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The Importance of Being Professional

March 21, 2012

Northwood UK’s managing director Nick Cooper supports the plea from The Property Ombudsman for improved standards in the lettings industry.    “Last week The Property Ombudsman* published his Annual Report which renewed his calls for standards to be raised across the lettings industry following an increase in complaints about letting agents. What’s the reason for […] View article >

Setting aside the Good Guys from the Cowboys

March 14, 2012

Jane Moore, Head of Learning at Northwood explores the role of training and development in helping raise industry standards and perceptions…   “It would seem that barely a week goes by without news of a rogue letting agent hitting the headlines.  Whether they’re running off with landlord and tenants funds or simply providing shoddy service, […] View article >

Cant sell? Need to move? You could rent instead

March 8, 2012

According to the recent Government think-tank Understanding Society, the downturn in the housing market means that nine out of ten people who want to move are stuck. As a result the number of “unsold” homes coming onto the rental market  is on the rise, causing the growth of  ‘accidental landlords’ – the vast majority of whom […] View article >

Lettings agents fees need to be more transparent agree Northwood

February 2, 2012

Letting agents are often criticised for a lack of transparency in the fees that they charge. A recent debate started by Bushells highlighted the issue as a source of major frustration for both Landlords and Tenants who often feel that an agent isn’t transparent with the fees or costs applied for managing a tenancy. They called for agents to reveal their fees in […] View article >

What level of Landlord insurance do you need?

February 2, 2012

Landlords who are renting out their former home should always upgrade from their standard home insurance or they could find that their policy is voided.  Whilst many Landlords may think that finding the right Landlord insurance policy is complicated and confusing, we have compiled a checklist that should help you to make an informed choice about what level […] View article >