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Are you increasing your rents?

Posted: 14th Oct 2017

Landlords of buy to let property have been under increasing financial pressure in recent years. Probably the biggest challenge to running a profitable business has been the effective increase in taxation, following the decision to abandon tax relief on mortgage interest repayments paid by landlords. But other regulations, such as an increase in Stamp Duty, Read the full article…

Protecting yourself from property fraud

Posted: 3rd Oct 2017

Property fraud is one of the fastest growing crimes in the UK, according to press reports. The principle is alarmingly straight forward and simply described by the property website Just Do Property. It involves the effective theft of your property by criminals who steal your identity and, by impersonating you, go on to mortgage or Read the full article…

Landlord Insurance for Students

Posted: 26th Aug 2017

If you have teenagers yourself, you probably know that students tend to be in a class of their own – and, as tenants, this typically puts them in a special category as far as the landlord, in terms of his particular obligations and the specialist landlord insurance for students that is needed. Landlord insurance It Read the full article…

Should I turn my let property into an HMO?

Posted: 14th Aug 2017

Some buy to let property is especially suited for use or for conversion into dwelling units comprising bedsits or bedrooms, for tenants prepared to share facilities such as a kitchen and bathroom and toilet. From the landlord’s point of view, space in the property is maximised, fewer facilities need to be installed than in self-contained Read the full article…

What are your obligations as a landlord?

Posted: 5th Aug 2017

For some individuals, a buy to let business might be their entire livelihood. For others, it might have been something into which they have fallen almost by accident – a property they inherited or a home in which they no longer live – the so-called accidental landlord. (Our own recent research, in fact, found that Read the full article…

Landlords adapting to market changes

Posted: 6th Jul 2017

Contrary to many expectations, landlords and prospective landlords seem to be increasingly attracted to investment in the buy to let property market. According to a Property Investor Survey on the 7th of June 2017, the proportion of landlords looking to increase their property holdings has increased by 48% since November 2016 and is up by Read the full article…

The curse of rent arrears

Posted: 5th Jun 2017

Bad debts are the scourge of many a business – and, for landlords of course this takes the shape of rent arrears. Managing any rent arrears is important for the cashflow of any buy to let business and the bottom line of any profit you expect to make – an especially critical consideration at a Read the full article…

What should I look for in a landlord insurance policy?

Posted: 26th May 2017

Sometimes it’s easy to slip into thinking that all landlord insurance is pretty much the same, apart from price. In fact, that’s far from the case! Here are a few points where the cover offered by a policy might differ between providers. They’re important things to be aware of. Subsidence This is a geological process Read the full article…