Category: Landlord Advice

Be aware of changes to HMO legislation

Posted: 14th Feb 2018

It’s almost here. The “it” above is the change to HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) legislation that will take effect from the 4th May 2018. Just in case you’ve missed it, here is a quick summary of what’s happening and some of the potential implications for you in terms of HMO insurance. The background Back Read the full article…

Seven things landlords need to know for 2018

Posted: 10th Jan 2018

Future-guessing is always dangerous but there are some likely issues on the horizon for landlords in the year ahead. As it’s early in the year, this seems like a good time to share some of these with you. Do keep in mind though that some of what’s discussed below is subject to events and decisions Read the full article…

Don’t forget your responsibilities

Posted: 20th Dec 2017

Any responsible landlord is likely to be aware of their responsibilities towards their tenants. They have a legal obligation to ensure that any let property is safe and free from health hazards – essential considerations for your tenants, of course, yet also crucial to your running a profitable, legally compliant business, that also meets the Read the full article…

Less than four months to go until MEES time

Posted: 14th Dec 2017

Have you put the date in your diary yet? The 1st of April 2018 is now less than four months away – which leaves little time for landlords to be fully prepared for the implementation of Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) in let property. What’s it all about? As the pressure group for corporate social Read the full article…

Winterproof your investment property

Posted: 4th Dec 2017

Widespread snow and ice have already caused transport chaos and building damage in the UK. Now that we’re in the dead of winter, how effectively did you remember to protect your investment property against the ravages of the elements? Since there’s still time to prevent any further damage to any residential or commercial property in Read the full article…

Universal Credit and landlords

Posted: 3rd Nov 2017

From the high cost of calls to the Department of Work and Pensions helpline, to the six-week delay until back-dated benefit payments are received, media coverage of the government’s rollout of the new system of Universal Credit has – quite reasonably – focussed on the plight of affected recipients. Universal Credit – in a nutshell Read the full article…

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…

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…

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…