Category: Landlord Advice

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…

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…

How to keep a tenant

Posted: 30th Aug 2016

One of the classic misconceptions is that, almost by the very nature of their relationship, tenants and landlords everywhere are permanently at daggers drawn. Research cited by the website Evict a Tenant on the 26th June 2016 suggests that this is some way off the truth. It found that whilst 50% of landlords are happy Read the full article…

Changes to the Green Tax

Posted: 21st Aug 2016

Buy to let landlords seem to be have been hit left, right and centre in the past year or so. Last year, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer phased in the removal of tax relief on interest paid for buy to let mortgages, the referendum vote on the 23rd of June 2016 has thrown the Read the full article…

Safety in rented properties

Posted: 16th Aug 2016

As a landlord, you have a general legal responsibility for ensuring that your accommodation is safe and free from risks to the health of your tenants – and this applies whether you are letting a self-contained dwelling or just a room in your own house.   The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for Read the full article…

What is the let property campaign

Posted: 17th Jul 2016

On the 6th of April 2016, HM Customs & Revenue updated its guidance on its so-called “let property campaign” – essentially, an opportunity for landlords to come clean about the amount of tax they may owe to the Inland Revenue on their buy to let business profits. The campaign encourages landlords of residential property – Read the full article…

Should you let your tenants have a pet?

Posted: 14th Jul 2016

It’s a good question – and like many good questions, the answer is likely to come in the frustratingly inconclusive comment that it all depends. In other words, there are pros and cons to letting any of your tenants having a pet. Pros Since you are in business as a landlord, one of the compelling Read the full article…

Dealing with tenant rent arrears

Posted: 16th Feb 2016

If you are the landlord of buy to let property, what is likely to be one of your chief worries? If you are like the majority of landlords, this is likely to be a question of your tenants continuing to pay the rent when it falls due. Payment, after all, is not only a question Read the full article…

Are you keeping up to date inventories?

Posted: 30th Nov 2015

What is an inventory? Are you keeping yours up to date? Why is it important that you do? These are critical questions for any landlord of let property, so it might be helpful to explore why that is. What is an inventory? An inventory lists and describes the current condition of everything in the let Read the full article…

How to sell off your property portfolio

Posted: 16th Nov 2015

As anyone owning buy to let property is probably already painfully aware, this summer’s decision by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to curb tax relief on landlords’ mortgage interest payments seems set to hit the industry hard. Indeed, according to a report by City A.M. on the 25th of September 2015, a fifth of the Read the full article…