The Scottish Team That’s Climbing To The Top

It will be double celebrations for private rental specialists Orchard & Shipman as they raise vital funds for cancer charity, Maggie’s, by climbing to the summit of the highest mountain in Scotland, whilst also raising a glass to getting top Google ratings from their clients.

But first, we wanted to tell you a little bit about Maggie’s – a charity that is very close to their hearts – and why they are taking on the Ben Nevis challenge to raise vital funds for it.

Maggie’s – everyone’s home of cancer care

Anyone whose life has been affected by cancer – either personally or seeing its impact on someone close to them – will know that it can alter every single aspect of life. The range of cancer support that Maggie’s offer is phenomenal – from managing symptoms and side-effects to emotional and social support to practical advice on finances. Maggie’s have centres across Scotland and the UK where anyone affected by cancer can access free one-to-one support and information or simply meet with people in a friendly, relaxed environment who understand what they’re going through.

Maggie’s relies on fundraising and donations to ensure that their services remain free to anyone who needs them. With their support, £31.6 million in cancer benefits have been claimed by the people who need them, 96% of people say they felt less alone after visiting a centre and 98% said they felt more confident talking to their medical teams.

The team that’s rising to the challenge …

Mohsin Gani, Regional Lettings Manager along with Taylor Anderson, Property Manager, are representing Orchard & Shipman Scotland for the climb and are being joined by Director, Clair Chester and Operations Director, Michelle Bowler.

They have set a target of £1000 and have been tirelessly fundraising to achieve it, getting donations from everyone they know including friends and family, Taylor’s swim team and, of course, local landlords.

Mr & Mrs Whyte, Scotland – based landlord who has worked with Orchard & Shipman for 6 years, said, “The team has supported me over the years, so I was very happy to be able to support them. They are great at what they do, and they are also a lovely group of people to work with which makes such a difference. Maggie’s is important to so many families in the area and I would urge other landlords to donate – every little helps and it would be amazing if we could help them smash their target after such a difficult year for everyone.”

Climbing to the top!

The team has also been celebrating five-star Google reviews since launching its Rent Guarantee Scheme which aims to offer the most robust reassurance possible to private landlords in Scotland – providing up to 15 months guaranteed rent cover and up to £100,000 in legal fees for an agency fee of just 3%. This, combined with the team’s local market understanding, experience, strategic locations, long history in both the private and social sector and their dedicated property managers have been putting them at the top of the Google rankings.

Mohsin said, “I’m not going to lie, I have my worries about doing the climb – will the weather conditions be OK? Will we get to the summit in plenty of time to climb back down? Etc etc. But, having lost several loved-ones to cancer I also know that the challenge we’re taking on is nothing compared to what people affected by cancer go through every single day. It will be hard going but I’m looking at it as every step we take will be another person that Maggie’s can help.”

Taylor said, “Like Mo, I’m concerned about the weather conditions and also how slippery it may be on the climb down – I know how much he misses me if I have to take time off work so I need to watch my step! In all seriousness, to achieve our target of £1000 would be absolutely incredible and we are depending on people to share our fundraising page and really help us spread the word – we know the difference it would make to Maggie’s.”

Laura Boyd, Centre Fundraiser for Maggie’s said, “We are so delighted that Orchard & Shipman have chosen to fundraise for Maggie’s Dundee. As a local charity, we support over 9,000 people throughout Tayside who have cancer and their family and friends. We rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters, so this partnership will really help us provide vital cancer support in our community.”

The team will also be sharing photos and videos of the climb on the day itself via Twitter @OrchardShipman, Facebook and LinkedIn. To make a donation click here or please share this story via your social media channels to help them reach their target for Maggie’s.

How Private Landlords Can Help With The Housing Crisis

It is well documented that there is a shortage of social and affordable housing across the UK. With the total impact of covid on the housing sector still very much unknown, it is clear that issues such as overcrowding, rent arrears and evictions are very much on the rise, placing increased pressure on already stretched local authorities.

The most recent government report identifies that 68,250 English households approached councils for support between January and March 2021. With limited housing available, families who the local authority have a statutory duty towards will likely be placed in unsuitable and expensive nightly booked accommodation.

Nightly-booked accommodation, such as Bed and Breakfast, is not only costly to local authorities, but – as the thousands of families experiencing it right now, know – it creates daily stress and uncertainty that takes its toll. Research shows that the outcomes for adults and children living in this type of accommodation are poor, from academic attainment to physical and mental health.

There is no ‘one solution’ to the shortage of housing available to local authorities with many charities, and industry bodies campaigning for the government to take immediate action. In the interim, local authorities are reliant on securing good quality self-contained accommodation via the private rented sector. It is therefore surprising that many landlords are unaware of the benefits of letting their property via local authority schemes, which provides stability of income on their investment and helps support the ongoing homelessness crisis.

Registered provider of social housing and private lettings consultants, Orchard and Shipman, are the link between private landlords and the local authority.

Orchard and Shipman provide private landlords with a guaranteed rent agreement of up to five years, covering any void periods and take on full management of the property for no fee. Further benefits include full legal protection on any possession proceedings should these be required, providing further security to landlords who may have faced difficulty during the legislative changes imposed during the pandemic.

Giving families a home to call their own for up to five years in many cases provides enough stability for those to find employment, access community support services and even re-enter the private housing market – not to mention the huge positive impact on their health and their children’s education.

Orchard and Shipman have worked in partnership with the London Borough of Bromley since 2011 and recently launched a new campaign calling on private landlords to contact Orchard & Shipman and help provide families a permanent home.

For more information on the Guaranteed Rent Service visit our Guaranteed Rent Scheme web page.