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Being a landlord FAQS

Posted: 26th Oct 2016

In the words of the Property Investment Project’s blog, don’t let anyone claim they can teach you everything there is to know about being a landlord. The specifics depend on the type of property or properties you let, the kind of tenants you have and even our own personality. A few basic lessons, however, might Read the full article…

Landlord’s obligations

Posted: 20th Oct 2016

As a landlord, when you enter into a contract with your tenants you are taking on a number of responsibilities and obligation – many of which also come with the force of law. The majority of these relate to ensuring that your tenants have a safe place in which to live that is free of Read the full article…

Metal theft and your empty property

Posted: 13th Oct 2016

Metal theft costs the UK economy the equivalent of more than 64,000 Ford Fiestas every year, says a guide published by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). The guide explains that metal worth more than £770 million is stolen, both for its intrinsic value and to be smelted down for the manufacture of new products. Read the full article…

Is it worth making a small claim?

Posted: 30th Sep 2016

If you are a landlord, you almost certainly want to protect your buy to let investment with the appropriate level of insurance. The economics of running a successful buy to let business are on a fine edge, however, and you need to make sure that you secure the most competitively priced landlord insurance cover. So, Read the full article…

Choosing the most suitable landlord insurance

Posted: 14th Sep 2016

Any property owner is likely to have an interest in protecting that asset with appropriate insurance. This is no different for the buy to let landlord, who is interested not only in the protection of the structure and fabric of the building, but also additional risks and perils which may threaten the business itself. Choosing Read the full article…

The importance of the PRS

Posted: 9th Sep 2016

What is it? The initials might not be recognised by everyone, but for those in the know, PRS simply means the Private Rental Sector – populated by private sector landlords and the growing number of private tenants they accommodate. Why is it important? The importance of the PRS may be measured in terms of its Read the full article…

Empty house? Then check you have the correct cover

Posted: 5th Sep 2016

Have you just got back from the Rio Olympics, having extended your holiday to do some travelling and take in all that colour and carnival of Brazil? It is not only an extended holiday to such an exotic part of the world that might leave your home empty and unoccupied for all those weeks, of Read the full article…

How to keep a tenant

Posted: 30th Aug 2016

One of the classic misconceptions is that, almost by the very nature of their relationship, tenants and landlords everywhere are permanently at daggers drawn. Research cited by the website Evict a Tenant on the 26th June 2016 suggests that this is some way off the truth. It found that whilst 50% of landlords are happy Read the full article…

Changes to the Green Tax

Posted: 21st Aug 2016

Buy to let landlords seem to be have been hit left, right and centre in the past year or so. Last year, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer phased in the removal of tax relief on interest paid for buy to let mortgages, the referendum vote on the 23rd of June 2016 has thrown the Read the full article…

Safety in rented properties

Posted: 16th Aug 2016

As a landlord, you have a general legal responsibility for ensuring that your accommodation is safe and free from risks to the health of your tenants – and this applies whether you are letting a self-contained dwelling or just a room in your own house.   The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for Read the full article…