Opening Doors launches Home Ownership Register

House hunters are being urged to sign a new register to help bring good quality homes for sale to Dorset. The Home Ownership Register has been launched as part of the Opening Doors campaign to encourage more housing, especially for younger local working people. Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, West Dorset District Council and North Dorset District Council have joined … Read More

West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin backs Opening Doors

Councils in Dorset have contributed a local perspective to West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin’s review of build-out rates on large housing sites. Members and officers from West Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council met with Sir Oliver at South Walks House in Dorchester. The MP is holding a review commissioned by the Chancellor … Read More

Landlord building to help meet demand

  Dorset’s biggest private landlord has invested £3.5m in the last twelve months creating over 50 new affordable homes to help address the local housing need, it has revealed. DWP Housing Partnership has spent in excess of £500,000 converting bedsits into self-contained flats to improve the standard of its accommodation. The landlord plans to continue creating properties in the Bournemouth … Read More

Be safe be cyber sea

High net worth individuals are increasingly calling on a Dorset business to sweep for bugs in their mansions and superyachts. C3IA Solutions, the cyber-security company, has seen a spike in demand for its counter-surveillance expertise.

Mark’s VeriSmart move

An entrepreneur who has spent 15 years running an estate agency in Spain has set up a business in Braintree, Essex, to take advantage of the growing rental sector. Mark Maskell returned from the Mediterranean to launch VeriSmart Inventories, a service for landlords and letting agents. It is a national brand and Mark’s patch also covers Sudbury, Halstead and surrounding … Read More

Expert warns over faulty alarms

A housing industry expert is urging people to check their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms properly. Jonathan Senior, chairman of VeriSmart Inventories, says that pushing the button on the alarms only tests the circuit for power – not the sensor. And it is the sensor that detects the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide – and many don’t work. … Read More

The changing face of Boscombe

An entire street block in Boscombe that was torn down and rebuilt has been officially opened. The vast new building on Christchurch Road contains 51 flats for the over-50s and seven shops. DWP Housing Partnership – Dorset’s biggest private landlord – invested £4.5m in the scheme that took 24 months to complete. At the opening was MP Tobias Ellwood, Cllr … Read More

You’re hired!

Dorset’s biggest private landlord has taken on seven apprentices this academic year – more than ever before. They are all on day-release or at night school studying for qualifications in plumbing, electrical installation, plastering and carpentry. DWP Housing Partnership has about 3,000 tenants and its maintenance team is responsible for the repairs and upkeep of the growing housing stock. Through … Read More

Smart business success in Yorkshire

The growing rental sector in Yorkshire has led to opportunities for people to start their own businesses with a national brand. VeriSmart compiles paper-free inventories for landlords and letting agents using unique, copyrighted technology. In just four years the business has spread across England and Wales with more than 100 members involved. Andrew Willey invested in the brand just over … Read More

Ann’s VeriSmart appointment

The Dorset-based national property inventory company VeriSmart Inventories has appointed Ann Evans as Head of Training. VeriSmart’s licensees use the company’s own copyrighted systems to create paper-free property inventories for landlords and letting agents. So successful has the software and business model been that there are now more than 100 members of VeriSmart across the country. This rapid expansion demanded … Read More