All Posts in Category: Plymouth Office

Equity Release Schemes

On a warm summer’s evening, whilst enjoying a glass of delicious antipodean sauvignon blanc, a surveyor’s peace of mind can be disrupted by a friend’s question – “how much money would I get by doing an equity release scheme on my house”? Such situations extend into the complex waters of financial services advice and these […] Read more


We hear often that an “Englishman’s home is his castle” and there can be no doubt that many, and particularly our politicians, are obsessed with housing. It is fair to say that Margaret Thatcher in the late 1970s/early 1980s turned Home ownership on its head, making it become the Holy Grail. Local Authorities were both […] Read more

Houses in Multiple Occupation

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) have become a popular residential investment medium over recent years given the continued low interest rates and higher gross returns compared to single let units.  Letting on a room by room basis as opposed to the single let of the whole enables higher rents to be achieved albeit with higher […] Read more

WYSIWYG – Commercial Property

Those who are used to using computers will have come across the acronym WYSIWYG (/WIZ-ee-wig) or ‘what you see is what you get.’ The image you have on the screen will, in theory, be what comes out of your printer; what you see is what you get. I’ve been recently reminded that, with the change […] Read more

Business Rates Change for the better?

The Chancellor may have introduced a number of headline grabbing changes in March’s budget to advance the credentials of being small business friendly. However, other fundamental changes  to the Business Rate appeal system have been published by Government and included in the Enterprise Bill. Whilst ratepayers are generally aware of the forthcoming national revaluation effective […] Read more

Hidden Risk

It may come as a surprise to both landlords and tenants that they have a liability for the management of risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria in water supplies within their premises, and it is an area of risk that is often overlooked. Under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, any person in […] Read more


Residential investments can provide good returns and long term capital growth, compared to other types of investment. However, don’t expect to obtain a quick killing – property is a long term investment and values can decrease. Buying, selling and management costs are much higher than most financial investments. An owner should expect to spend time […] Read more

Plymouth College of Art returns home to Palace Court

Stratton Creber Commercial are pleased to have negotiated the sale of the historic Palace Court, on Buckwell Street, to Plymouth College of Art. The college will use the site to create a specialist Pre-Degree campus building in Plymouth’s city centre for creative Extended Diploma students, aged 16 and upwards. This marks a return to Palace […] Read more

Are You Ready for Winter?

Although most of us probably do not want to think about the fast approaching winter months at this point in the year, as a property investor or landlord it is important that preparations are in place for the bad weather and associated risks to property that can arise. In order to minimise falling foul of […] Read more