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Emsleys Blog

  • National lockdown: Will house moves still go ahead?

    National lockdown: Will house moves still go ahead?

    The government has announced a four-week national lockdown from 5th November to 2nd December 2020. In contrast to the national lockdown in March, estate agents will continue to operate throughout the period of tighter restrictions. Will… Read More

  • Can I move house during a local lockdown?

    Can I move house during a local lockdown?

    The government announced a local lockdown in Leeds on 25th September. Following Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday 12th October, Leeds has been placed in Tier Two – households cannot mix indoors and the rule of six applies outdoors. If… Read More

  • Family activities: Take a walk around Skipwith Commmon

    Family activities: Take a walk around Skipwith Commmon

    East Leeds boasts numerous pockets of nature and history, from Temple Newsam and Lotherton Hall to RSPB Fairburn Ings and RSPB St Aidan's. Another, perhaps lesser known, gem is Skipwith Common, located next to the historic Skipwith village… Read More

  • Lettings news: ‘No DSS’ policy equals discrimination!

    Lettings news: ‘No DSS’ policy equals discrimination!

    A York District Judge has concluded that ‘No DSS’ rental bans are against equality laws. ‘No DSS’ means Department of Social Services tenants cannot rent a specific property. The York County Court has recently made a ruling in what is being… Read More

  • Stamp Duty holiday to boost housing market

    Stamp Duty holiday to boost housing market

    The government has announced welcome changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) with immediate effect. The changes will apply until 31st March 2021 and will boost the housing market following the UK's lockdown.Buyers looking to purchase a… Read More

  • Mindful activities to promote wellbeing during lockdown

    Mindful activities to promote wellbeing during lockdown

    As the UK nears the end of its eleventh week in lockdown, we should all remember to prioritise our wellbeing. Mindfulness is about being present in the moment, without being distracted. It brings many benefits, from reduced stress to… Read More

  • Growing your own: It’s not too late to start!

    Growing your own: It’s not too late to start!

    If you are looking to start growing your own vegetables now is a great time to give it a go. There are several quick growing crops that can be grown in containers or grow bags and will be ready to eat within a few short weeks. Container… Read More

  • Own a piece of history: The Woodlands, Oulton

    Own a piece of history: The Woodlands, Oulton

    The Woodlands is a charming period cottage dating back to the 1800s. If you’d like to own a piece of history, then look no further. Set in the heart of Oulton, The Woodlands was built on the site of a former tannery. It is believed… Read More

  • COVID-19: How will the pandemic affect getting a mortgage?

    COVID-19: How will the pandemic affect getting a mortgage?

    Yesterday the press reported that the UK mortgage market is in ‘lockdown’. The situation isn’t as clear-cut as the headlines make it out to be – we’re here to allay your concerns and answer your questions. Can I still get a mortgage? At the… Read More