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Agents fees and landlords

Posted: 27th Jan 2017

Amongst tenants, letting agents have traditionally been given something of a bad press. On top of the deposit taken at the beginning of a tenancy and the rent subsequently charged, letting agents have been used to charging tenants for a range of so-called administrative charges – such as their costs involved in taking up references Read the full article…

UK holiday home insurance explained

Posted: 21st Jan 2017

According to government statistics last updated in August 2016, some three and half million people in Britain own a second home. The great proportion (almost 60%) of these are holiday homes and the other main purposes are: investment properties – in other words, buy to let properties (47.7%); living away from home (19.9%); use as Read the full article…

A quick guide to commercial property insurance

Posted: 13th Jan 2017

Just as with any other type of property, commercial property needs the protection of suitable insurance. For owners if you own the building, you are likely to have invested a considerable sum in the purchase of the building, the structure and fabric of which needs to be safeguarded against some potentially very damaging events – Read the full article…

Trace and access cover explained

Posted: 27th Dec 2016

Imagine the scene – since it’s probably not at all unusual: your tenant has reported a damp patch on the wall and it seems to be spreading. Being a responsible landlord, you send round a tradesman to investigate. It is then only a few minutes after he has arrived that he telephones to say that Read the full article…

Top tips on getting cheaper empty property insurance

Posted: 21st Dec 2016

As homeowners take longer than usual winter breaks in search of sunnier weather and students leave their rented accommodation for the holidays, this may be a time of year when your home or let property may be standing empty, with no one living there, for several weeks or so. That also makes it a time Read the full article…

Who needs UK holiday let insurance?

Posted: 17th Dec 2016

For many people, the idea of a home in an area of natural beauty and/or historic interest is an attractive one. However, it can lead to some insurance issues in situations where you start to let it out for holiday use. A holiday home Some property owners are lucky enough to live in a property Read the full article…

Scrapping of agent’s fees may push up rents

Posted: 12th Dec 2016

The government’s relatively recent proposal to abolish the right of property agencies to charge tenants fees for their services, has led to some consternation in the letting industry. The backdrop Certainly this was a populist move in terms of public perceptions. Nobody enjoys paying fees of any sort and some are more unpopular than others. Read the full article…

What is unoccupied property insurance?

Posted: 8th Dec 2016

This is one of the questions we’re most frequently asked by landlords. We recognise that it can appear complicated because nobody wants to think they’re paying for their property and contents insurance twice. Well, please be assured that’s not the case! What is happening is that we or your insurance provider are trying to make Read the full article…

Guide to weather proofing your property

Posted: 29th Nov 2016

Lettings agents, Net Lettings, advise landlords that a schedule of regular maintenance and repair of let property is the key to avoiding the disruption and expense of tenancy voids – when the building has to be vacated – than allowing it to fall into disrepair and then needing a major restoration project to fix it Read the full article…

Guide to Condensation

Posted: 23rd Nov 2016

As the seasons change to winter, certain common problems faced by many landlords of buy to let property begin to raise their heads once again. One of the most common headaches is condensation – a problem which the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA), says is probably the single most frequent cause for complaint by tenants to Read the full article…