Category: Landlord Advice

Landlords need to be aware of changes to HMO legislation

Posted: 26th Sep 2018

Do you own a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)? Essentially, this is a let property accommodating three or more tenants who comprise more than one separate household and share such basic facilities as a bathroom and toilet or kitchen. If you are in any doubt, our Landlords Guide to HMOs, published on the 2nd of Read the full article…

Five-year electrical checks to be compulsory for PRS landlords

Posted: 26th Aug 2018

The government has recently announced a range of new safety measures that are aimed at increasing the security of tenants in all sectors but notably that of the Private Rented Sector or “PRS”. Background For some years, various professional associations and political groups, as well as influential safety organisations, have been pushing for more specific Read the full article…

Politics, pets and lets

Posted: 26th Jul 2018

How often have you considered adding “no pets” in your advertisement for an upcoming tenancy in a let property you own? You are probably worried about the extra damage or wear and tear that might be caused if your tenants own a pet or pets. Or, the extra cleaning required (think: fleas) when a pet Read the full article…

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…