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Liverpool Student Homes Housing Fair

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Our Liverpool lettings team attended the Liverpool Student Homes (LSH) Housing Fair on 28th November.

LSH is the only official university service for private student accommodation and housing for Liverpool John Moores University, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. They advertise the widest range of high quality, affordable student accommodation in the city.

The Housing Fair gave students across the city the opportunity to meet approximately 40 LSH registered Liverpool student letting agents and landlords (of which Mistoria are one!) and find details of individual rooms and properties, of all types and sizes, available to rent for the 2019/20 academic year, within the main student areas of Liverpool.

The event, at Liverpool Guild of Students, was very well attended, and for Mistoria’s Liverpool lettings team, the event was a real success! We had over 100 applicants on the day who left their details with us so we could send over details of all of our properties. This equates to 100 potential rooms rented for next year!

A number of property viewings were also booked which will take place over the next few weeks in the run up to the Christmas break. Again,if successful this could lead to many rooms and properties being secured for the 2019/20 academic year.

No student fair would be complete without some freebies and giveaways. The first 50 applicants to attend our stall were given vouchers for 25% off fees and we also gave out yummy cupcakes and sweets to keep sugar levels up and smiles on faces!

If you’re a student in Liverpool and still looking for somewhere to live next year, please contact the Mistoria Liverpool student letting agents office on 0161 707 6106 or by visiting www.mistoriaestateagents.co.uk/liverpool/.

We’ll be attending the next LSH Housing Fair on 30th January at John Lennon Art & Design Building between 1 and 4pm.

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Mistoria Group continues expansion with purchase of Student Haus

Mistoria Group, owners of Mistoria Estate Agents, North West specialists in residential and student property sales and lettings, have purchased “Student Haus”, the Salford based lettings and estate agency who have approximately 150 properties under management across the whole of Manchester and Salford.

The acquisition of the business is part of Mistoria’s continuing growth strategy and follows on from the launch of their third estate agency office in Bolton and the acquisition of Pick My Pad announced earlier this year. All Student Haus staff will continue in the new business and the brand will continue to trade under its own name. They currently manage properties for more than 100 landlords covering city centre locations based around the main universities in Manchester and Salford.

Mish Liyanage, Managing Director of student property investment specialist The Mistoria Group comments: “We are delighted to take over the management of Student Haus, including properties, landlords and tenants and to consolidate our position in Salford. Dilan and Edouard have done a great job with Student Digz / Haus over the last 5 years in Salford by building Student Haus into a very a successful business.

“I am glad that they both chose Mistoria to sell their business so that they can both pursue their academic interest. I fervently believe there is a market for both Mistoria and Student Haus brands hence we will continue to trade under both brands in Salford with Hannah Goodman heading the Student Haus division. Over the next few next few months we will be implementing best practices in both businesses that will benefit both our tenants and landlords.”

Commenting on the sale Dilan Omari-Clark said: “We started the company when we were 23 years old after graduating from University. The past 5 years have been a great adventure and we are proud of what we have achieved.

It felt like the right time to sell and we are now ready to take on the next challenge. We are pleased that Mistoria have taken on our staff and we wish Mistoria all the best for the future.”

The Mistoria Group are high yielding student buy-to-let investment specialists, offering HMOs and armchair investments in the North of UK, generating combined net cash yield up to 13% (Rental and Capital Growth). For more information on the firm’s current available investments and the services we offer email us at info@mistoriagroup.com or call 0800 500 3015.

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Affordable student housing in Liverpool and Salford

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Student tenants pushed into financial hardship as loans barely cover rents

Many student tenants are struggling to get by, with their monthly loans barely covering rents.

The average student loan payment comes in at £602 a month, but with the average student rent standing at £565.89 a month, this leaves almost nothing for food, transport, toiletries, books and, in some cases, bills.

Findings from this year’s National Student Accommodation Survey show students are paying on average £301 in deposits for a property and £208 in letting agent fees, and that one in five students have struggled to get their deposits back.

The poll of more than 2,000 students highlighted other issues, with 16% complaining agent fees weren’t made clear and another 14% concerned about inappropriate landlord visits.

The research also found that student finance is failing to keep up with the costs of renting and housing.

The analysis is by money advice website Save the Student, which warns that rising rents risks pushing people into financial hardship and too much reliance on their overdraft.

Jake Butler, student money expert from Save the Student, said: “The fact that the maintenance loan barely covers students’ rent is shocking. Students are forced to get a job at the expense of their studies or rely on their parents who may struggle to support them.

“It’s quite clear that the sheer cost of just having a roof over their heads is putting a huge strain on students across the country, exacerbating mental health issues and the temptation to drop out of university.

“Forget about tuition fees and high interest rates – now that the Government are finally reviewing the student finance system, a fairer maintenance loan should be at the top of their agenda.”

This article first appeared in Property Industry Eye in March 2018

At Mistoria Estate Agents we strive to remain competitive whilst at the same time offering value for money for our student tenants.

The average student rent in a Mistoria property is just £406.34 per month, compared to the national average of £565.89 a month (as stated above). Our deposit is £200.00 per person and agent fees £125.00 per person, both of which are clearly stated on our website and online application form – in fact you are unable to submit your online application unless you tick to confirm you understand the fees and that they are non-refundable. 

If you are student in Liverpool and wish to rent a student property that is affordable whilst still offering comfort and security, within a sensible distance to the main university campus building, speak to Mistoria Estate Agents, your local student housing Liverpool specialist. Call 0161 707 6106 or visit our website www.mistoriaestateagents.co.uk/liverpool/.

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Further Growth at Mistoria Group with Purchase of “Pick My Pad”

Mistoria Group, owners of Mistoria Estate Agents, North West specialists in residential and student property sales and lettings, have purchased “Pick My Pad”, the Walkden based lettings and estate agency who have approximately 200 properties under management across Greater Manchester.

The acquisition of the business is part of Mistoria’s continuing growth strategy and follows on from the launch of their third estate agency office in Bolton announced earlier this year. All Pick My Pad staff will continue in the new business and will aim to build on their extensive landlord support services. They currently manage properties for more than 150 landlords covering areas from Widnes to Oldham and across the whole of Greater Manchester.

Mish Liyanage, Managing Director of The Mistoria Group comments: “The friendly acquisition of Pick My Pad is in line with my vision in the next three to five years for Mistoria to manage over 1000 properties and over 5000 tenancies and to be the preferred employer in the real estate industry in the North of England. With this acquisition the number of branches will also increase to five.

Pick my Pad, under Oliver Press has been a very successful business over the last 9 years especially in the Walkden and Little Hulton areas so it is an excellent fit with Mistoria geographically, operationally and financially. It was an easy decision for Mistoria to make to acquire this business and take it to the next level with my team.”

Commenting on the sale Oliver Press said: “I have stepped away from the business as I felt I had taken it as far as I could, and it was time for it to grow. I feel with the current set up at Mistoria it is perfectly placed to go from strength to strength.”

For further information about Mistoria’s landlord, lettings and estate agency services please contact our HQ team.

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Mistoria Estate Agents expands with launch of new Bolton office

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Mistoria Estate Agents, part of the Mistoria Group, specialists in residential and student property sales and lettings, is opening their third office in the heart of Bolton to cater for the growing demand they see in the area. This will be Mistoria’s third estate agency office in the North West following on from their first two locations in Salford and Liverpool.

The new office located at 21a Market Street, Little Lever, Bolton, BL3 1HH will serve the residential property market as well as offering lettings for students and professionals. Mistoria have operated from their Headquarters in Salford since 2009 and expanded initially into Liverpool three years ago.

Mish Liyanage, Managing Director of The Mistoria Group comments: “We have had a great 12 months and are now expanding our business into Bolton as we see great opportunities there for a quality supplier. Our new team has been carefully selected for their local knowledge and they are raring to go.”

“Since we began operations in 2009 we have seen continuous growth and this expansion into Bolton will not be our last. With our expertise in the North West property market, we’ve been able to concentrate on providing the key services that landlords, tenants and those looking to buy and sell their property really want. We’re excited about the future of the region and the great opportunities there are for us.”

With an opening offer to sell your home for just £750 the Mistoria team are competing against both traditional “bricks and mortar” agents as well as the newer online companies. Mish commented further “We have invested heavily over the last few months in our technology platforms and will market our customer’s properties through the market leading property portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla as well as through our own websites and traditional channels.”

The Bolton branch will be holding an open day to celebrate their launch where homeowners looking to sell their property, those wishing to buy or rent a home, as well as landlords searching for a local agent can come along and meet the team. Full details will be announced soon.

The Mistoria Group are high yielding student buy-to-let investment specialists, offering HMOs and armchair investments in the North of UK, generating combined net cash yield up to 13% (Rental and Capital Growth). For more information on the firm’s current available investments and the services it offers, visit us at www.mistoriagroup.com or email at info@mistoriagroup.com or call 0800 500 3015.

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Landlord’s Guide

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Being a landlord in 2018 isn’t the same as it was ten years ago, or even two years ago! With ever- changing buy-to-let legislation, whether you are an existing or first-time landlord, there are many recent changes that you need to be aware of.

2016 – Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)

The raise in stamp duty implemented in April 2016 on buy-to-let properties and second homes is by far the biggest change to landlord regulation in recent years, and one you are no doubt already aware of. The rules on this are straightforward; if you are already a property owner (i.e. are currently paying or have finished paying a mortgage of a residential property in the UK), and you purchase an additional property, whether it be a second home or a buy-to-let investment, you are subject to a higher rate of stamp duty.

Property Value Property Value Standard rate SDLT New additional property rate SDLT
£0* – £125k 0% 3%
£125k – £250k 2% 5%
£250k – £925k 5% 8%
£925k – £1.5m 10% 13%
£1.5m+ 12% 15%


2017 – Tax changes

In addition to higher stamp duty, landlords should also be aware of changes to tax relief. The change only affects those paying a higher rate of tax, who will see a substantial drop in income from their investment property.

Previously, interest on your mortgage and other costs associated with buy-to-let property have been deducted from rental income before any tax is due. However, effective April 2017, landlords are only able to claim tax relief at the basic tax rate of 20%, meaning basic rate tax payers will be unaffected.

This is the one to look out for as the impact won’t be felt until you receive your 2019 tax bill, however it’s vital you evaluate your portfolio now to ensure your investment(s) remains profitable.

It’s also worth noting that this a reduction in tax liability as opposed to a reduction to taxable income. The new rates will be introduced gradually at 25% per year from April 2017, meaning it will be the 2020/21 tax year before they come into full effect.

Tax Year Percentage of finance costs deductible from rental income Percentage of basic rate tax reduction
2017/18 75% 25%
2018/19 50% 50%
2019/20 25% 75%
2020/21 0% 100%


2018 – Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

As of 1st April 2018 the MEES makes it unlawful to let out a property in the private rented sector with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G (unless exemptions apply). From this date landlords cannot renew or grant new tenancies on a residential property if it does not meet the MEES regulations.

Beyond April 2020, the continued private rental of all buildings failing to meet the minimum standard will be outlawed entirely.

Local councils will have the power to enforce compliance of the MEES, with penalties of up to £5,000, so it’s important landlords carry out the necessary remedial and maintenance work on their buy-to-let properties now to avoid prosecution.

For clarity, this information should be treated as a guide, and is in no way financial or legal advice. Should you require financial or tax assistance in relation to your buy-to-let property or position as a landlord, please speak to our partner company MMC Accountants Ltd.

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Leaving your Mistoria property

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To ensure a smooth exit from your Mistoria Salford or Liverpool student lettings there are a few things we need you, the tenant, to do. Most of it is common sense and involves cleaning up after yourself to ensure the property is left in the same state you found it in when you moved in.

The less cleaning up and maintenance work the Mistoria team have to do at the end of a tenancy, the quicker your deposit can be returned to you, in full.

So we all know where we stand and to ensure a happy outcome, we’ve put together the following check-list so you know what is expected of you before you leave.

Kitchen
Please ensure the fridge freezer is defrosted and that there is no food left inside it, or in the kitchen cupboards.

Do not leave any cutlery, cups, glasses, pots and pans or any other kitchenware behind.

Please clean oven and hob. We recommend ‘Oven Pride’. This is a fairly cheap product that can be purchased from any leading supermarket. (Please ensure you read and follow the instructions on the packaging when using this product).

Bathroom
Please ensure the seal around bath/shower is cleaned and that no bathroom products are left behind. Please ensure bath/shower plugholes are draining and that there are no blockages (from hair for example).

Bedrooms
Please ensure no personal items are left behind. When cleaning your bedroom, please pull-out and clean behind the bed and wardrobe. For safety, ask another housemate to help you with this as these can be heavy items.

Floors and Surfaces
Please ensure that all surfaces all cleaned (desks, wardrobes, windowsills, etc). Ensure all carpets have been hoovered and floors mopped, where applicable. Please empty the hoover when finished.

Rubbish
Remove all rubbish from the property and ensure it is placed into the correct bins. (Failure to place the rubbish in the correct bins may result in the council refusing to empty the bins. Should this happen, tenants will incur a charge for this removal).

Please note, if any rubbish is left behind, you will be charged. This is classed as Tenants Damage and can be deducted from your deposit.

If you have had any pictures or posters etc. hanging on the walls of your bedrooms, please ensure no marks are left from blue tac, Sellotape, etc.

If you would like any further advice regarding what could be classed as Tenant Damage in your property please do not hesitate to call Ian, the Mistoria Maintenance Manager, on 07794 913 390. He will be more than happy to help.

If your property is left in the same condition as when you were given the keys, we will endeavour to return your deposit within 14 days of the final utility bills being received by Mistoria.

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Last chance to book Salford or Liverpool student accommodation for 2018/19

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As the academic year draws to a close, now is the time to secure you Salford or Liverpool student accommodation for next year if you haven’t already done so.

Most students begin their search for their student house share before Christmas, but we understand that this isn’t possible in all cases. Booking your student property early allows you to pick for the best accommodation available and give you much more chance of find the house that’s perfect for you and your housemates

However, if you’re still looking, fear not. At Mistoria Estate Agents we still have student properties left in both Salford and Liverpool. Many of our student houses have been refurbished within the last 5 years, so there’s no doubt you’ll find an excellent standard of property with Mistoria.

Here are just a few of our favourite available properties, and don’t hesitate to contact us if a house takes your fancy. These properties are sure to go fast, so get in touch asap to ensure you get the house you want for you and your friends next year!

 

https://www.mistoriaestateagents.co.uk/liverpool/property/let-2018-19-academic-year-81-sheil-road-liverpool/

We love this 6 bedroom property in Kensington, Liverpool. Renovated to the highest Mistoria standard, this student house has 6 beautifully decorated bedrooms, plus a bright open-plan kitchen/living room, complete with plasma TV and iPod docking station. FOUR bathrooms means no squabbling over the shower in the morning and as if that isn’t enough, all bills are included!

https://www.mistoriaestateagents.co.uk/liverpool/property/student-accommodation-salford-25-norbury-salford-m7-4ug-salford/

This 4 bedroom house is perfect for a group of friends who just don’t want to be parted when it’s time to move out of halls. Fully furnished to the highest standard and complete with bills and broadband, this property really is something special. Each room comes with a bed topped with a memory foam mattress for maximum comfort, as well as plenty of storage space and, of course, a desk. Interested? Call our Salford team on 0800 5003015.

At Mistoria, we pride ourselves on our exceptionally high standards, and we think our properties reflect this. All our houses are finished to the highest standard and are inclusive of all bills, meaning you can relax knowing all the hard stuff is taken care of. Properties are being snapped up fast, so now’s the time to act or risk missing out on your perfect student pad. To browse all our available properties:

Liverpool student accommodation

Salford student accommodation

Alternatively, you can contact us on 0800 500 3015 or via our contact page to get more information or to arrange a viewing. You can also find advice on how to house-hunt, check-lists for moving in and out, and other top tips!

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Liverpool student house share going quick! Have you sorted out yours?

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With so many students looking for a Liverpool student house share, make sure you don’t leave it too long before starting your search.

We’re already in the final semester of the year and our Liverpool student houses are filling up fast for next year! But don’t panic. We still have plenty of decent properties for you to choose from but you need to get looking NOW!

Don’t be left disappointed and panicked into accepting a house you’re not happy with because the end of term is approaching and you need to find somewhere before heading home for the summer. Check out the selection of properties available from Mistoria Estate Agents. We can help you find a great Liverpool student house share.

If you want to choose your housemates, then get together with a group of friends and look for a house together. The advantage of this is that aside from sharing with people you know, you can choose a house that everyone likes and with rooms that everyone will be happy with. If it’s just you or you and just one friends, we can also help fit you into a suitable larger Liverpool student house share with other Liverpool students. You’ll still have your own private room that is just yours, and you’ll share the rest of the house and facilities with the other tenants. We do have a very limited number of properties with ensuite bathrooms so please ask us about these when your enquire.

What to look for in a student house share

One of the most important aspects of choosing a student house is location. When you’re looking for a Liverpool student house share you want to be in an area that is convenient for university but also has easy access to shops, transport, nightlife and entertainment. Many of our properties are in prime student locations, meaning everything you need is in close proximity. Our website also allows you to search for properties using a map search so you can be sure the houses you’re looking at are in exactly the location you want.

If there are four or more of you looking for a Liverpool student house share, go for a property that has two bathrooms. This avoids the common disputes over showers and the amount of time spent in the bathroom!

Don’t be influenced by superficial “extras” like a massive TV, iPod docking stations or inbuilt sound systems. They’ll cost you so much more in rent and whilst they sound great, everyone just watches Netflix on their laptop and listen to mucis on the phone anyway. A flashy TV is far less important than a good location,  nice rooms and reliable facilities.

Facts and figures of a Liverpool student house share

When you’re looking for a Liverpool student house share, it isn’t just about finding a house that you like. There are a number of financial issues to consider as well. Make sure you read the tenancy agreement thoroughly and know what you’re signing up to. Plus you’ll each need a guarantor, so get your parents to read through the tenancy agreement. Are bills included? They are with Mistoria Estate Agents. Remember that if you’re all students, the house will be exempt from council tax. You’ll probably have to pay part rent during the summer vacation if you want to retain the property next year. Also find out what the landlord’s policy is if one housemate wants to move out during the tenancy. It’s almost certainly the first time you’ve entered into an agreement of this kind, so be sure you understand the legal side of being a tenant.

If you’re a Liverppol student and still haven’t sorted your accommodation out for next year, browse the student properties at Mistoria Estate Agents before they’re snapped up! There’s only a few months left of the academic year. Visit www.mistoriaestateagents.co.uk/liverpool or call 0800 500 3015. Or you can pop into our Liverpool letting office on Picton Road and chat to our friendly staff.

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50% off Domino’s pizza for Mistoria student tenants in Liverpool

Because we’re so good to you, the fantastic team at our Liverpool office have arranged for a 50% discount on Domino’s Pizza for our student tenants!

Liverpool students discount – 50% off pizza

Exclusively available at the London Road branch of Domino’s in Liverpool, all you have to do is spend £30 online and use the code MISTORIA, and you’ll receive 50% off. There are a few Ts & Cs which are listed below but it’s all the usual stuff.

liverpool student discountWhilst we care about your well-being during your tenancy with us, we cannot be responsible for any subsequent Domino’s addiction that this offer may cause! Or the effect it may have on your bank balance, or waist line! Happy dining folks!

www.dominos.co.uk

Offer available at Domino’s Pizza, London Road, Liverpool, L3 9TA

Terms & Conditions
Valid online online. Minimum spend excludes 14/21 chicken sides, ice cream and drinks. Not valid with any other offer. Offer can be withdrawn or amended at any time. Valid on full price items only. Minimum delivery may apply. Valid student ID needed. Valid until 31st May 2019.