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Keep up to date with the latest news at Chestertons, from charity partnerships to events and global updates.

Want to beat the stamp duty holiday?

December 2020   You still have time to save up to £15,000 before the stamp duty holiday ends on March 31st 2021. Read our top tips for speeding up both the buying and selling process. 

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Gardening in the city

Chestertons and internationally acclaimed landscape designer Paul Hervey-Brooks have worked together on a booklet that showcases easy ways to improve the quality of private green spaces in London.

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Winter Gardening Tips and Tricks

Paul Hervey-Brookes, award winning Gardener gives his best tips for gardening in the City in November.

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Property of the week

Chestertons' featured property of the week showcases some of the hottest properties on the market right now, with personal comments from Chestertons managers.

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Safe Working Practices - Covid-19

October 2020   Information on Chestertons response to the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak

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Tenant Handbook

September 2020   Chestertons' Tenant Handbook provides you with useful information as to how to look after your rental property, what to do in an emergency, and useful contacts you may need as a tenant.

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Tenants take advantage of lower rents in August

September 2020   Chestertons has released its latest monthly market data, which shows that increasing numbers of tenants took advantage of the lower rents across London to move in August, but the number of new tenants registering to move started to drop very slightly. August data shows that nearly 15% more tenants moved into a new property compared to July… continue reading...

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Chestertons reports ‘false lull’ in August

September 2020   Our latest monthly market data shows that after a record-breaking July, sales activity eased during the month of August, but was still substantially busier than August last year with 55% more enquiries and 40% more sales agreed. Read the full article for comments from Guy Gittins, Managing Director.

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Chestertons revenue grows despite pandemic

August 2020   Although recent research shows that the number of people moving home in the first half of 2020 fell by 25% in Greater London, Chestertons’ revenues from its sales division dipped by just 1% during that at period. Meanwhile, our lettings division – which has just acquired the Morgan Randall lettings business - saw positive growth of 2%,… continue reading...

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Chestertons acquires Morgan Randall Lettings

August 2020   Chestertons have bought the lettings business of Morgan Randall, a successful independent agency operating across Canary Wharf, Shoreditch and Islington.

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Gardens top of home movers wish list!

July 2020   With the UK lockdown confiding people to their homes, the importance of having your own outdoor space is at an all-time high.   Take a look at some of our top pick properties – all of which feature a stunning outdoor space!

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Chestertons welcomes its first Global Franchise Partner

March 2020   Following the recent appointments of two industry veterans - COO Jamie McMullan and CMO David Russell - to reinforce Chestertons’ commitment to its global franchise proposition; Chestertons is happy to welcome their first Global Franchise Partner, Chestertons Ionian, to the Chestertons family.

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Chestertons awarded 'Gold Trusted Service Award'

January 2020   Chestertons have been awarded a Gold Trusted Service Award by Feefo, the online review platform, due to “continued excellence in customer service throughout 2019.”

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Chestertons’ Work Experience Hub

January 2020   In partnership with the Rugby Portobello Trust, Chestertons are working to increase the availability of work experience opportunities for young people; in light of the decrease in what used to be a standardised part of the year 10 curriculum in UK education, and the success of previous placements Chestertons has offered.

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Chestertons collects 5,000 coats for vulnerable Londoners

December 2019   In Chestertons' sixth year of supporting the Calling London coat drive, we have reached a new record; collecting the highest number ever of coats for vulnerable Londoners. In total, Calling London received over 7,000 donations!

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What can you do to help those sleeping rough in the winter?

December 2019   As strong supporters of the homelessness charity St Mungo's, we urge you to take action when you see someone on the streets.  Read our full article here to find out what you can do to end homelessness and reduce deaths of those sleeping rough.

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Chestertons announces new relationship with Central Saint Martins

December 2019   Chestertons, London’s leading estate agent, has announced a new relationship as part of its arts programme. Its latest backing goes to Central Saint Martins, UAL, the world-renowned arts and design college, to help them raise vital funds for their 2020 Postgraduate Art Programme Degree Show.

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Chelsea Physic Garden History Brochure

October 2019   As partners of The Chelsea Physic Garden, Chestertons has put together a history brochure so that friends of Chestertons can learn about the importance of the Gardens, dating back to where it first began.

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New Head of International Sales

July 2019   With over fourteen years of industry experience, Dennis Chan, who boasts an impressive property career in sales, marketing, leasing and investments around the world has been appointed as the new Global Head of International Sales at Chestertons International.

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Chestertons Global Network Grows

September 2018   Our growing network currently includes 120+ offices in 20 countries, spanning 5 continents. In addition to our growing network of Middle East branches, we have a strong international presence with offices around the globe covering the UK and Europe, reaching as far as Canada, the Caribbean and Singapore.

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New HMO Criteria

September 2018   From 1st October 2018, the criteria for large Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) will change. Currently rental properties with five or more tenants, that make up two or more households with three or more storeys are classed as large HMOs, requiring a local authority license. Are you affected?

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Launch of First Response

August 2018   Chestertons has funded a ground-breaking new programme set up by our charity partner, St Mungo’s, to help reduce homelessness in London by getting more Londoners to volunteer. 

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New Head of International Valuations

July 2018   Chestertons has strengthened its team with the appointment of Adam Wilson as Director of International Valuations.

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Chestertons Berkeley Announces Partnership In China

July 2018   The Berkeley Group announced today that it has tapped UK real estate brokerage firm Chestertons for the marketing and sales of its products in mainland China, particularly its collection of luxury developments located near some of London's top universities. The move allows Berkeley, the UK's premier residential developer, to take advantage of… continue reading...

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Chestertons, 한국에서 새로운 파트너 확보''

July 2018   Chestertons has signed an agreement with the South Korean real estate giant, PAC, to launch Chestertons Korea, cementing a foothold in new East Asian markets. PAC runs 11 offices across various locations including Seoul, Busan, and Gyeongbuk and currently employs 160 employees, ranging from valuation specialists, estate agents, and property… continue reading...

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A Look Through Time

April 2018   Chestertons has a long and distinguished history, serving the upmarket neighbourhoods of the London residential property market since 1805.

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Chestertons on all four major property portals

April 2018   We are proud to announce that our property listings are now live on Zoopla and Prime location, meaning Chestertons now advertise on all four property portals. This provides Chestertons’ vendors, landlords and brand with maximum exposure;

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Chestertons and Ernst & Young

March 2018   Chestertons and Ernst & Young LPP are now working together to provide you with professional, personal tax services.

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Gas Safety Week

August 2017   The dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can lead to gas leaks, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, are all too real, which is why it is vital that people make sure their gas appliances are safety checked every year by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. It is thought that more than one in five homes contain a dangerous gas… continue reading...

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Will buy to let tax changes create the next pension crisis?

August 2017   Recent changes to the way buy-to-let properties are taxed could trigger 'the next pension crisis' as landlords are becoming ever-reliant on their investment to fund their retirement years, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate the average retired household spends… continue reading...

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The value of the pound in 2017

July 2017   One of the most provocative topics affecting the pound's value, is of course Brexit. For example, when the post-referendum rhetoric was tilted towards a 'hard Brexit' the pound fell and on talk of a 'soft Brexit', the opposite happened. These fluctuations have clearly shown how the uncertainty which surrounding a move towards a hard Brexit is… continue reading...

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards are coming

July 2017   According to government figures, one in 10 rental properties, equating to more than 400,000 properties in England and Wales, could be unlettable if they fail to meet new energy performance standards by spring 2018. From 1 April 2018, privately rented properties must have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance… continue reading...

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Bank of England warns over 35 year mortgages

July 2017   According to figures from the Bank of England, one in seven home buyers (15.75%) are signing up for mortgages of 35 years or longer – a notable increase on 2005, when just 2.7% of buyers took terms this long. In contrast, traditional 25-30 year mortgages have dropped, from 38% of approvals in 2005 to just 24% today. Although mortgages lasting… continue reading...

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Buy to let tax changes will start to impact on the smaller landlord

June 2017   Buy-to-let tax changes will start to impact on the smaller landlords who are just single property owners, as they may soon be in a higher rate tax bracket with the new taxation rules being introduced on the buy-to-let market.

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The impact of Article 50 on currency

March 2017   Sterling slumped against the Euro and Dollar following the referendum result on the 23rd June 2016 and has been held at these lows ever since. Many people expected the vote for Brexit to cause a slump in house price as well but the reverse has actually happened as the market benefited from the influx of international investors looking to take… continue reading...

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Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings: Valuation changes

March 2017   Since 1 April 2016, residential property in the UK owned within a company structure and valued at more than £500,000 on 1 April 2012, or at acquisition if later, is liable for ATED (the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings).

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New tax and loan rules

January 2017   Despite a marked dip in the second half of 2016, rental prices have still risen by around 30% since 2010. It has been a strong decade for UK property prices and rental incomes. Despite a marked dip in the second half of 2016, rental prices have still risen by around 30% since 2010. (Back in mid-2016 that figure was closer to 40%.) Low… continue reading...

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Should we be expecting interest rates to rise

January 2017   The majority of economists expect the next movement in Bank Rate is more likely to be up rather than down, barring any major economic shock. The current consensus view is leaning towards 2018 at the earliest but it is still very possible that rates will rise before the year is out and some bookmakers are offering pretty short odds of 5/1 that… continue reading...

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Chestertons response to lettings fee ban

November 2016   Chancellor pledged to ban lettings agents from charging tenants upfront fees "as soon as possible": Chestertons' response

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The London House

December 2015   Find out more about the city's local property market and the abundance of amenities the area has to offer.

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What To Wear at Chestertons Polo In The Park

June 2015   As a sport with a real heritage dating back almost 2,500 years, polo goes hand in hand with style. Polo games are social events where rural freedoms meet cosmopolitan refinery, and timeless elegance is more important than a passing trend. Chestertons Polo in the Park has gone to great lengths to make polo a more accessible sport to a wider… continue reading...

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Chestertons Announce New International Associate in Toronto

March 2015   We are thrilled to be affiliated with Chestertons. As part of our global strategy to provide international exposure to our fine properties, Chestertons is a perfect fit. Leslie Richman Bender - Harvey Kalles' CEO

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Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings - February 2015

February 2015   The Government has recently made a number of important announcements with regard to the taxation of residential property in the United Kingdom. The Government has recently made a number of important announcements with regard to the taxation of residential property in the United Kingdom.

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Inheritance Tax and trusts - February 2015

February 2015   We summarise below the key changes regarding IHT with regard to property trusts and what the implications are for anyone either currently owning or thinking of buying UK residential property. Whilst the scope of these announcements in some cases has a wider impact, this note focuses purely on the implications as they relate to residential property.

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Chestertons Expands in Saudi Arabia 

January 2015   Chestertons, has entered into a joint venture agreement with Saudi-based MEDAD Valuation International to further expand its operations across Saudi Arabia.

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Autumn Statement 2014

December 2014   With a general election less than six months away, the Chancellor will want to deliver a voter friendly message. However, he is faced with a rising budget deficit and sluggish tax revenue.

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Unremitted offshore income and gains used as collateral for obtaining and servicing loans in the UK

September 2014   HMRC has tightened its stance with regard to unremitted offshore income. Nick Barnes, Head of Research HMRC has tightened its stance with regard to unremitted offshore income and gains used as collateral for obtaining and servicing loans in the UK. The changes, which have already been introduced, were made without any prior consultation. … continue reading...

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Inheritance Tax and Trusts - September Update

September 2014   HMRC has been looking at ways of simplifying the inheritance tax system. Nick Barnes, Head of Research Inheritance Tax (IHT) and trusts HMRC has been looking at ways of simplifying the inheritance tax system as it relates to trusts over the past couple of years. The third and most recent consultation, which ended on 29th August, has… continue reading...

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Property tax update - September 2014

September 2014   The Government has confirmed that, with effect from April 2015, non-resident owners of UK residential property will be liable to capital gains tax in the UK upon disposal of their properties. The Government has stated that pension funds and other diversely owned collective investment funds are not intended to be brought within the scope of the… continue reading...

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Average national rents rise by year-on-year in June according to ONS

June 2014   The region with the fastest growth over the period was London at 1.4%. Nick Barnes, Head of Research The ONS Index of Private Housing Rental Prices reveals that average national rents rose by 1.0% in the year to June 2014. The region with the fastest growth over the period was London at 1.4%. The general rental market in the Capital is seeing… continue reading...

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Pet Friendly Rental Properties

With over 50% of UK adults owning a pet, Chestertons is proud to be London’s  most pet friendly estate agent. Click here to find out more about lets with pets, or view any of our 250+ pet friendly properties! 

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Chestertons Polo in the Park

Chestertons Polo in the Park is back at Hurlingham Park this summer from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June 2020. Each day is unique, with plenty of activities and eateries to explore!

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Fun Activities at Home

Whilst schools are closed and the UK faces a lockdown, Chestertons has put together a collection of fun activities for children and adults to complete. We understand the importance of keeping the brain stimulated and the mind entertained, so hope these do just that; for the many days at home ahead.

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