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Student accommodation business wins landlord of the year

A family-run business in Preston has scooped a prestigious national award for its student accommodation business.

My Place has won Student Landlord of the Year in the Landlord and Lettings Awards at an awards ceremony in London beating nationwide competition.  The awards, first set up in 2009, recognise best practice in the UK private rented housing sector.

My Place provides high-end student accommodation to over 300 students across its 50 properties situated in the city. It was established in 1994 to service the growing demand for student accommodation in Preston as the University of Central Lancashire grew and attracted higher numbers of learners.

Since then the business has grown and Lancashire law firm Napthens has advised the husband and wife team, Paul and Maddy Livesey, on 49 property transactions with the 50th due for completion in early 2015.

Paul Livesey said: “The focus of our business has been to provide high quality accommodation that many students are demanding. Gone are the days when student digs were something that you saw in the Young Ones – damp, dirty, poorly maintained houses that weren’t fit for purpose.

“Discerning learners now want high speed Wi-Fi, fitted kitchens and properties that are stylish and modern. It goes without saying we are absolutely thrilled to win this award. The competition was really tough, so this accolade is testament to the hard work and commitment of our great team. Winning has really spurred us on and we will continue to build on our expertise and deliver high quality levels of service.”

Simon Ainsworth, head of the Private Client division at Napthens, which has advised the MyPlace management team on its property acquisitions added; “We’ve had a long relationship with the team at My Place and they’ve built a truly outstanding business. This accolade is well-deserved and will help cement their position in the marketplace.”