duty to secure this accommodation. Applicants would only be able to access emergency interim accommodation under this duty for a maximum of 56 days and on no more than one occasion every six months. A robust assessment would ensure the duty was only applied to people without anywhere safe to stay.


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2 bedroom semi-detached house to rent in Torquay, Torbay

This property is very close to the hospital in a peaceful location with a allocated parking and a medium rear garden. Property is newly refurbished with a modern kitchen and a brand new cooker. Property is ideal for a young family or for a professional working in Torbay hospital. It can be walking distance to the hospital.



It’s official. With the Bank of England Base Rate remaining at its lowest point since 1971, banks and building societies have set their interest rates at their lowest since records began in 2007, despite predictions last year that they would increase at the turn of 2016.

How much have they fallen by?

It’s important to remember that the Bank of England Base Rate, which is the rate that banks and building societies use when calculating their own interest rates, still remains at 0.5%.

However, it is the bank and building society rates that have fallen, with the average one dropping by 0.05% to their lowest ever levels.

Why have they fallen?

In short, uncertainty. The current tumultuous global financial markets and the upcoming EU referendum mean that confidence within the UK has stumbled. To increase rates now would be a dangerous move by the Bank of England as nobody really knows to what extent the result of the referendum will have on the economy.

With the market hesitant, Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, announced a couple of weeks ago that the Bank could actually cut interest rates to zero as it looks to boost to the amount of spending in the UK.

Won’t making interest rates lower cause people to stop spending?

If the Bank and the Monetary Policy Committee do decide to cut rates once again, it should only be a temporary measure whilst the wave of uncertainty disappears.

After the result of the EU referendum has taken its toll and the markets have calmed, it is expected that rates will slowly begin to rise again. The aftermath of the referendum will take a while to take hold so this could be around this time in 2017 that this happens.

Because of this, now could be the time to look at remortgaging or getting on the property ladder before rates do rise.

For further information contact Open House Torbay on 01803 659 000, or visit:


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The Home Office’s evaluation of Right to Rent checks has been released and explains exactly what landlords need to do to fulfil their obligations.

The Immigration Act 2014 brought in sweeping changes and introduced new obligations that buy-to-let landlords must comply with. One of these changes is the requirement to complete Right to Rent checks to ensure all tenants have the correct immigration status to rent a property in the UK. Failure to comply with the new regulations could result in a fine of up to £3,000 per tenant.

The new rules are to be extended across the UK on 1 February 2016, after initial trials in the West Midlands. They will make it a legal requirement for all private landlords, or their agents, including those sub-letting or taking in lodgers, to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out a property.

What checks must you complete?

The government has issued a code of practice for landlords to follow, including guidance on avoiding unlawful discrimination, which has been drawn up with the assistance of the Human Rights Commission.

Within 28 days before the start of a new tenancy, you must make checks for:

  • All adult tenants (aged 18 and over)
  • All types of tenancy agreements, written or oral

Tenants in some types of accommodation will not need to be checked. That includes:

  • Accommodation involving local authorities
  • Social housing
  • Care homes, hospitals and hospices
  • Hostels and refuges

 When making your Right to Rent checks, you need to complete the following steps:

  • Check which adult tenants will live in the property as their only or main home
  • Ask tenants for the original documents that show they have the right to be in the UK
  • Check the documents are valid while the tenant is present
  • Make and keep copies of the documents and record the date you made the check

 What documents do they need?

When checking the prospective tenant’s documents, you are looking for one of the following:

  • A UK passport
  • European Economic Area passport or identity card
  • Permanent residence card or travel document showing indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • Home Office immigration status document
  • Certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen

You need to make sure that:

  • The documents are originals and belong to the tenant
  • The dates for the tenant’s right to stay in the UK haven’t expired
  • The photos on the documents look like the tenant
  • The dates are the same on all documents
  • The documents aren’t too damaged or look like they’ve been changed
  • If any of the names are different on the documents there are supporting documents to show why – marriage certificate, divorce decree etc.

If a tenant has an outstanding immigration application or appeal you can check that person’s right to rent by using the Landlords’ Checking Service. If the tenant is arranging their tenancy from overseas, you must check their original documents before they start living in your property.

Copying the documents

The landlord must make a copy of the documents provided. Landlords have to keep these copies for the duration of the tenancy, and then for at least one year afterwards. Documents containing personal or sensitive data must be stored securely and original documents must not be kept.

 What about existing tenants?

Existing tenants with agreements that started before 1 December 2014, or renewals of those tenancies after this date, are not affected by the checks as long as there’s no break in the tenancy and any renewed agreement is made between the same people.

How can we help?

You can also ask any agent that manages or has let your property to carry out the checks for you. At Open House Torbay, we can complete the right to rent checks on your behalf, ensuring total compliance and peace of mind.

t: 01803 659 000