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A Year On From Grenfell… How Have We Responded?

In the last few weeks, the media has been flooded with tributes to those who sadly lost their lives in Grenfell Tower, as well as former residents still seeking a home in the fire’s aftermath.   This horrific incident happenedRead more…

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Five Minutes With… Ed Howe

We have a chat with Research Analyst, Ed Howe, to learn about his role within the Build-to-Rent team. Tell us about your role at urbanbubble I’m here to research the cities we’re expanding into. As urbanbubble is working closely withRead more…

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Why urbanbubble Are Your Best Bet For Sales And Lettings

urbanbubble might be best known for quality apartment care, but we are not just equipped to handle the management side of property. We also specialise in sales and lettings – with a whole department dedicated to helping homeowners get the bestRead more…

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urbanbubble’s Away Day: Catalyst for Change  

Great change is afoot at urbanbubble. 2018 marks our 9thyear in the property management business. When we began life, BTR (Build to Rent) schemes were yet to be conceived in the market, now, they’re defining its direction. This last near-decadeRead more…

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What’s Ahead For The Manchester Property Market?

Manchester was the talk of Cannes at MIPIM this spring. Whilst the urbanbubble team took our Glastonbury ‘fallow year’ for 2018, after representing the city at the global conference for four years running, we kept a close eye on commentaryRead more…

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We’re Transforming urbanbubble For The Better

It’s a bit of a misconception amongst clients and customers that we’re growing rapidly. We’d like to assure you that this isn’t the case; we are not currently actively looking for new blocks, in order to consolidate our business andRead more…

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Five Minutes With… Steve Austin

We take a few minutes to learn about what Senior Property Manager, Steve Austin, enjoys most about his role. Tell us about your role at urbanbubble As Senior Property Manager, I head up a team responsible for looking after aRead more…

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BTR vs BTL. What’s the real difference?

A lot has changed in the last three years since I hosted an event at MIPIM which focused on a citywide survey in Manchester and Salford, outlining what residents wanted and would pay for in the new wave of PRSRead more…

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Five Minutes With… Jackie Carter

We have a sit-down with Building Service Manager, Jackie Carter, about the challenges and highlights of her role at urbanbubble.   Tell us about your role at urbanbubble I’m the Estate Manager, also known as the Building Service Manager: inRead more…

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Preparing for GDPR at urbanbubble

The General Data Protection Regulation will affect almost every business in Britain: urbanbubble is no exception. The EU-led legislation will be enforced on 25th May 2018, transforming the way in which organisations control and process data held on European citizens.Read more…

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Five Minutes With… Andrea Thornhill

We have a chat with Business Change Manager, Andrea Thornhill, to learn about how urbanbubble manage growth and change in the organisation.   Tell us about your role at urbanbubble As the Business Change Manager, I lead a small teamRead more…

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What Do Your BSA and BSM Do?

In 2010, we took a careful look at our operations and decided that there must be a better way of managing buildings than assigning cleaners, caretakers, facility managers and property managers to juggle apartment scheme responsibilities. It seemed to usRead more…

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Five Minutes With… Alma Volk, Assistant Property Manager

We take time out with Assistant Property Manager, Alma Volk, to learn about her journey at urbanbubble so far.   Tell us about your role at urbanbubble As an Assistant Property Manager, I’m the initial point of contact for residents,Read more…

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The Rise Of Build To Rent: A Spotlight On The Slate Yard

Tower blocks have always been the most efficient means of bringing accommodation to the masses. However, the nature of city centre apartment schemes has changed considerably over the years. Once a cost-effective stop-gap for city workers – often young professionalsRead more…

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Maintaining Safety & Security At Our Properties

The safety and security of our buildings and occupants is of utmost priority at urbanbubble, particularly in autumn and winter when seasonal changes can cause a number of issues. One of the most prevalent relates to homelessness in Manchester cityRead more…

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How To Handle A Leak In Your Property

At urbanbubble, we deal with leaks on a daily basis. They are extremely common in apartment schemes, especially older managed builds that have deteriorated over time. There are all sorts of sources from which leaks can occur, from communal pipework,Read more…

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Pitfalls To Avoid When Selling Your Leasehold Property

 When the time comes to sell your leasehold property, the last thing you want is a long, drawn-out process. And yet, all too often, we see leaseholders waiting weeks – or even months – to complete their sale due toRead more…

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Managing insurance on your apartment scheme

In most cases, the freeholder has the authority to place buildings insurance on behalf of all owners within an apartment scheme. This typically includes buildings cover plus terrorism (now mandatory), but not contents for the fixtures, fittings and belongings ofRead more…

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Fire Prevention

Since the Grenfell Tower disaster urbanbubble have communicated to all Residents and Leaseholders to confirm what the fire policy is for each of the blocks that urbanbubble manage.  Our Director of Property Management attended a meeting with the Mayor ofRead more…

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urbanbubble team members participate in Worsley’s sleepout

As a company urbanbubble has recently become all too aware of the increase in homelessness in Manchester. A number of our residents have raised concerns about the levels of homelessness and as our office is in the city centre weRead more…

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Manchester’s Private Rented Sector

Manchester, a thriving city with an estimated population growth of 20% by 2025 has been voted the best place to live in the UK for the second year running by the Global Livability Survey. Bursting with young professionals, Manchester hasRead more…

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Private Rented Communities by urbanbubble

Check out our Private Rented Communities by urbanbubble Place North West keynote that was presented by urbanbubble MD and Founder, Michael Howard.   Private Rented Communities by urbanbubble

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A message from HOME

Meet urbanbubble Thanks for supporting us from day 1! Our valued supporters, urbanbubble, who joined us back in May 2015, were founded by Michael Howard in 2008 and are a Manchester based, multi-award winning Residential Property Management company, Private Rented SectorRead more…

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Help end Manchester’s homelessness crisis!

We love our city and we know you do too! The Manchester Homelessness crisis is getting worse and worse and so we want to try to help and you can do too. Our head of finance, Debbie Yarrow, will beRead more…

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urbanbubble launches sales & lettings arm and wins first major development

January 2016, urbanbubble launched the sales & lettings arm to provide an unrivalled holistic service to our customers. At urbanbubble sales & lettings, we believe we can deliver a unique customer experience as we have an award winning background, aRead more…

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THREE WINS, TWO MONTHS INTO 2016

2016 has already kicked off with a bang for urbanbubble; a duo of new development appointments; The Crescent, a PRS scheme in Salford and Ironworks, a multi-purpose development in Leeds (plus many more in the pipeline), and a major win; Residential ManagementRead more…

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PRS thought leader, urbanbubble, invited to present research findings

On 16th December 2015, Michael Howard, MD of urbanbubble, was invited by Build Environment Networking (BEN) to present; his findings on the PRS market in New York and Philadelphia, his journey to becoming a PRS thought leader in Manchester andRead more…

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We’ve moved!

urbanbubble have officially moved and we love our new home! Planning on visiting us? Here’s what you’ll need to know… Location We are located in the city centre in Sevendale House, 1st Floor, 7 Dale Street, Manchester. Our postcode is:Read more…

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urbanbubble nominated for Insider Residential Award

We are proud to announce that urbanbubble are not only sponsoring the ‘Personality of the Year’ award at the prestigious Insider Awards, but we have also been shortlisted for ‘Residential Management Agent of the Year’. With urbanbubble’s team growth ofRead more…

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URBANBUBBLE TALKS PRS

With the recent appointment of Fred Done’s PRS Trinity Scheme and the forecast of Manchester’s population exceeding 600,000 by 2030 creating a need to provide 55,000 homes over the next 15 years, urbanbubble MD, Michael Howard talks about PRS and how residential property managementRead more…

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