Category: Landlord Advice

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…

Do you know your responsibilities as a landlord?

Posted: 15th Nov 2015

Landlords have responsibilities and obligations. These hold whether you are a professional, full-time investor in buy to let property or you are an “accidental” landlord who has come into the business almost by chance and without any great conscious business goal. So, what are your responsibilities as a landlord? Duty of care The duty of Read the full article…

New Legislation for landlords

Posted: 7th Aug 2015

Another year, another raft of legislation it seems – and landlords have not escaped the brunt of it. If you are one of them, it might be helpful to review some of the latest additions to landlord legislation. Tenants’ deposit protection scheme with effect from the 23rd of June 2015, all landlords of so-called assured Read the full article…

The accidental landlord

Posted: 6th Jul 2015

There are things we make a conscious effort to engage in, and then there are others we just seem to fall into doing almost by sheer chance. In the private rented sector of the housing market, it is this difference which might separate the professional landlord from the so-called accidental landlord.   So, putting aside Read the full article…

Pests in your property – whose responsibility is it?

Posted: 27th Jun 2015

Nobody wants them, of course, but if you have pests in the property you let or the accommodation you are renting, who is responsible for that infestation and who needs to do something about it? In fact, in the case of buy to let property, the respective responsibilities of landlord and tenant are anything but Read the full article…