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Brownies, Cupcakes & Muffins: Reside bake for charity

A Reside bake off has raised £220 for Macmillan Cancer Support, with each member of the team swapping pens & e-mails for whisks & rolling pins. Clients, local businesses and interested passers-by called into the Reside office to browse and buy an assortment of surprisingly delectable sweet treats, with all of the proceeds going to charity.

The cake sale was inspired by the herculean achievements of Mark Button, Reside’s Financial Controller, who recently completed the London to Brighton 100k Challenge in 19 hours and 14 minutes. Mark’s efforts have now raised £880 for Macmillan Cancer Support, for which he receives our utmost admiration and compliments.

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Reside Retain Crown of Boules

The perennially popular Bath Boules tournament returned to Queen Square this year, along with its customary cornucopia of fancy dress, frivolity and fizz.

The Reside team, who won the competition in 2014 and 2016, arrived in the knowledge that no team had ever carried home the trophy two years running.

Ten grueling boules matches later, history was in the offing as Reside found themselves in the final against the charming Grandad’s Lads. Having taken an early lead, Reside came perilously close to allowing the game to slip away, but an 11-8 victory was finally secured in the fading light of dusk.


Reside has been a proud sponsor of Bath Boules since 2014. Last year’s tournament raised a staggering £41,424.58, which was donated to a variety of local charities.

The boules weekend has rightly become a hotly anticipated fixture in the city’s social calendar, and it is a pleasure to return each year to see friends old and new. Our thanks go out to the team at Bath Boules & Media Clash for arranging another spectacular event.

Photos courtesy of Chris Daw Photography: http://chrisdawphotography.com/

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Bath Half Marathon 2017

A record number of fleet-footed long distance runners stampeded through the streets of Bath last Sunday, accompanied by the sound of samba drummers and enthusiastic well-wishers. Among the 12,748 athletes was a jogging dinosaur, a gaggle of sumo wrestlers and four intrepid Reside racers. Congratulations to Mark, Lisa, James & Toby on completing the course and posting impressive times.

Here is a gallery of photos taken by the Reside supporters. Click any picture to see the full-size photograph.

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Zero Tenant Fees During December

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Terms & Conditions

Applies to all applicants who make an offer to rent a property in December 2016, which is accepted by the Landlord, subject to satisfactory references and contract.

We will start the referencing process and prepare your Tenancy Agreement as soon as your offer is accepted. You will have five working days from when you receive the Tenancy Agreement to read and approve its content and then sign and return it to us. During these 5 working days we will label the property as ‘Let Agreed’ and not accept any other offers. If the Tenancy Agreement is not signed within 5 working days, the property will be re-marketed immediately.

You will be referenced by Van Mildert, a large referencing agency in the UK. After you have paid your Administration Fee, you will receive an email from Van Mildert, in which there will be a link to your own online referencing form, which you should submit as soon as possible.

In addition to some personal data, the below references will be required:

– An acceptable income reference from your current employer.
– A positive reference from your former Landlord if you were renting.
– A positive credit history check with Experian.

You will also need to supply us with the appropriate documents in accordance with Right to Rent laws.

If you cannot provide an adequate income reference, you can choose to pay the rent in advance or we can reference a Guarantor on your behalf. Should you choose to pay the rent in advance, you will be expected to pay in advance.

You cannot occupy the property if you or your Co-Tenant’s references fail. Your Tenancy can only proceed upon the completion of satisfactory references. For this reason, any commitments you make relating to your prospective Tenancy are at your own risk.

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Reside5 – The Great Bath Feast 2016

Now in its fifth year and firmly established as a firm favourite in Bath’s festival calendar, The Great Bath Feast is once again set to delight revelers with a tantalising array of foodie events.

From tastings to talks to walking tours, there is nourishment on offer for anyone with an inquisitive palate. After much deliberating and several slices of cake, we have picked five events which make our taste buds tingle.


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1. Bath Bites Food & Drink Fair

Abbey Churchyard, 1st – 9th October
www.greatbathfeast.co.uk/bath-bites-food-drink-fair/

New to this year’s succulent schedule is a daily food fair in the shadows of Bath’s iconic abbey. Local vendors will be serving a variety of hot and cold delicacies including Persian kebabs, gourmet hot dogs and smoked ribs. Sweet treats are of course an essential requirement at any such occasion, and The Donut Man will ensure that your doughnut, waffle and chocolate kebab cravings are sated.


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2. Brindisa’s Monika Linton

Topping & Co. Booksellers, 1st October
www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/bath/bath-feast-talk-tastings-celebrate-the-true-food-of-spain/

The chances are that you’ve tasted a Brindisa product, even if you’re unaware of Monika Linton and her incredible journey from starting Brindisa on a shoestring right through to it becoming a sought-after outlet at the world-renowned Borough Food Market, a wholesale business providing hundreds of ingredients to the country’s finest delis and restaurants, and a chain of tapas restaurants extending across London and into the heart of Barcelona.

At this event, Monika will speak about the transformation undertaken by Brindisa in the last 28 years and offer insights and tastings of her favourite Spanish cuisine.


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3. Chris Staines Supper Club with Pong Cheese

Igloo, Abbey Hotel, 4th October
www.abbeyhotelbath.eventcube.io/events/4532/chris-staines-supper-club-with-pong-cheese

Chris Staines, Executive Chef at the Abbey Hotel, is a veteran of the Great Bath Feast scene having previously hosted sold out supper clubs in collaboration with Ping Combes. This year he’s teamed up with Bath-based Pong Cheese to offer a dinner menu oozing with cheesy goodness, with a fully stacked cheese board to follow. The meal will be held in the Abbey Hotel’s stylish subterranean bar, Igloo.


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4. Whisky & Indian Tapas Evening

Demuth’s Cookery School, 6th October
www.demuths.co.uk/cookery-courses/special-event/whisky-and-indian-tapas-tasting

Rachel Demuth ran the award-winning Demuths Restaurant for 26 years before setting up her acclaimed vegetarian cookery school which champions local produce. Independent Spirit is a haven of fine whiskies, beers, wines and spirits in central Bath, whose knowledge of all things booze is even greater than the myriad of bottles lining their shelves. This tasting evening pairs Demuth’s freshly prepared Indian snacks with Independent Spirit’s whisky of choice – Paul John whisky, made in Goa.


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5. Lunch with Raymond Blanc

Brasserie Blanc, 5th October
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Raymond Blanc OBE, one of Britain’s most famous and respected chefs is synonymous with classic French cuisine. Despite being entirely self-taught, he has a well known chain of restaurants throughout the UK and a two Michelin star restaurant in Oxfordshire.

Raymond Blanc’s influence spreads far and wide, having trained and employed chefs such as Heston Blumenthal, Michael Caines and Marco Pierre White, among many others. In Brasserie Blanc’s 20th year, Raymond Blanc will be joining diners to speak about his commitment to local, sustainable food.


If you’ve indulged in the Great Bath Feast, please share your experiences with us on Twitter or Facebook.

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Alarm Bells For Landlords: new legislation just a week away

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New regulations enforcing the provision of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in privately rented properties are now just one week away. After several months of speculation and debate, the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Act 2015 was finally passed by Parliament on the 14th of September – leaving landlords just two and a half weeks to ensure their properties meet the new requirements.

From the 1st of October 2015, landlords will be required to supply and fit at least one smoke alarm on every storey of their property which is used as living accommodation, even if that storey only includes a bathroom or lavatory. Carbon monoxide alarms must also be present in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance, such as a coal or wood burning fire. These alarms must be tested by the landlord at the start of each new tenancy to ensure they are still in working order.

As the legislation currently stands, Landlords are not obliged to fit carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with gas or oil appliances. We at Reside, however, have advised our landlords to supply CO alarms where gas appliances are present; whilst the legislation does not make this mandatory, it does state that ‘reputable landlords’ are expected to supply carbon monoxide alarms in these circumstances.

The Department for Communities’ guidelines make it very clear that no grace period will be permitted for landlords who have not acted to ensure their property is compliant, and hefty fines of up to £5,000 will be levied against those who do not take the necessary steps.

An explanatory handbook written by the Department for Communities explains exactly what landlords must do to ensure compliance, and can be found here.

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Reside5 – Bath’s Best Burgers

For many, a burger is an essential part of daily life; McDonald’s sell 75 meat patties every second, feeding around 1% of the world’s population each day. For others it is a work of art; the construction of a burger alone can provoke a series of impassioned dichotomies amongst foodies: gherkin or no gherkin? Ketchup or relish? Bread roll or brioche bun? The burger is so popular that it now has its own dedicated day in the calendar; the 27th of August is now National Burger Day.

As any local resident will know, Bath has a myriad of high quality independent restaurants, and those wishing to celebrate National Burger Day are in luck. In fact, such is the choice that you may struggle to decide who to reward with your custom. Fear not, for our commitment to this cause has led us to eat many a burger, just so we can bring you this highly informed Reside5.

Who serves your favourite burger? Have we forgotten anyone? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook.


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1. Burgers & Barrels
Victoria Buildings, Lower Bristol Road
www.burgersnbarrels.co.uk
Photo credit: burgersnbarrels.co.uk

A cosy bar that has gained popularity for its cocktails and stonking great burgers, especially ‘The Hulk’ – two kilos of prime beef, drenched in melted cheese and squeezed between a couple of buns which by comparison look minuscule.

Consume The Hulk within 30 minutes and it’s free; failure will cost you £30. To date, 70 people have tried… and 67 have failed. A wide range of other delicious burgers are available for us mere mortals who would probably faint at the mere sight of The Hulk.


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2. Schwartz Bros.
102 Walcot Street / Sawclose
www.schwartzbros.co.uk
Photo credit: eatdrinksleepshop.com

When we posed the question of Bath’s best burger to our Twitter followers, this gourmet takeaway which has remained under family ownership for nearly 40 years came out as the clear favourite:

The company’s website proudly proclaims the sources of its beef and the exact cuts that they use, so diners can be confident that they are eating a burger of the highest quality.


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3. Grillstock
The Vaults, Brunel Square
www.grillstock.co.uk/the-vaults-bath
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Having initially made waves in (whisper it quietly) Bristol, Grillstock brought their brand of ‘proper Southern style BBQ’ to Bath and have firmly established themselves as one of the most popular destinations for hungry West Country folk.

The Lockjaw Burger will satisfy most stomachs, comprising two 5oz patties, pulled pork, brisket, burnt ends, cheese and pickles. Those who have already conquered The Hulk may wish to attempt the Grand Champion; Grillstock will give you a generous 60 minutes to consume four different types of meat – but no burger is included, so we cannot officially sanction the challenge on National Burger Day!


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4. Bath Brew House
James Street West
www.thebathbrewhouse.comPhoto credit: thebathbrewhouse.com

Bath Brew House is renowned for its on-site brewery, which helped them to be christened Bath’s CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015. This means that not only can you enjoy an exquisite burger here, you can also wash it down with some mouthwatering ale that you won’t find anywhere else.

The burger of choice is the Maximus, a towering concoction of beef, bacon, brisket, pulled pork, beetroot, onion ring, fried egg and whatever else the chefs can lay their hands on!


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5. G.P.T Smokehouse
Lower Bristol Road
www.gptbath.com
Photo credit: crumbsmag.com

The Tack Brothers established Bath’s other favourite smokehouse quite literally from the embers of their previous business, which was tragically destroyed by a fire.

G.P.T is perhaps best known for its delicious sticky ribs, but their signature Dirty Burger with smoked bacon represents the wonderful woody flavours of the handmade hot smoker that they imported specially from Oklahoma.


These burger joints have all been added to our Reside Map of Bath, which pinpoints the eclectic points of interest that we write about in our blogs – from burgers to ghost signs to historical plaques! Feel free to look at it as you wander the city, you may find yourself standing right next to an undiscovered gem.

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Bath Boules 2015: The Reside Retrospective

Bath Boules returned in 2015 with a bigger, better and more exciting tournament. Two sides of Queen Square were closed to traffic, and the roads lined with boutique food and drink stalls run by the likes of Yammo!, Pieminister and Masterchef champion Ping Coombes. The event, sponsored by a host of local businesses including Reside, proved a major success, drawing large crowds and raising valuable funds for local charities.

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Warned by the Bath Boules staff that no team had ever won the competition two years running, the victorious 2014 Reside team crumbled under the pressure of the organisers’ mind games, losing the first game badly. A stern team talk later, and Team Reside was back on song, winning all seven of the remaining group ties. It was, alas, too little too late, as their first match opponents went on to win all eight of their games, thus knocking Reside out of the competition.

The Reside team were unable to repeat the heroics of their triumphant 2014 campaign, but a superb day was enjoyed by colleagues, family and friends. Congratulations to all involved for putting on such a wonderful few days’ entertainment, and to the winning Actual Experience team for pipping us to the post. We’ll be back to get you in 2016!

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The General Election & The Private Rented Sector

When the United Kingdom goes to the ballot box on the 7th of May, the electorate will cast their votes with a host of prominent issues in mind, but how will your choice of political party impact on Tenants and Landlords in England?

The key parties’ manifestos don’t make for the most thrilling reading, so we made a strong pot of coffee and scrutinised them for you.Conservatives

The Conservative Party‘s manifesto actually makes no explicit reference to the private rented sector, but focuses intently on helping more people onto the housing ladder by extending the Help to Buy scheme. Their Help to Buy ISA will aid renters trying to save up for a deposit, and they aim to build 200,000 ‘Starter Homes’ exclusively aimed at first-time buyers under 40.

As far as the lettings industry goes, the Conservatives are taking an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach. Over the past five years, the coalition has made minor adjustments to legislation to make letting agents’ fees more transparent and to increase living standards and security within privately rented properties, and they seem to feel that this has left the industry in a good position.

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In this area, the Labour Party has taken a drastically different approach to their rivals. Ed Miliband is proposing a shake-up to the industry which will involve a ban on ‘unfair letting agent fees [which] will save renters over £600’. The Labour manifesto does not stipulate what constitutes ‘unfair’, but it is not clear whether this will be the blanket ban on fees that some had expected, such as the one implemented in Scotland in 2012.

Other Labour initiatives include legislating to make three-year tenancies the norm, and imposing a ceiling on ‘excessive rent rises’. As with the above policy, ‘excessive’ will presumably not be defined until after the election, but it is bound to be linked to inflation rates. Finally, Labour has pledged to ‘drive standards up’ by introducing a national register of private landlords, doubtless designed to weed out ‘rogue’ Landlords.Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats‘ manifesto covers similar ground to that of Labour, in that it proposes standard ‘multi-year’ tenancies with rent increases linked to inflation. They also moot a ban on letting agent fees, although this would not be implemented until 2017 and would be on the condition that fees have not dropped to an ‘affordable level by the end of 2016’ following transparency requirements brought in by the coalition.

Nick Clegg has also pledged to introduce a new initiative called ‘Help to Rent’. With other parties placing sole emphasis on helping first-time buyers onto the property ladder, the Liberal Democrats would also aim to assist those struggling to save a deposit for a rented property. This would be aimed at first-time renters under 30, and would take the form of a government-backed tenancy deposit loan.

UKIP

UKIP‘s manifesto is another that focuses solely on home ownership and does not set out any major changes for Tenants or Landlords. They wish to build more affordable housing aimed at first-time buyers, and aim to bring some of England’s ‘279,000 privately-owned long-term empty homes’ back into use through increasing taxation on properties that remain empty for more than 2 years.Green

The Green Party manifesto usurps Labour’s proposals and sets out its own plans for what would be a highly regulated private rented sector. Natalie Bennett’s party would introduce a ‘living rent’ tenancy which would include five-year fixed tenancy agreements, as well as ‘smart rent control’ that caps annual rent increases to the Consumer Price Index.

Local not-for-profit letting agencies would be set up, and fees for tenants would be abolished across all agencies. A mandatory license for Landlords would be established, and alterations would be made to make buy-to-let mortgages less attractive, including removing tax incentives such as mortgage interest relief.

In Summary…

The Conservatives and UKIP seem content with the current condition of the lettings industry, and do not address private renters or landlords in their manifestos. The Liberal Democrats and Labour both outline alterations to the sector, with both parties agreeing on rent control, standard multi-year tenancies and regulation of agency fees. The most radical policies are those of the Green Party, whose plans would drastically change how renting works for tenants, landlords and agents.

On May the 7th, Britain’s political landscape may well change; it remains to be seen whether the private rented sector will also be affected.

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Reside is OnTheMarket (.com)

18_Stacked_See_PropThe launch of OnTheMarket.com on January 26th heralded an important day for the property industry; it saw the arrival of the first genuine rival to the two established property portals, Rightmove and Zoopla.

OnTheMarket.com provides the consumer with a cleaner and fresher browsing experience, free from the advertisements, promoted properties and unnecessary information which burden other websites. It is designed to automatically adjust to all manner of screens, so whether you’re browsing on a smartphone, tablet or a PC, you will always be given the most optimised version of OnTheMarket.com. iPhone and iPad users can now also download the OnTheMarket app, which has a similarly user friendly interface.

Here at Reside, we are delighted and excited to announce that all of our properties are now displayed on OnTheMarket.com, as well as across Rightmove and our own website. We have already started to receive leads through OnTheMarket.com and feel that it is on the way to quickly establishing itself as an essential tool for property hunters.

Despite only being a few weeks old, you may already be familiar with OnTheMarket.com; a major advertising campaign has started across a variety of national television channels, as well as on the pages of the UK’s major daily newspapers. For those of you yet to see it, you can watch the advert below, which was filmed using a remarkable eight-propeller drone called The Octocopter!

Click here to view all of our properties on OnTheMarket.com, and to have a look around their new website. We think you’ll be seeing a lot more of it for years to come.

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