Category: Landlord Advice

Keeping your let property secure

Posted: 16th Oct 2019

October is National Home Security Month. When the clocks go back on the 27th we can expect the usual spike in burglaries that customarily accompany the darker evenings. This swells the already high number of break-ins and attempted break-ins that occur in the UK – the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says there were 669,000 Read the full article…

Boiler breakdowns – what to do

Posted: 2nd Oct 2019

The central heating boiler is the beating heart of any home. And as winter approaches – and if you haven’t already – now is a good time to make sure yours is maintained and ready for the cold weather. Certainly, breakdowns are incidents you want to avoid. Any breakdown is likely to happen when you Read the full article…

Make your property eco-friendly

Posted: 1st Aug 2019

Below are a number of tips as to how you can help make your property eco-friendlier.  They apply to any property, whether it is let, owner-occupied or anything in between. These are very practical minor tips that you can do something about without needing a budget the size of NASA’s in order to install things Read the full article…

Quick guide to Stamp Duty

Posted: 17th Jul 2019

Stamp duty (more correctly, the Stamp Duty Land Tax or SDLT) is essentially a tax on property purchases. Like it or not, it will apply in most situations where you are purchasing property – with this one caveat – while this information is correct at the time of writing (17th July 2019) there have been Read the full article…

The tenant fee ban explained

Posted: 17th May 2019

Landlords face yet another increase in their normal operating costs come the 1st of June, when the Tenant Fees Act 2019 comes into force. After that date, it becomes illegal for landlords or their letting agents to charge fees to new and renewing    tenants for a wide range of services, reiterated by the Residential Read the full article…

Money saving tips for landlords

Posted: 3rd Apr 2019

When you think about the problems that anyone involved in running their own business may encounter, you’ll typically find that managing cash flow and sticking to a budget may be fairly high on their list. Almost everyone these days may need to tighten their belts a little and landlords are no exception. Here are some Read the full article…

How to give your let property kerb appeal

Posted: 5th Mar 2019

Do you remember the first time you saw the buy to let property in which you decided to invest? As you pulled up outside, there was probably something about it that made you think “this is the one”. It’s what estate agents call kerb appeal – and just as it was likely to have won Read the full article…

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…