Category: Landlord Advice

Should you let your tenants have a pet?

Posted: 14th Jul 2016

This article was originally posted in April 2016. In February 2018, the Labour party wanted to strengthen the rights of tenants to keep a pet in their properties as part of a package of proposed animal welfare measures. Labour wants default right for tenants to have a pet unless there is evidence their pet will 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…

How to avoid bad tenants

Posted: 4th Jun 2014

One of the most important facts of life for any landlord to grasp is that once you have agreed to let tenants move into your property, you effectively lose certain rights of ownership until such time as the agreement comes to an end and they move out. A painful lesson In some situations that can Read the full article…

6 top tips: making your property fit the tenant’s mould

Posted: 4th Jun 2014

It’s typically the case that certain tenant market segments may find certain types of property more appealing than others. Yes, location is always going to be perhaps the major factor but even so, a number of other factors might prove to be crucial in you obtaining the type of tenants you wish rather than those Read the full article…