Author: HOP Cat

We have officially opened the doors on our brand-new branch at 111 New Road Side in Horsforth!

The new office spans two floors and not only offers sales and lettings to the wonderful residents of Horsforth, Rawdon, Kirkstall, Cookridge and Yeadon but also acts as a new home to our property management team and the company’s new training centre. In total 11 members of the team will be based in the Horsforth office, which opened with great fanfare on Monday 10th May.

To celebrate the launch, we’re hosting a whole week of fun competitions, festivities and prizes!
Join the hunt for the #HOPinHorsforth keys, pick up a tasty HOP Cake from local eatery The Greenhouse Horsforth or grab a HOP balloon for a chance to win free gifts and a top prize of £250 to spend on drinks and dinner for 4 at one of our favourite local restaurants.

The HOP Horsforth Team is looking forward to welcoming you to our new premises and includes: Cris Fowler (General Manager, Lettings); Lucy Beddard (Senior Sales Negotiator); Kyle Bartley (Valuer); Grace Lindsay (Property Manager) and Rich Hare (Sales Manager)

The expansion is a key component of our ambitious growth strategy to provide a complete suite of property services – including lettings, sales and block management – to customers across the region. The move will see several of our HOP staff re-locating from existing branches as part of a team re-structure that has resulted in eight promotions across the business, as well as creating 4 new jobs.

Luke Gidney, MD at HOP and Horsforth resident, said: “This is a very exciting time for our business and the culmination of many months’ hard work and planning. When we re-launched as HOP, our aim was to bring the fresh approach that we are famous for in lettings, over to the sales market. To be able to open a new, bricks and mortar branch – especially after the challenges we all faced in 2020 – is quite the achievement, and Horsforth is the perfect location to do it.

In recent years Horsforth has become one of the most sought-after suburbs of Leeds and appeals to all types of home buyers. It has excellent rail, bus and road links to Leeds city centre, Leeds Bradford Airport is just 10-minutes away and there are fantastic schools to choose from and a huge range of shops, bars and restaurants on offer.

When all this is combined with a vast range of housing stock, including large family homes, plenty of period properties and smart new builds from both national and niche developers, the result is a very buoyant property market.

Horsforth is full of healthy competition when it comes to the property market, and we’re excited to offer customers a new, proactive and friendly way to sell, buy and rent their homes. If you are thinking of selling your home in Horsforth, we’d love to help.

We have officially opened the doors on our brand-new branch at 111 New Road Side in Horsforth!

The new office spans two floors and not only offers sales and lettings to the wonderful residents of Horsforth, Rawdon, Kirkstall, Cookridge and Yeadon but also acts as a new home to our property management team and the company’s new training centre. In total 11 members of the team will be based in the Horsforth office, which opened with great fanfare on Monday 10th May.

To celebrate the launch, we’re hosting a whole week of fun competitions, festivities and prizes!
Join the hunt for the #HOPinHorsforth keys, pick up a tasty HOP Cake from local eatery The Greenhouse Horsforth or grab a HOP balloon for a chance to win free gifts and a top prize of £250 to spend on drinks and dinner for 4 at one of our favourite local restaurants.

The HOP Horsforth Team is looking forward to welcoming you to our new premises and includes: Cris Fowler (General Manager, Lettings); Lucy Beddard (Senior Sales Negotiator); Kyle Bartley (Valuer); Grace Lindsay (Property Manager) and Rich Hare (Sales Manager)

The expansion is a key component of our ambitious growth strategy to provide a complete suite of property services – including lettings, sales and block management – to customers across the region. The move will see several of our HOP staff re-locating from existing branches as part of a team re-structure that has resulted in eight promotions across the business, as well as creating 4 new jobs.

Luke Gidney, MD at HOP and Horsforth resident, said: “This is a very exciting time for our business and the culmination of many months’ hard work and planning. When we re-launched as HOP, our aim was to bring the fresh approach that we are famous for in lettings, over to the sales market. To be able to open a new, bricks and mortar branch – especially after the challenges we all faced in 2020 – is quite the achievement, and Horsforth is the perfect location to do it.

In recent years Horsforth has become one of the most sought-after suburbs of Leeds and appeals to all types of home buyers. It has excellent rail, bus and road links to Leeds city centre, Leeds Bradford Airport is just 10-minutes away and there are fantastic schools to choose from and a huge range of shops, bars and restaurants on offer.

When all this is combined with a vast range of housing stock, including large family homes, plenty of period properties and smart new builds from both national and niche developers, the result is a very buoyant property market.

Horsforth is full of healthy competition when it comes to the property market, and we’re excited to offer customers a new, proactive and friendly way to sell, buy and rent their homes. If you are thinking of selling your home in Horsforth, we’d love to help.

Author: HOP Cat

In a very disappointing turn of events, the Green Homes Grant has been scrapped by the UK government, which had promised £1.5bn of support for homeowners and landlords to help make their homes more energy efficient.

It was only in November last year that Boris Johnson announced an extension to the scheme, which was a fundamental part of his plan to ‘build back greener’ after the devastation of the pandemic. The grant also played a key part in helping to reach the UK’s key target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The initiative was designed to give homeowners a helping hand to make their homes more energy efficient, something not only integral to tackling climate change but, for landlords especially, it also provided a huge benefit to tenants too by helping to make their bills more affordable.

Under the scheme, Landlords could redeem a voucher for up to £5,000 to go against certain improvements but, despite being a heavily promoted campaign by the Government, the take up was low and roll out was beset by issues.

Despite being a very positive idea and great opportunity to help Leeds Landlords, the reality is that the scheme did not deliver what it promised with very few people managing to access the support effectively. We can only hope that a better solution will be forthcoming, because making homes greener and more affordable is so important for tenants, landlords and the environment.

– Neil Dawkin, General Manger, HOP

The scheme was heavily criticised for how difficult it was to use and the number of hoops it required applicants and contractors to jump through. There were delayed payments thanks to the enormous amount of red tape, which put even more pressure on the construction industry, as well as reports of some contractors overcharging for the works.

As a result of its poor implementation and take up, the Green Homes Grant has quickly been axed. Its execution was hampered by numerous issues and it is estimated that the eco initiatives only reached an estimated 10% of the intended 600,000 homes it was hoping to transform, leaving most of the money unspent.

It has been reported that the budget previously allocated for the grant will now go into a programme administered by local authorities, targeted at lower income households.

The good news is that if you applied for a voucher before the end of March 2021, your application will still be processed and may still be successful and any vouchers already issued can still be redeemed if used before the expiry date.  Find out more on Gov.uk.

In a very disappointing turn of events, the Green Homes Grant has been scrapped by the UK government, which had promised £1.5bn of support for homeowners and landlords to help make their homes more energy efficient.

It was only in November last year that Boris Johnson announced an extension to the scheme, which was a fundamental part of his plan to ‘build back greener’ after the devastation of the pandemic. The grant also played a key part in helping to reach the UK’s key target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The initiative was designed to give homeowners a helping hand to make their homes more energy efficient, something not only integral to tackling climate change but, for landlords especially, it also provided a huge benefit to tenants too by helping to make their bills more affordable.

Under the scheme, Landlords could redeem a voucher for up to £5,000 to go against certain improvements but, despite being a heavily promoted campaign by the Government, the take up was low and roll out was beset by issues.

Despite being a very positive idea and great opportunity to help Leeds Landlords, the reality is that the scheme did not deliver what it promised with very few people managing to access the support effectively. We can only hope that a better solution will be forthcoming, because making homes greener and more affordable is so important for tenants, landlords and the environment.

– Neil Dawkin, General Manger, HOP

The scheme was heavily criticised for how difficult it was to use and the number of hoops it required applicants and contractors to jump through. There were delayed payments thanks to the enormous amount of red tape, which put even more pressure on the construction industry, as well as reports of some contractors overcharging for the works.

As a result of its poor implementation and take up, the Green Homes Grant has quickly been axed. Its execution was hampered by numerous issues and it is estimated that the eco initiatives only reached an estimated 10% of the intended 600,000 homes it was hoping to transform, leaving most of the money unspent.

It has been reported that the budget previously allocated for the grant will now go into a programme administered by local authorities, targeted at lower income households.

The good news is that if you applied for a voucher before the end of March 2021, your application will still be processed and may still be successful and any vouchers already issued can still be redeemed if used before the expiry date.  Find out more on Gov.uk.

Author: HOP Cat

Mortgage advice from a reputable broker can be an invaluable service. If you have never used one before, our property experts explain why it’s always a good idea.

What does a mortgage broker do that you can’t? Why should you pay for their services when there are already many other costs when moving home or remortgaging? If you’re asking yourself these questions, it can be tempting to cut out the middleman, but there are some very good reasons to get help from the professionals.

You’re protected.

The most important thing to understand is that, when you receive mortgage advice, your mortgage broker has a duty of care to you. That means they are obliged to recommend a suitable mortgage for you and your personal circumstances, and be able to justify why it is right. If their advice is not up to scratch, you could be eligible for compensation. In contrast, if you go directly to a high street mortgage lender without taking advice and end up with the wrong deal, there is not as much legal recourse. While it is also the lender’s responsibility to ensure affordability, a broker
offers a valuable layer of protection.

They are fully qualified.

There’s an awful lot to think about when choosing the right mortgage, it’s not as simple as just opting for the cheapest fixed or tracker rate mortgage you can find. Mortgage brokers must undertake formal training and achieve the appropriate qualifications before being able to provide mortgage advice. That’s not something you can guarantee when dealing with someone in a lender’s call centre.

A broker is on your side.

An independent mortgage broker has your best interests at heart and will look for the best mortgage for you right across the market, not just from one lender. Going directly to a bank means you’ll only be offered that bank’s products whereas a broker can offer you almost every lender’s product. You’ll receive unbiased advice and have the flexibility to choose from a range of products. More choice means better deals!

The know the industry.

Mortgage eligibility criteria has changed considerably over the last few years, 2020 in particular. The rules are designed to ensure borrowers can prove affordability, even in the event of a rate rise. That’s why it is important to have a broker on your side who understands it all. A broker deals with lenders day in, day out.  They know what the application process is like for each one and which lender can process things with minimal delays. A broker also understands the background criteria that each lender is looking for and can bring this experience to bear when advising and processing your application.

They see the bigger picture.

A mortgage broker won’t just advise you about your mortgage. They will also look at any related life insurance, income protection and even any buildings and contents cover you have. They can recommend insurance based on your new mortgage arrangements, to make sure you are fully protected in the event of death, critical illness or redundancy.

The value of advice.

Mortgages are a lot more difficult than they first appear. Knowing what rate, term, lender, features and insurance to get are time-consuming and complex matters. Comparing mortgages on a site like Money Supermarket is a good start to get a feel for what’s out there, but choosing a mortgage is a process far more complicated than simply opting for the lowest rate or best incentives. A mortgage broker takes the time to understand your individual personal circumstances in depth up front. It is this thorough, expert look at your finances that makes their advice well worth it. Only then do they take a professional and unbiased view of all your options before recommending a suitable product.

How to get started?

If you are still on the fence about using a profession to find you the right mortgage deal, remember that a mortgage broker’s advice is free with no obligation. You can arrange a consultation over the phone, video call or in person.

At HOP, we have teamed up with the UK’s leading independent mortgage and protection brokers. Contact us today on 0113 322 9533 to find out more or arrange a free, no obligation appointment with our trusted advisor.

Mortgage advice from a reputable broker can be an invaluable service. If you have never used one before, our property experts explain why it’s always a good idea.

What does a mortgage broker do that you can’t? Why should you pay for their services when there are already many other costs when moving home or remortgaging? If you’re asking yourself these questions, it can be tempting to cut out the middleman, but there are some very good reasons to get help from the professionals.

You’re protected.

The most important thing to understand is that, when you receive mortgage advice, your mortgage broker has a duty of care to you. That means they are obliged to recommend a suitable mortgage for you and your personal circumstances, and be able to justify why it is right. If their advice is not up to scratch, you could be eligible for compensation. In contrast, if you go directly to a high street mortgage lender without taking advice and end up with the wrong deal, there is not as much legal recourse. While it is also the lender’s responsibility to ensure affordability, a broker
offers a valuable layer of protection.

They are fully qualified.

There’s an awful lot to think about when choosing the right mortgage, it’s not as simple as just opting for the cheapest fixed or tracker rate mortgage you can find. Mortgage brokers must undertake formal training and achieve the appropriate qualifications before being able to provide mortgage advice. That’s not something you can guarantee when dealing with someone in a lender’s call centre.

A broker is on your side.

An independent mortgage broker has your best interests at heart and will look for the best mortgage for you right across the market, not just from one lender. Going directly to a bank means you’ll only be offered that bank’s products whereas a broker can offer you almost every lender’s product. You’ll receive unbiased advice and have the flexibility to choose from a range of products. More choice means better deals!

The know the industry.

Mortgage eligibility criteria has changed considerably over the last few years, 2020 in particular. The rules are designed to ensure borrowers can prove affordability, even in the event of a rate rise. That’s why it is important to have a broker on your side who understands it all. A broker deals with lenders day in, day out.  They know what the application process is like for each one and which lender can process things with minimal delays. A broker also understands the background criteria that each lender is looking for and can bring this experience to bear when advising and processing your application.

They see the bigger picture.

A mortgage broker won’t just advise you about your mortgage. They will also look at any related life insurance, income protection and even any buildings and contents cover you have. They can recommend insurance based on your new mortgage arrangements, to make sure you are fully protected in the event of death, critical illness or redundancy.

The value of advice.

Mortgages are a lot more difficult than they first appear. Knowing what rate, term, lender, features and insurance to get are time-consuming and complex matters. Comparing mortgages on a site like Money Supermarket is a good start to get a feel for what’s out there, but choosing a mortgage is a process far more complicated than simply opting for the lowest rate or best incentives. A mortgage broker takes the time to understand your individual personal circumstances in depth up front. It is this thorough, expert look at your finances that makes their advice well worth it. Only then do they take a professional and unbiased view of all your options before recommending a suitable product.

How to get started?

If you are still on the fence about using a profession to find you the right mortgage deal, remember that a mortgage broker’s advice is free with no obligation. You can arrange a consultation over the phone, video call or in person.

At HOP, we have teamed up with the UK’s leading independent mortgage and protection brokers. Contact us today on 0113 322 9533 to find out more or arrange a free, no obligation appointment with our trusted advisor.

Author: HOP Cat

The new Budget revealed yesterday by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has a number of key implications for people buying and selling homes in Leeds, as well as landlords.

Here is a brief rundown of what these latest Budget changes might mean for you:

1. Stamp Duty

  • The chancellor announced that the up-to-£500,000 “nil-rate band” for stamp duty will finish at the end of June, rather than the end of March, as originally planned.
  • Until 30 June 2021, no Stamp Duty will be charged on a residential property bought for up to £500,000. This covers the majority of houses and flats in the UK.
  • Until 30 September 2021, no Stamp Duty will be charged on a residential property bought for up to £250,000.

Effect

As a result of this extension, the market will be extremely buoyant this summer, all the way through to September. Now is a great time to buy property and save SDLT (Stamp Duty Land Tax) on your purchase.

However, property prices are on the up as demand soars. There has been a significant appetite for sales properties across Leeds as well as a surge in rental demand. Research shows that there are now 16 buyers chasing every available property, partly driven by the Stamp Duty relief, as well as buyers’ re-assessing their property needs to better accommodate changing lifestyles.

If you are selling your property, now is a great time to do so, as the cuts to SDLT has ensured that property sales have continued at a very fast pace, as well as increasing sales values within a short space of time.

With the zero-rated Stamp Duty limit extended to £250k until the end of September, and the average Leeds house price being £220k, it means that thousands of people can benefit from this incentive across Leeds until September – particularly first and second-time buyers.

2. Mortgages

Mr Sunak also announced that first-time buyers will get a Mortgage Guarantee by the Government, which means that people buying homes will be able to borrow 95% of the value of their home. This scheme is designed to help more buyers onto the housing ladder. Many big lenders are already backing the scheme, according to the chancellor. Lenders will be incentivised to provide mortgages to first-time buyers, and existing homeowners, with just 5% deposits, to purchase properties worth up to £600,000.

Effect

Mortgages with 5% deposits have been mostly removed by the banks during the pandemic while most lenders have tightened their lending criteria, making it more difficult for first-time buyers to purchase a property. This new Mortgage Guarantee Scheme will further stimulate the housing market, get more younger people onto the housing ladder, and increase property transactions. One focus of this scheme is to turn more renters into first-time buyers.

We will see a number of our Landlords selling their BTL properties, and a lot of the purchasers will be first-time buyers, making use of the new Mortgage Guarantee Scheme in Leeds. This scheme, coupled with the Stamp Duty Extension, is sure to make the sales property market even more buoyant.

3. Corporation Tax

A number of our landlords have set up limited companies for their BTL properties and will be frustrated that the rate of Corporation Tax is set to rise to 25% in 2023, but there will be some protections for smaller businesses. The good news is that smaller businesses, including many property investors, will benefit from a Small Profits Rate of just 19%, for profits less than £50,000 per year.

 

4. Capital Gains Tax

There was concern amongst landlords that Capital Gains Tax was going to be increased during this Budget, however there was no mention of this. Many suspect that this may be announced at a later stage, but for now, this will give property owners some temporary relief.


If you are considering selling your BTL investment, contact our friendly sales team for a valuation of your property. Alternatively, if you are looking to take advantage of the Stamp Duty relief and add a property to your portfolio, take a look at our latest properties for sale.

The new Budget revealed yesterday by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has a number of key implications for people buying and selling homes in Leeds, as well as landlords.

Here is a brief rundown of what these latest Budget changes might mean for you:

1. Stamp Duty

  • The chancellor announced that the up-to-£500,000 “nil-rate band” for stamp duty will finish at the end of June, rather than the end of March, as originally planned.
  • Until 30 June 2021, no Stamp Duty will be charged on a residential property bought for up to £500,000. This covers the majority of houses and flats in the UK.
  • Until 30 September 2021, no Stamp Duty will be charged on a residential property bought for up to £250,000.

Effect

As a result of this extension, the market will be extremely buoyant this summer, all the way through to September. Now is a great time to buy property and save SDLT (Stamp Duty Land Tax) on your purchase.

However, property prices are on the up as demand soars. There has been a significant appetite for sales properties across Leeds as well as a surge in rental demand. Research shows that there are now 16 buyers chasing every available property, partly driven by the Stamp Duty relief, as well as buyers’ re-assessing their property needs to better accommodate changing lifestyles.

If you are selling your property, now is a great time to do so, as the cuts to SDLT has ensured that property sales have continued at a very fast pace, as well as increasing sales values within a short space of time.

With the zero-rated Stamp Duty limit extended to £250k until the end of September, and the average Leeds house price being £220k, it means that thousands of people can benefit from this incentive across Leeds until September – particularly first and second-time buyers.

2. Mortgages

Mr Sunak also announced that first-time buyers will get a Mortgage Guarantee by the Government, which means that people buying homes will be able to borrow 95% of the value of their home. This scheme is designed to help more buyers onto the housing ladder. Many big lenders are already backing the scheme, according to the chancellor. Lenders will be incentivised to provide mortgages to first-time buyers, and existing homeowners, with just 5% deposits, to purchase properties worth up to £600,000.

Effect

Mortgages with 5% deposits have been mostly removed by the banks during the pandemic while most lenders have tightened their lending criteria, making it more difficult for first-time buyers to purchase a property. This new Mortgage Guarantee Scheme will further stimulate the housing market, get more younger people onto the housing ladder, and increase property transactions. One focus of this scheme is to turn more renters into first-time buyers.

We will see a number of our Landlords selling their BTL properties, and a lot of the purchasers will be first-time buyers, making use of the new Mortgage Guarantee Scheme in Leeds. This scheme, coupled with the Stamp Duty Extension, is sure to make the sales property market even more buoyant.

3. Corporation Tax

A number of our landlords have set up limited companies for their BTL properties and will be frustrated that the rate of Corporation Tax is set to rise to 25% in 2023, but there will be some protections for smaller businesses. The good news is that smaller businesses, including many property investors, will benefit from a Small Profits Rate of just 19%, for profits less than £50,000 per year.

 

4. Capital Gains Tax

There was concern amongst landlords that Capital Gains Tax was going to be increased during this Budget, however there was no mention of this. Many suspect that this may be announced at a later stage, but for now, this will give property owners some temporary relief.


If you are considering selling your BTL investment, contact our friendly sales team for a valuation of your property. Alternatively, if you are looking to take advantage of the Stamp Duty relief and add a property to your portfolio, take a look at our latest properties for sale.

Author: HOP Cat

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced plans this afternoon to extend the Stamp Duty Holiday, which is excellent news for homeowners and investors looking to buy or sell their next property. We have already seen first-hand the positive impact of the Stamp Duty Holiday, which was devised to help the property market recover from the effects of the pandemic.

There has been a significant appetite for sales properties across Leeds as well as a surge in rental demand, as reported in our Leeds Market Update last September. The types of properties that people are looking for have changed as a direct result of the national lockdowns, leading tenants and homeowners alike to reassess their priorities for a home.

Mr Sunak’s announcement means that Stamp Duty is now exempt on properties up to £500k until June 30th and properties up to £250k until September 30th.

The average house price in Leeds is £220k, which means a huge number of people will be able to take advantage of this Stamp Duty Exemption over the next few months and we are expecting the market to be extremely buoyant this summer.

This presents a rare opportunity to make the most of heightened demand and save on moving costs, so it is the perfect time realise your dream of a new home, or make some key additions to your BTL property portfolio.

We’ve seen a massive rise in people looking for properties with outdoor space, extra rooms for home offices and those choosing to move to more suburban communities like Horsforth, Rawdon and Apperley Bridge.

If you have a property in Leeds, consider making the most of this opportunity. The combination of surging demand and Stamp Duty exemptions make it a very savvy time to sell.

– Rich Hare, Sales Manager, HOP

To get the ball rolling, reach out to our Sales Team on 0113 322 9533 for a chat about getting your property on the market and to arrange a free, no obligation valuation with our friendly property experts.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced plans this afternoon to extend the Stamp Duty Holiday, which is excellent news for homeowners and investors looking to buy or sell their next property. We have already seen first-hand the positive impact of the Stamp Duty Holiday, which was devised to help the property market recover from the effects of the pandemic.

There has been a significant appetite for sales properties across Leeds as well as a surge in rental demand, as reported in our Leeds Market Update last September. The types of properties that people are looking for have changed as a direct result of the national lockdowns, leading tenants and homeowners alike to reassess their priorities for a home.

Mr Sunak’s announcement means that Stamp Duty is now exempt on properties up to £500k until June 30th and properties up to £250k until September 30th.

The average house price in Leeds is £220k, which means a huge number of people will be able to take advantage of this Stamp Duty Exemption over the next few months and we are expecting the market to be extremely buoyant this summer.

This presents a rare opportunity to make the most of heightened demand and save on moving costs, so it is the perfect time realise your dream of a new home, or make some key additions to your BTL property portfolio.

We’ve seen a massive rise in people looking for properties with outdoor space, extra rooms for home offices and those choosing to move to more suburban communities like Horsforth, Rawdon and Apperley Bridge.

If you have a property in Leeds, consider making the most of this opportunity. The combination of surging demand and Stamp Duty exemptions make it a very savvy time to sell.

– Rich Hare, Sales Manager, HOP

To get the ball rolling, reach out to our Sales Team on 0113 322 9533 for a chat about getting your property on the market and to arrange a free, no obligation valuation with our friendly property experts.

Author: HOP Cat

HOP has won the Feefo Gold Trusted Service award 2021, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional service, as rated by real customers.

Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded to businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine reviews and insights. Only businesses who meet the high standard, based on the number of reviews they have collected and their average rating, can receive the award.

A highly valued badge of approval, this accreditation remains unique as it is based purely on interactions with real customers. As all reviews are verified as genuine, the accreditation is a true reflection of a HOP’s commitment to outstanding service.

Feefo presents the Gold Trusted Service award to businesses that have collected at least 50 reviews between January 1st 2020 and December 31st 2020, with a Feefo service rating of 4.5 and above, which HOP exceeded.

We are particularly proud to win the Feefo award again, and especially whilst coping with the uncertainty and challenges that everyone has faced this year. The feedback we get from our customers via Feefo is very important to HOP, so to win this award is an amazing achievement.

I would like to say a big thank you to all of the staff here who work so hard to provide our customers the best possible experience.

– Luke Gidney, MD

When the property market, along with the rest of the country, was put on hold last year, HOP staff were faced with finding new and creative ways to support our tenants, landlords and the wider community.

Despite having to get to grips with working from home, the team continued to let properties, undertake valuations, consultations and even resolve simple maintenance issues using video technology. The team also arranged food parcels for vulnerable people, made outreach calls and raised money for local charity Leeds Cares to support Leeds Teaching Hospitals and NHS staff. Throughout it all, the whole team kept a positive attitude and pulled together to continue to deliver award-winning levels of customer service.

HOP’s early adoption and investment in technology meant we could focus on online viewings and virtual tours to give prospective tenants and buyers a detailed look around, without even leaving home. In fact, 85% of the student lets we’ve agreed so far for 2021 have solely relied on online viewings, something that would have been unheard of before 2020.

Congratulating HOP on winning this year’s award, Steph Heasman, Director of Customer Success at Feefo, commented:

The Trusted Service award has always been about recognising companies that go way beyond the norm in customer experience and generate great feedback from happy customers. This year, despite the incredible challenges of a global pandemic, so many companies using Feefo have continued to provide remarkably high levels of service and they deserve a huge amount of credit for what they have achieved.

Everyone at HOP is fully committed to the highest quality of service. The Feefo reviews give us a change to take on board our customer’s feedback so we can make improvements to our practices and procedures and maintain our gold award-winning levels of service.

Click here to read our latest Feefo reviews.

HOP has won the Feefo Gold Trusted Service award 2021, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional service, as rated by real customers.

Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded to businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine reviews and insights. Only businesses who meet the high standard, based on the number of reviews they have collected and their average rating, can receive the award.

A highly valued badge of approval, this accreditation remains unique as it is based purely on interactions with real customers. As all reviews are verified as genuine, the accreditation is a true reflection of a HOP’s commitment to outstanding service.

Feefo presents the Gold Trusted Service award to businesses that have collected at least 50 reviews between January 1st 2020 and December 31st 2020, with a Feefo service rating of 4.5 and above, which HOP exceeded.

We are particularly proud to win the Feefo award again, and especially whilst coping with the uncertainty and challenges that everyone has faced this year. The feedback we get from our customers via Feefo is very important to HOP, so to win this award is an amazing achievement.

I would like to say a big thank you to all of the staff here who work so hard to provide our customers the best possible experience.

– Luke Gidney, MD

When the property market, along with the rest of the country, was put on hold last year, HOP staff were faced with finding new and creative ways to support our tenants, landlords and the wider community.

Despite having to get to grips with working from home, the team continued to let properties, undertake valuations, consultations and even resolve simple maintenance issues using video technology. The team also arranged food parcels for vulnerable people, made outreach calls and raised money for local charity Leeds Cares to support Leeds Teaching Hospitals and NHS staff. Throughout it all, the whole team kept a positive attitude and pulled together to continue to deliver award-winning levels of customer service.

HOP’s early adoption and investment in technology meant we could focus on online viewings and virtual tours to give prospective tenants and buyers a detailed look around, without even leaving home. In fact, 85% of the student lets we’ve agreed so far for 2021 have solely relied on online viewings, something that would have been unheard of before 2020.

Congratulating HOP on winning this year’s award, Steph Heasman, Director of Customer Success at Feefo, commented:

The Trusted Service award has always been about recognising companies that go way beyond the norm in customer experience and generate great feedback from happy customers. This year, despite the incredible challenges of a global pandemic, so many companies using Feefo have continued to provide remarkably high levels of service and they deserve a huge amount of credit for what they have achieved.

Everyone at HOP is fully committed to the highest quality of service. The Feefo reviews give us a change to take on board our customer’s feedback so we can make improvements to our practices and procedures and maintain our gold award-winning levels of service.

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Author: HOP Cat

High numbers of students in Leeds have already reserved homes to move into next summer and in a surprising trend, many are getting in early to reserve the biggest properties, so they can continue living with all the people they shared halls with during lockdown.

As a result, 2021 could be a bumper year for student landlords in Leeds, as well as many other towns and cities with large student populations.

At HOP, we manages a substantial portfolio of high-quality student properties in Leeds and enjoyed a record November 2020, agreeing more student lets than ever before in the penultimate month of the year.

Traditionally January and February are the busiest months, as an influx of students reserve homes for the next academic year. In more recent years, November has become a key month for the student market too.

This trend has been further compounded by the pandemic. Many students went home earlier than usual for the Christmas break and were keen to firm up their 2021 plans first, due to uncertainty around when they might return to Leeds. Plus, with the current lockdown restrictions, we’re expecting March onwards to be very busy.

Another factor is that, since the first lockdown, we’ve introduced virtual tours across all our properties.

A staggering 85% of the lets we’ve agreed so far have solely relied on online viewings, something that would have been unheard of before 2020.

We’re anticipating increased numbers of people starting university this year because of Covid. Not only did it force lots of UK and overseas students to defer for a year, but also students are looking to prepare themselves academically for the weakened job market. Data from Unipol also shows that 2021 will see the first increase in both 18 year olds and English students since 2015. This is all generating a spike in demand for accommodation.

At HOP, we manage all types of student accommodation from traditional flats and HMO’s to purpose built schemes like Union Student Living on Burley Street. This brand new seven storey student development has 87 luxury studio apartments, each with their own high spec kitchen and bathroom.

In addition to the self-contained apartments, there are also a superb range of facilities within the development, including a gym, gaming areas, and large communal lounges and kitchens where students can relax and socialise.

Despite the delayed completion due to Covid-19, as well as the global pandemic, nervousness of international students and delays to university courses commencing, HOP has already secured 60% of the available apartments. These have been reserved by students from across the globe, including China and Indonesia, as well as the UK, and we’re seeing further demand for the remaining units.

The majority of our student portfolio is shared houses, with some of the larger properties having up to 10 bedrooms. Following the disruption that Covid-19 lockdowns have caused, we expected smaller properties to be in highest demand, where people can have their own space or perhaps live with just one or two other people.

However, presently we’re seeing the opposite!

There is significant demand for homes with five or more bedrooms, particularly from students moving out of halls where they have been used to living in large groups in cluster apartments.

It appears that lockdown has strengthened the friendships and bonds that many students have made in their first year and they want to continue to live with lots of people.

Despite the high demand that we’re seeing, student landlords can’t rest on their laurels. Student halls have improved significantly in recent years and tenants expect the same standards when they move into privately rented accommodation, after their first year.

Landlords must provide good quality, well specified accommodation that is competitively priced, especially because the market could become more price sensitive if there are fewer job opportunities for students needing income to cover accommodation costs.

Homes must offer quality furniture and be decorated to a high standard. En-suite bathrooms also feature on a lot of wish lists. Our all-inclusive properties are very popular because they take the hassle out of renting and give both students and their parents peace of mind that costs are fixed. These include electricity, gas, water, TV licence, broadband and contents insurance, all in one monthly rental payment, as well as optional extras such as TV packages.

– Neil Dawkin, General Manager

We are seeing demand for key student areas all over the city. Homes within walking distance of the city’s universities, in the likes of Hyde Park, the city centre, Burley and Woodhouse, are highly sought-after. Whereas the traditional student heartland of Headingley remains a popular location for third year students as they focus on their final year, with a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops on their doorstep.

High numbers of students in Leeds have already reserved homes to move into next summer and in a surprising trend, many are getting in early to reserve the biggest properties, so they can continue living with all the people they shared halls with during lockdown.

As a result, 2021 could be a bumper year for student landlords in Leeds, as well as many other towns and cities with large student populations.

At HOP, we manages a substantial portfolio of high-quality student properties in Leeds and enjoyed a record November 2020, agreeing more student lets than ever before in the penultimate month of the year.

Traditionally January and February are the busiest months, as an influx of students reserve homes for the next academic year. In more recent years, November has become a key month for the student market too.

This trend has been further compounded by the pandemic. Many students went home earlier than usual for the Christmas break and were keen to firm up their 2021 plans first, due to uncertainty around when they might return to Leeds. Plus, with the current lockdown restrictions, we’re expecting March onwards to be very busy.

Another factor is that, since the first lockdown, we’ve introduced virtual tours across all our properties.

A staggering 85% of the lets we’ve agreed so far have solely relied on online viewings, something that would have been unheard of before 2020.

We’re anticipating increased numbers of people starting university this year because of Covid. Not only did it force lots of UK and overseas students to defer for a year, but also students are looking to prepare themselves academically for the weakened job market. Data from Unipol also shows that 2021 will see the first increase in both 18 year olds and English students since 2015. This is all generating a spike in demand for accommodation.

At HOP, we manage all types of student accommodation from traditional flats and HMO’s to purpose built schemes like Union Student Living on Burley Street. This brand new seven storey student development has 87 luxury studio apartments, each with their own high spec kitchen and bathroom.

In addition to the self-contained apartments, there are also a superb range of facilities within the development, including a gym, gaming areas, and large communal lounges and kitchens where students can relax and socialise.

Despite the delayed completion due to Covid-19, as well as the global pandemic, nervousness of international students and delays to university courses commencing, HOP has already secured 60% of the available apartments. These have been reserved by students from across the globe, including China and Indonesia, as well as the UK, and we’re seeing further demand for the remaining units.

The majority of our student portfolio is shared houses, with some of the larger properties having up to 10 bedrooms. Following the disruption that Covid-19 lockdowns have caused, we expected smaller properties to be in highest demand, where people can have their own space or perhaps live with just one or two other people.

However, presently we’re seeing the opposite!

There is significant demand for homes with five or more bedrooms, particularly from students moving out of halls where they have been used to living in large groups in cluster apartments.

It appears that lockdown has strengthened the friendships and bonds that many students have made in their first year and they want to continue to live with lots of people.

Despite the high demand that we’re seeing, student landlords can’t rest on their laurels. Student halls have improved significantly in recent years and tenants expect the same standards when they move into privately rented accommodation, after their first year.

Landlords must provide good quality, well specified accommodation that is competitively priced, especially because the market could become more price sensitive if there are fewer job opportunities for students needing income to cover accommodation costs.

Homes must offer quality furniture and be decorated to a high standard. En-suite bathrooms also feature on a lot of wish lists. Our all-inclusive properties are very popular because they take the hassle out of renting and give both students and their parents peace of mind that costs are fixed. These include electricity, gas, water, TV licence, broadband and contents insurance, all in one monthly rental payment, as well as optional extras such as TV packages.

– Neil Dawkin, General Manager

We are seeing demand for key student areas all over the city. Homes within walking distance of the city’s universities, in the likes of Hyde Park, the city centre, Burley and Woodhouse, are highly sought-after. Whereas the traditional student heartland of Headingley remains a popular location for third year students as they focus on their final year, with a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops on their doorstep.

Author: HOP Cat

When it comes to selling your property, making a good first impression is imperative.

Here at HOP, we have identified the biggest turn-offs for prospective buyers and how to avoid them.

1. De-clutter but don’t depersonalise

  • Clutter is not only distracting but it could be an indication that the property does not have adequate storage.
  • De-cluttering is a great way to increase your chances of completing a sale but that doesn’t mean you have to part with your prized possessions! You can box them up and store them in the loft or garage. If this is not an option, ask family and friends to store them or there is always the option of self-storage.
  • People need to be able to envisage what the property would look like if they were living there. Most people often find this difficult, so make it easy for them to see all the fantastic living space you’re offering them.
  • Don’t make it look like a generic hotel; leave some personality. Apart from anything else it gives unimaginative buyers suggestions as to what they might do. Buyers are often buying into a lifestyle as much as a property. Show them the attractive side of your lifestyle!

2. Get the right smells

  • Bad smells are the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers. No matter how pleasant your home appears, persistent odours such as the smell of pets, cigarettes or pungent food can be detrimental when it comes to selling your property. Make sure that your property is free of unwanted smells. Clear drains, wash bins, ventilate, air the kitchen from old cooking smells. Ask a trusted friend to give your home a “sniff test”.
  • Conversely, good smells can make a property feel like an alluring home. While it might be impractical to bake fresh bread, cakes or brownies for every viewer that visits your home, you could perhaps brew some fresh coffee, light a candle, use air freshener/diffusers and maybe pop some flowers somewhere.

3. First Impressions Count

  • Kerb appeal creates a lasting first impression – most buyers make up their minds in the first few minutes of arriving at a property and the first thing viewers see is the exterior. Ensure your bins are not overflowing and your pathway is weed free. Do what you can to make your home feel inviting from the outset.
  • According to a recent survey of more than 2,000 UK adults conducted by YouGov, the most important features for kerb appeal were well-maintained windows and a roof that appears in a good condition. Well-maintained gardens, pathways and fences and a well-painted frontage and attractive front door were also important.
  • Don’t forget, most viewers will have probably already done a drive-by before making an appointment!

4. Light and airy

  • Light and warmth are two of the most important factors to attract a buyer to your home, especially in the colder months of the year. A cold or poorly lit home can be an instant turn-off to any potential buyers. Natural light is so important so try adding wall mirrors as they make a room look much bigger and lighter. This works really well in smaller rooms or hallways.
  • If it’s a cold evening, or even chilly day, light your fire (if you have one). Consider burning some pinecones for the delicious smell. This will make your home feel warm and inviting.
  • Clean windows inside and out, and replace any non-working light bulbs. Making the place feel light and airy makes rooms feel bigger and the property more attractive. Ensure that you have lamps on in any dark corners. Putting a soft lamp in the bathroom can create a warm glow. Finally, make sure all the curtains and blinds are open.

5. Make it look pretty

  • First impressions are crucial so make sure the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as naked windows make a place feel impersonal and run down.
  • Plants and flowers bring colour, life and light to a room and also smell wonderful. So does that fruit bowl on your kitchen counter.

6. A fresh lick of paint

  • Giving your walls a fresh lick of neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger. It will enable the viewers to more easily imagine how they would adapt the rooms to their needs. It makes it easier for the buyers to move in and use the rooms immediately.
  • Avoid controversial or quirky décor as it’s not everyone’s taste. What you think is retro, others may consider dated.

7. Fix and clean

  • Make any minor repairs necessary – holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets, mouldy sealants. Many buyers want to move in without making changes, so try and allow for this.
  • Clean everything until it sparkles. Get rid of limescale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odours, hang up fresh towels. This will make the place more appealing and allow viewers to imagine living there.
  • Tidy up the garden: cut bushes back, cut the grass and clean the patio and furniture of lichen and dirt. While this doesn’t add much value to your home it makes it more likely to sell as people visualise themselves using the garden.

8. Unwanted noise

  • Most people expect their home to be a place of peace and tranquillity. It may not always be preventable but there are steps you can take to reduce unwanted noise from your property.
  • If you live on a busy road or close to a school, try and avoid viewings during busy times of the day such as rush hour or school pick up.

9. Think about your pets

  • Whilst you might think your pet is adorable (and it most likely is), others may not. Potential buyers may be allergic so make sure any pets are confined to one room (such as a utility room or the garden) or removed from the home during viewings.
  • Animals can also detract attention away from your property, leaving them with a neighbour or family member will ensure home buyers are kept focussed on your home.

10. Trust in the team here at HOP

  • When it comes to selling a property, a picture really is worth a thousand words; with more home buyers searching online than ever before, great photos are an absolute must.
  • Avoid photos with bad lighting or any that are blurry and poor quality. All our photos are edited professionally and enhanced to make sure you stand out from the crowd!
  • An overpriced property could deter anyone from arranging a viewing and making an offer. A property’s price is the most important deciding factor about how quickly it will get sold. The right price always attracts the greatest number of buyers and will always help you sell it faster even in a slow market. You may want to get a good capital from selling your property but never overestimate the price.
  • Here at HOP, we will guide you through the best strategy to sell your home quickly, efficiently and for the best price possible. The sales team at HOP are always on hand to deliver the best service and guide you through every step of the sales process.
  • We are proud to provide excellent customer service and are passionate in communicating with customers to exceed expectations. To us, every move matters.

When it comes to selling your property, making a good first impression is imperative.

Here at HOP, we have identified the biggest turn-offs for prospective buyers and how to avoid them.

1. De-clutter but don’t depersonalise

  • Clutter is not only distracting but it could be an indication that the property does not have adequate storage.
  • De-cluttering is a great way to increase your chances of completing a sale but that doesn’t mean you have to part with your prized possessions! You can box them up and store them in the loft or garage. If this is not an option, ask family and friends to store them or there is always the option of self-storage.
  • People need to be able to envisage what the property would look like if they were living there. Most people often find this difficult, so make it easy for them to see all the fantastic living space you’re offering them.
  • Don’t make it look like a generic hotel; leave some personality. Apart from anything else it gives unimaginative buyers suggestions as to what they might do. Buyers are often buying into a lifestyle as much as a property. Show them the attractive side of your lifestyle!

2. Get the right smells

  • Bad smells are the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers. No matter how pleasant your home appears, persistent odours such as the smell of pets, cigarettes or pungent food can be detrimental when it comes to selling your property. Make sure that your property is free of unwanted smells. Clear drains, wash bins, ventilate, air the kitchen from old cooking smells. Ask a trusted friend to give your home a “sniff test”.
  • Conversely, good smells can make a property feel like an alluring home. While it might be impractical to bake fresh bread, cakes or brownies for every viewer that visits your home, you could perhaps brew some fresh coffee, light a candle, use air freshener/diffusers and maybe pop some flowers somewhere.

3. First Impressions Count

  • Kerb appeal creates a lasting first impression – most buyers make up their minds in the first few minutes of arriving at a property and the first thing viewers see is the exterior. Ensure your bins are not overflowing and your pathway is weed free. Do what you can to make your home feel inviting from the outset.
  • According to a recent survey of more than 2,000 UK adults conducted by YouGov, the most important features for kerb appeal were well-maintained windows and a roof that appears in a good condition. Well-maintained gardens, pathways and fences and a well-painted frontage and attractive front door were also important.
  • Don’t forget, most viewers will have probably already done a drive-by before making an appointment!

4. Light and airy

  • Light and warmth are two of the most important factors to attract a buyer to your home, especially in the colder months of the year. A cold or poorly lit home can be an instant turn-off to any potential buyers. Natural light is so important so try adding wall mirrors as they make a room look much bigger and lighter. This works really well in smaller rooms or hallways.
  • If it’s a cold evening, or even chilly day, light your fire (if you have one). Consider burning some pinecones for the delicious smell. This will make your home feel warm and inviting.
  • Clean windows inside and out, and replace any non-working light bulbs. Making the place feel light and airy makes rooms feel bigger and the property more attractive. Ensure that you have lamps on in any dark corners. Putting a soft lamp in the bathroom can create a warm glow. Finally, make sure all the curtains and blinds are open.

5. Make it look pretty

  • First impressions are crucial so make sure the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as naked windows make a place feel impersonal and run down.
  • Plants and flowers bring colour, life and light to a room and also smell wonderful. So does that fruit bowl on your kitchen counter.

6. A fresh lick of paint

  • Giving your walls a fresh lick of neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger. It will enable the viewers to more easily imagine how they would adapt the rooms to their needs. It makes it easier for the buyers to move in and use the rooms immediately.
  • Avoid controversial or quirky décor as it’s not everyone’s taste. What you think is retro, others may consider dated.

7. Fix and clean

  • Make any minor repairs necessary – holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets, mouldy sealants. Many buyers want to move in without making changes, so try and allow for this.
  • Clean everything until it sparkles. Get rid of limescale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odours, hang up fresh towels. This will make the place more appealing and allow viewers to imagine living there.
  • Tidy up the garden: cut bushes back, cut the grass and clean the patio and furniture of lichen and dirt. While this doesn’t add much value to your home it makes it more likely to sell as people visualise themselves using the garden.

8. Unwanted noise

  • Most people expect their home to be a place of peace and tranquillity. It may not always be preventable but there are steps you can take to reduce unwanted noise from your property.
  • If you live on a busy road or close to a school, try and avoid viewings during busy times of the day such as rush hour or school pick up.

9. Think about your pets

  • Whilst you might think your pet is adorable (and it most likely is), others may not. Potential buyers may be allergic so make sure any pets are confined to one room (such as a utility room or the garden) or removed from the home during viewings.
  • Animals can also detract attention away from your property, leaving them with a neighbour or family member will ensure home buyers are kept focussed on your home.

10. Trust in the team here at HOP

  • When it comes to selling a property, a picture really is worth a thousand words; with more home buyers searching online than ever before, great photos are an absolute must.
  • Avoid photos with bad lighting or any that are blurry and poor quality. All our photos are edited professionally and enhanced to make sure you stand out from the crowd!
  • An overpriced property could deter anyone from arranging a viewing and making an offer. A property’s price is the most important deciding factor about how quickly it will get sold. The right price always attracts the greatest number of buyers and will always help you sell it faster even in a slow market. You may want to get a good capital from selling your property but never overestimate the price.
  • Here at HOP, we will guide you through the best strategy to sell your home quickly, efficiently and for the best price possible. The sales team at HOP are always on hand to deliver the best service and guide you through every step of the sales process.
  • We are proud to provide excellent customer service and are passionate in communicating with customers to exceed expectations. To us, every move matters.

Author: HOP Cat

HOP is still open to support our customers throughout the National Lockdown.

As we find ourselves in another lockdown, it’s not the start to 2021 that we all wished for, but we hope that you are keeping safe.

The Government has confirmed that the property market will remain open. Estate and letting agencies can continue to operate, people can still move house, and tradesman can continue to enter homes to complete maintenance for tenants during this period.

So, if you are looking for a new place to live – or if you would like to rent or sell your property – HOP can help keep things moving.

The safety of our staff, contractors and customers remains our priority and we are strictly following the Government advice to minimise risk.


What you need to know.

  1. The HOP Branches in both Leeds and Pudsey will remain open with limited staff.
  2. Customers wishing to come into branch can do so strictly by appointment only.
  3. In the first instance, we are offering Virtual Tours on every one single of our sales and rental properties.
  4. In-person viewings and valuation appointments can take place, but are subject to strict safety guidelines.
  5. Maintenance can continue where necessary with contractors following the latest safety guidance.
  6. Tenants should report maintenance requests using Fixflo in the usual way, or by contacting your personal Property Manager.
  7. For an instant rental or sales valuation, you can use our handy online tool at any time.
  8. If you are a tenant and are self-isolating or have tested positive for Coronavirus, you should let your Property Manager know.
  9. Although many staff will be working from home, we’re still fully contactable by phone or email in the usual way, to answer any queries you may have.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the team.

HOP is still open to support our customers throughout the National Lockdown.

As we find ourselves in another lockdown, it’s not the start to 2021 that we all wished for, but we hope that you are keeping safe.

The Government has confirmed that the property market will remain open. Estate and letting agencies can continue to operate, people can still move house, and tradesman can continue to enter homes to complete maintenance for tenants during this period.

So, if you are looking for a new place to live – or if you would like to rent or sell your property – HOP can help keep things moving.

The safety of our staff, contractors and customers remains our priority and we are strictly following the Government advice to minimise risk.


What you need to know.

  1. The HOP Branches in both Leeds and Pudsey will remain open with limited staff.
  2. Customers wishing to come into branch can do so strictly by appointment only.
  3. In the first instance, we are offering Virtual Tours on every one single of our sales and rental properties.
  4. In-person viewings and valuation appointments can take place, but are subject to strict safety guidelines.
  5. Maintenance can continue where necessary with contractors following the latest safety guidance.
  6. Tenants should report maintenance requests using Fixflo in the usual way, or by contacting your personal Property Manager.
  7. For an instant rental or sales valuation, you can use our handy online tool at any time.
  8. If you are a tenant and are self-isolating or have tested positive for Coronavirus, you should let your Property Manager know.
  9. Although many staff will be working from home, we’re still fully contactable by phone or email in the usual way, to answer any queries you may have.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the team.

Author: HOP Cat

We partnered with Leeds Cares, our charity of the year, to raise funds for the brilliant work that they do supporting Leeds Teaching Hospitals and NHS staff.

To celebrate the launch of HOP and show our gratitude for all the NHS has done throughout the pandemic, we had some special ‘Thank You NHS’ rainbow boards produced and pledged a donation for every one we put up.

We put the call out to our fantastic tenants & landlords and soon enough, our bright rainbow boards were popping up all across the city, raising money for Leeds Cares with each one.

Our goal was to raise a target of £1500 for Leeds Cares, and we’re delighted to say that we managed to exceed this with a final donation of £1600 for this fantastic local charity.

2020 was tough for everyone, but we’re pleased to finish up the year with the wonderful news that HOP tenants and landlords have helped us raise £1600 for a very worthwhile local cause. A heartfelt thank you to all our tenants and landlords who joined us in the campaign to make this possible.

Cris Fowler, General Manager

Providing invaluable support for LGI, Leeds Children’s Hospital and Leeds Cancer Centre amongst others, Leeds Cares supports NHS staff to deliver the best care for over a million patients and their families each year, funding lifesaving equipment, research, and technology.

During the pandemic, they have needed additional funds to support our hard-working NHS staff and we’re delighted that we could do our bit to help.

We partnered with Leeds Cares, our charity of the year, to raise funds for the brilliant work that they do supporting Leeds Teaching Hospitals and NHS staff.

To celebrate the launch of HOP and show our gratitude for all the NHS has done throughout the pandemic, we had some special ‘Thank You NHS’ rainbow boards produced and pledged a donation for every one we put up.

We put the call out to our fantastic tenants & landlords and soon enough, our bright rainbow boards were popping up all across the city, raising money for Leeds Cares with each one.

Our goal was to raise a target of £1500 for Leeds Cares, and we’re delighted to say that we managed to exceed this with a final donation of £1600 for this fantastic local charity.

2020 was tough for everyone, but we’re pleased to finish up the year with the wonderful news that HOP tenants and landlords have helped us raise £1600 for a very worthwhile local cause. A heartfelt thank you to all our tenants and landlords who joined us in the campaign to make this possible.

Cris Fowler, General Manager

Providing invaluable support for LGI, Leeds Children’s Hospital and Leeds Cancer Centre amongst others, Leeds Cares supports NHS staff to deliver the best care for over a million patients and their families each year, funding lifesaving equipment, research, and technology.

During the pandemic, they have needed additional funds to support our hard-working NHS staff and we’re delighted that we could do our bit to help.