Renters’ (Reform) Bill

Many of you will have seen that the long anticipated ‘Renters Reform Bill’ was finally introduced to parliament this week.

As usual, sections of the media have created a number of misleading and unhelpful headlines which have caused some people to worry unnecessarily.

A long time coming…

Back in 2019, the government set out to create ‘a better deal for renters’, and to ‘improve renters rights’, by providing a range of new protection against arbitrary rent increases and unfair evictions.

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Celebrating 40 years of caring about you and your property!

We are delighted to be celebrating our 40th anniversary this August, and its proving quite a year for the company!

Having picked up an award back in May for North West Family Business of the Year, it has recently been announced that we will be marking our 5th consecutive appearance in the Best Estate Agency Guide by making into the top 2% of agents in the entire country, receiving Gold Awards for both Sales and Lettings!

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Winners for the 4th year in a row!

Our Award Winning team have again been rated in the top 5% in the country for Marketing, Service and Results.

The BEAG awarded prizes to both our sales and lettings departments at Hackney & Leigh based on the “outstanding level of service and care they have shown towards their clients”.

Competition for the awards was fierce, with more than 25,000 estate agents across the country being assessed.

We are so proud of our team, who are the people who really deserve the credit for this award. Having won the award for the last three years, we had high hopes for this year, but to be confirmed as winners for the fourth year in a row is incredible, and a true testament to all the hard work and effort everyone dedicates to helping our clients.” – Derrick Hackney

“This year will be our 40 year anniversary in business, and never did Derrick and I expect that 40 years on, not only would we have a network of nine local offices across this beautiful part of the world, but that we would be winning awards as one of the best estate agents in the country. It makes us both immensely proud and we want to say a big thank you to all of our colleagues, some of whom have been by our side for over 30 years, and without whom we wouldn’t be where we are today.” – John Leigh

According to the BEAG website, the assessment, which was conducted by Rightmove and the Property Academy, looks at over 1.5 million transactions, 25 million leads and 1.5 billion property views, and by winning the awards, puts Hackney & Leigh in the top five per cent of UK Estate Agents for their ability to provide the best marketing, services and results.

Westmorland County Show 2021

A wonderful time was had by all at this year’s county show!

All sorts of people attended (including the lovely Sophie, Countess of Wessex), enquiring about the fabulous properties we have for sale and let, getting advice, and talking all things property!

We hope to see everyone at next year’s show, but in the meantime our friendly, knowledgeable team are here for you whether you are buying, selling, lettings or renting.

Caring about you and your property!

Off the beaten track…

A thought or two on the current property market in the lakes and surrounding areas of north Lancashire and the western fringes of Yorkshire.

Many people in Britain would probably be able to name Windermere, Ambleside, and Keswick. Others might know Kirkby Lonsdale and the Lune Valley. Some perhaps, may know of the simply delightful towns & villages along the Kent estuary and Morecambe Bay, from Bolton-le-Sands to Grange-over-Sands.

Perhaps what you might not expect would be for the village of Warton, situated between Carnforth and Silverdale, to be the number one staycation destination in Britain!

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For those living in the more rural parts of this beautiful region, who haven’t heard of B4RN before, I would like to suggest that you look into it a little further, as it could well be of benefit both to you now, and for your property should you decide to sell or let it out in the future.

Along with all the other changes we have seen over the last year, there has been a huge increase in the number of people requiring better and faster internet connections, both for home working and for watching the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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You can still move home!


Another national lockdown is in place, but as with the second lockdown in Autumn, the government have decided to keep the housing market open.

As before, and with the right precautions and procedures in place, we are able to assist those thinking about making a change, and wanting to move home.

We are able to show people around the fabulous homes we have for sale and to rent, and come out to give advice and guidance to those and wanting to buy, sell, rent or improve their home.

In line with government guidance, and with the health and safety of those involved always in mind, we can continue:

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