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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…

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…

Empty house grants

Posted: 12th Nov 2016

Publishing the 2016 edition of the report Empty Homes in England, the campaign group Empty Homes, cites the surprising statistic that there are more than 600,000 empty homes in the country – and that some 200,000 of these have been empty for longer than six months, This at a time when the overall shortage of Read the full article…

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…