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  • Here at Parklane Properties, we want to let you know that our popular purpose built student accommodation building The Triangle, is now live for 2024/25! Situated just a short walk from Leeds city centre, This attractive accommodation block is great for first year students wanting to meet new friends, a group of students wanting to share a flat, or post-graduates looking for luxury accommodation in the heart of it all. 



    Location, location, location! 


    We know being in the centre of it all is what students want, and that’s why The Triangle offers the best of both worlds. It is walking distance from the city centre and universities, meaning you can get to your morning lectures in time, while being a short walk to all shops and bars, perfect for your down time! Plus with bus and train stations near by, you’re never too far from a day trip. On the same street as the Triangle, you have a choice of bars, cafes, restaurants and off license shops for your convenience- meaning you never have to travel far if you want a bite to eat, or have run out of milk!


    An apartment to suit


    The Triangle offers a great choice of en-suite bedrooms in shared student apartments, offering you the right amount of privacy and comfort, as well as having fantastic communal areas perfect for socialising. You enter your shared apartment through a secure keycard entry system, which leads through to the spacious and modern kitchen and living area. Fully furnished, these spaces are designed for comfort and functionality, with wall mounted TV’s in the living room, and essential white goods in the kitchen. All bedrooms feature a 4ft double bed, with fitted furniture including under bed storage, shelving, wardrobe, and a large desk with ample storage and comfy chair. These rooms are the perfect balance of comfort and study space- meaning you can use them in a way that’s tailored to you. Did we mention the en-suite in every room? Each room comes equipped with shower, toilet and sink, so no long queues for the shower before uni!



    All-Inclusive Tenancy


    Say goodbye to the hassle of utility bills and maintenance costs with The Triangle's all-inclusive tenancies. When you go all inclusive at the Triangle, included in your rent is superfast broadband, gas, water, electric, and laundry facilities, meaning you can focus on the things that matter. Additionally, the on-site maintenance team ensures prompt resolution of any issues, giving you peace of mind.


    Looking for your new accommodation for 2024/25? Then don't miss the opportunity to experience the pinnacle of student living here at the Triangle. Arrange a viewing today by emailing ls6@parklaneproperties.com or calling 0113 230 4949. Your student haven awaits!

  • Are you a young professional looking for the perfect blend of convenience, comfort, and affordability in Leeds? Look no further than this stunning furnished one-bedroom ground floor apartment, nestled within the prestigious Mansion Gate development. Priced at an incredible £875 per calendar month, this property offers an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy city living at its finest.


    Prime Location:
    Situated in close proximity to Leeds city centre, this apartment boasts easy access to all the amenities and attractions the vibrant city has to offer. Whether you're commuting to work or exploring the bustling streets filled with trendy cafes, restaurants, and shops, everything you need is just a stone's throw away. Additionally, the property is conveniently located near Potternewton Park, providing the perfect escape for leisurely strolls or picnics on sunny afternoons.


    Luxurious Features:
    Step inside to discover a modern and stylish living space designed to meet the needs of today's discerning urban dwellers. The open-plan layout seamlessly integrates the living room with a fully fitted kitchen area, complete with essential appliances such as an oven & hob, fridge/freezer, and washer/dryer. Flooded with natural light, the patio doors lead to an enclosed rear garden, offering a private oasis for relaxation and outdoor entertaining.


    Comfortable Living:
    The apartment features a furnished double bedroom, providing a tranquil retreat after a long day. The fully tiled house bathroom with a shower ensures convenience and functionality, while neutral decor throughout allows for personalisation to suit your style and preferences. Additionally, rest easy knowing that your vehicle is secure with a designated parking space within the development.


    Parklane Properties is proud to offer this exceptional property, backed by over 45 years of experience as a trusted and reputable letting agency in Leeds. With a commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction, we strive to make the renting process seamless and enjoyable for our tenants.


    Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience luxury living in Leeds at a great price. Contact us today to schedule a viewing:


    • Phone: 0113 237 0000

    • Email: ls1@parklaneproperties.com

    At Parklane Properties, we're dedicated to helping you find your dream home in the heart of Leeds. Let us make your housing aspirations a reality.


  • In 2023, we embarked on a collaborative venture with our charity arm, the Parklane Foundation, to enrich the Hyde Park community. Recognising the prevalence of graffiti tagging in the area, we came up with the idea to commission a mural on one of our properties, aiming to not only deter vandalism but also to give back to the neighborhood.


    Teaming up with Leeds Arts University, we presented students with a live brief, tasking them with capturing the essence of community. From the array of creative submissions we received, we were captivated by Visual Communication student Isabel Spurr's vision—a vibrant piece featuring colorful florals and endearing blue figures symbolising community members.


    Despite encountering numerous weather-related challenges, Isabel set to work on transforming our Hyde Park property at 63 Brudenell Road. Layer by layer, she diligently covered the graffiti-tagged wall, infusing it with life and vibrancy.


    Today, the mural stands as a testament to our commitment to community enrichment, serving as a beacon of creativity and unity in Hyde Park. But our dedication doesn't stop there. We're actively involved in further community initiatives, including a forthcoming litter-picking day aimed at clearing up the streets of Hyde Park.


    Visit 63 Brudenell Road to admire the mural firsthand, and share your thoughts with us! Together, let's continue to foster a sense of pride and belonging in our community.


    Read more about the mural project in Leeds Arts University's article here.

  • As we move forward into 2024, it's essential for landlords and letting agents to stay informed about the latest trends in tenancy deposit disputes. Understanding the primary causes of these disputes can help landlords take proactive measures to prevent them, ultimately saving time, money, and stress for all parties involved.


    Leading Causes of Tenancy Deposit Disputes in 2023:


    According to the latest findings from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), cleaning claims continued to be the leading cause of disputes in rental properties throughout 2023, closely followed by damage to fixtures and fittings. These findings highlight the importance of thorough inventory reporting and clear communication of tenant responsibilities from the outset of a tenancy.


    The Role of Digital Inventory Reporting:


    Gone are the days of paper-based inventories lacking in detail and photographic evidence. In today's digital age, property managers have access to advanced inventory platforms, which facilitate comprehensive reporting with ease. Detailed check-in and check-out reports not only provide clear evidence of the property's condition but also help to clarify tenant responsibilities, thereby reducing disputes significantly.


    Preventing Disputes Through Clear Communication:


    One of the most effective ways to prevent tenancy deposit disputes is through clear and proactive communication with tenants. By informing tenants of their responsibilities before they move out and providing reminders and guidance throughout their tenancy, landlords can improve their chances of recovering costs during disputes. Utilising digital platforms allows for seamless communication and documentation, ensuring that all parties are on the same page from the beginning.


    Looking Ahead to 2024:


    As we look ahead to the future of property management, it's clear that digital inventory reporting will continue to play a crucial role in reducing tenancy deposit disputes. By embracing technology and adopting proactive communication strategies, landlords can create smoother tenancy experiences and minimize the risk of disputes arising.


    How Parklane Properties Can Help:


    At Parklane Properties, we understand the challenges that landlords face when it comes to managing tenancy deposit disputes. That's why we offer full management services tailored to meet your needs. With our expertise and dedicated support, we can help prevent and resolve any deposit disputes that may arise, giving you peace of mind and confidence in your investment. After all, we have 45 years of property industry.


    As we navigate the complexities of the rental market in 2024, it's more important than ever for landlords to take proactive steps to prevent tenancy deposit disputes. By leveraging digital inventory reporting, clear communication strategies, and professional management services like those offered by Parklane Properties, landlords can protect their investments and ensure positive tenancy experiences for all parties involved.


  • In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of academic deadlines, social pressures, and personal responsibilities. However, amidst the chaos, it's crucial to remember to prioritise your mental health. At Parklane Properties, we understand the importance of student wellbeing, which is why we've put together some simple tips to help you make your mental health a priority in 2024.


    • 1. Establish a Healthy Routine: Start by setting up a daily routine that includes regular sleep, healthy meals, and designated study breaks. A consistent schedule can provide structure and stability, reducing feelings of overwhelm and anxiety.


    • 2. Stay Active: Incorporate physical activity into your routine, whether it's going for a walk, attending a fitness class, or simply stretching at home. Exercise releases endorphins, which are natural mood lifters, helping to reduce stress and improve overall well being.


    • 3. Practice Mindfulness: Take time each day to engage in mindfulness practices such as meditation, deep breathing, or journaling. These techniques can help you stay grounded in the present moment, manage stress more effectively, and enhance self-awareness.


    • 4. Stay Connected: Maintain a strong support network of friends, family, and peers who you can turn to for guidance, encouragement, and companionship. Social connections are essential for emotional support and can help combat feelings of loneliness or isolation.


    • 5. Set Realistic Goals: Break down your academic and personal goals into manageable tasks, and prioritise them based on importance and deadlines. Celebrate your achievements along the way, and don't be too hard on yourself if things don't always go as planned.


    • 6. Seek Help When Needed: Don't hesitate to reach out for professional help if you're struggling with your mental health. Whether it's through your university's counseling services, a trusted healthcare provider, or online resources, support is available to help you navigate challenges and build resilience.


    • 7. Take Breaks from Technology: Limit your screen time and take regular breaks from electronic devices, especially social media, which can contribute to feelings of comparison and inadequacy. Instead, focus on activities that promote relaxation and connection with the world around you.


    • 8. Practice Self-Care: Make self-care a priority by engaging in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment, whether it's reading a book, spending time outdoors, or indulging in your favorite hobbies. Taking care of your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs is essential for maintaining overall wellbeing.


    Remember, prioritising your mental health is not selfish – it's necessary for your overall happiness and success. By implementing these simple tips into your daily life, you can cultivate a greater sense of balance, resilience, and fulfillment in 2024 and beyond.

  • Are you and your housemates on the lookout for the perfect accommodation for the upcoming academic year? Look no further! Boston Exchange Court offers an exceptional living experience tailored to meet the needs of student life. Nestled conveniently close to Headingley high street, these 6-bedroom detached houses provide a blend of comfort, convenience, and contemporary living. With amenities like a driveway for parking, secure garden, spacious bedrooms complete with ensuites, and inclusive bills, Boston Exchange Court sets the standard for student accommodation in Leeds.

    The facilities



    At Boston Exchange Court, every aspect of student living has been meticulously crafted to offer the utmost comfort and convenience. The spacious detached houses feature modern amenities designed to enhance your living experience. Each of the six bedrooms come fully furnished with a king sized bed, desk space, comfy chair, and wardrobe. Each bedroom is also complete with its own ensuite bathroom and large walk in shower, ensuring privacy and convenience for every resident. The communal living spaces are perfect for both socialising with housemates and finding quiet study time. Whether you’re wanting to all relax on the large four seater sofas in front of the flat screen TV, or invite friends over for a dinner party in the spacious open plan kitchen/ diner, Boston Exchange Court has thought of it all. Plus, with a secure garden, you'll have a tranquil outdoor space to enjoy throughout the year. Additionally, the courtyard setting provides a quiet and peaceful environment, with a double driveway and plenty of off street parking, making coming and going a breeze. Who would have thought student accommodation could be this good?


    The area



    Boston Exchange Court boasts a prime location in close proximity to Headingley high street. This means you'll have easy access to an array of shops, cafes, restaurants, and entertainment options right at your doorstep. Whether you're in the mood for a quick bite to eat, a coffee catch-up with friends, or a night out on the town, Headingley offers something for everyone. With excellent transport links nearby, including bus routes and train stations, navigating Leeds and beyond is simple and convenient. You’re also just a short car ride to both Leeds Beckett University and University of Leeds, so there are no excuses if you’re late to your lecture!


    All-Inclusive Living



    One of the standout features of Boston Exchange Court is its all-inclusive nature. Say goodbye to the hassle of managing multiple bills – with our inclusive package, all utility bills are taken care of, giving you peace of mind and allowing you to focus on your studies and social life. From electricity and water to high-speed internet and gardening, everything is covered, ensuring a stress-free living experience. With transparent pricing and no hidden costs, you can budget effectively without any surprises along the way.


    Don't miss out on the opportunity to secure your ideal student accommodation for the 2024/25 academic year. Contact Parklane Properties today to arrange a viewing of one of our exclusive properties at Boston Exchange Court, and discover why it's the perfect place to call home during your time in Leeds. With its exceptional facilities, prime location, and all-inclusive living, Boston Exchange Court offers everything you need for a memorable and enjoyable student experience. Get in touch now on 0113 230 4949 or email ls6@parklaneproperties.com and start planning your next chapter in comfort and style. Alternatively, click here to see our listings for Boston Exchange. 



  • As we kick off the new year, it's time to brush up on those budgeting skills and ensure your pockets as a university student stay fuller. January may seem like a month of tightened belts, but fear not – we've got some savvy tips to help university students in Leeds save a pretty penny during this chilly yet opportunity-packed month.


    Revamp Your Meal Planning


    Let's start with the essentials – food. Consider batch cooking meals to avoid excessive spending on take outs or eating out. Buy in bulk where you can, and don't forget those student discounts! Many supermarkets offer special deals for students; take advantage of these to stretch your budget further.


    Cut Down on Utility Costs


    With the winter chill still very much present, energy bills tend to skyrocket. Simple adjustments like turning down the thermostat by a degree or two and being mindful of lights and electronics can make a significant difference. Also, consider speaking with your housemates about sharing the responsibility of utility bills fairly.


    Explore Student Discounts


    From clothing to electronics and entertainment, there's a plethora of discounts available for students. Websites like UNiDAYS and Student Beans are goldmines for exclusive deals and offers, helping you save while still enjoying the things you love.


    Reevaluate Subscriptions


    Take a closer look at your subscriptions – streaming services, gym memberships, or any other recurring expenses. Are you fully utilising them? If not, cancel or pause those that you don't need at the moment. Every saved pound counts!


    Second-Hand and Textbook Bargains


    Before splurging on brand-new textbooks or furniture, check out second-hand options. Many platforms offer used textbooks at a fraction of the price, and furniture resale shops might have hidden treasures that fit your student budget perfectly.


    Utilise Public Transport and Student Travel Cards


    If you're not already taking advantage of student travel cards or discounted public transport passes, now is the time to consider them. They can significantly reduce your commuting expenses and leave more money in your wallet.


    Maximise Freebies and Student Events


    Keep an eye out for free events, workshops, and talks organised by your university or local community. They not only provide learning opportunities but often come with freebies, snacks, or useful resources.


    Part-Time Gigs or Freelancing


    If time permits, consider part-time jobs or freelancing gigs that align with your skills or interests. Utilise platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, or even local opportunities to earn some extra cash.


    Plan Ahead for Special Occasions


    Whether it's birthdays, holidays, or other celebrations, planning ahead allows for better budgeting. Consider DIY gifts or group activities that won't break the bank but will still bring joy to those you care about.


    Budgeting Apps for Financial Management:


    There's an app for everything, including budgeting! Explore apps like Mint, YNAB (You Need a Budget), or Emma that help track your spending, set budgets, and stay financially disciplined.


    Remember, little changes add up to significant savings. This January, let's challenge ourselves to be more mindful of our spending habits without sacrificing the fun and experiences that make our university journey memorable. Here's to a prosperous and financially savvy start to the year ahead!



  • January can be a blue month for some, and keeping the family entertained after the high of the Christmas break can be a struggle. Leeds offers an array of family-friendly spots perfect for creating memorable moments amidst the stunning landscapes and peaceful settings. So escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and step into the many natural havens around this green city.


    Roundhay Park


    Nestled in the outskirts of Leeds, Roundhay Park stands as one of the city's most iconic green spaces. Offering vast expanses of open fields, woodlands, and picturesque lakes, it's a playground for families seeking outdoor adventures. Take a stroll around the lakeside, let the kids roam free in the playgrounds, or venture into the Tropical World, an exotic haven showcasing diverse plant life and fascinating creatures.


    Golden Acre Park


    For those yearning for a peaceful retreat, Golden Acre Park is a hidden gem. Its enchanting gardens, tranquil lake, and meandering pathways provide the ideal setting for a leisurely family walk. Embrace the charm of nature's simplicity and relish a cosy picnic amidst stunning scenery.


    Kirkstall Abbey and Park


    Step back in time and discover the breathtaking ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. Set against the backdrop of lush greenery, this historic site offers ample space for children to explore and play. Wander through the abbey grounds, soak in the history, and revel in the peaceful ambiance that surrounds this architectural marvel.


    Meanwood Valley Trail


    Embark on an outdoor adventure along the Meanwood Valley Trail. This nature-filled trail spans woodlands, meadows, and streams, providing families with an opportunity to connect with nature's wonders. With its diverse wildlife and scenic beauty, it's an ideal spot for a refreshing January walk or a bike ride.


    Rodley Nature Reserve


    Nature enthusiasts will find solace in Rodley Nature Reserve. Situated along the River Aire, this reserve boasts wetlands, bird hides, and a variety of wildlife. Engage in bird watching, take in the serene atmosphere, or participate in the family-friendly events often hosted here.


    January offers a serene canvas for families to immerse themselves in nature's beauty. Whether it's a leisurely stroll, an educational adventure, or simply basking in the tranquillity, Leeds' family-friendly nature spots cater to diverse interests and ages. So, pack a picnic, put on your walking shoes, and embrace the natural wonders waiting to be explored in Leeds this January.


    At Parklane Properties, we understand the importance of finding the perfect surroundings for your family. If you're seeking a home that embraces nature's beauty while being close to these idyllic spots, explore our range of family-friendly properties throughout Leeds by clicking here.


  • As the festive season descends upon us, Leeds has transformed into a winter wonderland once again with the return of the much-awaited Leeds Christmas Markets! Here at Parklane Properties, we're thrilled to bring you all the exciting details about this magical event that brings joy and cheer to our beloved city.


    Running from late November through December, the Leeds Christmas Markets promise an enchanting experience for locals and visitors alike. Set against the stunning backdrop of historic landmarks, including the iconic Leeds Town Hall, Millennium Square, and Victoria Gardens, these markets are an absolute must-visit during the Christmas season.


    What can you expect at the Leeds Christmas Markets, you ask? Well, picture this: twinkling lights, the aroma of mulled wine and festive treats, the sound of cheerful carols, and an array of stalls offering an assortment of unique gifts and seasonal goodies. It's a true celebration of all things Christmas!


    One of the highlights of the market is undoubtedly the variety of stalls offering an incredible selection of gifts, crafts, and decorations. From handcrafted ornaments to artisanal goods, there's something special for everyone on your gift list. Plus, don't miss the opportunity to indulge in delicious traditional treats such as mince pies, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread – perfect for satisfying those festive cravings.


    The atmosphere at the Leeds Christmas Markets is simply magical. Families, friends, and colleagues gather to soak in the festive spirit. You'll find live entertainment, including musicians and performers, adding to the joyful ambiance. And for the little ones, Santa's Grotto is a must-visit where they can meet Santa Claus himself and share their Christmas wishes.


    Pro tip: Make sure to grab a cup of steaming hot mulled wine or cider to keep warm while you wander through the charming stalls. It's the quintessential winter drink that adds an extra touch of cosiness to the experience.


    Whether you're looking for unique gifts, craving festive treats, or simply want to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, the Leeds Christmas Markets have it all. It's a fantastic opportunity to support local businesses, discover hidden gems, and create lasting memories with loved ones.


    For more information about the market dates, opening times, and specific stall offerings, you can download your festive guide here.


    Here at Parklane Properties, we encourage you to take some time out of your busy schedules to explore the magic of the Leeds Christmas Markets. It's an experience that truly captures the essence of the holiday season and adds a touch of sparkle to our vibrant city.

  • As the holiday season draws closer, we can almost smell the cheese board and mulled wine, and feel the festive cheer filling the air. With Christmas just around the corner, it's time to spread some joy, warmth, and perhaps a little bit of budget-friendly gifting magic!


    We know student life in Leeds can sometimes mean tight purse strings, but fear not! We've put together a Christmas gift guide just for you - one that's all about thoughtful, local, and pocket-friendly presents that scream 'I care.' So, let's dive right into our Santa's sack of ideas!


    1. Explore Leeds' Independent Shops and Arcades


    Leeds is a treasure trove of independent shops and quirky arcades, each offering unique and charming gifts. Head over to places like the Corn Exchange or Kirkgate Market; you'll find an array of artisanal crafts, vintage finds, and handmade goodies perfect for gifting. How about a locally crafted piece of jewelry or a beautifully designed mug for the coffee lover in your life?


    2. Homemade Happiness


    Sometimes, the most meaningful gifts come straight from the heart and your own kitchen! Whip up a batch of your famous cookies, craft a personalised photo album, or create DIY candles. The effort and thoughtfulness put into homemade gifts often mean much more than their price tags.


    3. Experiences over Price Tags


    Gifts needn't always be tangible. Consider gifting experiences that create lasting memories. Treat your friends to a home-cooked dinner or plan a day out exploring the beauty of Leeds - a stroll through Roundhay Park, a visit to the Royal Armouries Museum, or even a cosy movie night with holiday classics and popcorn can make for the perfect present.


    4. Support Local Artists and Crafters


    Why not invest in art or crafts made by local talents? Check out exhibitions, art fairs, or even Etsy shops of Leeds-based artists. A unique painting, a handmade scarf, or a quirky sculpture could be that standout gift that keeps on giving.


    5. Spread Kindness and Cheer


    Remember, the essence of the holiday season lies in the spirit of giving, not in the price tags. A simple handwritten card expressing gratitude and love can be worth more than any expensive gift.


    This Christmas, let's make a conscious effort to shop locally and responsibly. Supporting our local businesses not only spreads festive cheer but also helps our community thrive.


    Wishing you all a Merry Christmas filled with love, laughter, and thoughtful gifts!


    From the Parklane Properties team.


  • As you embark on the exciting journey of house hunting for the upcoming academic year, we suggest considering the numerous advantages of living in a larger group as a student. Sure, the prospect of sharing a house with a large group may seem daunting at first, but trust us, the benefits far outweigh any initial reservations. As a renowned student letting agency in Leeds, we're here to guide you through the perks of opting for a larger student home.

     


    Budget-Friendly Bliss

     


    Let's start with the pocket-friendly aspect – who doesn't love saving a few pennies? One of the most significant advantages of living in a larger group is the cost-effectiveness. For students, the rent per person often become more affordable as the size of the house increases. By choosing a bigger property and splitting the costs among more housemates, you can enjoy more spacious living arrangements without burning a hole in your student budget.

     


    Shared Responsibilities, Shared Success

     


    Living with more housemates means sharing responsibilities, and this can be a game-changer. From cleaning and grocery shopping to organising social events, distributing tasks among a larger group makes everything more manageable. Plus, it fosters a sense of teamwork and cooperation, essential skills that extend beyond the university years. Our top tip is to create a rota amongst all house mates, to make sure everyone is pulling their weight fairly and all chores get done!

     


    All-Inclusive Comfort

     


    Stress-free living is the dream, right? Well, it can be a reality when you choose one of our larger student houses. Many of our bigger properties have the option of bills included, meaning you don't have to worry about juggling multiple payments for rent, utilities, and internet. This all-inclusive package not only simplifies your financial planning but also ensures a hassle-free housing experience. Say goodbye to bill-related stress and hello to peace of mind!

     


    Built-In Support Network



    Living in a larger group provides you with an instant support network. Whether you need someone to proofread your essay, a cooking buddy, or just someone to share a laugh with after a long day of lectures, your housemates are right there with you- and you all have shared experiences! It's like having your own built-in community, ready to support you through the ups and downs of university life. After all, who understands the struggles of student life better than your fellow students?

     


    Unmatched Social Life

     


    If you're looking to enhance your social life, a larger group setting is the way to go. With more housemates, there's a higher chance of finding people with similar interests. From movie nights and dinner parties to impromptu gatherings, the opportunities for socialising are endless. Living in a larger group creates a vibrant and dynamic living environment, ensuring that your university experience is not just academically fulfilling but socially enriching too.

     


    Looking for a larger property for you and your mates? Browse our properties for 2024/25 here. Parklane Properties have over 500 properties to choose from, from one-bedroom apartments to huge nine-bedroom houses! Give us a call on 0113 230 4949 or email ls6@parklaneproperties.com and let our property experts help you find your new home!

     

  • If you're a landlord in the UK looking to rent out your property, congratulations on taking this step towards a rewarding investment journey! However, before you put your property on the rental market, it's crucial to ensure that it's well-prepared to attract tenants and provide them with a comfortable living experience. In this easy-to-digest guide, we'll walk you through the essential steps to get your property ready for letting.

    Legal Obligations and Safety Checks


    First and foremost, familiarise yourself with your legal obligations as a landlord. Ensure that your property meets all safety standards and regulations. This includes gas and electrical safety checks, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Make any necessary repairs or improvements to ensure the property is safe for tenants. Here at Parklane Properties, we can guide you through this and offer our expertise if necessary.

    Thorough Cleaning and Repairs

    A clean and well-maintained property is more likely to attract responsible and long-term tenants. Deep clean every corner of the property, including carpets, windows, and appliances. Address any visible wear and tear, such as chipped paint, broken fixtures, or leaky faucets. Investing in minor repairs now can save you from more significant expenses down the road. If you choose Fully Management with Parklane Properties, you will benefit from full use of our experienced team of contractors, which can assist with such repairs- keeping your tenants happy.

    Neutral and Appealing Décor 

    When it comes to decorating your rental property, it's best to stick to a neutral and appealing palette. Bright and neutral colours create a welcoming atmosphere, making it easier for tenants to envision themselves living there. Avoid overly personalised decor, as it might not suit everyone's taste.

    Furnishing and Equipment

    Decide whether you want to let the property furnished, partially furnished, or unfurnished. Furnished properties can attract a wider pool of tenants, but it's essential to provide functional and durable furniture. For unfurnished properties, ensure you have the necessary appliances, such as an oven, refrigerator, and washing machine, to attract quality tenants. All furniture and furnishings must comply with Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988.

    Maximise Storage Space

    Storage is a valuable commodity for tenants. Install shelves, cupboards, or built-in wardrobes to make the most of available space. Ample storage will help keep the property organised and clutter-free.

    Create a Welcoming Entrance

    First impressions matter, so focus on creating a welcoming entrance to your property. Paint the front door, tidy up the garden or pathway, and consider adding some potted plants to add a touch of greenery.

    Highlight Key Features

    When marketing your property, highlight its key features. Is it located near public transport, schools, or shopping centres? Does it have a spacious garden or a stunning view? Mentioning these unique selling points can set your property apart from others in the market. We will help you to write the prefect description for your advert.

    Know your property’s value

    Do thorough research to determine the appropriate rental price for your property. Setting a realistic rent will attract more potential tenants and reduce the risk of extended vacancies. Consider factors like location, property size, nearby amenities, and current market trends. Our property experts will be happy to meet you at your property to assess and provide you with a market valuation. We are also on hand to provide further advice on marketing your property to get maximum rental yield.

    Tenant Screening and Background Checks

    Screening potential tenants is a critical step in finding reliable renters. Conduct thorough background checks, including credit history, employment verification, and references. This process helps ensure that you rent to responsible tenants who can meet their financial commitments. Remember, if you choose Full Management with Parklane Properties, we will take care of these checks, and only suggest the best quality tenants.

    In conclusion, preparing your property for letting requires attention to detail, adherence to legal requirements, and a focus on tenant needs. By following this ultimate guide, you'll increase your chances of finding reliable and satisfied tenants who will take care of your property, providing you with a lucrative and hassle-free rental experience. Good luck on your letting journey!

  • As the crisp autumn air settles in, Leeds Dock comes alive with a vibrant array of events and activities to warm you up and fill your days and evenings this November. Located in the heart of the city, Leeds Dock has become a hub of cultural, recreational, and community events. Here are some of the fantastic happenings you can look forward to this November.


    Leeds International Film Festival (November 1st -18th)


    Prepare for a cinematic extravaganza as the Leeds International Film Festival returns to the city. Leeds Dock plays a significant role in hosting screenings, discussions, and workshops. With a diverse line-up of films from around the world, this event is a cinephile's dream come true. Don't miss the chance to experience captivating storytelling on the big screen.


    Fireworks Spectacular (November 5th)


    The early days of November kick off with a bang as Leeds Dock hosts a dazzling Fireworks Spectacular. The night sky will light up with colourful explosions, and you can watch the show from the picturesque waterfront. It's a fantastic way to celebrate Bonfire Night with friends and family.


    Dock 29's Autumn Fest (November 7th)


    The renowned Dock 29 will host an Autumn Fest, promising a day of delectable food and refreshing drinks. Savour seasonal treats, craft beers, and artisanal cocktails while enjoying live music and entertainment. The beautiful waterside setting at Leeds Dock creates the perfect backdrop for this cosy, fall-themed celebration.


    Leeds Dock Christmas Market Launch (November 14th)


    Get a head start on your holiday shopping by attending the Leeds Dock Christmas Market Launch. Local artisans and vendors will offer an array of unique and handmade gifts, perfect for your loved ones. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere, enjoy mulled wine, and relish the merry vibes.


    Yoga by the Waterfront (Saturdays in November)


    Find serenity amidst the city's hustle and bustle by participating in Yoga by the Waterfront at Yoga Hero. Join experienced instructors for a rejuvenating yoga session, surrounded by the tranquil waters of Leeds Dock. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or a novice, this event offers a peaceful escape from the daily grind.


    Leeds Dock Art Exhibition (November 10th -30th


    Art enthusiasts, don't miss the Leeds Dock Art Exhibition. Local and international artists showcase their masterpieces, providing a captivating display of various art forms. Explore the galleries and be inspired by the creative talent that calls Leeds home.


    Night Market (November 21st)


    Leeds Dock will be transformed into a bustling Night Market, where you can enjoy an evening of international street food, craft beers, and live music. Sample flavours from around the world and experience the diverse culinary offerings of the city.


    Canal Cruises (Throughout November)


    Explore the stunning Leeds Canal with scenic boat rides departing from Leeds Dock. Enjoy a leisurely journey while taking in the breath-taking waterside views and learning about the history of the canal.


    Leeds Dock is the place to be this November, offering a wide range of activities and events for everyone to enjoy. Don't forget to check the official Leeds Dock website and event calendars for the most up-to-date information and ticket availability.

  • As a student, finding the perfect place to live can be one of the most important decisions you'll make during your academic journey. Whether you're moving off-campus for the first time or looking to upgrade your current living situation, starting your house hunt early is a crucial step in securing the ideal student accommodation in Leeds. In this blog post, we'll explore four reasons why students should kickstart their house hunt sooner rather than later.


    1. Better Quality of Properties to Choose From


    Early birds get the best worms- or houses! When you begin your house hunt ahead of the crowd, you'll have a wider range of high-quality properties to choose from. The most desirable student accommodations tend to get snapped up quickly, leaving latecomers with fewer options. Starting early ensures you can pick from the cream of the crop, ensuring that your home away from home is both comfortable and functional.


    2. Get a Better Feel for the Area


    By starting your search early, you'll have the opportunity to explore the different Leeds suburbs and communities around your university. This allows you to assess factors like proximity to campus, public transport, local amenities, and the overall atmosphere of the area. So whether you’re looking to be in the heart of the action in Hyde Park, or the leafy surroundings of Headingley, or a stones throw from your university campus, starting to think about the area early will enable you to make a more informed decision, ensuring that you find a living situation that suits your lifestyle and preferences.


    3. Peace of Mind


    House hunting can be a stressful process, and the last thing you want is to be scrambling at the last minute. Starting your search early provides you with the peace of mind that you've secured a comfortable and convenient place to live, allowing you to focus on your studies without the added stress of finding housing.


    4. More Time to Plan Who Gets Which Room and What to Buy!


    Living with university friends is a crucial part of your student experience, and early planning makes it easier to coordinate who gets that spacious attic room and what extra accessories you'll need. When you've secured your accommodation well in advance, you can avoid the last-minute disputes that often arise when students scramble to make these decisions.


    *Remember! All Parklane properties come fully furnished, with everything from sofas to desk chairs to dining tables to beds, so rest assured you can skip those big purchases!


    For students searching for top-notch accommodations in Leeds, look no further than Parklane Properties. With over 500 student properties in all the hotspots around Leeds, and over 45 years of property experience, we know what students want.

    Want to kick off your house hunt? Call us on 0113 230 4949 or email ls6@parklaneproperties.com and we can help you secure the perfect student house.

  • Are you ready to take the plunge into the world of homeownership or renting? If you're on the hunt for your dream home in Leeds, one of the most critical decisions you'll need to make is whether to go for a flat or a house. Each option has its unique advantages and drawbacks, making it essential to weigh your choices carefully. As a Leeds-based letting and sales agency, we understand the intricacies of the local property market. In this blog, we'll provide valuable insights into the pros and cons of living in both a flat and a house, helping you make an informed decision that aligns with your needs and aspirations.


    Pros of living in a flat


    Affordability: Leeds is a vibrant and thriving city, but it also comes with a cost of living. Flats are often a more budget-friendly option compared to houses, making them an attractive choice for first-time buyers or renters looking to save on costs.


    Low Maintenance: Flats typically require less maintenance than houses. Many flats are managed by management companies, which means you can say goodbye to the hassle and expenses of property upkeep.


    Amenities and Accessibility: One of the perks of living in a flat is the potential access to amenities such as common areas, lifts, and parking facilities. Plus, if your ideal flat is centrally located, you're likely to be close to public transportation, shopping centres, and other essential conveniences.


    Security: Security is often a priority, especially in city living. Flats are known for their security measures, including entry phone systems, CCTV surveillance, and even on-site security guards or reception staff, ensuring your peace of mind.


    Cons of living in a flat


    Space Limitations: Flats, by nature, are more compact than houses. This can be a challenge for families or individuals who crave more living space or storage.


    Noise: Living in a flat within an apartment building can sometimes lead to noise disturbances, particularly if your unit is situated near high-traffic areas or shares walls with neighbours.


    Limited Privacy: Flats often mean living in close quarters with neighbours, potentially resulting in a lack of privacy.


    Rules and Regulations: Building management often imposes specific rules and regulations on flat residents, which may include noise restrictions, pet policies, and balcony limitations. These can sometimes feel restrictive based on your lifestyle.


    Pros of living in a house


    Space: Houses generally offer more living space and the possibility of having a yard or garden. This extra room is ideal for growing families or those who value outdoor space.


    Privacy: Living in a house provides greater privacy compared to living in a flat. With fewer shared walls, floors, and ceilings, you'll enjoy a higher level of seclusion.


    Equity: Houses tend to appreciate in value over time due to their larger square footage. Owning a house allows you to build equity and potentially profit from your investment down the road.


    Cons of living in a house


    Maintenance: Homeowners are responsible for maintaining the entire property, from repairs to gardening. This can be time-consuming and costly.


    Cost: Houses are generally more expensive than flats, and additional expenses like property taxes and insurance can add to the overall cost of homeownership.


    Isolation: Some individuals may find living in a house to be more isolated than living in a flat. You may miss out on the sense of community that comes with shared living spaces in apartment complexes.


    Accessibility: The convenience of living in a house largely depends on its location. If it's in a remote or less accessible area, transportation could be more challenging, impacting overall convenience.


    Parklane Properties are a leading sales and letting agency in Leeds, and we are on hand to help our clients to consider their individual preferences, financial situation, and lifestyle when choosing between a flat and a house. Whether you opt for the affordability and convenience of a flat or the space and privacy of a house, make sure your decision aligns with your long-term goals as a homeowner or renter. We're here to assist you every step of the way in finding the perfect home that suits your needs and aspirations in Leeds, so give our team a call on 0113 237 0000 or email ls1@parklaneproperties.com.

  • As the vibrant summer days transition into crisp autumn mornings, students returning to Leeds after a long break may find themselves grappling with post-summer blues. Saying goodbye to the carefree days of summer and adjusting to the student routine can be challenging, but fear not! In this blog post, we'll explore some effective strategies to help you beat those post-summer blues and make the most of your time as a student in Leeds.


    Reconnect with Friends


    One of the most significant sources of post-summer blues is missing the friends you spent time with during the break. Reconnect with your university friends by organising a meet-up or small gathering. Sharing summer stories and making plans for the upcoming academic year can help reignite the friendships that you may have missed.


    Explore Leeds' Hidden Gems


    Leeds is a city filled with hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Take a break from the routine of lectures and assignments by exploring the city's parks, museums, and cultural centres. Places like Roundhay Park, the Royal Armouries Museum, and the Leeds Art Gallery offer an opportunity to unwind and appreciate the city's rich history and natural beauty.


    Set Academic Goals


    While summer might have been a time to relax, it's essential to get back into the academic groove. Setting clear, achievable goals for the semester can help you regain your focus. Create a study schedule, prioritise assignments, and break down your goals into manageable tasks. This proactive approach will not only keep you on track but also boost your confidence and motivation.


    Join Clubs and Societies


    Leeds universities boasts a vibrant student community with numerous clubs and societies catering to a wide range of interests. Whether you're passionate about sports, arts, or a particular cause, there's likely a group that shares your enthusiasm. Joining a club or society can help you make new friends, develop new skills, and add some excitement to your university life.


    Embrace Self-Care


    Transitioning from a relaxed summer to a busy student life can be mentally and emotionally taxing. Prioritise self-care by establishing healthy routines. Get enough sleep, eat balanced meals, and exercise regularly. Leeds offers various wellness resources, including fitness centres and mental health support services, to help you stay physically and mentally fit.


    Plan Mini Getaways


    Don't let the end of summer stop you from enjoying small getaways throughout the year. Leeds is strategically located in Yorkshire, surrounded by beautiful countryside and charming towns. Plan weekend trips to destinations like the Yorkshire Dales or historic York. These short breaks can provide a refreshing change of scenery and help you recharge.


    Learn a New Skill


    Challenge yourself to learn something new this semester. Whether it's picking up a musical instrument, learning a new language, or acquiring a practical skill, investing time in personal growth can be a great way to combat post-summer blues. Look for local classes or workshops in Leeds that align with your interests.


    Beating post-summer blues as a student in Leeds is all about finding balance and embracing the opportunities that the city has to offer. By reconnecting with friends, exploring the city, setting academic goals, joining clubs, practicing self-care, planning getaways, and learning new skills, you can make the transition from summer to the student life smoother and more enjoyable. Remember that Leeds is a dynamic city filled with endless possibilities, and your time as a student here is a chance to grow, learn, and create unforgettable memories. Remember, you can always swing by our office in Headingley for tips and things to do around the city!

  • Are you a student, professional or postgraduate looking for accommodation in Leeds? The bustling city of Leeds offers a plethora of options, but one alternative that stands out is house shares. Sharing a house with like-minded individuals not only eases the financial burden but also enhances your social and communal experience. In this blog post, we're excited to present three exceptional house share options in Leeds that cater to different needs and preferences.


    1. 8 Stanmore Place Leeds, LS4 2RR - Student house share

    For students seeking a comfortable and convenient living space, the house share at 8 Stanmore Place is a true gem. Priced at an attractive £124.99 per person per week, this 8-bedroom student property is more than just affordable. The house comes fully furnished to a high standard, ensuring that your stay is both comfortable and stylish. Each bedroom is generously sized and equipped with fitted furniture, including spacious desks and wardrobes that cater to your academic needs. The laminate-floored living room boasts a large wall-mounted television, making it a perfect place to unwind. The upgraded kitchen diner with double ovens, hobs, and a breakfast bar encourages communal cooking and bonding. This property's location near Headingley campus and Leeds University ensures you can roll out of bed into the lecture hall.


    2. 10 Boston Exchange Court Leeds, LS4 2AJ - Professional house share

    Professionals searching for a touch of luxury need look no further than 10 Boston Exchange Court. Priced at £159.99 per person per week, this professional house share provides unparalleled convenience and comfort. With only 3 rooms left, this 6-bedroom house boasts spacious ensuite double bedrooms, offering privacy and convenience. The family-sized garden is an excellent backdrop for BBQs and outdoor relaxation. The open-plan kitchen diner adds a contemporary flair to the living space. The inclusion of a large flat-screen TV in the lounge adds the final touch to a living experience that's as stylish as it is modern. Located within a private development and all-inclusive of broadband, gas, water, electric, and even council tax, this house share takes care of every detail.


    3. 2 Stanmore Crescent Leeds, LS4 2RY – Postgraduate house share

    Postgraduate students often seek a blend of comfort, space, and practicality, which is exactly what 2 Stanmore Crescent offers. Priced at £129.99 per person per week, this house share is tailored to cater to the needs of third-year and postgrad students. Situated near Headingley stadium and Becketts Park, its location is ideal for those who want a balance between study and relaxation. The standout feature of this property is its well-equipped kitchen, complete with a dishwasher and a sociable breakfast bar. The 8 double bedrooms are thoughtfully decorated with fitted furniture, ensuring ample storage. With three bathrooms, the morning rush to university becomes a hassle-free experience. The extensive garden and off-street parking are additional perks that make this house share truly desirable.


    Whether you're a student looking for convenience, a professional seeking luxury, or a postgrad yearning for comfort, Parklane Properties have a house share suitable for everyone. If you're interested, contact 0113 230 4949 or email ls6@parklaneproperties.com to secure your ideal living space and meet friends for life. Your perfect home away from home awaits!

  • Fill out your inventory and return back to your property manager


    When you're moving into your new student property, one of the first things you need to do is fill out and return your inventory form, which can be found on StuRents. This form helps create a clear record of the property's condition and what's included before you start living there. By taking the time to note down any existing damages or issues, you're protecting yourself from any unfair blame later on. Plus, it's a friendly reminder to be responsible and take care of the place during your stay. So, grab that pen, have a little fun with it, and make sure everything is properly documented. It'll make your life easier and ensure a positive experience for everyone involved!


    Take meter readings and set up your utility bills


    Taking meter readings and setting up your utility bills might not sound like the most exciting task, but trust us, they're essential! By jotting down those readings, you'll ensure you only pay for what you use, not what the previous tenants did. Plus, setting up your utility bills promptly means you won't have to deal with any service interruptions or last-minute hassles. It's all about being smart, responsible, and having peace of mind.


    Take a minute to read through your welcome pack


    The first week of your tenancy can be hectic, with moving all your furniture, the dreaded big food shop, and showing off your new place to friends. However when you do get a spare half an hour, it's super important to read through your welcome pack. It has all the contact details you need throughout the year, your responsibilities, and a complete guide on how your tenancy works. Got any questions after reading? Get in touch with your property manager or read our FAQ's here!


    Clear any questions with your property manager


    Moving can be a stressful time, no matter how much you’ve done your research. Therefore you may have a list of questions to ask us when you do finally pick your keys up. Here at Parklane Properties, we pride ourselves on being an experienced but friendly bunch, and we want to hear from you! Whether you want to know where your local shop is or if there’s something you’d like to discuss regarding your property, you can contact your property manager on 0113 230 4949 or email them directly.


    Register for your local GP


    Your health and well-being are precious, and having a reliable GP nearby ensures you have access to essential medical care whenever you need it. Regular check-ups, vaccinations, and any health concerns can be promptly addressed with a registered GP. As well, in case of emergencies or unexpected health challenges, having a local GP means you won't have to travel far for medical assistance. It's a smart move towards taking care of yourself and embracing a responsible approach to your overall health during your student journey. So, take a proactive step, find a local GP, and put your health first – it's a decision you won't regret!


    Explore your local area!


    Finally… the fun part! Exploring the local area when moving to Leeds is an exciting and essential part of settling into your new home. By venturing out and familiarising yourself with the surroundings, you'll quickly discover the vibrant culture, hidden gems, and exciting opportunities the city has to offer. Exploring helps you find nearby amenities like supermarkets, cafes, and public transport, making your daily life more convenient. From historic landmarks to trendy hotspots, the city has so much to offer, and exploring from day one ensures you make the most of your time in Leeds.


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  • Looking for an exciting adventure that the whole family can enjoy this summer? Look no further than the Leeds Bear Hunt! Inspired by the classic children's book, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," this delightful event takes place in the vibrant city of Leeds, offering an opportunity for families to immerse themselves in a magical experience. Join us on this incredible journey as we explore the wonders of Leeds and discover what other family-friendly activities await you during the summer holidays.


    The Leeds Bear Hunt is a captivating event organised by the Leeds Hospitals Charity, designed to bring joy and excitement to families across the city. The premise is simple yet thrilling - participants are invited to locate and collect as many bear statues as possible, strategically placed in various locations throughout Leeds. These adorable statues, each uniquely decorated by local artists, depict bears from the much-loved children's book, creating a sense of nostalgia and wonder for both children and adults alike.


    The adventure begins with the distribution of a specially designed map that highlights the bear locations. Armed with this treasure map, families embark on an exhilarating quest to find the hidden bears. As you wander through the city's streets, parks, and public spaces, keep your eyes peeled for these eye-catching bears, which could be peeking out from behind corners, resting beneath trees, or playfully positioned near landmarks.

    Every discovered bear presents an opportunity for children to engage with the artwork and perhaps even strike a pose with their newfound furry friend. The Leeds Bear Hunt offers a fantastic chance to bond with your loved ones while creating lasting memories as you explore the nooks and crannies of Leeds in search of these captivating sculptures.


    While embarking on the Leeds Bear Hunt is undoubtedly an adventure worth experiencing, there is an abundance of other family-friendly activities waiting from you and your family in Leeds. Here are just a few suggestions for creating an unforgettable summer holiday in Leeds:


    Leeds City Museum:

    Visit the Leeds City Museum and embark on a journey through time. With interactive displays, captivating exhibitions, and engaging activities, this museum offers a fun-filled and educational experience for all ages. Explore the world of ancient civilisations, discover the wonders of nature, and immerse yourself in the history of Leeds.

    Tropical World:

    Step into a tropical paradise at Tropical World, located in Roundhay Park. Encounter a vibrant array of exotic plants, butterflies, birds, reptiles, and meerkats as you wander through various themed zones. With its lush greenery and fascinating creatures, Tropical World guarantees a day filled with awe and fascination.


    Kirkstall Abbey:

    Unleash your inner explorer at Kirkstall Abbey, a beautifully preserved medieval Cistercian monastery. Discover the ruins, wander through the surrounding parkland, and enjoy a picnic with your family amidst this historic backdrop. Keep an eye out for special events and exhibitions happening throughout the summer.


    Thackray Museum of Medicine:

    Embark on a fascinating journey through the history of medicine at the Thackray Museum. Engage in interactive exhibits, explore the Victorian streets, and learn about the evolution of healthcare. With its hands-on activities and captivating displays, the Thackray Museum offers a unique and educational experience for the entire family.

  • Are you a student planning to study in Leeds for the upcoming academic year? If so, let us introduce you to The Triangle, student accommodation that ticks all the right boxes. In this blog post, we'll delve into the reasons why securing an apartment at The Triangle for the 2023/2024 academic year is a smart choice for students.


    Location is key when it comes to student accommodation, and The Triangle is situated just a 5-minute walk from the city centre along with 7-minute walk to university. Being within such close proximity to the heart of Leeds means you'll have easy access to a multitude of shops, restaurants, bars, and cultural attractions, allowing you to immerse yourself in the vibrant city life while also being within walkable distance to university.


    The Triangle boasts modern apartments designed with the needs of students in mind. Each apartment features a shared living room and kitchen area, creating a welcoming communal space where you can relax, socialise, and build lasting friendships with your fellow residents. The well-equipped kitchen provides everything you need to prepare delicious meals and enjoy shared cooking experiences.


    Privacy is essential, especially when it comes to your personal space. At The Triangle, each bedroom comes with its own private bathroom. This ensures that you have a tranquil sanctuary to unwind and recharge after a long day of studying or socialising. Having a private bathroom eliminates the hassle of sharing facilities and guarantees a comfortable living experience. Not to mention each bedroom is equipped with fitted furniture, double bed and secure key card entry.

    One of the standout features of The Triangle is its affordability. Prices start from £145.99 per person per week, with 10 and 12 month tenancies available. In addition to the competitive rates, all tenancies include bills and internet, allowing you to budget your expenses more effectively. By not having to worry about utility costs, you can devote more time to your studies or enjoy socialising with friends.


    The Triangle offers excellent value for the price you pay. When you factor in the prime location, spacious shared living areas, and private bathrooms, it becomes evident that this student accommodation goes above and beyond to cater to your needs. The combination of convenience, comfort, and affordability is truly a winning formula for students seeking an ideal place to call home. Did we mention The Triangle also offers offer street parking and 24/7 laundry facilities?


    Leeds is a thriving city with a rich academic and cultural scene, making it an excellent choice for students. The Triangle perfectly complements this vibrant environment, providing a comfortable and convenient base for your studies. With its prime location, modern amenities, and competitive pricing, The Triangle offers an all-inclusive package tailored to students' needs.


    Want to find out more about The Triangle? Don't hesitate to get in touch as our apartments are selling fast! You can reach out to the friendly team via phone 0113 230 4949 or email ls6@parklaneproperties.com. They will be more than happy to provide further information, schedule a viewing, or assist you with any inquiries you may have.


    Choosing the right student accommodation is crucial for a successful and enjoyable university experience. The Triangle offers everything a student could wish for – a short walk to the city centre, spacious shared living areas, private bathrooms, reasonable prices, and inclusive bills and internet. By securing an apartment at The Triangle for the 2023/2024 academic year, you're making a smart investment in your comfort, convenience, and overall well-being as a student in Leeds.

  • Are you a tenant of Parklane Properties looking to earn some extra cash ready for your best summer yet? Or perhaps you know someone who is on the hunt for a new place to live? Look no further, we have an exciting offer for you! Introducing our refer a friend scheme, where you can earn £100 for each successful referral, and your friend will receive £50 too! The best part? There's no limit to the number of friends you can refer, meaning no limit on how much money you can earn!

     

    Now, let’s dive into the reasons why we are the top choice for anyone looking for student accommodation in Leeds.

     

    With over 45 years of property experience, we’ve established ourselves as the leader in providing student accommodation. We know what students want, and we deliver time and time again. With offices on the Headingley high street, our dedicated team are just moments away from your lecture theatres and are always on hand to support you.

     

    We understand that everyone has different preferences when it comes to their living arrangements. That's why we have over 500 properties to choose from, spread across all the hotspots in Leeds. Whether your friend prefers the hustle and bustle of Hyde Park or the tranquillity of Headingley, we have something to suit every taste.

     

    Our range of properties is as diverse as our tenants. From cosy 1-bedroom apartments to spacious 9-bedroom houses, we have a variety of options to cater to different group sizes and budgets. So whether your friend is a solo renter or part of a larger group, they can find a property that fits their needs perfectly.

     

    At Parklane Properties, we believe in inclusivity. We provide tenancies not only for students but also for professionals and postgraduates. Our house share options also offer a fantastic opportunity for both students and professionals to live in a vibrant co-living environment while enjoying their privacy when needed. Take a look at our house shares here.

     

    Moving can be a hassle, especially when it comes to furnishing a new place. However, the friends you’re referring won't have to worry about that with Parklane Properties. All our properties come fully furnished, saving time and expense of purchasing new furniture. They can simply move in and start enjoying their new home from day one.

     

    So, why not spread the word about Parklane Properties and earn some extra cash? With our refer a friend scheme, you have the chance to help your friends find quality accommodation while benefiting financially. And remember, there's no limit to how many friends you can refer, so the earning potential is unlimited!

     

    Have a question or want to get referring? Simply get in touch with your Property Manager today or email us on ls6@parklaneproperties.com.

  • As the academic year draws to a close, the time comes for many students to bid farewell to their student accommodation here in Leeds. Moving out can be both exciting and overwhelming, but with the right approach, you can make the process smooth and hassle-free. In this blog, we will explore the essential do's and don'ts of moving out of student accommodation, helping you transition to the next chapter of your life with ease.

     

    The do's:

     

    Plan Ahead:

     

    Moving out requires careful planning. Start early and create a checklist of tasks you need to complete before leaving. This includes notifying Parklane Properties of your move out date, arranging transport, organising packing materials, and informing your utility companies of your move (if you’re all-inclusive with us- we’ve got that bit covered).

     

    Declutter:

     

    Before you start packing, take the opportunity to declutter your belongings. Sort through your items and decide what you truly need, what can be donated, and what should be thrown away. This will not only lighten your load but also make unpacking at your new place much easier. Here’s a great article which points you in the right direction in terms of donating in Leeds- https://www.zerowasteleeds.org.uk/tips/what-can-i-do-with-clothes-i-no-longer-want/

     

    Pack Methodically:

     

    When packing, be organised and label your boxes clearly. Pack heavier items at the bottom and fragile ones on top, using appropriate padding and bubble wrap for protection. Consider creating an inventory list to keep track of your belongings and ensure nothing gets lost in transit.

     

    Notify Service Providers:

     

    Remember to inform utility companies, such as electricity, water, and internet providers, about your moving date to avoid unnecessary charges. Settle any outstanding bills and schedule disconnections or transfers accordingly. This will help streamline the process and prevent any potential issues. You may also want to send in evidence of this to us!

     

    Clean Thoroughly:

     

    Leaving your student accommodation in a clean and tidy state is not only considerate but also ensures you have a good chance of receiving your deposit back. Clean each room meticulously, paying attention to common areas, appliances, and fixtures. Don't forget to vacuum, dust, and mop the floors before saying your final goodbye.

     

    Don'ts:

     

    Procrastinate:

     

    One of the biggest mistakes you can make when moving out is leaving everything until the last minute. Procrastination only adds unnecessary stress and increases the likelihood of forgetting crucial tasks. Start early, tackle one task at a time, and stay on top of your moving schedule.

     

    Leave Damages Unattended:

     

    Accidents happen, and minor damages are not uncommon during your stay in student accommodation. However, neglecting to report or repair damages can result in deductions from your deposit. Document any existing damages upon moving in and promptly report any new ones to us before you move out so we can get these fixed.

     

    Forget About Redirecting Mail:

     

    Ensure you arrange mail redirection with your local postal service or update your address with relevant organisations, friends, and family. This will prevent important mail from getting lost or falling into the wrong hands, guaranteeing a seamless transition to your new address!

     

    Overlook Proper Waste Disposal:

     

    Dispose of your waste responsibly. Don't leave unwanted items or rubbish behind in your accommodation or communal areas as you WILL be charged for the removal. Familiarise yourself with local recycling and waste disposal guidelines and make use of designated bins or recycling points. Keep in mind that leaving a mess behind reflects poorly on your character and may impact future references. Here is a useful link all about waste disposal in Leeds- https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/bins-and-recycling/recycling-sites

     

    Leave Personal Information Behind:

     

    Before vacating your student accommodation, ensure you take all your personal belongings and important documents with you. Double-check drawers, closets, and any hiding spots where you might have stashed valuable items. Safeguarding your personal information is crucial, so remember to shred or securely dispose of any sensitive documents you no longer need.

     

    Moving out of student accommodation is a significant milestone, marking the end of a chapter and the beginning of new adventures. By following these do's and don'ts, you can make the transition smoother and reduce stress. Remember, we’re only a phone call away, so if you have any questions regarding the move out process, or just want some additional cleaning tips, give us a call on 0113 230 4949 or email your Property Manager.

  • In an era of skyrocketing rents and soaring property prices, saving for a mortgage deposit can seem like an insurmountable challenge for many first-time buyers. However, Skipton Building Society has introduced a ground breaking solution with its 100% mortgage scheme. Let's delve into the details of this innovative offering and explore its potential benefits and drawbacks for aspiring homeowners.


    Breaking Down the Eligibility Criteria


    Skipton's 100% mortgage is exclusively available to first-time buyers, with an additional requirement of having paid rent in full and on time for a minimum of 12 consecutive months. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Additionally, they need to demonstrate a history of timely rental payments and up-to-date household bill payments for at least 12 of the previous 18 months. Maintaining a clean repayment record, including non-financial commitments like subscriptions, is crucial. It is also worth noting that the scheme excludes the purchase of new-build flats.


    No Deposit, No Problem


    Unlike traditional mortgage products, Skipton's 100% mortgage eliminates the need for a deposit. This aspect makes it particularly attractive for first-time buyers who have struggled to accumulate substantial savings. Even those with smaller deposits (up to 5%) can also take advantage of this scheme, widening the scope of potential applicants.


    Borrowing Based on Rent Payments


    While most mortgages consider borrowers' income and expenses, Skipton's 100% mortgage takes a different approach. The loan amount is capped at the equivalent of the applicant's monthly rental payment. Essentially, if your monthly rent amounts to £1,000, the mortgage you qualify for cannot exceed £1,000 per month. This unique borrowing approach aligns with individuals' existing housing costs and helps ensure affordability.


    Interest Rates and Comparisons


    Skipton's 100% mortgage is offered as a five-year fixed-rate deal with an interest rate of 5.49%. Notably, this product comes with no fees, which can be advantageous for budget-conscious buyers. However, it's crucial to consider that the absence of a deposit comes at a premium. For those able to muster a 5% deposit, significantly cheaper five-year fixed-rate mortgages with a 95% loan-to-value (LTV) ratio are available. Potential applicants should carefully evaluate the long-term financial implications of their choices.


    Conclusion


    This scheme has the potential to revolutionize homeownership for first-time buyers who have been burdened by the struggle to save for a deposit. By leveraging their rental payment history, eligible individuals can step onto the property ladder with reduced financial barriers. However, it's essential to weigh the higher interest rate against the convenience of a deposit-free approach and consider other mortgage options available in the market.

    Does this new scheme mean you’re in the market to buy a property in Leeds? Have you seen a property for sale on our website? Get in touch with our experienced team to discuss more on 0113 237 0000 or email satty@parklaneproperties.com.

  • Over the past decade, Leeds has emerged as one of the most promising housing markets in the UK, ranking in the top 10. With an impressive average rental yield of 7.1%, which is significantly higher than the national average of 3.53%, it's no wonder that investors are showing keen interest in this city. Keep reading to find out some major factors that contribute to Leeds' attractiveness as a property investment destination, and explain why it's a wise decision to invest in one of the most lucrative property markets in the UK.

     

    Affordable Property Prices

     

    Despite its growing popularity, Leeds remains an affordable city to invest in compared to other major UK cities such as London or Manchester. Property prices in Leeds are significantly lower than in these cities, meaning that investors can secure high-quality properties for a lower price. This affordability, combined with the city's strong rental market, provides investors with an opportunity for high rental yields and long-term capital growth.

    In conclusion, Leeds is a great city to invest in for property investors looking for a stable, resilient market with excellent growth prospects. With a growing population, diverse economy, excellent transportation links, thriving cultural scene, and affordable property prices, Leeds offers a compelling investment opportunity that is hard to ignore.

     

    Growing and diverse population

     

    One of the key factors contributing to Leeds' attractiveness as a property investment destination is its growing population. The city's population has been steadily increasing over the years, and is expected to continue to do so in the coming years. According to recent projections, Leeds' population is set to reach over 800,000 by 2030. With such a large population, the demand for housing is likely to remain high, creating a stable investment opportunity for property investors. Leeds also has four main universities, with millions of students travelling from all over the world to come and study. Because of this, student accommodation is at its peak, however there is still a shortage, meaning investments within the city are crucial. 

     

    Diverse Economy

     

    Leeds is known for its diverse economy, which includes a mix of industries such as finance, digital, healthcare, and manufacturing. The city is home to a number of large corporations, including ASDA, Sky Betting & Gaming, and Yorkshire Bank, as well as a thriving start-up scene. This diverse economy makes Leeds a resilient city that is less dependent on any single industry. As a result, property investors can be confident in the stability of the city's economy and the long-term growth prospects of the property market.

     

    Excellent Transportation Links

     

    Leeds benefits from excellent transportation links, making it easily accessible from other parts of the UK. The city is well-connected by road, rail, and air, with the M1 and M62 motorways running close by, and the city's train station providing direct links to London in just over 2 hours. Leeds Bradford Airport also provides direct flights to a number of destinations across Europe. This connectivity makes Leeds an attractive destination for professionals, students, and tourists, all of whom contribute to the demand for housing in the city. Did we mention Leeds is Gods own country? 

     

    Thriving Cultural Scene

     

    Leeds boasts a thriving cultural scene, with a range of museums, art galleries, theatres, and music venues. The city is also home to a number of world-renowned festivals, including Leeds Festival, Leeds International Film Festival, and Leeds Pride. This cultural richness attracts people from all walks of life, contributing to the city's diverse population and strong rental market.

     

    Ready to invest in Leeds? Give our experienced team a call on 0113 237 0000 or email ls1@parklaneproperties.com.

  • It’s time to get ready for a historic weekend as King Charles III is set to be crowned as King on Saturday 6thMay 2023, at Westminster Abbey in London. After the passing of his mother, Elizabeth II, this coronation is eagerly anticipated by people around the world.

     

    The first weekend in May will be a huge time for communities to come together and celebrate, as we witness the coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort. For many people, especially students, this will be a historic first. Parklane Properties are here to provide you with the lowdown on this significant event!

     

    It's time to mark your calendars and prepare for a weekend filled with excitement!

     

    What is a coronation and why is it so important? 

     

    A coronation is a ceremonial event that marks the crowning and anointing of a monarch upon their ascension to the throne, symbolising the beginning of their reign and official recognition of their authority. It involves rituals and traditions, such as crowning with a royal crown and taking oaths, often held in significant locations open to the public as well as some famous faces. Coronations hold cultural, historical, and symbolic significance, often accompanied by celebrations and processions, and are seen as unifying and momentous occasions for a nation or monarchy.

     

    What’s happening the week of the coronation?

     

    The week of a coronation is full of celebration, gatherings and ceremonies- so it can be tricky to keep track. We’ve done our research on all the events from Saturday 6th May until Monday 8th May 2023, keep reading to find out.

     

    Coronation concert

     

    Don't miss out on the coronation concert at Windsor Castle on Sunday 7th May 2023. Although tickets are sold out, you can still catch it on BBC. Why not create your own concert experience from the comfort of your very own student accommodation right here in Leeds?

     

    Round up your housemates and host your own Coronation party. Set the mood with banners and themed decorations, and watch the concert together. It's a perfect opportunity to celebrate this historic occasion and create lasting memories. Join in the festivities and make it a special event with your own unique touch, even if you can't be physically present at Windsor Castle.

     

    Coronation Big Lunch

     

    Is food a way to your heart? Then the coronation Big Lunch is for you, where you and your neighbours or community are invited to come together and share food and fun! If you're interested in organising a Big Lunch for you and your housemates, you can get your coronation pack and information on how to plan your event here.

     

    Whether it's a small gathering or a larger celebration, the coronation Big Lunch is a perfect way to come together and celebrate this historic occasion with your community.

     

    The Big Help Out

     

    On Monday 8th May 2023, the public is invited to participate in The Big Help Out. This initiative encourages people to try volunteering and join in on local projects in their communities. Why not plan to volunteer at a local organisation or project, and even invite your friends to volunteer as a group?

     

    For more information on this project and how to get involved, visit their website. Remember, 8th May is a Bank Holiday in celebration of King Charles' coronation, which means no lectures or studying! It's a perfect opportunity to make a difference in your local area and contribute to the spirit of community and service on this special day.

     

    How can you celebrate the week of the coronation?

     

    Celebrating the Kings Coronation doesn’t need to be you glued to the tv, there are loads of parties, events and gatherings you can host to get in the royal spirit!

     

    Street party

     

    You don't have to participate in a big community event to celebrate the coronation of the king. A smaller, more private celebration can be just as meaningful! If you live in shared student accommodation, why not host your own party with your housemates in your communal kitchen, or if the weather permits, set up outside for a fun outdoor celebration.

     

    To make things easier, you can all pitch in to buy drinks and food, and decide who will cook or set up a buffet that just needs to be set out. And don't forget the bunting! Whether you're celebrating inside or outside, decorate the tables and surroundings with all things Royal. It's a great opportunity to come together with your housemates and enjoy a memorable coronation party in your own unique way.

     

    University celebrations

     

    Many universities are organising their own unique ways to celebrate the coronation, so why not join in the festivities?

     

    Be sure to check your university's news and events to see if they have any special plans for coronation day 2023, and get involved if they do! It's a great opportunity to come together with fellow students and staff to celebrate this historic event in a fun and memorable way.

     

    Set up a fair

     

    If you enjoy organising events, why not plan something special for your house mates? Maybe even extend the invitation to your street? You can set up stalls and games for people to get involved in, and consider donating any money raised to charity or splitting it among multiple charities.

    Remember, it's all about having fun and celebrating together on this special day. 

     

    We hope we’ve given you a clear run down of the events happening throughout the coronation festivities, along with some information on how you can celebrate with your mates!

  • In recent years, Leeds has seen a shift in how students (and professionals) live after moving out of halls of residents in their first year of university. This change can be due to many factors, including rising living costs, a desire to live amongst others and not on your own, and the convenience of shared living spaces. In this blog post, we will explore the reasons why house shares are becoming more popular and how they can benefit those who choose to live in them.

     


    One of the primary reasons why house shares are becoming more popular is due to the rising cost of living. With rent, utilities and just the general cost of items on the, it has become more challenging for individuals to afford a place of their own. By sharing living spaces, individuals can split the cost of rent and utilities, which can make living expenses more manageable. House shares are usually all inclusive, so you can rest assured knowing your bills are taken care of by your letting agent. 

     


    Another reason why house shares are becoming more popular is the desire to live with others, but still have your own space. Many people, particularly those who are new to a city or have just started a job or university course, crave companionship and a sense of community. By living in a shared house, individuals can form friendships with likeminded people, which can help them feel more connected and less isolated. Despite this, if you do need your alone time, you can retreat to your private bedroom. 

     


    In addition to saving on rent and utilities and living with others, house shares offer several other benefits for both students and professionals. For example, shared living spaces can be more convenient than living alone. In a house share, individuals can split the responsibilities of household chores, such as cleaning and cooking. This can help to save time and reduce stress, as individuals do not have to manage all of these tasks on their own. It can make the more mundane routines of life less challenging, leaving more time for work, studying, or hanging with friends and family!

     


    All Parklane Properties house shares come fully furnished and equipped with all the necessary amenities, which can be convenient for people who are new to a city or country and may not have their own furniture or appliances. We have a range of house shares available for undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals in all the hotspots in Leeds, so you can be confident you’re living amongst like-minded people, and in a location that suites your lifestyle best. Each house share comes refurbed to a high standard, and offers a competitive all inclusive package, allowing you to focus on what matters. 

     


    Are you a student of professional thinking of living in a house share for 2023/24? Get in touch with us today on 0113 230 4949 or email ls6@parklaneproperties.com, and one of our experienced negotiators will be able to help. See you there!

  • Leeds Dock is fast becoming the most popular area for professionals to live in Leeds, due to its vibrant and exciting atmosphere all year round. It’s the perfect location for all the perks of city centre living, without the hustle and bustle that comes with it. 


     

    When living in one of the many Leeds Dock developments, you are a short walk from all the shops, bars and restaurants you could ask for. Within close proximity, there is also Royal Armouries Museum, The Tetley, and Leeds Discovery Centre- perfect for filling your weekends! You will never be short of retail therapy, as Leeds Dock is situated close to multiple retail parks, including Crown Point Shopping Park. Not to mention the entirety of Leeds centre just on your doorstep!

     


    In Summer, you can enjoy the Waterfront Festival, which displays a mind-blowing array of independent street food businesses, performers and activities- suitable for everyone! Why not pack a bag and get sunbathing by the dock? Or grab a water taxi to take you into the city? Whatever you decide, Leeds Dock will have something going on. 

     


    The history of Leeds Dock

     


    Since 2006, Leeds Dock has faced many waves of regeneration, with a vision to build a hub for tech, media and creative industries, while also providing modern and affordable living for those in and around Leeds. Previously Clarence Dock, Leeds Dock is popular for tourists, but also well suited and functional for those living and working in the area. Today, there is an eclectic range of co-working spaces, independent businesses, food and drink, wellness facilities and retail units.

     


    What’s available in Leeds Dock?

     


    Whether you’re buying or looking to rent, Parklane Properties have modern apartments available in and around the Leeds Dock area, providing a perfect place to call home in a community you can fit into right away. You can leave your apartment and walk just a few feet to grab a coffee from North Star Coffee, then get your laptop fired up in the luxury co-working space in Department UK. To finish your day, grab a pizza at Pizza Express and a cocktail at The Canary. No two days will be the same when living at Leeds Dock. 

     


    Want to discover more or find out what properties we have available?

     


    Click here to discover our website, call 0113 237 0000 or email ls1@parklaneproperties.com. 

  • If you are looking to sell or rent out your property, it is important to get it cleaned up to an incredibly high standard before putting it on the market. While this may seem like an obvious task, the importance first impressions cannot be underestimated.

    How do you do deep clean a house and where do you start? Here are some of our tips for cleaning up your property before putting it on the market:


    Tackle room by room


    Start by making an in-depth checklist for each room, and also make sure you have the right tools and cleaning products for the job- this will make the overall job so much easier. Make sure you have everything you need to clean that specific room, so you don’t need to keep popping downstairs to grab something! Cleaning room from room will also seem a lot less daunting then tackling the whole house all at once.


    Give yourself plenty of time


    Although the idea of cleaning a whole house top to bottom, inside and out seems like a mammoth task, the earlier you start the less pressure you will feel. You want to make sure you have time on your side, meaning you do not need to rush the process resulting in potentially missing or rushing spots. It’s also a good idea to give yourself plenty of breaks, as cleaning can be a very laborious and exhausting task.


    Start with the worst rooms


    Kitchens and bathrooms are usually a good place to start when it comes to cleaning a whole house, as they’re usually the dirtiest. Grime and food debris can build up very quickly in areas such as the oven, the extractor fan, the backsplash and behind appliances. For bathrooms, the toilet and shower will need a thorough clean to make sure it is sparking for the people interested, focusing extra on the shower screens and tiles. They are also usually the smelliest rooms, so make sure you’re opening the windows and adding air fresheners when you can!



    Don’t forget outside!


    So, you’ve spent all this time cleaning in your home, why stop outside? Your potential buyers/ renters will see the exterior of your house first, so first impressions really do count. Your house may be immaculate inside, but if it looks dirty and run down outside, the potential buyers may not even want to step over the threshold. We suggest looking at your property from the road and compare it to other houses on the street. Does the drive need a jet wash? Could the fence do with a repaint? Could the trees/ shrubbery do with a tame? Does your front door and windows need cleaning? All these elements come together to make your property either look presentable and well maintained, or uninviting and run down- and THAT’S a deal breaker!

  • Looking for luxury city centre living with all the amenities and modern safety features? We have a property for you. Apartment 173 in Aspect 14 is an extremely popular and modern development within close proximity to the Universities, Leeds General Infirmary, First Direct Arena and the bustling Northern Quarter. It is also just a short walk into town, with an abundance of restaurants, bars, coffee shops and entertainment on your doorstep. The complex itself offers parking included in the price, fob entry and on-site maintenance. There is also a fantastic community feel within this complex, with attractive outside areas and seating making your morning walk around the block an enjoyable activity you’ll look forward to each day. 

     


    The two bedroom apartment itself boasts breath taking views of the North of the city through floor to ceiling windows and its own private balcony. This spacious apartment starts with an entrance hallway, leading to a very large, open plan lounge. Have you ever wanted to sit in your living room and watch the world go by with a coffee? Here you can! The modern kitchen is spacious and comes with all the appliances you’d need, along with a dining area tucked away from the living room. There is a master bedroom along with a smaller bedroom for guests, and a family bathroom with bath and shower. 

     


    The location of this apartment is second to none. You get all the perks of city centre living, without the eye watering price tag. Aspect 14 is a short walk from numerous city parks including Lovell Park and Oatland Fields, along with numerous supermarkets like Morrisons and Aldi. In just a 5-minute walk you can be amongst the hustle and bustle of Leeds city centre, surrounded by cafes, bars and restaurants. The nearest primary school is Blenheim primary school at just a 3 minute drive, and the nearest secondary school is Dixons Trinity at a 6 minute drive. For colleges, Leeds City College is a 7-minute drive and the University of Leeds is a 7 minute drive. Aspect 14 has fantastic bus routes into the city centre and a 15 minute walk to Leeds train station which can take you anywhere in the country. 

     


    This property would be fantastic as a home for yourself or to rent out to a young couple looking for the excitement that comes with city centre living. 

     


    Don’t miss out on the fantastic opportunity by giving us a call on 0113 237 0000 or emailing satty@parklaneproperties.com

  • It can be quite common for people to experience issues with damp and mould in their property at some point. Even in the driest of conditions, mould can still be an issue for some- especially in the colder, wetter months. Keep reading to discover our top tips on how to prevent damp and mould in your house.


    Use a dehumidifier


    Dehumidifiers help to remove excess moisture from the air, and may become your new best friend if you get one! Moist properties in particular, i.e when the heating is on but windows are always shut, when there has been a leak, and when steam isn’t contained- will require a dehumidifier the most. Not only do dehumidifiers help to hinder mould growth, they can also assist with drying clothes and preventing dust mites.


    Wipe away condensation


    You may find that in the colder months your windows may fill with condensation. Condensation occurs when warm air hits your cold windows, resulting in water forming. Condensation is most common in your bedroom when you first wake up, and in the kitchen when you’re cooking and boiling water. A way to prevent this, is to keep your bedroom door open for ventilation, and to use your extractor fan in your kitchen. Turning your heating on regularly will also help with this issue as the windows the warm air hits will not be as cold.


    Don’t dry clothes on radiators


    There are many reasons why you shouldn’t dry clothes on your radiators, the main one being condensation, which then leads to mould. Although it may seem tempting to chuck a few clothes on the radiators while you already have the heating on, your best bet is using a heated clothes horse. You could also use your tumble dryer if you have one, however this can be expensive. We suggest regularly adjusting your drying on a clothes horse, and putting them in a room you don’t use as often so it doesn’t affect your day-to-day life.


    Close bathroom doors


    This may seem an obvious one, however you’d be surprised how many people forget to fully close the door when taking a steamy shower! Steam from showers and cooking can cause a lot more damage in your home than you think, and so it’s important you do what you can to avoid it escaping. When taking a shower, make sure the extractor fan is on, and the door is closed. If your bathroom has a window, open it!


    Check for leaks


    Leaky windows, doors and pipes are a sure way of getting unwanted moisture inside your home, so it’s crucial to report these issues to Hive as soon as you spot them. In the meantime, you can use a towel/ bucket to ensure the leak is contained and doesn’t prevent any rot/ damp issues later down the line. No one wants a soggy carpet!!


    Turn on your heating


    We understand times are hard right now and the Cost of Living Crisis means bills are skyrocketing, however a crucial step in preventing damp and mould in your home is to have your heating on regularly. We’re not saying your home needs to be a sauna, but a balance of having the heating on and also cracking open your windows from time to time will help prevent moisture- which will then lead to damp and mould problems.

  • The best hidden gems in Leeds might be a little harder to spot than you think. You might walk past them each day without realising it — or you might not even know that there is anything worth seeing at all! Nowadays, it's hard to keep up with all the cool places around. They're popping up everywhere and new ones are appearing every month. But where can you find them? From hidden bars to historic architecture, this blog will help you find the cream of the crop!


    Whitelock’s


    Whitelock’s is a 1715 pub tucked away in a narrow alleyway just off Briggate high street, which offers cask ale and beer battered haddock and chunky chips. With its traditional pub interior and quaint courtyard, this pub is a stark contract to the modern high street it is part of. If it wasn’t for marketing or word of mouth, you would most definitely walk by this hidden treasure!


    The Ivanhoe Clock


    If you’re a Leeds local, you will most likely have walked through Thornton’s Arcade countless times, however how many times have you looked up? The Ivanhoe Clock was built in 1877 and features wooden life size characters from Robin Hood, Richard the Lion-Heart, Friar Tuck and Gurth the Swineherd. When the quarter hours strike, each character moves before your eyes.


    The Leeds Town hall organ


    Leeds Town hall itself is a prominent building within the city centre, however how many times have you been inside? In the basement, lies the 12 meter high and 12 meter wide organ, first played in 1858 when the building was first opened. In more recent times, the organ is played by leading organists from around the world, and has also been a part of Leeds International Concert Season, Leeds International Film Festival and Leeds Light Night.


    The Tetley


    Looking for something to do on a rainy day? The Tetley is a contemporary art gallery in South Bank, along with a café, bar and kitchen. Formerly the Tetley Brewery, the space is home to emerging artists, free exhibitions and a place to help communities and young people. You can also find creative workshops and courses to join to enhance your skills and meet new people.


    Abbey House Museum


    If you’re into your history, you’ll love stepping back in time to wander through the mock Victoria streets and peer in the shops and houses in this interactive and immersive Victorian museum. Abbey House Museum is situated directly across the road from Kirkstall Abbey, so why not spend the morning in the museum walking down memory lane, then get some fresh air around the Abbey grounds in the afternoon.


    Leeds is a city rich with culture and hidden gems when you know where to look, so throw yourself into the New Year and keep your ears to the ground for the ever-growing list of hidden gems.

  • It's the New Year, and for many people this is a time to reflect on the past and make resolutions for the future. Picking up a hobby in the New Year is a great way to submerge yourself into learning new skills- and making new friends! They also give you something to look forward to and help keep you busy. If a new hobby sounds like something you would like to get in board with, here are our top picks for Leeds:

     

    Pottery/ sewing groups

     

    Leeds offers lots of pottery groups and courses that are great for those who want to get creative in their downtime and have a go at something new. You can sign up for one off classes, or courses, which will teach you everything you need to know about pottery, along with having some fun. Usually all materials are included, and why not bring your friends along! Sunken Studio offer a ‘Throwing taster’ for just £70.

     

    It's just the same for sewing, or anything textile related too! If you fancy turning your hand to making clothes, or maybe a cushion cover, there’s a workshop in Leeds for that. Sewing can be therapeutic and good for the mind in the New Year, but it can also be very rewarding. The Bowery is a coffee shop in Headingley and also offers evening sewing workshops over 4 weeks at just £80.

     

    Rock climbing

     

    Fancy something that’s going to get your heart pumping and hands sweating? There are plenty of climbing centres in Leeds which offer classes, and also full use of all their climbing walls to suite your schedule. Climbing is great for your physical health, and is a great alternative to the gym. The Climbing Lab in Kirkstall offer an adult introduction class for just £15, there you will have a 1-1 session with a trainer, giving you all the tips on how to climb independently. After the session you can have free reign within the climbing centre. 

     

    Running clubs

     

    Being active in the New Year is usually everyone’s priority, but it can get very dull if you’re stuck in the same sweaty gym for five days a week. Why not mix your exercise up, and merge socialising with being active! Whether you’re a newbie or a running expert, Leeds has plenty of running clubs all over the city with people from all different backgrounds. Leeds based running groups include Leeds Girls Can Run, Chapel Allerton Runners, Hyde Park Harriers and Abbey Runners. Want to get stuck in? Check these groups out on Facebook to find out dates, times and the place to meet! Ready, set, GO!

     

    Puppy yoga

     

    Yes you heard that right… yoga, with puppies! Studies show that pets have a huge positive effect on our mental health, and there are amazing health and mental benefits with yoga too, so why not combine the two for the perfect serotonin boost? Puppy Yoga UK offer 45 minutes of yoga time along with 15 minutes puppy play time, all for just £29.50. This is a great way to kick off your new yoga hobby, where you can learn new skills, de-stress, and make a few four-legged friends! 

     

    These are just a few of the hundreds of hobbies you can get on board with in 2023, so why not get stuck in and pick up something new this month!

  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Are you planning on heading home for Christmas? Thousands of students will be getting ready to pack their bags and head home for the festive period. If this is you, we have some tips on what you need to do before locking your doors and driving home for Christmas!

     

    Safety:


    -       Student areas have a high crime rate, so check that your insurance policy is in order before leaving for an extended time, as the last thing you want upon returning is to lose valuable possessions and them not be covered.

     

    -       Make sure all your curtains/ blinds are closed so people can’t see in. Also remove all valuables that may be on show (bikes outside etc)

     

    -       If you have one, set your alarm and ensure all the windows and doors are fully closed and locked. The flashing alarm box on a home will be spotted by potential thieves and it may steer them away from your home.

     

    -       If you have the space, take valuables home with you. If there ever was a break in, it minimises the amount of items the burglars will want to take. 

     

    -       It may be useful to set up a light timer that flicks a light on for an hour on an evening. We understand that times are hard for everyone right now, but the couple of hours you leave the hall light on when out can help prevent a break-in.


    Energy saving:

     

    -       Turn the thermostats down on your radiators and heaters. The last thing you want is you leaving in a rush and your heating is on ALL Christmas. 

     

    -       Don’t leave any appliances on ‘Standby’, this uses a lot more electricity than you think. 

     

    Other tips:

     

    -       Please ensure all rooms are accessible so we can carry out essential maintenance works and conduct viewings.

     

    -       Dispose of any perishable foods when you go away but do not turn your fridge/freezer off.

     

    -       Ensure all taps are turned off & plugs out of sinks. This limits the risk of flooding.  


    These tips will not only help to protect your property and reduce your carbon footprint but will also ensure that you are not running up large utility bills! 

     

    If you have any maintenance issues over the Christmas period please contact Hive on: 0113 224 4610 or repairs@hiveliving.co.uk.  

     

    Parklane Properties wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

  • We know that as a landlord, the biggest priority is getting your property filled with suitable tenants. But have you also thought about the benefits of full management? 

    With our full management service, landlords can enjoy the true benefit of a ‘hands off’ service that places emphasis and responsibility on us as your agent. Keep reading to find out why you should choose full management with Parklane Properties.

     

    Pre tenancy

     

    In order to get the most for your property, we will conduct a full rental valuation, along with marketing advice and marketing strategy.

     

    To maximise exposure, we will market your property(ies) on all major portals and erect To Let boards.

     

    We will arrange EPC and EICR and Gas Safety Certificate (where applicable).

     

    When enquiries come through, we will conduct accompanied viewings and negotiate terms with potential tenants. 

     

    All potential tenants will receive a full credit check.

     

    We require a tenancy deposit (protected by the TDS) for each of our properties, to ensure any potential damages/ arrears accrued during the tenancy are covered. 

     

    We will create and handle all legal documentation.

     

    During tenancy

     

    We will ask tenants to complete an Inventory and Schedule of condition report.

     

    Where applicable, we will handle the transferral of utilities. 

     

    In line with guidelines, we will carry out periodical inspections.

     

    Seamless transferring of monthly rent & Issuing rent statements.

     

    Arranging annual Gas Safety Certificate renewals (where applicable).

     

    Should maintenance issues arise, we will fully handle the arranging of repairs & maintenance along with the payment of invoices. 

     

     

    Post tenancy

     

    Working closely with the tenant to manage the move out process and deposit return.

     

    Should deposit disputes arise, we aim to resolve these swiftly and amicably.

     

    Proactive re-letting to avoid periods of void rent.

     

     

    As accommodation providers ourselves, we understand the needs of our landlords and offer management solutions from start to finish. We are results-driven and are committed to providing a level of service and insight that is second to none - we have sold and let properties within days of instruction and can do the same for you. Let our industry knowledge and 45 years of experience lead your property to your next tenants. 

     

    Call us today on 0113 237 0000 or email LS1@parklaneproperties.com to get started. 

  • When you think of winter time, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Christmas. However, many students and young professionals also use the winter months to get ahead of the game and start their house hunt for 2023/24. There are many benefits of securing your property early, and this blog will delve into them.

     

    Keep reading to find out why you should start your student house hunting early: 

     

    BEST OF THE BEST

    It's no secret that all the good properties go first. Why wouldn’t they? When you start looking early, you have a wide range of properties to choose from, meaning you can get the best value for money. We don’t recommend rushing into a decision, but when you spot something you love you’ll be ready to go! 

    We understand that choosing a home is a process that takes time and patience- so sorting it early gives you time to decide and choose a place where you feel secure, peaceful, and at home. 

    You can check a list of amazing places to live on our website: https://www.parklaneproperties.com/

     

    PEACE OF MIND

    Not only is this important for your mental health, but it’s also inevitably a huge aspect of your life. When you decide on a property and sign up, you know you’ve got the rest of the year to sit back, put your feet up and chill! Knowing everyone else is running around like headless chickens, you know you’ve secured your property and all that’s left is to move in next year!

     

    GROW FRIENDSHIPS 

    Moving out of your home away from your family and friends is a big step when you’re studying at uni, and taking that stride towards independence can be hard work, especially when it comes to choosing your housemates. Doing this carefully might save you from bickering over bills, who’ll do the dishes, who should do the supermarket run, or whose turn it is to clean the toilet (!!!).

    Usually, your friendships grow stronger once you’ve secured a property. You can allow yourself to get excited with your new friends and plan the year ahead! 

     

    Top tip: We suggest taking your friends on a little day trip to the area you’re moving to. Grab a coffee, some lunch, and go for a walk to explore the area and get excited about the year to come!

     

    EFFORTLESS SUMMER 

    When it comes to Summer time, all you want to do is hang with friends and catch a tan, right? When you sign up early, all your deposit and guarantor info will be sorted early in the year, leaving Summer for fun, fun and more fun! We have a super easy sign up process, where you are prompted regularly for everything you need. The process is fully remote meaning you don’t even need to leave your bed!

     

     

    Get in touch with our Property Consultants today to discover your dream student accommodation in Leeds. The team will help advise on the area you want to live in, and they’ll be able to show you what options there are, whether you’re a student or professional!

    Sit back, get your feet up and relax… you’re all sorted up until 2024 

    Call 0113 230 4949 or email at: LS6@parklaneproperties.com

  • Zero stamp duty rate is doubled to £250,000 for all home movers and increased to £425,000 for first-time buyers! The recent Government announcement has seen changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). Let us explain what this means for selling and buying a property.

     

    WHAT IS STAMP DUTY LAND TAX?

    Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) is charged on the purchase of property or land. It applies in England and Northern Ireland only but there are separate property transaction tax rules in Scotland and Wales. 

     

    WHAT ARE THE RECENT CHANGES IN STAMP DUTY?

    The recent changes to stamp duty relief will save home movers £2,500 on their purchase as the ‘nil rate threshold’ has increased from £125,000 to £250,000.

    The biggest impact will be for first time buyers, with an increase in the ‘nil-rate threshold’ from £300,000 to £425,000. There has also been an increase in the maximum amount first time buyers can buy a house for and still be eligible for relief from £500,000 to £625,000. Be aware if you are a first-time buyer and the purchase price exceeds £625,000 you will be subject to paying the same rates as home movers. 

     

    WHY ARE STAMP DUTY CUTS BEING INTRODUCED? 

    The objective is for the government to support home ownership and promote mobility in the housing market which in turn supports economic growth and spending on durable goods. As the housing market slows down and there is little to no inventory available, the stamp duty relief is an attempt to boost the housing market. 

     

     

    WILL STAMP DUTY TAX INCREASE HOUSE PRICES?

    Rishi Sunak, former Chancellor and now Prime Minister, introduced a stamp duty holiday during the Covid -19 pandemic.  During these unprecedented times, home buyers reflected on their requirements, leaving cities for the suburbs for additional space to work from home and have access to outdoor space. There was a large surge in demand with a small supply of houses which resulted in property price increases, spurred on with a Stamp Duty holiday to stimulate the property market.

     

    This property ‘bubble’ has not seen much let up since then, but now we are in a different economic climate with the cost of living crisis, increased interest rates and higher borrowing costs, the slow down in the property market remains to be seen. 

     

    WILL LOWER STAMP DUTY AFFECT MORTGAGE COSTS? 

    The savings made on the stamp duty relief will offer an initial saving however mortgage rates are determined by the bank of England base interest rates which have seen a steady increase over the last few months with rumours that the Bank of England will continue to increase the base rate to combat rising inflation costs. This will impact mortgage rates.

     

    WILL STAMP DUTY BE ABOLISHED?

    Currently there is no plan for a complete removal of stamp duty on property transactions. 

     

    HOW CAN PARKLANE PROPERTIES HELP YOU IN SELLING YOUR PROPERTY?

    With 45 years of experience, we know exactly how to sell your property. We start things off with a FREE, no obligation, property appraisal advising you of various marketing strategies catering to your personal situation. You can rest assured your property is in safe hands from instruction through to completion, our highly experience sales team will guide you through the entire sales process, all you have to do is leave everything to us!

     

    Call today on 0113 237 0000 or email satty@parklaneproperties.com for more information.

  • We understand you’re still settling into your Parklane property, but now’s the time to get ahead of the game and start thinking about if you want to renew. Whether you’re a student or professional, staying in Leeds or leaving, we will soon be advertising our properties again for 2023/24- and we wanted to give you first dibs. We know you don’t want to do the house hunt but we don’t want you to miss the great benefits that come with living with us. You’re not alone in all this hassle, leave it to us, and we’ll handle the rest. 

     

    Keep reading to know why you should stay with us:

     

    • Scrap the sign-up process- renewals are straight forward, all you have to do is let us know you want to renew and we’ll transfer all your data over, even your deposit!
    • No strangers in the house- say goodbye to viewings which interrupt your daytime naps, your house will be yours for next year as soon as you’ve told us you want to renew.
    • No need to move out in the Summer- sit back knowing your stuff can stay put all summer… and the best part? You don’t need to frantically clean the house!
    • It’s usually much easier to stay put with the same agency- we’d like to think our team are familiar faces to you now, so save the hassle of getting to know another agency.
    • Something missing? If you feel your sofas could do with being replaced, maybe your dining room table is getting wobbly, or your bedroom could do with a repaint- we’ll do our best to make your pad a dream to live in for another year.


    Maybe you’re looking for somewhere else? With our properties in all the students hotspots, you’ll never run out of options. So whether you’re in for a cosy night chilling on your sofa or a night in one of the city’s coolest bars, you’ll just find the place.

    • We’ll not charge a penny for admin fees, which means zero stress and your savings are safe. Now you can focus on the right things like cool house accessories, fresh new bedding, or splash out on a fancy lunch
    • The best bit? You’re completely safe with us and so is your money. We’re Unipol Approved, award winning and work with My Deposits Protection. 
    • Whether you need a one-bed flat right in the heart of the city or a nine-bed house in the suburbs, you’re in for a treat! Choose whatever your heart wants from a huge selection of over 500+ properties

     

    SO YOU WANT TO RENEW… NOW WHAT?

    • Sort your finances and group size for the next year. Who do you wish to live with, a friend, your partner, or live by yourself? All this matters if you’re able to renew
    • Get in touch with our Property Consultants to grab your favourite deal. The team will help advise on the area you want to live in, and they’ll be able to show you what options there are whether you’re a student or professional 
    • Sit back, get your feet up and relax… you’re all sorted up until 2024 
  • There's no doubt your lunch hour is the best part of the working day, let's be honest! Leeds city centre is a haven for foodies looking for a quick bite and will leave you feeling spoilt for choice. Whether you are in the mood for pizza, Japanese, or Indian curry - there’s something for everyone.

    We have tracked down some of the best lunch spots in Leeds for you that won’t stretch your budget and you’ll be back to the office in time for that afternoon meeting!


    ZAAP THAI

    22 Grand Arcade, Leeds LS1 6PG


    With a fun and lively vibe - Zaap Thai is a perfect place to grab a meal after-work and especially during lunch breaks. The authentic decor and creative colour schemes along with their open plan kitchen creates a bustling Bangkok food market feel- right in the centre of Leeds!

    If you’re at Zaap Thai, and not having Beef Pad Thai and Pad Kee Mao, you’re missing out. Their Chicken Pad Thai and Thai Green Curry are a must try too.


    BUNDOBUST

    6 Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ


    Working in Leeds and not visiting Bundobust is basically a crime! Tucked away on a side street, Bundobust offers delicious original Indian street food along with craft beer. It’s one of the more low-key places to eat in Leeds but the food is outstanding – crispy okra fries, delicately-spiced paneer curry and the ever-popular tarka dhal lentil curry are favourites. Indian-oriented decor with long benches, old doors panelling the walls, and seat cushions made from hemp rice sacks makes the overall vibe of this place very comforting.


    LITTLE BAO BOY

    3, Sovereign Square, 3 Sovereign Square, Sovereign St, Leeds LS1 4BA


    Little Bao Boy is an independent eatery located right in the heart of Sovereign Square. Whether you’re a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan - this place caters for every kind of foodie. If you love traditional Asian food with a well-blended touch of spice and a western contemporary twist, Little Bao Boy is your go-to place. Whether you’ve popped down for a mid-week working lunch or a late-night snack, their small team is always ready to serve you with the best of everything. Their Panko Aubergine, made from a vegan buttermilk mix with sesame crumbs, sriracha sauce, iceberg lettuce and spring onion is the real game changer for your taste buds. Traditional Chinese food such as Congi, and soup noodles are a must to try. But if you want to explore the real taste of Asian cuisine, you must try their soft, fluffy bao buns filled with all kinds of deliciousness!


    TRINITY KITCHEN

    27 Albion St, Leeds LS1 5ER


    Trinity Kitchen is the hub for authentic street food in Leeds. This place is bursting with lively, colourful, and delicious street food restaurants and pop-up carts. Trinity Kitchen rotates six street food vans every eight weeks and offers visitors the chance to experience various flavours and cuisines under one roof. From Italian, German, Portuguese grilled chicken, creative cocktails, delicious coffee, it's a hub of delicious eateries where you simply won't run out of options.


    SHEAF STREET CANTINA

    3 Sheaf St, Leeds LS10 1HD


    A hidden gem in the Southbank of Leeds - Sheaf Street Cantina is the perfect place to dance, drink and relax. Enjoy live DJ sets, a variety of events, delicious fresh food, and much more. Their vegan milkshakes and desserts are a treat for everyone. Not only this, Cantina has put its own spin on classics like mac n cheese so that even meat-eaters will feel right at home in this vegan restaurant. Sheaf Street also hosts regular craft fairs and workshops, so it’s definitely one to visit on the weekend too!

  • If you’re studying at uni this year, you’ve probably already moved into your university accommodation (hopefully with Parklane Properties)! Although the thought of being an organised student feels like moving a mountain, we know a little effort can save you a lot of your time and energy- especially when it comes to your desk! Having a tidy and organised desk will make studying and working much more bearable and inviting. Not only this, it can boost your spirits especially when you plan on working on your assignments or prepping up for exams for long hours.

    We’ve put together a guide for must-have desk accessories that will help you stay organised throughout the semester.

     

    Get yourself a desk lamp 


    Personally, we think desk lamps are a must have. Not only do they look great in the corner of your desk, but they are also essential for those long hours of study sessions- especially in the endless winter nights. Lamps are also favoured over ceiling lights as they create a softer glow that doesn't strain your eyes, and are a cheap way to enhance your student accommodation. 

     

    A snuggly blanket for those chilly nights


    It’s no surprise that energy bills in the UK are set to sore, and while we do recommend you put your heating on from time to time to avoid damp and mould, a cosy blanket wrapped around you also works wonders! Those long study nights into the early hours can get chilly, so get cosy and snuggle under a thick blanket (you can even get heated ones if you’re fancy), and you’ll find yourself feeling more comfortable with your studies.

     

    A display monitor- your neck will thank you!


    Although you may feel comfortable working from just your laptop at home, leaning forward and looking slightly down can affect your neck and cause long term issues. A display monitor is slightly elevated and sits at eye level, meaning your neck and back can be straight while doing your studying!

    Connect your laptop with the monitor through an HDMI cable, and you’ll also have an additional screen to use. Having a display monitor not only relieves a lot of strain on eyes and neck but it’s also key to making you a pro at multitasking. 

     

    Organise your life with a desk organiser


    Your student accommodation desk is your ultimate workstation, and if it’s messy and cluttered, you’re most likely going to be distracted. If this sounds like you, we suggest desk organisers in the form of pen holders, folders and draw trays! With Parklane Properties, each desk comes with a set of at least three drawers, so maximise all this hidden space and declutter your workspace. 

     

    Essential oil diffuser 


    It’s not easy being a student, you’re fully loaded with responsibilities to manage like assignments, socialising with your new friends and general adult things. Using essential oils for studying is a natural method to relieve gloominess, anxiety and stress. Rosemary, lavender, and basil essential oils can help you focus and boost your cognitive abilities. It’s a must have on your desk. 

     

    Keep that snack drawer full!


    When you’re studying into the early hours of the night, you’re bound to get those oh so familiar hunger pangs. So we suggest keeping a desk drawer full of your fav snacks to keep you going. So whether you feel like munching on a healthy snack bar, crisps, or something a bit naughtier like sweets and chocolate, your drawer is definitely going to keep you going long into the early hours. It might even save you from ordering a pizza or burger when hunger strikes! 

     

    A phone or iPad stand 


    You deserve to binge watch your fav season after a 6 hours long study session. So to freshen up in between, there’s no better way than watching something you love. What’s Netflix and chill for after all? Get yourself a phone stand and grab a snack so you can catch up with your fav shows while also cracking on with course work or revising. 

     

    Noise cancelling headphones


    Whether you have noisy roommates, online classes or you just enjoy listening to music, headphones are a desk essential that you must have. If you’re not in the mood to talk to anyone, they are a great way to escape from the world for a little while. Plug-in, volume up and off you go. 

     

    Making your desk work for you 


    Don’t treat your desk like a ball and chain, otherwise you’ll never want to sit down and work! Make sure it’s an enjoyable environment to be in, by having a few of your fav things around you without being a distraction.



    • We recommend having handy snacks, family photos or even some cute post-it notes from friends stuck on your wall!

    • Tidy up every time you’re done using your desk for the day (keeping it a tidy and clean environment will make it more inviting to sit down next time)

    • Have a bedroom shuffle around (you don’t need to keep your bedroom the same layout as when you first moved in. We always recommend your desk be near a window as it can help you focus)

     

    Revision/work from home tips 


    Whether you’re a student or professional, you will use your desk at some point during your tenancy. Here are a few tips for successful revision/ WFH;



    • Take regular breaks (being stuck in one place for hours will never bring out your most productive side. Take regular breaks, go out for walks or have a coffee with friends before going back to it!)

    • Eat lunch/ dinner away from your desk. (Although it may seem easier to just sit and eat at your desk, it’s more beneficial to eat elsewhere to keep the desk space as clean and productive as possible!)

    • Only revise/ WFH at your desk, not your bed. Keep work and relaxation separate, or the lines get blurred and you’ll be less productive!



    We understand in your first month of uni you are flooded with info, timetables and new faces- so taking steps to making your living space as homely and cosy as possible will help take the pressure off. Before you know it you will be living your best uni life!

  • If you’re a young professional looking for new prospects in Leeds, chances are there’s something here for you. Leeds is home to phenomenal music, arts, amazing shopping, endless job prospects, and not to forget, a vibe that is unmatched by any city. If you haven’t rented in Leeds before or you just need a change of scenery, here’s a guide for young professionals navigating this special city. 

     

    Think about the location 

     

    Before you think about renting a property, the first thing in your mind should be the location. Think about which location is best for you, or how close to work you can afford to be. Do you wish to rent in a mini community like Leeds Dock or Granary Wharf or do you long to be in the heart of the city with shops, restaurants and parks directly on your doorstep? Leeds has great transport links with motorways, Park and Ride and trains leading to any destination you can think of. One thing is for sure, Parklane Properties have over 45 years experience in the industry, and we know Leeds.

     

    Make sure you leave enough for bills 

     

    While you may have seen your dream property in an incredible location, you need to consider your finances, and if you can realistically afford it. You have to consider your outgoings against your income, as the last thing you want is to be scraping pennies together each month for the sake of living in a nice apartment. Always choose the property that you can comfortably afford and remember, sometimes you have to compromise on a few things. 

     

    Read your contract  

     

    We know that reading EVERY page of your contract can be quite boring, but it’s really important. Make sure you read and understand everything that’s included in your contract before renting in Leeds, and if you have any questions we’re here to help. No question is too silly and remember, it has all been asked before. Your contract is full of info about who’s responsible for what, it also defines how you should be living in the flat and what are the do’s and don'ts. There’s also information about whether you can bring your pet in with you or not because not every rental place in Leeds is pet friendly. This is your chance to negate anything you’re unsure or unhappy with in your contract.

     

    Who do you want to live with 

     

    A big decision you will need to make early on in your house hunt is who you want to live with. You can fly solo in a 1 bedroom apartment, or live with a few friends in a bigger house on the outskirts of Leeds. Usually, if you do live with other people the outgoings are slightly cheaper, as you are sharing things like utilities and broadband. At Parklane Properties we have something for everyone.

     

    Make time for hobbies on the weekend 

     

    Young professionals can often put 100% into kicking off their career, and this can result in them feeling burnt out after a period of time. Because of this, when considering renting in Leeds, it’s always worth knowing what fun activities are on your doorstep. Leeds is bursting with restaurants and cafes of every street corner, and the city boasts endless days outs suitable for all. In the centre, it goes without saying there are hundreds of shops, bars, eateries, clubs and events happening every night. Some of our favourites include The Royal Armouries Museum, Headrow House, The Tetley and the Lamb and Flag pub. However there are also great places to visit outside of the city too, such as Cow and Calf, Otley, Haworth and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. 

     

    What do you want?

     

    When you’re a young professional renting in Leeds, it’s easy to jump for the first great property you see, but you should think twice about what exactly you are looking for. Do you need parking? Do you want an outdoor space for those sunny summer mornings? Do you want to be in a quieter part of town? Make a list of what you want from your new place and figure out what’s negotiable and what’s not. If you're looking for your perfect rental property in Leeds, have a browse of the properties we have on Parklane Properties, and we can do the rest!

  • Summer is officially here and you’re probably having long evenings with friends in the park and exploring your new city, Leeds. Despite all the fun you’ll be having, it may be good to start thinking about university, and how you can prep. From sorting out your student bank account to packing essential stuff for your first day at uni, we’ve got you covered.


    Sort a student bank account


    While this may not be the most exciting thing to do, it’s one of the things you need to do before you start your new adventure. First thing’s first, you need to set up a student bank account to keep your finances in order. Many of the renowned banks offer these with added incentives - such as discounted dining out (for example, a free, four-year Tastecard) or a subscription to an online reading library - but what you should really be looking for is the bank with the best 0% interest overdraft facilities. Banks typically make daily charges if you exceed your arranged overdraft, so always read the small print and make sure you use the overdraft facility only when you need it the most otherwise, let’s just say it’s prohibited.


    Buy fun essentials


    Packing all the important stuff is just one thing, the real game changer is the exciting stuff that jazzes up your new student accommodation in Leeds. If you have a thing for sparkles and warm lights, you can add fairy lights- the perfect accessory to make your student room more inviting after a long day at uni. Feel free to bring speakers if you love a good party, and have your favourite songs on repeat. Your room may become a spot to get some respite from the daily hustle and bustle of uni life, so it’s always a good idea to invite some friends over for an essential de-brief, or to even play a drinking game or two. These can be great ice-breakers, especially when you’re trying to make friends. You may also want to have spare mugs and some sweet treats at the ready.


    Get clued up with all the discounts you can get


    There are a heap of student discounts ready to be snaffled, from free pizza to heavily reduced train fares, you have the chance to maximise your time as a student. Most high street and online fashion brands offer discount of up to 30% for students, however you may need to register for a student discount account such as UNIDAYS or Student Beans. It is also super handy to take out a 16-25 Railcard to get cheap train fares, meaning more fun days out with your pals!


    Start thinking about what you can or can’t cook


    You may think that students live off ready to eat noodles and baked beans, and well, you’re not far off! But, you could definitely experiment with some easy to make dishes that can save both your health and time. Once you have a little grasp on kitchen essentials and a few ingredients, cooking will become second nature. For example, avocados and mushrooms on a toast take less than 5 minutes and is also super healthy. Salads, pastas and simple curries are all things you can batch cook and will last you multiple meals. Remember, Tupperware and the freezer is your best friend! Just make sure your kitchen is fully stocked with the essentials that you require on a daily basis for surviving those hunger pangs.


    Preparing for your first few weeks at university can be really daunting and specifically, very stressful. You may be worried about making new friends, adjusting to a life away from home, and the danger of running out of money. While all of this may sound scary, remember, you are not alone. If you implement just a few of these simple tips, you’re bound to settle in no time!

  • As one of the leading accommodation providers, we understand the needs of our landlords and offer everything from comprehensive property management solutions to a simple ‘tenant find’ service. We are a dedicated team of highly professional marketers who have their hands fully covered in the property market. From providing results-driven solutions to delivering a standard of service and insight that is highly boosted in the market - we have sold and let properties within days of instruction and can do the same for you. 

     

    Welcome to Parklane Properties - the home of urban living

     

    Right in the heart of Leeds, Parklane Properties is one of the longest standing sales and letting agencies, with properties spanning from the city centre to North Leeds. With experience of over 45 years- our work reflects an ever growing portfolio valued at over £150million. We aim to get you maximum rent on your property along with comprehensive property management from a team of experts. You can just sit back, relax, and let us handle the rest. 

     

    The rental market 

     

    Investing in a rental property can be a reliable medium to long-term investment strategy. In a cycling housing market, choosing the right property is essential- our team of experts and professionals can advise you on this as necessary. 

     

    Location and target market

     

    First time investors must do their homework regarding the potential of a property and its target market. Professional tenants seek out low maintenance properties with good transport links and easy access to local amenities. Students are typically looking for well-maintained houses and spacious flats within an easy range of their university campuses that they can also co-rent with their friends. 

     

    Aesthetics are a priority


    The way your property presents itself is an aspect you shouldn't overlook, especially if you are considering renting a property. Aesthetics not only look great for potential renters, but also facilitates in achieving the desired rent from a tenant. The more desirable your decor and furnishing are, the more interest you are likely to achieve (and with skyrocketing values). However, try to remain neutral in your decision making and always ensure quality over quantity. 

     

    Presenting your property 


    While you are renting out your residential property, the demand for furnished and unfurnished go parallel. However, This will typically be dictated by your target market. The industry standard in the professional and student markets is furnished, although demand still exists at a reasonable level for unfurnished accommodation. Larger families' houses are typically unfurnished due to these tenants most likely being homeowners before, and therefore more likely to own furniture. 

     

    Choosing the service that is right for you

     

    Providing property management and let services is what we do - Parklane Properties has a plethora of services to help you with what you require. All you have to do is pick what best suits you. 

     

    Full management 

    • Free valuation of property.
    • Arrange or check inventory, produce property condition reports and photograph the property prior to tenancy start date.
    • Handle all tenant-related payments and forward balance (less appropriate fees and charges) to your nominated bank account monthly.
    • Provide rental statements detailing any expenses along with expenditure invoices.
    • Carry out routine visits to ensure property is being maintained correctly by tenants.
    • 24 hour emergency maintenance helpline provider to tenants.
    • Handle maintenance issues, consult with you regarding proposed costs and instruct remedial works.
    • Arrange professional cleaning, repairs and update to inventory at end of tenancy (our inspectors will report back to you on the property’s condition, detailing photographs where necessary).


    Finding a tenant or ‘let only’


    • Market the property on our website, social media, Rightmove and Zoopla.
    • Conduct viewings and identify appropriate tenant before conducting full references including credit check, previous landlord and employer.
    • Draw up legal documents and ensure accuracy throughout process.
    • Receive cleared funds from tenant for deposit and first month’s rent before deducting our fee and forwarding balance to landlord.
    • Provide landlord contact details and contract to tenant and arrange key release (landlord takes responsibility for ongoing rent collection and management of property.

     

    Pre-let services 


    • Fire and furnishing checks
    • Professional cleaning
    • Portable appliance testing
    • Electrical safety reports
    • Gas safety certificate
    • Energy performance certificate (EPC) 

     

    Finding the right tenant 

     

    Marketing your property 

     

    Finding a perfect fit for your property is not a problem for us. Not only are we dominant in the estate agent sector in Leeds, we also have a high rate of turnovers through our website. With over 11,000 monthly visits on our website, we have a list of tenants ready and waiting for properties to come on the market. The in-house team of marketing professionals at Parklane Properties will help to get your property a broad reach in the market by advertising it on Zoopla and Rightmove. They will help and guide you on how to make your property attractive and eye-catching for potential tenants. 

     

    Eligibility criteria & references 

     

    References are required for each and every applicant for security purposes, and these typically include a previous landlord reference and one from the tenant’s bank or their current employer- if applicable. We also request the equivalent of five weeks rent from the tenant in the form of a deposit, to cover any expenses required for repairs or cleaning once the property has been vacated. Guarantors are also sought where incomes do not adequately cover the proposed rent and rent is usually paid by the tenant monthly or quarterly in advance. 

     

    Established in 1977, we are the leading property experts in Leeds. We quickly became renowned for our vibrant, innovative, and forward-thinking ethos, and our first-rate customer service. Not only do we have access to millions of potential buyers but we’ve also earned a coveted reputation for being able to sell properties in less than six weeks. Parklane Properties is also the ultimate agency for finding potential tenants, managing, and maintaining your property as we are an award-winning sales and lettings agency. We assure maximum rental income and minimum effort on your end, so enquire today by calling 0113 237 0000. 

  • It’s no secret that moving out of your student house in Leeds can be stressful, you’re starting to pack and have a wardrobe of questionable clubbing outfits you don’t need anymore, an alarming amount of tinned beans and spaghetti hoops in the back of the cupboard, and your uni course books which have been demoted to a makeshift bedside table. When moving out the first option you may think of is to throw all this away, however we have put together a list of alternatives which help the environment, your pocket and other people. Keep reading to find out how easy it is to donate, sell and recycle.


    Donate instead of throw


    Our planet is already in a state of chaos due to waste and pollution, and each year in Leeds there are hundreds of tonnes of unwanted items that are sold or donated to combat this- so why not join in?

    Not only will your unwanted items be perfect for someone else, you are also protecting your environment by giving raw materials a new life and protecting useful items from going to landfills. Make sure that the items you are donating, whether they are clothes, shoes, pans, crockery, or furniture, can be reused and are in an acceptable state. All electrical items must be rust-free and clean, and items such as sofas, chairs, and beds must have a fire safety label attached.


    Get rid of things at your local recycling centre


    In Leeds, your nearest recycling centre is Evanston Avenue, Kirkstall, LS4 2HR or Meanwood Road, LS7 2LP. You can take about anything to these local recycling centres, and they accept even the smallest of things like books, and Cd’s. Alternatively, you can take items to Revive Leeds who are open every day. Not only will your generous donations be appreciated by someone in need, you are also helping organisations raising funds for local charities who provide training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities to people in Leeds.


    Donating food helps create a healthy community


    In our student life, there can be things we take for granted. One of those things is the meals we have each morning, afternoon, and evening. When moving out the first thing that may come to mind when you open your food cupboards is to throw it all away, right? Wrong! There are so many people in Leeds who could seriously benefit from any unwanted food and there are charities that gladly accept donations. If you are donating food, make sure it’s only unopened and non-perishable food, like tins and bags of rice/ pasta etc. a popular food back in Rainbow Junktion, Regent Terrace, LS6 1NP.


    Sell your unwanted stuff


    When moving out, you may realise there are things that you love but no longer need, for example; clothes that don’t fit, uni course books or furniture you brought along to uni. We know selling can sometimes be tedious, but there are now dedicated apps you can download on your phone such as Depop and Vinted- which makes selling super easy! You can also buy and sell your unwanted stuff without the environmental impact of delivery and postage exclusively to other students using the Hazaar app.


    Save energy and carry on


    Energy saved is energy generated. Whether you are a student or professional, there are many benefits to improving your home’s energy efficiency. This includes lowering your bills, taking control of your energy usage, and knowing that you’re doing your part for the environment. It's evitable for tenants to think that they are helpless when it comes to energy-saving in their rented apartments, because they can’t make any big changes to the property. However, there are some simple measures that you can take to lower your energy bills, regardless of whether you own the property or not. For example:


    - Installing devices such as thermostat and smart metre into your homes could provide you with an increased level of control over your energy usage


    - You could save a ton of energy just by doing this very simple step- always switch off the lights as you leave the room. This will save you around £20 a year on your annual energy bills


    - By switching to energy-efficient LED light bulbs, you can save around £40 per year on your energy bills


    - Steps such as using energy-efficient cooking appliances and switching off the heat just a few minutes before your meal is cooked could help to reduce the amount of energy that is consumed in your kitchen


    If you follow these simple steps when moving out, you will be helping reduce your environmental impact, helping people in need, and also making your move out process a whole lot easier! Parklane Properties has over 45 year experience in the property industry, and we have your back when it comes to tips and tricks during your time with us.

  •  Uni is all about gaining independence, making friends, and having fun in your student accommodation in Leeds! From pulling all-nighters to having copious amounts of coffee, smashing out exams, and everyday hang-outs with your best mates makes up for the best days of your uni life. If you are a Leeds University student, brace yourself for the time of your life. Whilst it can all be frazzling at times, uni is pretty unreal too. Keep reading to find out what your days at uni are probably going to look like: 



    MORNINGS OR AFTERNOON IF YOU MISS YOUR ALARM


    Let's be honest, you’re probably going to sleep through the jarring sound of your alarm clock A LOT. Instead of rushing through showering, inhaling, brekkie, packing your bags and forgetting either your headphones or charger, we suggest setting your alarm for earlier than you actually need to get up, so there’s a better chance of getting up. Also, if you’re the organised type, you may want to scribble down a little to-do list to make your life easier. So before hitting the road to uni, throw on some comfy clothes and prep yourself for the long day ahead. 



    GET SOME BREKKIE IN YOUR BELLY 


    In Leeds there are so many local cafes that do incredible breakfasts, we can pretty much guarantee there’s one very close to your Parklane Properties house! For a hearty breakfast, there’s LS6 Café in Hyde Park, where you can munch on delicious burrito, which is crammed full of hash browns, beans, jalapeño salsa and cheese, as well as veggie. Pro tip? Don’t miss their drinks menu! There is also the sandwich shop Slips in Burley and The Rabbit Hole in Headingley- where you can stuff your boots with mouth watering smoothies and a flat white which will leave you buzzing for hours! There’s a lovely urban coffee house - Opposite Café just a stone's throw away from uni. Serving yummy homemade cakes, and scrumptious soups and stews - perfect for a lunch out after a long morning at uni. Or, if you happen to just have an afternoon lecture planned for the day and fancy advancing your chef skills, we recommend you save some money and make breakfast. Our favourite is avocado on toast with sauteed mushrooms!



    A JAM PACKED DAY AT UNI


    Whether you’re based at The University of Leeds, Leeds Arts Uni or Trinity… we don’t doubt you’ll have some jam packed, fun filled days with your new uni friends. Parklane Properties have houses in the best locations, so you’ll be sure to have a nice stroll from A to B. Leeds also has great bus routes, meaning if you do run late you can hop on a bus and be outside your uni in minutes!

    Take your learning outside by grabbing some lunch, an iced coffee and have a study picnic in one of the many parks around the universities. Woodhouse Moor is our fav.



    FOOD SHOPPING


    You’re never far away from a Sainsburys Local or TESCO Express in Leeds, so if you leave uni and forget about dinner, you can swing by and grab exactly what you need. We recommend creating a food plan and doing the dreaded big food shop on a Sunday, so if you do end up having back to back lectures you know your house is fully stocked with all the good stuff! Top tip: if you go shopping on a Sunday before close, you’re sure to get the best deals with reduced stock!



    AT HOME STUDYING


    Every Parklane property comes with a spacious desk and comfy chair in every bedroom, as we know how important a cosy study space is for students. There may be a day that you don’t fancy going into uni, so stay in those pyjamas and get comfy at your desk knowing all your studying can be done right where you are. If you do study at home, it’s a great chance to try and have a day of not spending any money! (Although we know that Duke's Donuts in Hyde Park and the city centre are hard to resist…)



    LOG OFF AND HAVE SOME FUN


    In the summer months the evenings are long meaning you have plenty of time to chill out after a full day at uni. So grab some friends and explore some of the many restaurants and bars Leeds has to offer! There’s also so much fun to be had at Cardigan Fields in Kirkstall, where you can go bowling, watch something at the cinema, or satisfy your inner kid with Laser Zone



    We’ve only scratched the surface on how amazing your days can be when studying in Leeds, so make sure you don’t miss out and book your Parklane property today! We have properties in all the hotspots, and we know Leeds.


  • Do you feel like no matter how smartly and diligently you try, it’s difficult to find ways to save money? Something always comes up- the car needs its MOT, the fridge needs fixing or the garden needs a new fence, and just like that, saving money seems to be impossible. Fortunately, we are here to share some money saving tips that you can try around your house. 


    INSULATE – TRAP HEAT AND MAKE YOUR HOME MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT


    Insulation reduces the exchange of heat through a surface. In a well-insulated home, less warm air escapes from the house during the winter, and less cool air escapes during the summer, reducing the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling. By installing insulation and sealing air leaks, homeowners can save a national average of 11% on total home energy bills and around 15% on heating and cooling expenses alone. Insulation also plays a major role in making your home climate more comfortable by significantly reducing carbon prints!.

     

    SAVE ENERGY BY REPLACING BULBS WITH LED BULBS


    LED bulbs are more energy efficient. Therefore, whenever you have to replace your bulbs make sure you do so with LED.This switch could save you £9 a year per LED bulb so it’s worth doing. It’s also good practice to turn off lights when you leave a room, and also switch electrical goods off around the house. By practising these energy saving tips, you should notice a difference in the long run. 


    FURNISH SECOND HAND 


    Making secondhand purchases is naturally eco-friendly: You're giving new life to something destined for landfill — and likely saving some money and supporting a good cause too. You don’t need to go to Barker & Stonehouse or Wayfair, instead you can get yourself down to your local charity shop or furniture outlet to nab a bargain!. Buying items made with recycled materials or second-hand items reduces your overall carbon footprint. It’s great for your wallet and the environment!


    GROW YOUR OWN HERB GARDEN


    Are you tired of constantly buying herbs from the supermarket? Why not grow your own! For less than the price of a jar of dried herbs, you can plant fresh herbs. Taking the time to plant a herb garden is very satisfying and easy, and if you don’t have enough space in your garden, you can simply use small pots and put them in your balcony! By starting a herb garden, you can add beauty to your garden, flavour to your kitchen, and savings back to your pocket!


    NATURALLY DRY CLOTHES


    It’s no secret that using tumble dryers can be very expensive, therefore we recommend trying to naturally dry your clothes where you can. It’s always best to hang washing outside where you can, however you can also use clothes horses indoors in case the weather isn't cooperating! 


    MAKE YOUR OWN HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS


    You can help the environment and save a few pounds by making your own household cleaners. For instance, instead of using store-bought glass cleaner, mix two cups of water with a 1/2 cup of vinegar to create your own. Another easy formula for all-purpose cleaning is mixing 4 tablespoons of baking soda with one quart of warm water. 


    DO IT YOURSELF – A BIG WAY TO SAVE MONEY


    When you do it yourself, the price of a labourer is removed. DIY allows you to choose the cost of everything for your renovation. Buy a tool kit, drill and paintbrushes, and save yourself countless handyman and decorator charges that build up over the years.


    BUILD A FINANCIAL PLAN AND REVIEW IT REGULARLY


    While they may seem boring, financial plans are a great way of preparing for the unexpected, and saving along the way. Establish goals for spending money on a monthly basis, plan for the future, plan for the unexpected, monitor your finances on a regular basis, and save as much as you can.

     

    When it comes to saving money, small changes can add up quickly. Adjusting a few daily habits, cutting monthly spends on non essentials and leveraging tools that automate savings can collectively make a big impact. The truth is, there are many ways to save money. Find the ways that work for you, and slowly start incorporating the strategies into your life. Saving can be fun! 

     

  • Selling your house can be stressful, so it’s crucial to know the full potential of your property. By making the best impression for each viewing it will help shorten the process. Follow these simple tips and tricks for getting house viewing ready! 

     

    Curb appeal

     

    First impressions count, and often set the tone for the rest of the viewing. As soon as a potential buyer pulls up, they are looking at how the house presents itself, so make sure it’s looking its best. We recommend any external elements such as garden gates, plant pots, your front door and garden hedges are presented looking their best. These little changes will enhance the experience of the viewing, and can often help eliminate any negative opinions they may have of the inside too. 

     

    A new paint job

     

    This may come as a surprise, but guests in your house can notice things that you have become blind to, especially when they’re considering buying your house! A fresh lick of paint here or there can make the world of difference. Paint colour is a personal choice, but remember that warm white walls can brighten and make a room look bigger, and feature walls can attract interest. Hallways often get scuffed over time, so don’t forget to top the paintwork there too! 

     

    Light it up!

     

    Although you want guests to be able to see your house properly, overhead lighting can be harsh and clinical. Warm lamps and fairy lights are a perfect way to make your house cosy and inviting- exactly what buyers want! Don’t forget to crack a window open here or there and maybe buy a few plug in air fresheners to eliminate any pet or cooking smells that can put people off. 

     

    Decorate with décor 

     

    No one wants to step into an empty house with no character or personality, so it’s always a great idea to add some décor to help sell the dream and add a finishing touch! Why not add some fresh flowers to your dining room table? Pop a nice plant in your living room? Hang a few colourful prints on the walls? 

     

    These changes may seem small, but it is proven they can have a big impact when selling your property. If you’re thinking of selling your home or have any questions, head down to our city centre branch today to arrange a free, no obligation valuation! 

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