Comment: April 2022

21 April 2022

Market conditions are changing

Paul Ruocco, Managing Director of Home Minders takes a close look. “The prime central London lettings market is a great deal more positive than it was a year ago when we found ourselves in another lockdown. 2020 was dominated by rental discounts whilst 2021 began to see rental income rising so we can look forward to a more positive year ahead..." 

Spotlight on... Highgate

21 April 2022

Highgate – a great community at one of the highest points in London. With its fabulous views across London, Highgate has long been a destination for those who are creative and artistic and it has a real community vibe, with book clubs, festivals and other local events.

Did you know?

21 April 2022

Last November the Government announced new rules, requiring that carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in social and private rented properties with appliances such as gas boilers and fires. The rules mean alarms must be fitted when new appliances are installed, and that landlords must repair or replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarms if they are told they are faulty.

Did you know?

A day in the life: Pam Drake, Property Manager

21 April 2022

Property Manager Pam Drake takes a retrospective look at her career

With more than 20 years’ experience, covering every aspect of the business, Pam is reaping her rewards with a now part-time role at Home Minders, focusing on renewals, but it wasn’t always a walk in the park as she explains:

"When Paul Ruocco took over the business in 2011, there were just three of us. Geraldine focused on the finances and Paul and I did everything else..."

A day in the life: Pam Drake, Property Manager

Rental Fast Facts

21 April 2022

If you’re looking at the rental market it’s important to understand what’s going on in the property world so you can make the right decision. Here at Home Minders we try our hardest to understand what our clients are looking for and help them with a personal service tailored to their specific needs. 

Comment: August 2021

6 August 2021

Renewed optimism in the London rental market

There are indications that the London rental market is feeling a new sense of optimism thanks to the success of the vaccination programme, the relaxation of restrictions and the opening up of the economy. Despite Brexit and the ongoing issues, prime property in London continues to be a popular choice for overseas investors happy to take advantage of the weak pound. Not only that ...

Spotlight on: Temple Fortune and Hampstead Garden Suburb

6 August 2021

This month we focus on Temple Fortune, and Hampstead Garden Suburb.

  • Temple Fortune dates back to the Middle-ages and to the Knights Templar, a medieval Christian military order. It developed into a community in the nineteenth century with the arrival of the Finchley Road...
Spotlight on: Temple Fortune and Hampstead Garden Suburb

Did you know?

6 August 2021

Keeping up to date with new legislation affecting landlords can be challenging so here is a list of some of the recent changes...

Did you know?

A day in the life: Tim Ruocco Property Manager

6 August 2021

Joining the family business was always Tim Ruocco’s intention but the pandemic focused his mind, as he explains: 

“Completing my MA in Surveying and Property Maintenance last October made me realise it was the perfect moment to join Home Minders...  

A day in the life: Tim Ruocco Property Manager

New website working well

6 August 2021

Our updated website is proving itself an effective way of reaching our customers and prospects. In the quarter April to June 2021, the number of new users and the number of overall sessions both increased by just under 70% compared to the same period last year...

LandAid 10K run success

6 August 2021

Paul was one of the top individual fundraisers in the recent LandAid 10K run. Smashing his target earlier this month in Regents Park, Paul said:

“Thanks to everyone’s support I raised an amazing £1,410 for LandAid the charity we adopted last year...

Comment: April 2021

1 April 2021

UK’s post-Brexit property market, a haven for international investors

As we move forward through the year, I wanted to let you know what is happening in the London property market. The positive rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine across the UK, together with the end of uncertainty around a no deal Brexit, bodes well for the...

Comment: April 2021

Spotlight on: Hampstead

1 April 2021

This month we focus on Hampstead, located in the North West of London, just three miles north west of the Thames and Charing Cross.

  • Hampstead has come a long way since it was a small village near London, but it still retains a charming sense of community along with 50 blue memorial plaques honouring the great and good.
Spotlight on: Hampstead

New look website

1 April 2021

After several months of hard work, we’re delighted to announce the launch of our new look website, to keep you up to date and better informed. One of the most exciting improvements is that all our available properties can be viewed in detail, so existing and prospective tenants can easily see what we have on offer.  Being able to ‘walk through’ properties 24-7 from the comfort of your own home...

New look website

Did you know?

1 April 2021

Landlord insurance not only provides building and contents cover but, as importantly, it can make sure you don’t lose out from non-payment of rent from your tenants. It can cover you against any potential damage or losses, giving you financial protection and peace of mind.

Not only that but it’s tax deductible, so our advice is to...

Raising funds for LandAid

1 April 2021

Director Paul Ruocco has signed up to take part in a 10K run in June to raise funds for property industry charity LandAid. Paul, who is currently devising his training schedule, will be joining hundreds of other property professionals in this flagship event in London’s Regents Park and says...

Raising funds for LandAid

A Day in the Life: Geraldine Venables, Accounts Manager

1 April 2021

Good bookkeeping is the backbone of any business and at Home Minders it’s a vital component of our added value management service as Geraldine explains: “Providing our landlords with a tailor-made accounting service, which gives them the financial information they need to make informed decisions about their property portfolios, is key and it’s...

A Day in the Life: Geraldine Venables, Accounts Manager

Welcome and comment: November

8 October 2020

I thought it might be helpful to bring you up to date with the somewhat turbulent state of the London rental market and what we at Home Minders are doing to ensure we continue to offer you a first class property management, maintenance and letting service.

The cut in stamp duty, that runs until the end of March 2021, is designed to reignite the...

Welcome and comment: November

Spotlight on: St John’s Wood – a great investment opportunity

6 October 2020
  • Offering a unique range of independent retailers, restaurants and destination delicatessens, St John’s Wood still maintains a vibrant village charm
  • A wonderful location boasting Lord’s Cricket Ground, the famous Abbey Road studios with London Zoo, Regent’s Park Open Air theatre and two royal parks just round the corner
Spotlight on: St John’s Wood – a great investment opportunity

Keeping you up to date with recent changes

4 October 2020

New Electrical Safety Regulations which require an electrical inspection and a report on the condition of the property have come into force.  For new tenancy agreements (since 1st June 2020) these apply from 1st July. These same regulations for existing tenancy agreements come into force on 1st April 2021...

Supporting LandAid - the property industry charity

3 October 2020

We have linked up with LandAid, the property industry charity which helps disadvantaged young people. Established over 30 years ago in the wake of Band Aid, LandAid brings the property industry together with many different charities to fund projects that change the lives of thousands of young people nationwide who might otherwise be facing homelessness...

Supporting LandAid - the property industry charity

A Day in the Life: Nadine Mendoza, Senior Property Manager

2 October 2020

“I love people, property and solving issues.

My role is to simplify the lives of our property owners and provide a high value service that is convenient and competitive.  The other side of the coin is to ensure that tenants are happy with their properties, that high standards are maintained and that any problems from boilers to break-ins are dealt with quickly and efficiently...

A Day in the Life: Nadine Mendoza, Senior Property Manager